Trust is the key ingredient to any relationship and this is true for the relationship you have with your Wedding Photographer. There's a reason you chose them to capture the most important day of your life. While you may have a vision of how you want some of your images to turn out, for the most part, you are going to have to put a lot of trust in your photographer. Trusting your photographer a little more in these main areas will not only result in better images for you to remember your big day by but will also relieve you of some stress as well.
1. Choosing the Location of the Shot
Your Wedding Photographer will have taken the time to familiarize themselves with your reception location or areas around your ceremony site to find the best places to photograph. They'll know where gets the best light and where the best scenery is.
2. Time of Day to Shoot
Lighting is key to creating beautiful images and using the natural light of the sun will produce the best lighting setting but that doesn't mean any time of the day will give you the same results. Your photographer will know what time of day will be best to take those gorgeous outdoor shots that won't leave harsh shadows on your face or when to sneak outside to take some night inspired shots.
Trust your photographer to know what pose is the most flattering for you. They can see how the light is illuminating you and what is in the background. While some photographers will take into consideration your picture ideas, you shouldn't be offended if they do not use your ideas. Most times you'll be working with limited time and light and you don't want to waste much of either on your big day.
For all the reasons named above (limited time and what is flattering to you) I do a Love Shoot with all my clients before their big day. They either book a full session and choose the location which is special to them, or we have a quick session at the time of our final meeting so that they can feel more at ease in front of the camera on their big day and so that I can give them some tips. Doing this (a full or quick session) has always worked wonderfully!!! :)
4. Editing Your Photos
Trust your photographer’s creative eye during the editing process. They will know which images will look best in black and white, color, cropped and which ones to add special effects to, if any. Part of the editing process is a part of their style and this is one of the reasons you hired them. Trust them to use their skills to make each image stunning.
5. Handling Printing Your Photos
Your photographer knows where to get prints made and probably has a long-term relationship with a reputable printing company. The worst thing you can do is have a stunning image, order a large print and find the colors are off, the image is blurred or it simply looks dull. Knowing where to get your prints made, what size they should be done in and which ones will look best in your albums, wall art or thank you cards is part of the package you get when you hired a professional photographer. Trust them and listen to what they think will look best for what you want. My clients always ask for advice when it comes to printing and I'm happy to help wherever I can.
Above all... be honest with your Wedding Photographer about what is important to you on your big day. Your photographer will be a seasoned pro (if you choose a professional) and he/she will be able to give you the right advice to help you feel at ease and look your best!
Happy planning !