Unfortunately it happens; some brides look at their wedding photos and feel an immense sense of disappointment. Here are some common wedding photography mistakes to avoid so your wedding photos are all that you hoped for.
Mistake 1: Not hiring a second photographer
I know weddings are expensive. All couples want to save money where they can, but your wedding photography shouldn’t be one of those things. A second photographer booked with your photographer is well worth the extra money. They are able to capture moments from a different point of view. Even capture moments that your primary photographer might miss altogether because they are busy taking other photos.
Mistake 2: Skipping the first look shots
You can save a lot of time by shooting first look photos. Sometimes ceremonies run late or start late. This could cause you need to rush through your couple portraits so you don’t leave your guests waiting a long time to see you. The first look photos are also very special in their own way and capture the raw emotion as you see each other for the first time.
Mistake 3: Waiting until the last minute to book a photographer
The longer you wait to book a photographer, the higher chance they are already booking others on your big day. Some photographers are booking a year or more in advance so it’s never too early to book.
Mistake 4: Not picking someone to help organize your guests
Many times getting your family and wedding party together to take a few photos can be a nightmare. This isn’t something that you should be worrying about on your day. Ask someone in your wedding party, or your wedding coordinator, to be in charge of making sure that the right people are in the right place for photos on the day.
Mistake 5: Looking directly at the camera all the time
Unless your photographer tells you to look at the camera, try and act as natural as possible and enjoy your day with your loved ones and your groom. These make for the best photos.
Mistake 6: Not having a rain backup plan
The weather can change quickly in Oklahoma so it’s a really good idea to have a plan for if it rains. Especially if your ceremony or reception will be held outdoors. You should also be emotionally prepared for the fact that you might need to postpone or relocate your couple portraits if the weather doesn’t clear up.
Mistake 7: Failing to arrange an engagement shoot
Not only is it wonderful to capture this time as a newly engaged couple, but it gives you the chance to practice and get comfortable in front of the camera. It also gives you the opportunity to get to know your photographer so that you are completely relaxed on your big day.
Mistake 8: Hiring an amateur
It’s great when a family member or friend offers to take the photos at your wedding, but hiring someone who isn’t a professional photographer has its setbacks. If you have a few photographers in mind, be sure to go through their portfolios and full galleries of wedding days before you pay your retainer.
A little bit of time spent planning out some of the photography details before the wedding can go a long way. By avoiding these mistakes, you should be able to lessen your wedding day stress. However, don’t forget to be flexible and go with the flow your big day. This will all help you to enjoy your day, which will naturally shine through in your photos!