In a wedding there are a number of important details to keep in mind, many of which we would not normally consider. Organizing a wedding is a complicated task and can be stressful, especially if we do not have enough time to do it.
It is thus highly recommended to hire a professional wedding planner to relieve us of all the tension and worries involved in organizing. Sometimes this is not possible or we simply do not want to hire a wedding planner because we would rather do everything ourselves. In this case, we will need advice from each of the professionals participating in our wedding.
Professionals working at weddings have a great deal of experience and knowledge. It is very important to ask each of them for advice in order to have a general idea of the problems that may arise.
In terms of the photography, there are lots of details that we can consider. Of course, my suggestions are simply recommendations aimed at achieving the best wedding photo shoot possible.
Firstly, we have to be aware that our attitude is essential. A wedding has a lot in common with the performing arts: there is a wardrobe, make-up, audience, a script to follow—and all of this can lead us to act out a part. Feeling at ease is fundamental for taking photographs that reflect your personality and allow you to identify yourselves. Therefore, it is very important that you are relaxed.
Picking out the wardrobe is one of the most personal elements in a wedding, which is why it is important that you do not allow yourselves to be influenced by the opinions surrounding you. You should pick clothing that you really like. This will help you feel more comfortable and enjoy everything that happens on the wedding day to the fullest, which, of course, will be reflected in the photographs.
Make-up and hairdressing
Another aspect that affects the photos is undoubtedly the make-up and hairstyle. It is something that few people stop and think about, but it is important that you do a trial run of the make-up and hairstyle to make sure there are no unwanted surprises on the day of the wedding. It is recommended that the make-up not be overdone, and that it is kept simple by highlighting your features.
Houses and hotels
The places you choose for the preparations are extremely important. The context in which the photos are taken greatly affects the final result. You should keep in mind that the place should be spacious, well-lit, with few people and, most importantly, well-organized.
The bride and groom often do not realize how messy the rooms can become, especially when they have spent the previous night in the hotel. It is normal to overlook this detail with all the other work involved in the preparations, but it is necessary that someone be in charge of cleaning up the room before I get there, since this will help achieve photos that are cleaner, and therefore more elegant.
The ceremony is probably the most complicated moment to control, but you can keep a few details in mind to help me obtain better photos. The floral decorations are without doubt one of the most important aspects to consider, and it is recommended that a professional be hired to do this, since the photos are greatly improved when the space is well-decorated.
The decor of the interior space is fundamental, however, it is also necessary to remove strange objects that can be found in the church or in the place where the ceremony is being held (fans that are not being used, unnecessary tripods, chairs that may be in the way, trash cans, signs, etc.).
The lighting is crucial since I work with natural light. Normally churches have lighting but sometimes it is not used 100%. It is essential that all available lighting in the church is utilized so that I can have enough light to work without a flash and be true to my style.
The portraits that I take of the newly-weds alone after the ceremony are of great importance. In order to obtain very beautiful photos, it is fundamental to be in a special place, if possible surrounded by nature with a landscape that we can use to situate us far from the normal context. This location is very important, and so it is highly recommended to go out and explore the area in order to find places that are nearby and favorable.
As in the church, the same ideas are recommended for the restaurant: pay attention to the decoration and the lighting, and remove strange objects that can be done without.
The dancing is very important, yet the details that create favorable photos are normally not considered. It is essential to have sufficient lighting for the discotheque, as well as a spotlight for illuminating the newly-weds when they start their dance. It is highly recommended to include colored lights, lasers, disco balls, etc., as all of these elements will provide lots of color and vitality to the final photographs.
Today, everyone has a digital camera, and a wedding is of course a great moment to use it. I do not have any problems with people taking photos around me—I understand and I know that it is inevitable.
What I do recommend is that you kindly ask the guests to try not to interfere with my work as hired professional. It is especially important that the other photographers respect my privileged space and allow me to work with complete freedom, keeping in mind that they should not compete with me, but rather allow me to move around.
Evidently, each of these pieces of advice is merely given with the goal of obtaining the best photographic shoot possible. Therefore, it is in your hands to accept each of them as you see fit.
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