When it comes to prioritizing wedding planning, keep in mind that few decisions will have a longer impact than who you hire to capture your wedding day through photographs. While a wedding photographer has long been considered an essential investment, even photography goes through trend cycles. If you’re curious what new products and photo ops have hit the market, or wonder what you should be asking your potential wedding photographers, here are some great questions and ideas.
Print Those Pictures
Though most photographers now include digital images as part of their wedding packages, modern brides and grooms want more than photos on a hard drive. Choose a photographer that offers an album, large scale prints, canvases or other photo products in addition to the digital files. It’s a great way to incorporate your priceless wedding photos into your everyday life and décor.
Commemorate First Looks
Instead of opting for a traditional first look as you walk down the aisle, talk to your photographer about a stylized session before the ceremony, instead. This helps you and your fiancé enjoy a more intimate moment, as you set eyes on each other for the first time on your wedding day. But it’s also a great way to capture wonderful photos of that special exchange, without any fear of Aunt Ida crowding the aisle to get her “perfect” phone shot.
Have a Separate Photobooth
Though your photographer will likely take plenty of candid shots, during your reception, the best way to ensure you have a photo of each guest – and a great way to provide entertainment for them in the process – is to hire a separate photoobooth service.
From vintage travel trailers outfitted with old school style booths, to a simple laptop setup, there are a number of DIY and rentable options that can help your guests have a great time, while leaving you with a truly one-of-a-kind guestbook.
See the Big Picture, and the Small One
Modern couples want more than fussy formals with their extended families. Many also want at least one candid shot of the entire wedding party, meaning all the guests. If this is a “must get” for you and your groom, be sure to let the photographer know well in advance, so he or she can coordinate with the venue and plan a way to get such a panoramic view. This may mean taking a photo from a balcony, rooftop, or at least atop a pretty large ladder.
Of course, the big picture is no substitute for the tiny details you may have spent months planning, yet will have very little time to enjoy come wedding day. So, make sure your photographer knows about any significant details you’ve planned out, so that they can be captured in all their tiny glory. Wearing your mother’s blue topaz ring, or wrapping grandma’s embroidered handkerchief around your bouquet, as your “borrowed” and “blue?” Let the photographer know ahead of time, so that even if you get wrapped up in wedding day craziness, you’ll still have photos of those special details to cherish for years to come.