Wedding Photography Mistakes from Professional & Experience Wedding Photographers - Bride MUST READ...
Not Hiring a Professional Photographer
"Choose someone who is a professional and not just anyone with a digital camera and a website. Make sure the photographer you choose has an education as a photographer, has apprenticed or interned with other photographers and paid their dues, and has the experience and ability to consistently capture the moments of your wedding no matter what situations may arise. You should expect to spend between $2,000 and $6,000 for any decent wedding photography." - C&D
Waiting Too Long to Book Your Photographer
"If you find a great photographer, book them! Good photographers book a year or more out and won't be available forever. Nothing is more frustrating than choosing a wedding photographer and then finding out that they booked out your date a week prior." - JL
Not Choosing a Photographer You Connect With
"Make sure that we get along. I work with clients for sometimes two years or more. If we don't get along, it's going to be a very long and very bumpy ride." - GR
Skipping the Engagement Session
"Engagement sessions increase the confidence and comfort level of the bride and groom in front of the camera and allow the bride and groom to practice having their photo taken in a fun, no-stakes atmosphere. Ultimately, an engagement session will let the bride and groom see why the photographer might tell them to do something funny, and this leads to wedding day comfort and trust in the photographer." - HCE
Falling for Photography Trends
"Too many times, brides fall for something trendy in photography. It is critical that these images stand the test of time and are valued for each following generation. Trends are fun but rarely last! Look for a photographer with a classic shooting style, and be wary of too much Photoshop and digital 'tricks' and manipulations." - BC
Looking at the Camera All the Time
"Some couples want candid photographs, but they always feel like they need to look up at the camera and stop what they are doing. It could be an instinct, but remember -- unless the photographer asks you, try to act natural for the best journalistic shots." - DK
Forgetting the Details
"Think about spending a few minutes to decide what other elements are important to photograph -- did your sister make special wedding favors? Are you carrying important heirlooms with you? Bring an extra invitation, and try to keep those special elements easily accessible for photos." - NC
Not smiling -- All the Time
"Tell all of the individuals walking down the aisle to look up and smile. If they are too nervous to smile, they should at least keep their head up and stare down the aisle. This helps keep the face from forming the 'evil double chin' look that happens when you stare at the floor while walking!" - CB
Not Getting a Second Shooter
"Sometimes brides want to save a little money or feel that it is too obtrusive for more than one photographer to be present on the wedding day. But consider this: The second photographer offers another unique point of view throughout the entire day that you would not have had photographed." - CL
Not Finalizing the Wedding Day Schedule
"Talk to your photographer before finalizing the schedule for your wedding day. There is a lot to consider in terms of photographing and natural light. Certain times of day are more photogenic than others (midday sun casts harsh, unflattering shadows on the face while late day sun casts a beautifying warm glow on everyone)." - HH
Not Getting Help Organizing Your Guests
"Designate someone that you trust and who knows your family and friends to be in charge of organizing people for portraits. That person can gather the people needed, direct them on what shots they will be in, and then release them when they are done. It keeps things moving quickly, smoothly, and enjoyably." - EN
Trying to Make Things "Perfect"
"Just have fun -- whether it's getting a little cake on your face or some little detail that didn't turn out 100 percent like you had hoped, go with it, have fun, and keep smiling. The photos will be so different if the bride is scowling at her new hubby, don't you think?" - JH
Skipping the "First Look"
"A 'first look' [aka taking your couple photos before the ceremony] is so much better than trying to rush bride and groom portraits after the ceremony -- especially if your ceremony ran a little late (which most do). You end up trying to hurry up and get to the party." - AN
Trying to Pose
"A good photographer gives direction for a reason: to get the best moments and shots from the day. The best thing to do is relax and act naturally. Be in the moment. Be hopelessly in love with each other -- the pictures will turn out smashingly!" - BH
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