The wedding day is an extremely important event in one’s life. It is planned to the tiniest detail and perfected over many months. And you most certainly don’t want all of that work to be forgotten after a few too many glasses of champagne, so a big bullet on the planning list should be your photographer. Find someone whose portfolio you really like and who’s easy to work with. And these are the photos that will make the perfect wedding album.
It’s the little things that make everything come together, and you should definitely get a shot of all the little things: the bouquet, the rings, the invitations, table signs, cake cross-section and the bows around the glasses of champagne. You can also take photos of the written wedding vows, party favors, and anything else that represents a good memory.
A good idea is to ask your photographer to follow you around for a few days before the wedding, catching the moments of the organization. Photos of setting up the venue, tasting cakes, and signing invitations can be truly wonderful, and if you have a rehearsal before the big day, your photographer should try to capture all the beautiful moments and emotions that are sure to make an appearance.The other part of the preparation is on the actual wedding day. It would be ideal if you can have more than one photographer, so that you can have them shoot both the bride’s and the groom’s preparation process. Get pictures of the dress and the suit, the makeup table, fixing of the tie, bridesmaids with their hair in towels and most importantly – the first look in the mirror with the full get-up.
In the end, you want to end up with good photos, and those photos are usually staged and choreographed. You will want to get individual photos of both of you, and you can look at many amazing bridal photos for some inspiration. You should also do posed photos with your family, closest friends, and, of course, each other. You can do these on the day of the wedding, but if you want to be relaxed and not rush through the photos, you can do it on the day of the rehearsal or simply after the wedding.
Ideally, you would have the entire ceremony captured from start to finish. But realistically, that would be over a million photos and you would never look at half of them. There are really only a few crucial moments that are actually important to capture, and they are the walk down the aisle and the first look at each other, exchanging the vows, putting on the rings and the first kiss. If you have multiple photographers, you can also get the family’s reactions to these moments, which make for some truly beautiful memories. Additional great shots are the exit of the newlyweds, the first congratulations and the bridesmaids and groomsmen during the ceremony.
Now comes the real fun and the place where the photos can go either really well or terribly wrong. A good photographer will be able to blend into the crowd and catch the sweet moments of the first dance, feeding each other the cake and all the speeches, but also the fun and dancing that goes in between those moments. If you want the perfect shots, make sure the photographer knows ahead of time what the lighting is going to be like, and if you want individual photos with all the guests, make sure you provide enough space for that, and keep in mind that it will eat up some of your time.
Having the perfect wedding photo album isn’t as important as having the happy marriage you promise each other, but fifty years down the line, when you are showing the photos to your grandchildren, you want to feel like you are reliving all the best moments all over again.