Not sticking to a schedule
I can’t emphasise enough the importance of being organised and sticking to a planned timeline for the day. This is especially important if everything isn’t happening in the one location. Make a wedding timeline and appoint a bridesmaid to make sure that the morning is running on time. It only happens once and you want to make sure that there is enough time for everything, especially photography.
My biggest tip is to plan to get into your dress 1 hour before you plan to leave for the ceremony, so let your hair and make-up artist know you would like to be finished by that time. Then you can take your time with those moments like zipping the dress, putting your earrings in, getting into your shoes. Does your dress need to be tied or laced a certain way? Make sure you and at least one of your bridal party have rehearsed this beforehand. Your photographer will usually leave at least 10 minutes before you, so allow time for bridal portraits alone and with your family. You can spend those extra 10 minutes sipping on your champagne and taking it all in before you leave for the church. Being on time means you’ll have so much more time to enjoy your day and mingle with your guests.
Not Getting Help Organising People for Photos
Ahead of the day, designate someone that you trust and who knows your family and friends to be in charge of organising people for portraits. Usually the best man should gather the groom’s family, and the maid of honour gather the bride’s family. They can gather the people needed, direct them on what shots they will be in, and then release them when they're done. It keeps things moving quickly, smoothly, and enjoyably.
Trying to Make Things "Perfect"
Just have fun! Months, maybe years of planning have gone into this one day, but once the prep work is all done, trust that your venue and vendors will be taking care of everything for you. Don’t sweat the small stuff. There may be some little detail that didn't turn out 100 percent like you had hoped, but believe me, no one will notice. On the day, go with it, have fun, and keep smiling.
Trying to Pose
Many couples have reservations about posing and being in front of the camera. You also want to enjoy your day and trust your photographer to capture those candid moments. As your photographer, I’ll help direct you into flattering poses to get the best shots. The best thing for you to do is relax and act naturally. Be in the moment. Be hopelessly in love with each other! Most couples want candid, natural photographs, but they often feel like they need to look up at the camera. It could be an instinct, but remember, unless the photographer asks you, just interact naturally for the best shots.
It is so important to me that my couples feel relaxed and at ease, and where possible, I will always take the time to meet you so we can get to know each other a little before the big day. Choosing a pre-wedding portrait session is a fantastic opportunity to get relaxed in front of the camera, and feel more comfortable. It helps result in better images for when your wedding day arrives.
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