Making Your Bristol Wedding Photographs the Best they Can Be
Everyone knows the wealth of knowledge and expertise a wedding planner brings to the table. However, they are not the only professionals in attendance at a wedding. Ask around Bristol wedding photographers and you’ll find that their valuable insight is a largely underused resource.
Who could be better placed to give their views than a professional who spends more time with the bride and groom than anyone else? Over years, an experienced wedding photographer can pick up some great tips along the way, to make your big day and the photographs of your big day as good as they can be.
With that in mind, this Bristol wedding photgorapher is sharing just a few of those insights with you.
Cheaper isn’t always better for your Bristol Wedding Photographs
Great wedding photographers get booked up way in advance, so you tend to have to wait to secure their services. They are also less inclined to negotiate on price – as they know they don’t have to – so if someone is free and cheap, you need to see portfolio work before you commit. Saying that I do offer a 25% discount on late availability weddings – click here to see my booking calendar. You may be able to get yourself an excellent bargain.
In particular, look for examples of work they’ve done on weddings that have bad weather or bad lighting. A good, experienced photographer will be able to create beautiful pictures whatever the conditions.
If the top line price seems to cheap, ask yourself why. What is it they may be compromising on? They may have another, full time, job and can’t concentrate on your editing and retouching (if they do any). DO they have all the required insurances (professional & personal liability)
Try and Relax
If you are relaxed on your big day, then it will show in your photographs. As difficult as it may sound, spend some time with your friends beforehand. If you’re calm and enjoying yourself, your photographs will turn out looking much more natural.
If your Bristol wedding photographer offers a pre-wedding shoot then I’d suggest taking it with arms wide open. It really gives you a good idea of what they are like as a person, the real quality of the images they produce and much more importantly gives both of you a chance to practise those little moves/poses that make you both look even more amazing. It’s nerve wracking being in front of a camera, and a pre-wedding photography session really can help. Don’t be afraid to ask for one to be included! 😉
Don’t Do ‘Photo Fatigue’
It can feel like you need every possible pose for your Bristol wedding photographs you can have your wedding photographer capture every moment of your wedding day, but what you want to avoid is doing too many. Get your key shots done while everyone is happy and enjoying things and get back inside to enjoy your day.
Again, it is a personal choice but have a think about what you really want. Photographs to remember and that can be printed onto canvas and hung on your wall, or just a series of almost random snaps of people enjoying themselves that you wouldn’t have on your wall. Or maybe a mixture of both. It is up to YOU to give the photographer the time required to create those “Created Moments” that will hang on your wall. It’s up to your guests to be themselves for those random and often funny images!
Forget About the Dress (If you have one)
Many brides can end up spending too much time keeping their beautiful dress clean and not enough time taking every moment in. Your dress WILL get dirty at some point and usually at the bottom, which, fortunately, won’t show in your photos. So just relax.
Choose a good, experienced Bristol wedding photographer and you have a wealth of knowledge to tap into. They will know how to pose you and your partner so as to make the most of the dress and ground conditions.
Trust in the judgement of a professional and above all – enjoy your day!
Write a List!
Seriously. Write a list of wedding photographs you MUST have (often family groups) and wedding photographs that are NICE to have. It’s a great help to your Bristol wedding photographer to do this, and allows them to ensure they are working for you, and not just photographing for their own personal portfolio. Think though that you may be standing around for a long time (especially of your wedding photographer isn’t organised like me!) with a long list. Keep the groups to maybe 10 or so. For what it is worth I’m fine with family and group photographs at weddings, love doing them and love people asking for them.
Think though that you may be standing around for a long time (especially of your wedding photographer isn’t organised like me!) with a long list. Keep the groups to maybe 10 or so. For what it is worth I’m fine with family and group photographs at weddings, love doing them and love people asking for them.
Use the whole wedding venue
Yup – make sure the Bristol wedding photographer you choose uses ALL of that gorgeous and amazing wedding venue you have paid a fortune for! Get photographs of it, and get photographs of you and your partner all over it! Yes, it may take a little more time, but trust me that it will be worth it in the end.
Some links to my web pages you may find useful
Check out my web page at St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club, specially written for clients getting married at this great wedding venue!
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