Your wedding is one of the most precious moments in your life and there are 3 simple steps to achieving photographic success. You want amazing photos. And you deserve amazing photos. But are there ways to insure more photographic success? Yes!!! And all the perfect Pinterest boards show us this. Unfortunately YouTube also shows us epic fails. So how do you get closer to photographic success? And what is photographic success? We define it as anticipating and capturing all the important moments that tell the story of your wedding day.
Step 1. Hire a professional
First, hire a pro. I know this seems like an obvious answer. But a friend or family member with a new, expensive camera is not a professional. And although they may be gifted at photography, they are not a wedding photographer. We are different. We understand the pressure. We know how time flies. We anticipate the important moments. Also professional wedding photographers understand light, body mechanics, expressions, personalities, and interpersonal & group dynamics. And we have experience to handle issues when they arise. We’re a wedding pro. Our chances of succeeding are greater and your chances of photographic success are higher. Did I mention we anticipate the important moments? Anticipation is critical to photographic success.
Step 2. Plan your Wedding Completely
Second, plan your wedding day. Don’t just of think about it in general terms. Create a very specific time line. Make time for the photos that are important. If you don’t create time, space and energy for photos, then they’ll not only feel rushed, but look rushed too. And you’ll forget important ones. Create a timeline. Create a list of most important photos. Be specific. Work with the professional photographer you hired. When you plan for success, you achieve greater success. It’s the same with your wedding photos.
Step 3. Tell everyone photos are top priority
Third, and finally, empower the folks around you. When you select a venue, a coordinator, a cake maker, a DJ, a maid of honor, a planner & all the other people who will make your wedding wonderful, give them power to make better choices. Explain your preferences and priorities. Share your concerns. Help everyone involved have all the information to make your wedding day better. Tell your family, friends and guests that photos are top priority. Specifically, as it pertains to photography, tell your photographer about guests who’ll need more attention. Tell your photographer if your parents are divorced and don’t get along. Tell you photographer if your parents are divorced but now get along better than ever. Tell your photographer about any and every little detail that can impact your wedding photos. Help your photographer manage your expectations.
Is it really this simple? It really is. First, hire a pro. Spend the money. Photos are the tangible memories of your wedding. Second, plan your wedding day – all of it! Write it out. Make lists of photos. Create time for those photos. Third, get everyone on the same page so they know how important your wedding photos are. Tell everyone your priorities. Share your expectations. Empower those around you to help your wedding photos be more successful. These are the 3 steps to photographic success on your wedding day.
And when you are ready to choose a photographer for your wedding, we’d love to help you follow these 3 steps to photographic success on your wedding day.