So everyone says that your wedding day is a whirlwind and will be over before you know it. They are right! It is so important to capture those special memories and be able to reflect on your day. Once the champagne is popped and confetti is thrown, you’ll only have your photos and warm and fuzzy memories. There are a lot of things to consider when organising your wedding photography and we are here to help talk you through the do’s and don’ts. As well as things you might not have considered.
Mistakes & Misconceptions:
The longer the package and the more photos the better!!
While in our heads the idea of having an all day package with a thousand edited photos sounds like an absolute dream, the reality is not really the case. You know what they say- it’s quality over quantity. Photographers usually start with a base package of around 6 hours and a few hundred photos. This isn’t to force you to upgrade, it is generally a great length of time and the perfect amount of photos to reflect on your big day. Of course there are some circumstances when you might need to extend your package- say if you want to have a first look or getting ready photos. Your photographer should be there to capture all of the main moments with a sprinkling of the fun stuff once formalities are over.
While the idea of them being there to capture 4 hours of dance floor action sounds great, they can only capture so many before it all gets a bit too much. The dance floor always gets to a point where your friend George takes off his top (yes- at yet another wedding) or your Aunt Sarah falls over. Memories you might not want to have immortalised in your wedding album. We suggest that around half an hour to an hour of dance floor photos is more than enough.
Rushing through bridal portraits or getting ready photos
‘We aren’t big photo people’ or ‘We are just super awkward and want these done fast!’ – even if you feel this way, this is one moment of your wedding that you definitely don’t want to rush. You may feel photos aren’t high on your priority list, but these are the images that you are going to look back on to get all of the feels and relive that amazing day. You don’t want to look back with regret thinking that you pushed through those bridal portraits in half an hour when you really needed longer. We recommend at least an hour for these portraits to give yourself and your bridal party enough time. Remember it isn’t just the two of you, you want to get some epic photos with your bridal party as well.
Another thing to factor in is travel time. You might have your heart set on dreamy photos in Fitzroy Gardens but that might be an extra 20 minutes from your venue, up and back. So remember this is time you won’t be spending getting photos. You also will want to talk to your photographer about the possibility of multiple locations. You might want those greenery photos but also like architecture or the industrial vibes. So try and find places that can offer both or are within a short distance from each other to make the most of your time! Most importantly remember these photos are fun! Your photographer knows exactly what they are doing so relax and enjoy the moment.
Not factoring in the time of year
We always make sure to touch on sunset times when running through photography for important reasons! The sunset time provides the framework for all of your photography for the day. If you are getting married in winter for instance the sun will set a whole lot earlier than a March wedding. So you will want to consider having an earlier ceremony, say 3:00PM, if you want portraits after your ceremony. Or if you are set on that 4:30PM ceremony then a first look is perfect for you to take advantage of that daylight. The sun is the boss so make sure to give it the respect it deserves!
Only considering wedding photography after your ceremony
You may think that your only option is to have your portraits taken after your ceremony. It’s traditional, and keeps that element of surprise when you see each other for the first time walking down the aisle. But the reality is that isn’t the only way anymore! The idea of a first look is becoming increasingly popular especially for those who want to spend their cocktail hour (when you would normally leave for photographs) with their loved ones sipping bubbly and celebrating. We have another blog which dives into the pros and cons here– so if you want to know more have a read!
Thinking that rain will ruin your day
Ahh the dreaded rain on your wedding day. Most couples’ initial reaction is sadness, thinking about how this impacts their photos. While rain is not ideal by no means does it stop your photographer from getting those amazing snaps. Photographers are always ready with contingency plans and ideas. They think quickly on their feet and always anticipate the unpredictable! Put your trust in them to ensure you have the perfect location. A little rain will not dampen your day!
Not taking full advantage of ‘The Golden Hour’
The mystical golden hour. That magical time when the sun is not quite set and provides what we can say is the dreamiest backdrop for photography. Some of our favourite photos have been taken during this time but a lot of people either don’t know about it, or are swept up and forget about it all together! It can be a sneaky little 10 minute moment between you two and your photographer where you duck out in the street outside your venue. A breather for you both to bask in what will have already been a whirlwind of a day! The results are epic!
Wedding Photography FOMO
Worried that your photographer won’t be there to capture your epic sparkler exit? Rather than extending your package to run to the end (for all the reasons listed above)- why not do a fake sparkler exit with a handful of your close friends once formalities are over and the sun goes down. It gives you and your boo time to escape for 10 minutes with your closest friends and have some fun. The pictures will be absolutely amazing because there are far less people to wrangle, and you won’t even notice the difference! Whenever you look back at the photos you will have double the memories. Plus you still get that fuzzy feeling you had when you exited your wedding being cheered on by all your nearest and dearest.
Most importantly don’t forget to have fun! Wedding photography isn’t meant to feel like a chore. This is a day you will remember for the rest of your lives, so make sure you enjoy every minute!
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