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Ten photography tips for your wedding day

If you want the best from your wedding photographs follow these the simple tips…

1 Choose the right photographer. This may sound obvious, but there are many different styles out there from reportage to vintage so make sure you do your research and take a good look at their work. Follow it up with a phone call or email and preferably a face to face meeting.

2 Trust your photographer – after all, they have been doing this longer than you have! If you have chosen well and are having a reportage style album, try to forget the photographer is there and let them get on with it.

3 Its pretty much impossible to photograph every guest on the day (unless you go for one big group shot) so if there are specific people you want to include make sure the photographer knows beforehand. Also choose a reliable guest that the photographer can go to if they need help with identifying friends or relatives.

4 Think about the light. Light starts to fade at about 3.30-4pm for a winter wedding, so consider bringing the ceremony forward. In the summer time the best light often comes later in the evening when the sun softens as it starts to set. When choosing a venue, try to consider the type of room you are getting ready in and where the ceremony and reception is being held. Dark, wood panelled rooms may look great but they soak up the light which is essential to a photographer shooting documentary style with no flash.

5 Hold back on the group shots. If you really do want some, keep them under 20 minutes. One of the things I hear most at weddings is guests moaning that they went to a wedding and the photographer kept everybody waiting while they were doing group shots. If you are looking for a reportage style, the time used doing the groups will impact on the time left for great, natural pictures.

6 Getting ready. Try to choose locations close enough for the photographer to make it to both the bride and groom. It’s nice to have preparation pictures of both parties and it’s a good way for the photographer to get to know some of the key people before the main event begins.

7 If your venue has the room and the weather is likely to be good, consider taking some outdoor games to play. A couple of badminton rackets, a football and a kids cricket set for example are easy to come by and give the photographer some great photo opportunities.

8 If possible, resized19ry to meet your photographer at the venue before the actual day. It’s the ideal place to meet and it will give the photographer a good feel for the venue and a chance to assess the light and look at suitable locations.

9 If you are having a church wedding, check first with the vicar that it will be ok for the photographer to take pictures during the ceremony. Let them know that the photographer will be discreet and they won’t be using flash. Registrars tend to be more relaxed although it is still worth checking.

10 Do you need a video? If you are having reportage style photography there may well be no need as the way the day unfolds, from getting ready to the dances, will be told in the pictures. If you do opt for a videographer, it is probably worth putting the two in touch beforehand to discuss the way they both operate.

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