When it comes to wedding investments, few are as important as your wedding photography.
Although your big day will no doubt pass by in a beautiful blur, your wedding album will serve as a permanent reminder of each moment that occurred – whether that was the groom’s first glimpse of his bride, your first kiss as a married couple, or an errant aunt breaking out the moves on the dance floor later in the evening.
Your choice of photographer and the style of photography you choose for your big day will go a long way towards creating a wedding gallery to remember. So, how do you ensure you get exactly what you want?
Choosing the right photographer
The chances are you knew your photographer was the right fit for your wedding the moment you met them. Perhaps it was their laidback approach to shooting your wedding, or their impressive portfolio of previous weddings; perhaps you fell in love with their personality, or their ability to capture the most intimate moments.
Whatever it was, you’re no doubt excited about receiving those pictures once your big day has been and gone. Before signing on the dotted line be sure to discuss your budget, and find out exactly how long the photographer is prepared to stay with you on your big day. It is these kinds of details that can make or break your ideal gallery.
Don’t be afraid to tell your photographer what you want
While it can be tempting to trust your photographer’s judgment and grant them creative reign over your big day, it’s important to have your say. Having shot numerous weddings throughout their career, your photographer should have the ability to synthesise your desires with their experience and will appreciate your honesty and direction to achieve that. What is it that makes your wedding day so unique?
What shots do you really want them to capture? From those early morning images as you both get ready, right through to the evening party, this is your opportunity to tell the story of your wedding day in glorious colour – or sophisticated sepia, if you so choose. Your photographer should offer you a full consultation prior to your big day, so use your time to discuss the moments that matters to you.
Think about your guests
Your guests are an integral part of your big day, so think carefully about the group and individual shots you would like. Most couples aim to take at least one set of images featuring everyone, while you’re bound to want family and friendship groups too. Be careful to note down all images, regardless of how simple they are, to ensure nothing is left out.
Oh, and one more tip: appoint somebody, such as the best man, to direct group photos and ensure everyone knows what’s going on. The taking of photographs can be a frustrating time for guests, so keep things light and friendly so nobody gets bored, or feels pushed around.
Make the most of your venue
Whether you fell in love with its elegance, its atmosphere, or its panoramic countryside views, we’re betting that you chose your wedding venue for a reason – so why not make the most of your environment during your wedding photography? Our gorgeous wedding venues across Essex and Suffolk will create the perfect backdrop for your big day, offering stunning scenery and striking architectural features for the intimate moments you never want to forget.
Located in the heart of Constable’s Countryside, and surrounded by the Dedham Vale, Maison Talbooth in Colchester offers ideal opportunities for gorgeous external shots. Hutton Hall in Brentwood, meanwhile, has some striking original features and a Georgian elegance that will illuminate your gallery. With over 60 years of experience in the wedding industry, we understand how important the venue can be to the overall ambience of your big day.
Wedding photography is one aspect of your wedding you should never compromise on. The images your photographer captures are going to serve as a magical reminder of your big day long after the confetti has settled. Make sure your wedding album is one you can fall in love with over and over again.