Plan, plan and plan again so you can relax on the day of the wedding knowing everyone’s roles are fixed and they know what they have to do and when. Easy peasy! Obviously don’t become obsessive with the littlest things before your wedding as you certainly don’t need the stress. Good, careful planning should ensure that things run on time and efficiently. And as they say, don’t sweat the small stuff on the actual day. Enjoy and have fun on your big day!
Planning with your photographer before the event helps everyone be on the same page. A good photographer will draw up a shoot list with you. More on that below…
Your photographer will work with you on the timeline for your wedding advising you on how long you should allow for each photo setup. Do you want your photographer documenting the bride getting ready? How about the groom? Will this necessitate two photographers or are the couple getting ready in one location? Will you want photography coverage right up until after the first dance or do you want to have some photos of your guests dancing away into the night?
Your photographer will work with you on the timeline for your wedding advising you on how long you should allow for each photo setup.
WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Make sure you as a couple discuss what is important to you.
Do you want a lot of photos of the two of you around your venue location or even another location for its background or its importance to you as a couple? I always love to have time to spend with the couple but each couple is different. Some prefer to limit the time away from their guests whereas others realize this is a one off event and don’t want to regret not having enough photos of just the two of them. This can also be an important moment when the couple can take a quiet time away from their guests and entertaining. Some of the best photos may result with the emotion of being together on their own for the first time that day.
Remember that list I spoke of? Well you should talk over a family/friends shoot list with your photographer. You don’t want to miss grandma Agatha! Its important to give this some thought, so that you don’t leave out the people that hold a lot of meaning in your life.
Such a list also gives the photographer a good idea of the length of time it will take for this portion of the day. It allows your photographer to plan out the rest of the time schedule for the day.
SCOUT THE PROPERTY
You should plan some time to meet with your photographer at your venue or location, shoot choices just so you both can prevent any bad background choices etc. Discuss where to set up for the family shoot portion of the day, your wedding party and your couple photos. Also this is the time to see how much time it takes to move from location to location and also how far you are willing to walk for those perfect photos. Remember the shoes you wear on the day may not be the most suitable for “off-roading”or long strolls.
So planning, everyone doing their homework, lists and timelines are all important. But what is truly important is what holds meaning for you. So structure your photography plan around your wishes and desires and discuss these with your photographer who can advise you on how to make that work because they’ve seen a lot of weddings!
Contact Anna Kobelak to help plan your photo session by calling 416-855-9595.