err on the side of politeness. . .or economy. . .when friends
or relatives volunteer to take your wedding photographs. Get a
professional one who thoroughly understands lighting techniques
and one who is skilled at creatively capturing the tender, joyous
and humorous moments of your wedding and reception on film.
your photographer early, at least twelve months in advance. Visit
their studio, review their portfolio and talk about the pictures
you envision of your wedding. Determine clearly, at this meeting,
your photography budget. Agree on a firm figure for both the deposit
and the final payment and pay both promptly.
with your photographer the type of wedding you're planning, the
location and time of both the ceremony and reception. Be sure
the photographer reviews considerations regarding lighting.
very important issue to discuss with your photography company
is what, where, when and how to capture the "formal portraits.
" The consensus of professionals is that taking the formals
right after the ceremony dampens the spontaneity of the reception.
Taking the formal groupings before the ceremony, either with Bride
and Groom together or separately, will allow for a calm and enjoyable
photo session and will allow the couple to enjoy their cocktail
party with all of their family and friends.
your wedding party is large, or you have large families, you may
want to appoint a photographic assistant for both families. They
should know everyone in your family by sight and be able to assist
the photographer by making sure all essential family groupings
forget to inform your photographer of any sensitive situations
in your respective families, such as recently deceased grandparents
or divorced parents, stepparents, etc.
photography contract is a complex one; be sure you understand
l exactly the quantity and size of prints you will be buying,
when proofs will l available, the type of proofs provided, when
the finished work will be ready.
you're satisfied that you have conveyed all your wishes to the
photographer, relax and let him fulfill those wishes. A professional
photographer will gently control the formal posing, unobtrusively
capture the candid moments and produce an album that genuinely
reflects the love and happiness you and your families share on
your wedding day