3 Things Every Couple Should Know About Wedding Photography

While every wedding is unique, there are some traditions and rituals that have endured the tests of time and have become a staple to many, if not most, wedding day celebrations. One of the most enduring of these rituals is wedding photos.

Of course, everybody wants to capture snapshots that commemorate the day where a couple has exchanged their vows of love and devotion. It’s not hard to see why staged, professional photographs have become borderline essential to weddings worldwide. But if you’ve never been married before, you don’t really know what you’re getting into. You won’t until the moment arrives, which can be stressful after all this time spent carefully calculating and planning.

This article will help you navigate the difficult surprises that may come up during your time spent with your wedding photographer.

What You Need to Know About Wedding Photography

Yes, you should be relying on the expertise and professional opinion of your professional wedding photographer for a bulk of the experience. However, it will drastically improve your time spent if you walk into your wedding day with some knowledge in your pocket. Here are three things that you, as the spouses-to-be, should know ahead of time.

Big Group Pictures are a Pain

For everyone involved, group wedding portraits can be quite agitating. It’s not exactly as simple as smushing everyone together so they fit into the frame and getting them to say “cheese!” Lighting and composition will be taken into consideration by any professional photographer, and the unpredictability of large groups can add some difficulty. Your photographer may need to re-stage the shot a few times and prompt several people to help ensure the best image possible.

You, your spouse, the photographer and the guests might grow agitated or bored but rest assured that it will end! Discuss with your photographer when the best time might be to stage these particularly challenging shots.

Backdrops Make a Big Impact – not the Details

While you might be invested in a really cool detail that will add some “oomph” to certain pictures, know that most details will be missed across the photos taken. A wedding backdrop is significantly more impactful, especially during the ceremony when the photographer typically has minimal room to work. In many venues, the backdrop does a lot of work to help make each photo interesting.

Plan Some Extra Time

Just in case of the unexpected, you should try to accommodate an extra hour into your preparations prior to the wedding ceremony. Weddings can be hectic events where anything can happen. Sometimes, couples end up frantically trying to recover with no time to spare. This doesn’t make it easy to get that elated vibe that should be present in your photos. If the unexpected doesn’t happen and you have time to spare, this time can be used to relax a bit before festivities kick off.