Formal photos are a part of every wedding. After all you’ve spent good money on hair, make-up, dresses, tuxes, jewelry, your photographer and have all those nearest and dearest to you present! So how do you make sure you get those amazing pictures? As a Toronto wedding photographer I have some tips for you!
Tip #1- Time
When planning your “picture” time with your photographer there are a few key things to remember the larger your family and/or bridal party the more time your photographer needs. On average I take about ½ an hour with the immediate families (add about 2 minutes per extended family you want to add), ½ an hour with the bridal party and about 45 minutes with the bride and groom. This is what I call shooting time. What I ask couples to block off for this time though is 2-3 hours because what happens if the church runs late, there’s traffic, your bridesmaid is busy feeding the kids? (And yes all of these and more have happened!) When planning how much time you have for your photos talk about realistic timelines with your photographer!
You might be saying well my wedding is all in one location so I don’t need to worry about that but you now have to worry about the distraction of your guests. Family and bridal party disappear (trust me it happens all the time), your guests want to wish you well and keep popping in to say hi, etc….
Tip #2 – Location
My favourite locations are those that have character and both an indoor and outdoor option. Weather can happen at anytime of year!
Depending on the look of the photos you want will determine where you should plan to do your photos.
When in a park setting I often have people asking to do photos in front of the “pretty flowers” but the light is really just ugly! So my question to you is do want pictures of pretty flowers or pictures where you look amazing? Light is a key element and a good photographer will find the best place to do photos in the location you choose just realize it may not have been the backdrop you thought you would get because the light at that time of day just isn’t that flattering and a photographers job is to make you look good!
Tip #3 – A Sense of Fun
Engagement sessions are a great way for a couple to get to know their photographer but the rest of your bridal party hasn’t had this opportunity. It’s a good idea for the bride and groom to sit down with their bridal party to discuss what they want from their photos. Whether it comes to props, a sense of humour or just being present (I’ve had bridal party members refuse to smile and enjoy the process).
So now that you’re armed with a bit more information happy planning!