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Photographer & Videographer... Advice At A Glance!
Scout out your ceremony and reception sites with your photographer to choose the best settings for your formal photographs before your wedding day so you don’t waste time on your wedding day.
Consider taking formal portraits before the ceremony so that you and the wedding party can enjoy the cocktail hour. If you are superstitious and don’t want to take shots with your groom before the ceremony, just take all the formal shots that don’t include him ahead of time.
Serve non-alcoholic drinks and hors d’oeuvres to those who will be posing for pictures prior to arriving at the reception site to keep your bridal party lively for the pictures. Take any photos immediately upon arrival before party members begin drinking or are distracted.
Don’t forget to give the photographer and videographer any special instructions or restrictions by the officiant or the ceremony site ahead of time.
Have a bridesmaid or someone help you fix your hair and makeup periodically throughout the day so you are ready for pictures at all times.
Have your photographer take candid pictures of your parents that you could possibly have framed as gifts for them.
Figure out before the wedding day if you want the videographer to interview your guests.
Ask your photographer for a sample album of an entire wedding he shot to get a realistic idea of their ability.
If booking through an agency, make sure that you speak directly with the person who is shooting your wedding and look at his specific portfolio.
Make sure the photographer/videographer brings extra equipment in case something breaks or malfunctions so you're not left with important moments not photographed or recorded.
Without him knowing, say something special to the groom on tape so he is happily surprised when he sees it. Also consider a special 1 year anniversary message recorded separately for that special night.
The number of photos that the photographer guarantees to shoot should be greater than the number you want to include in your album so you have the largest selection possible.
The photographer or videographer that you hire should have experience shooting in conditions similar to yours; Be sure to view samples of work done in similar conditions.
The videographer should have a wireless microphone so guests won’t trip over cords.
- GonnaGetWed.com Resource
This article was also featured in the 2009 VOW Wedding Planner. To view a PDF of this article, go to the PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY section of VOW.