We are sure that you are not going to pose “with the groom on the palm of your hand” or hug a tree in the garden near the restaurant, looking mysteriously into the lens. But a beautiful wedding photo session is not only a matter of taste. The quality of the captured photo shoot depends on the photographer, your preparation, planning and a bunch of other little things. Often the pictures do not turn out the way the bride imagined them. But you want perfect photos, so that you can review them with pleasure from year to year. And with the same enthusiasm as the first time, and not with comments: “Ha ha, look at my stupid posture.”
Choosing a great photographer does not mean getting great photos. We’ve put together a list of the top wedding photography mistakes and tips on how to fix them and get the wedding photos you’ve been dreaming of.
Mistake No. 1: Forgetting that the result of a wedding photo shoot depends on the weather
The weather has repeatedly made its own adjustments to carefully planned celebrations, and therefore, we advise you to prepare a backup plan for shooting. For example, in case it starts to rain. Look for ideas for an indoor wedding photo shoot, save yourself interesting locations for such shots. If the weather turns bad, you and your fiancé will know what to do.
Mistake #2: Don’t take friends with you to the photo session to help
For a professional, a couple’s photo session consists of such moments as: meeting the set time, adjusting the light, adjusting the poses, and shooting the material. But both you and the groom may need help from outside, not from the photographer. Fix the dress, update the make-up, bring glasses of champagne and all that. It’s even banal to give water if it’s hot outside. Take two friends with you to your wedding photo shoot to help with carrying and other small errands. This will greatly simplify the shooting process, and you will not have to decide everything yourself.
Mistake #3: Entrust wedding photography to a non-professional
A friend with a good camera doesn’t equal good pictures. Beautiful wedding photos are expensive for a reason, but because it is a difficult job. Do not trust her friend, because he may agree in good faith and is not responsible for the pictures you receive. Alternatively, you can ask him to photograph, but just for the sake of additional material for memory, and not instead of a professional.
Mistake #4: Overdoing the creative
Unnatural poses, obvious photoshop, staged shots and that’s all in the wedding photo shoot. The best idea is to find a photographer for shooting who does not have similar shots in his portfolio. There are only natural shots, and, at most, a play with light. And most importantly, the wedding photos show the sincere emotions of the bride and groom. Just look at how it turned out for other couples, and decide for yourself what you like best. By the way: we advise you to ask the photographer to take a couple of black and white shots, these will definitely remain in fashion.
Mistake #5: It’s Too Late to Start Looking for a Photographer
The best wedding photographers tend to be swamped with work months in advance. Therefore, in order not to choose the “best of the rest” for your photo shoot, we advise you to start your search in advance. There will be time to find specialists, ask them about prices and make an informed decision. And if you still have to look for a photographer in an accelerated mode — use our Tenders: leave a request with wishes, and the specialists themselves will offer you their services.
Mistake #6: Not preparing your references for the photographer before shooting.
Even if you describe in detail to a person your ideas for wedding photos, he may imagine the shooting in a completely different way. The best way to convey an idea is to collect references. These are examples of photos that you need as a result of a wedding photo shoot. You can look for them from girlfriends who have already been in the role of a bride, and just on Pinterest. Show the photographer specific examples of frames, lighting, processing. This will increase the chances of seeing the pictures of your dreams.
Mistake #7: Schedule your own shooting time
If you do not discuss the time for a photo session in advance, there is a risk of getting sunlit or too dark shots. The photographer is not to blame for this: the quality of lighting on the street depends on every minute. Be sure to check with a professional about timing before planning your shoot.
Mistake #8: Not holding a meeting with a photographer
Choose a person not only by a cool portfolio, but also by your own feelings. We advise you to conduct an interview with him before giving an advance payment for the work. So you and your fiancé will immediately understand whether it will be comfortable to pose in front of this person at a wedding shoot, whether you have mutual understanding. If you feel any tension, then look for another photographer. Yours will understand everything perfectly and you will be comfortable in his presence.
Mistake #9: Refusing a Love Story Trial
You can prepare to the smallest detail in theory, but in front of the camera you suddenly realize that you are nervous and don’t even know what to do with it. To prevent this from happening, we advise you to conduct a trial photo session before the holiday. So you and your fiancé will be able to understand how to pose better, work out, and just feel more confident after such an experience. As a bonus — get another cool joint photo shoot from a professional photographer 🙂
And in order not to miss anything — read our tips, how to prepare for love-story.
Mistake #10: Focus on posing
The most interesting wedding photos are often taken by accident. Leave room for spontaneity, laughter, tomfoolery, dancing, kissing “as if no one is watching.” No need to constantly look into the frame, staged a smile and stand in fixed poses. Give the photographer a chance to capture sincere feelings and random moments in pictures. As an option, to relax, you can choose your favorite music for a photo session, to which you and your fiancé simply cannot resist dancing.
Mistake #11: Forcing the groom to pose
If one of you wants to relax, then you don’t need to forcefully drag a person to pose in front of the camera. Adults are also often children, and persistence in this matter can completely discourage the desire to be photographed. And if you do it through force, because “it’s necessary”, then the poses on the set will turn out to be the same. You don’t want to get photos later, where on the groom’s face a forced smile hides the universal pain? 🙂 Try not to be nervous if something doesn’t go according to plan at the wedding photo shoot. There will still be enough personnel in the end, and it is much more important to keep a good mood on this day.
Mistake #12: Leaving important prep moments out of the lens
The morning of the bride, the preparation of the groom, the party of girlfriends in the kitchen, excited parents — all this can become part of a touching photo story. We advise you to hire a photographer for such shots for the whole day, and not just for a photo session of the newlyweds. Then the photo album will be really saturated with memories of this important day.
In addition, it was not in vain that we wrote how to get chic photo “morning of the bride” 😉
Mistake #13: The same locations in the city
You know, there are places and buildings in every city that are more like a photo zone? If you and your fiancé do not want to stand in line for a picture with the rest of the newlyweds, it is better to avoid such places on the set. Or find places in locations where couples appear less often. For example, everyone is photographed near the KPI, against the background of the building or in its corridors. You can go to a beautiful library or one of the classrooms.
Or you can rent a car and take the time to drive with a photographer to a more original place. Or rent a beautiful room and come up with your own photo zone there. It is always possible to find a place where no one has taken such photos before. We are sure you will succeed!
Mistake #14: Posing Tired
Don’t eat before the photo shoot, don’t get enough sleep, schedule a bunch of tasks before the shooting starts. All these mistakes will lead to the fact that both you and the groom will no longer be mentally ready to relax in front of the photographer’s camera. Dreams of food, sleep and relaxation are not the best mood for romantic shots. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself before shooting.
Mistake #15: Trying to be in control while shooting
You have already assigned tasks to your girlfriends and told what you need to follow. I chose a great photographer, discussed ideas with him, found the right place. What’s next? Relax, let go of these little things and direct all your attention to your loved one. To make the photos beautiful, try not to get hung up on how to do everything right, but enjoy the process of the wedding photo shoot itself.
We want your wedding photography to be perfect. And if you have already started looking for a photographer, be sure to check out our Catalog 🙂