Your photos will outlive every aspect of your wedding – photographers from the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) reveal how to get images that will stand the test of time.
1. Time it right
The more organised you are, the happier and calmer you’ll be. Use time wisely by arranging a particular time for your family and bridal party portrait session, determining how long you’ll need to capture the photos and assigning a family member (or your MC) the task of rounding everyone up. Schedule photos that involve children first, and don’t forget to allow time for photos of special guests, such as a friend who travelled a significant distance to celebrate with you. During the portrait session you’ll find it’s easy to be distracted by guests who want to take their own snaps of you – discreetly arrange to hold the session away from the crowd for best results.
2. Be prepared
‘An engagement shoot is a great way to get ready for your big-day portrait session,’ says Neil Williams of Tandem Photography (tandemphotography.co.nz). As well as serving as a practice run, the session presents the chance to trial your makeup or shoot at a location that you love but that isn’t a feasible option for your wedding day. Additionally, the resulting images can be used on your guest book or invitations.
Keeping your photographer informed of big-day plans means you can utilise their skills to greatest effect. ‘Additionally, share your wedding schedule with them,’ says Clinton Lloyd (lovelight.co.nz). A few tweaks could be the difference between good and great photos. ‘Try and schedule your shoot in the ‘golden hour’, 90 to 120 minutes before sunset,’ adds Jason Naylor of We Do Photography and Design (wedo.net.nz). ‘The sun is lower so creates romantic lighting options.’
4. Choose wisely
Don’t underestimate the value of a professional photographer. As well as working efficiently, their experience will ensure a quality result. ‘A great photographer will be able to create amazing images from an environment that many people can’t see the magic in – from a bright wall to a run-down shed,’ says Emma Hughes (emmahughes.co.nz). Narrow down your search by consulting a database of professionals – try nzipp.org.nz.
5. Make it last
Think carefully about how you want to display your wedding photos. ‘Most photographers will offer to arrange your wedding album as part of your package,’ says Nicola Inglis. ‘Often, this option means the end result will truly reflect the vibe and mood of the day.’