GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

The best wedding photos start with getting the right photographer. Whether you go on recommendation, or find yours online, be sure to check through their online portfolio to ensure their style and packages fit with your ideal. Once you’ve found your photographer, follow these tips to get the most out of your investment

Think about time 
Decide how many hours you want your photographer around. Do you want to capture everything, from the bridal party getting ready, through to the evening disco? Or just coverage of the ceremony, speeches and reception?

Consider whether you want daytime and night time shots. Do you have more than one venue? If most of your guests are only attending in the evening or the location looks spectacular by night, it’s worth investing in capturing those evening hours. It’s also important to discuss these arrangements ahead of time so all the right cameras and lenses are ready to capture shots in varying light conditions.

If you want to cover the full day, you’re probably looking at nine hours. My style is candid/documentary; I take a no fuss approach to capture natural images to really get a feel for the atmosphere of the day. I will include a number of formal group shots, but the majority of my work is composed of unplanned, organic images of you and your wedding guests. .

Think about space
If you’re having your hair and makeup done professionally and want it captured, think about the space this will take place in. If you’re in a hotel room and have a large bridal party plus a glamour squad, ensure you allow yourselves enough time to get ready so you are not stressed as it will show in your photos. You want to take time and enjoy your day, and for this to be reflected in your images.

When designing your seating plan, consider where your photographer will be during the speeches. They’ll need to space to walk around and capture different angles, without causing a disturbance! Personally I like to spend time working my way around the area the wedding or reception is taking place, and capturing different moments as they naturally occur. I don’t use overly large, bulky equipment as I like to blend in, ensuring I capture totally organic photos of you and your guests.

Be specific 
Give your photographer a rough idea of who you definitely want to feature in some of your shots. This is especially important for capturing guests like Grandma who might not always be in the thick of the action. I try and capture as many guests as possible but let me know which guests (that aren’t perhaps part of the wedding party) you really want to feature in your photos. 

Tell your photographer if there’s a surprise, something sentimental or something quirky you’d like to capture. It’s best to plan these things ahead of time so your photographer can be ready and in position to capture those special moments. Planning a flash mob at the reception? Wearing red Dr Martins under your dress? Whatever your style, make sure it’s snapped.

Have confidence 
Trust in your photographer is essential to look great in front of the lens. Some test shots a few weeks before the big day will give you a chance to practice your poses and bounce ideas around. It also gives you a chance to get to know them. Meeting you both before the big day gives us an opportunity to discuss the most important elements of your wedding and what you want to come across in your shots. Ultimately I aim to glean beautiful and natural moments of your day, so communication will put you at ease, help the day flow, and ultimately, ensure a package of great memories.

For enquiries, please contact me at info@claytonejane.co.uk.