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New developments in photographic technology and trends mean that wedding photos are a far cry from those traditional posed shots of days gone by. Aerial photography is the hottest new development in the industry, and powerful cameras fitted to remotely controlled drone helicopters are able to provide a birds-eye view of your special day – from the vows to the reception and the send-off.

Reportage style photography has been popular for some time, but now with the rise of social media and the likes of Instagram, the wedding photo is poised to break new barriers! And while some brides might ask guests to check their selfie sticks at the door, others are embracing the trend, creating hashtags for their big day and requesting that guests upload their photos and statuses, or even providing special selfie stations and charging points for smartphones!

Choosing a photographer

When it comes to choosing a photographer, remember that the top ones will be booked well in advance, so do your homework, and do it in
good time.

Your Wedding Planner showcases a selection of excellent photographers. Please browse through their adverts and visit their websites and online galleries to get an idea of the different photographic styles, such as high fashion, intimate or informal, and determine what will suit your wedding vision. You might prefer fairly formal wedding photos, or something more natural and spontaneous … or perhaps a combination of the two!

Compile a shortlist of likely photographers, and find out if they’ll be free on your wedding day as well as whether the packages they offer are in your price range.

Once you’ve done this you can meet the photographer in person to discuss the finer details before signing on the dotted line.

Meeting a prospective photographer is also important if you want to get a sense of their personality.

Maintaining a clear path of communication between yourselves and your chosen wedding photographer is essential and will ensure that expectations and are met.

You needs to feel comfortable entrusting them with the important role of documenting your wedding day.

Ideally, your photographer should spend time explaining what exactly will be expected of you on the day of the wedding and what you can expect from him or her in the days following the wedding.

Capturing the moment

Brides generally like their photographer to take the initiative and to have a prepared list of poses that include portrait shots as well as whimsical, fun poses.

A knowledgeable photographer will understand how best to capture those special moments that become classic wedding shots. These might include the bride and groom exchanging rings, dancing cheek-to-cheek and cutting the cake, the toasts and speeches, the hugs, kisses and laughter of family and friends – images which will remain long after the bridal bouquet has been thrown and the wedding gown packed away.

Provide your photographer with a checklist of scenes to be captured, such as the bride with her parents prior to the wedding, as well as key family members to include in the shots, and any particular items of décor that you would like photographed.

Determine what your photographer’s standard package comprises.
A budget option might cover the ceremony and formal group shots
with a less experienced photographer, while a more comprehensive package could include pre-wedding shots and coverage of the ceremony and reception with two photographers, as well as an album and some retouching.

Decide from the outset whether you’d like lots of posed, formal photographs, or if you’d rather simply relax and enjoy this magical day while your photographer works in the background to record events as they unfold.

You might like to set up a bridal portrait session before the wedding or even an engagement shoot, which is very popular these days. This will give you time to become better acquainted with your photographer and get used to how they operate. In addition to producing some great photos, it will allow you to feel more relaxed during the big-day photo shoot, resulting in more natural looking wedding photographs. Some brides are even having the portrait photos taken just before the ceremony to ensure they look their very best!

Essential questions to ask your photographer include:

Will you stay for a set number of hours on the day?

What will you charge for overtime?

Are travelling expenses included in the fee?

How many pictures will you take?

Will you visit the venue beforehand?

Who will fill in for you if you’re sick?

Do you have backup equipment?

How long will we wait for our photographs?

Hiring a Photo Booth can also add something special to your wedding day and keep your guests entertained for hours.

Photo Booths allow guests to capture fun, crazy and special moments and also have a souvenir of the day to take home.