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One way to build a bond with your photographer is to have them take your engagement pictures. Photo by Jason Rogers PhotographyThese sessions produce wonderful pictures of you and your fiancé, but the session also offers added time with your photographer and a unique opportunity to peak into the window of your personalities. Have a session that highlights your favorite thing to do together, your shared passions or hobbies. Couples have included horseback riding, hiking, or a hole of golf in their session to show who they are together. Be creative, and go do something you love and bring your photographer along with you.

Every couple has a mental picture of what their wedding photos will look like: photojournalistic or traditional, dramatic colors or mostly black and white, serious or silly and fun. Find a photographer whose work shows connection, passion and talent specializing in a style that aligns with yours. If possible, visit the ceremony and reception locations with your photographer or provide pictures of it to discuss how to use the landscape in pictures.

Photo by David Chilcott PhotographyOpen and clear communication is essential to getting the great wedding photos you expect. Make sure everyone has clear expectations and never assume that your photographer knows what is wanted. Nebulous terms like "modern," "colorful," "close up," and "artistic" can mean two very different things to a bride and her photographer. The only way to make sure that everyone is on the same page is to go through sample shots together, identify ones that you like, and explain why you chose those particular images.

Photojournalistic vs Traditional Approach

The photojournalistic style captures moments rather than poses because the photographer doesn't "direct" the participants or guests. The results are candid and spontaneous images that convey genuine emotion and capture the story of your day as it naturally unfolds. You'll end up with a wide array of shots and captured moments; some you might not even have witnessed, and they will serve as a record of how great a time your guests had at your wedding.

Most couples want to make sure to include a combination of some candid, photojournalistic photography in their wedding albums alongside the traditional, formal shots.

It's Important to have a Photo Schedule

Avoid misunderstandings by scheduling blocks of time for the photographs you have your heart set on. Your wedding coordinator and photographer can help you establish a schedule that takes into account your photography goals and your desire to have fun on your wedding day. Instead of having the entire wedding party and family milling around for several hours, get organized by creating a schedule of what pictures will be taken and when; be sure to give a copy to all wedding party and family members. Be sure to schedule a few minutes of alone time to reflect on the commitment you just made to each other.

Most photographers agree that if it's not scheduled it won't happen. Once the wedding gets started there's no stopping and going back. This is definitely the case with photographs. You can't go back and get the photographs you missed and wished you had, so confidence in and communication with your photographer is truly key.

Too See or Not To See

That is the question many agonize over. To see each other before the ceremony or wait for your eyes to meet on the aisle. There's no wrong answer here and photographers agree that there are pros and cons to either way. It's another personal decision that you will need to make about your wedding day, which means it's all about what you prefer.

Some say that no matter where they are at when they see each other, it's a wonderfully romantic moment. While some feel that when their eyes meet for the first time with all of the eyes of all their guests on them it's less romantic. Choosing to have your photograph taken with each other before the ceremony gives you a more private moment and a longer time to be with just each other. So it's an important decision. It's the most important day of your lives and it's powerful when you see each other for the first time.

Often times when the couple sees each other for the first time at the aisle the photographer is working doubly as fast to capture both the bride and groom reacting to the moment. Many photographers handle the challenge by working with a second shooter. Your photographer is only one person. Photo by Special Moments PhotographyIf they are shooting the bride, then who's shooting the groom sharing the last moments of bachelorhood with his buddies? If the photograph is being taken of the bride as she approaches the aisle, then who's shooting the look on the groom's face when he sees her for the first time? A second shooter provides a chance for the love story to be told more fully, from two pairs of eyes rather than just one. If your photographer offers a second shooter, and it's in your budget, strongly consider it. Think of it this way – you'll never regret hiring them, but there's a good chance you'll regret it if you don't.

There is only one moment when the groom sees his bride for the first time, and then it's over. It's an emotional moment you'll want to capture. Whether you choose before the ceremony or after, be sure to invest some time together so your photographer can get some of the really beautiful and genuine moments together. Cry, kiss, look at each other and then relax.

Memories to Last Forever

Since photography is only one of a few things that lasts forever from your wedding day don't gamble on it. Interviews are key. Look beyond what the photographer has shown on their website. The areas of expertise vary so widely you'll want to match your visual and personality style with the photographer you're looking to hire. Be absolutely clear about what you want from the beginning. Budget and package details are secondary to that match.

Capturing your memories is in their hands, so just as you have invested time in choosing the person you are marrying; invest time in choosing a talented photographer that's a good match for you.

Sights, Sounds, Feelings in Motion

Still photographs can't always capture the fluid movement of the bride making her way down the aisle or the trembling of the groom's hands as he sees her for the first time. The way her parent's hug her before she steps up to the alter, the emotion he shows as he sings to his bride, the funny way she spills her sand over the edge of the vase, the fun had with her sisters as they danced the night away –these are moments a bride can relive year after year, with the thanks to a great videographer.

Interviews are key when selecting a videographer. Ask to see several samples of their work videos. How much experience does the filmmaker have with weddings. A skilled videographer will capture moments that surprise and delight you, and will have the uncanny ability to be everywhere at once, and yet work unobtrusively at your event.

Wyoming Bride Staff


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