Your wedding photos capture all of those special moments on your big day, so it’s important that you get them just right. Here, photographer Robert Shack shares his ultimate do's and don'ts for your big-day pics...
#1 Do your research
Finding a photographer with a style that suits yours isn’t necessarily straight forward. Instagram is a great place to start to find lovely images that may lead you to the perfect photographer.
#2 Do meet with your photographer before the big day
Use this meeting to get across exactly what you want from your wedding photos and ask them to bring along examples of at least four different weddings for you to see their work in depth.
#3 Do have a pre-wedding shoot
An engagement shoot is something to get excited about before the stress of wedding planning kicks in. Choose a special place that means something to you to like the place you got engaged or perhaps where you first met. As well as providing lovely keepsake images, it’s a great way to practice feeling comfortable in front of the camera.
#4 Do keep to your time schedule
Make sure your hair and make-up artists are aware of the time you need to be ready by, because if this overruns you might not have time to get those lovely pre-wedding shots with your girls.
#5 Do ask to be involved in the selection process
Most photographers will provide digital copies of all of your photos, but if you’re planning to have a special photo album made by the photographer, sit down together to choose which images convey your wedding story the best.
#6 Do take time out for shots of just the two of you
After all of the fun of the group shots is over, make sure you reserve time for your photographer to capture those special, romantic shots of just you two – the happy couple! Going for a walk around the grounds before the day is a nice way to find little secluded spots you might like to get a picture by.
#7 Don’t leave booking too late
As with most aspects of wedding planning, booking should be done way in advance. All of the good photographers get booked up – so make sure you get yours secured!
#8 Don’t scrimp on your photography budget
These are images that you are going to cherish forever and in years to come you will be showing to your children and even grandchildren, so make sure you allocate enough of your wedding spend to get a reputable photographer.
#9 Don’t leave all of the orgnisation down to the photographer
Have someone on hand, like a toastmaster, wedding planner of even just a member of your family to round-up guests for group photos and make sure everyone stays close.
#10 Don’t put pressure on yourself to pose
Yes, of course you want to look nice in all of your wedding shots – but natural, candid shots come across much better, so try to just enjoy the moment and those smiles will come naturally.
#11 Don’t expect too much from your guests
Give a realistic list of group shots to your photographer – I’d recommend a maximum of 10 different groups. Your guests will be itching to get the party started and won’t want to stand around for too long.
#12 Don’t forget to enjoy the process!
Fretting over the fact that your hair is being ruined by the wind or that your bouquet doesn’t match your bridesmaid dresses perfectly isn’t going to give you nice photographs. Try to be in the moment and the happiness will shine through for everyone to see!
All images: Robert Shack Photography.