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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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how to prepare for a photo shoot

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.

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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 🙂

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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.

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photo from the wedding

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.

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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!

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unusual wedding photosPho­to: Tania Zay­ats

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.

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pre-wedding photo session

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 🙂