Your wedding photos will last a lifetime – that’s why it’s always best to hire a professional, rather than relying on candid shots snapped by family and friends.
We asked wedding photographer Kelly Taylor for her tips!
We asked Kelly Taylor of The Bridal Lounge to share her tips on making sure your wedding photos don’t disappoint. Here’s what she said…
“As a wedding photographer, my goal is to give you the best experience possible all crammed into a very busy, sometimes stressful day. There are a jillion tips for executing a wedding but these are just a few lesson I’ve learned along my journey:
If you have a certain date, photographer, venue, etc in mind, and you want to ensure they are available for your special day, book early. Yes that means 18 months in advance sometimes.
Know your Guest Count
Don’t be disappointed if after you’ve booked the venue of your dreams, they cannot accommodate the number of guests you have. A place like The Elm Hurst Inn & Spa has reception spaces suitable for parties of all sizes, but before you do the leg work and spend your time and money, have a realistic idea about how many guests will be coming to your wedding. This is also helpful when breaking down the budget.
Will you have a large wedding, or a small one? Know before your book!
I have to be careful with this one! Just as every couple is different, each person has their own level of organization. I tell my couples that the more detailed planning you do before, the easier your day will be. When I meet new couples I immediately lay out a rough timeline to get a basic overview of how the day might look. It helps with co-coordinating other vendors, booking hair appointments etc. Now, please don’t start making DIY favours two years before your ceremony(unless that’s how you roll) , just set small goals and don’t kill yourself trying to achieve them. Spread them out over time, and enjoy the ride.
Let your Vendors help lead the way
Working in the industry, I work with other professionals all the time. I see what products look fabulous and which DO NOT look fabulous. Let one vendor lead you to another. We know the great make-up artists and limo companies in your area! Ask and ye shall receive.
Ignore the camera and just Be
You look beautiful so don’t worry about me taking a bad shot. That’s my job. I will direct you when necessary, but otherwise enjoy your day.
Ignore the camera and just be!
Accept that things won’t be perfect
That’ right I said it. It won’t be. The goal is for everything to run smoothly, but things happen that are out of your control so please don’t let one problem ruin everything else. A little dirt on your dress will go unnoticed but you will have your pictures for a thousand years!!
Consider doing a First Look
A First Look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony and get most of the photos out of the way. Now, I am all for a traditional walk down the aisle, but more and more couples want to walk out the aisle as husband and wife and into a martini reception with their loved ones – instead of going for a photo shoot. A ‘First Look’ is also great because you can get your photos done when you are fresh and full of energy earlier in the day.
A First Look can ensure you get photos to last a lifetime!
Lose the Glitter
Its one of those silly little things, but it makes a difference. Glitter looks strange in photographs. So wait for the photos to be done, then go crazy with the stuff!
Consider a Cocktail Dress for the evening
I know what you are thinking. “Kelly, I would never do that, I love my dress so much I will want to wear it all night!”
You say that now, but after being sucked in and tightened up for the afternoon, you will want a little wiggle room to get a decent breath in and really relax for the party portion of your day. A recent bride of mine told me after her wedding that she really wished she had a second dress to enjoy her meal and to dance the night away with ease.
Don’t forget to enjoy your big day!
It is so important for you to simply just enjoy it. This day is for you and your partner, and yes it will be a whirlwind but it will be the best time you’ve ever had. Live in the moment and be present. It will definitely translate in the pictures!