These 5 Tips Will Dramatically Improve Your Wedding Photos/Videos!
The vast majority of couples entrust their photographer/videographer with all of the creative decisions for their big day however, the end result of your photos/videos is more of a collaborative effort than you may realize. Here are 5 tips to ensure you will look your best and have wedding photos/videos that you will love and cherish forever!
1. Golden Hour
Most couples schedule their photo session immediately following the ceremony. Naturally, most ceremonies are held in the mid to late afternoon when the sun is at its highest point in the sky, this means that the light emitted from the sun is very harsh and can make skin tones look bleached or washed out. It can also create dark bags under the eyes that look less than flattering. One pro tip we always tell couples is to strive to plan your wedding photo/video session during golden hour (1 hour before sunset). This is because the sun is at a lower point in the sky thus producing much softer light creating much more beautiful skin tones and colors. This can change the overall quality of the finished images immensely! Having said that, scheduling a photo session for this time is not always ideal for schedules as it usually falls over the course of dinner/reception. Sometimes breaking up the photo/video session can be a great way to get the best of both worlds. We typically recommend getting family photos/videos done immeadiately following the ceremony as everybody will be in one place. From there, you can move on to bridal party and squeeze in a few couples shots before the reception or you can save it all for golden hour. It is up to you to decide how important your photos/videos are to you in order to determine what works best for your timeline but if you can, try and sneak out for at least 20-30min. You will be glad you did!
Do not feel that your wedding visuals are going to be spoiled if they are not shot during golden hour. You can still get some equally phenomenal images in the shade, sun, cloud cover and even in the rain! However, we have consistently found more beautiful results during golden hour. Ultimately, it is best to follow the guidance of your photographer/videographer.
3. Let Your Love Shine!
We understand It can be hard to show affection for your partner when you have as many as 4 cameras on you at one time held by people you may not know overly well. However, it is important to keep in mind that we are professionals who love to be in the presence of love and we always strive to capture the most authentic moments we possibly can. So when your wedding day comes, don't be afraid to forget about the world and nuzzle into your partner like you are the only two people in the world. Trust us, the visuals will blow you away!
4. Explore the web and develop a taste for creativity!
Before hiring your creative vendors, we encourage you to first explore the web in order to determine a style of photography/videography that you connect with. From there, you can re-visit vendors that you harmonize with and perhaps explore possibility of hiring them for your big day! Moreover, it is also important to ensure that you not only connect with your vendors as creatives but also as human beings. In fact, we are the only ones who will be with you the entire day on the most important day of your life! By first developing a taste for creativity and then finding a vendor you harmonize with, the likelihood of your photos/videos turning out greater then your expectations significantly increases!
5. Scheduling Time
There is no specific amount of time required for your photo/video shoot however, many photographers/videographers would suggest scheduling a minimum of 1.5hrs. This is due to the fact that family photos generally take longer than expected and we have seen many instances where couples have only schedueled 1hr for photos/videos and are left scrambling to get shots together as a couple towards the end.
In Summary, there are a number of important creative decisions to be made even before you hire your photographer/videographer that will most likely affect the outcome of your photos/videos. If you have any questions about this, or if you need any help, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!
- Matt Hutchinson
Cineluxe Wedding Films 2020