You spend weeks, months, and sometimes years planning every facet of your big day down to the very last beloved detail. And as we know, when the big day finally arrives, it’s over and done with in what seems like the blink of an eye. Besides the most beautiful memories, you want your photographs to encompass everything you experienced and planned for on your special day. Robyn Russell, a Burlington-based wedding photographer, shares with us her top five tips for the getting the most from your wedding photographer:
- Communicate your needs ahead of time with your photographer. "Let them know what's important to you so that there's no second-guessing on your big day."
- Light plays a crucial role in how your wedding photos will look. "Ask your photographer for their advice, especially when it comes to how the light will look during your ceremony. As photographers, we love it when you ask for our input, as there are some situations that we simply cannot control."
- Trust your photographer. "Chances are, we have photographed a lot of weddings and have seen it all! We want your wedding day to run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. We know how important a stress-free day is to our couples. It's important to us, too. Share your timeline with your photographer so you’re both on the same page."
- Treat your photographer like family. "Little things, such as being seated with guests and eating when guests are eating, mean that the bride and groom went above and beyond to make their photographer feel special. It goes a long way for photographers to have a few minutes to re-energize themselves for the rest of the festivities."
- Less is more. "Sometimes, we see couples who try to pack a lot into their day, which can be stressful. Keep your locations and ideas simple. Magic can happen anywhere, even in a parking lot. When you give your wedding day space to breathe, it means your photographer will be able to step back and capture more intimate moments between you and your guests, which are equally as important as your formal photography."
Brittany Johnson is a Canadian content creator, actress, and writer. Vintage huntress and dog mom, when she is not working at a tech start-up, with a focus on lifting up the next generation of young women, she can be found in her bed with a facemask on, watching Nora Ephron movies on repeat.