5 Things You Should Trust Your Wedding Photographer With

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Photo stolen from Ember Studios but I know they won’t mind because Austin is who I often recommend when a couple needs help choosing a photographer for their wedding!

Trust is the key ingredient to any relationship and this is true for the relationship you have with your wedding photographer. There’s a reason you chose them to capture the most important day of your life. While you may have a vision of how you want some of your images to turn out, for the most part, you are going to have to put a lot of trust in your photographer. Trusting your photographer a little more in these main areas will not only result in better images for you to remember your big day by but will also relieve you of some stress as well.

1. Choosing the Location of the Shot

You wedding photographer will have taken the time to familiarize themselves with your reception location or areas around your ceremony site to find the best places to photograph. They’ll know where gets the best light and where the best scenery is. Ask your photographer if they will be doing a site visit before your wedding!

2. Time of Day to Shoot

Lighting is key to creating beautiful images and using the natural light of the sun will produce the best lighting setting but that doesn’t mean any time of the day will give you the same results. Your photographer will know what time of day will be best to take those gorgeous outdoor shots that won’t leave harsh shadows on your face or when to sneak outside to take some night inspired shots. Show your photographer pics with lighting you like so they know what you want your end result to be!

3. Poses

Trust your photographer to know what pose is the most flattering for you. They can see how the light is illuminating you and what is in the background. While some wedding photographers will take into consideration your picture ideas, you shouldn’t be offended if they shoot down your ideas. Most times you’ll be working with limited time and light and you don’t want to waste much of either on your big day. If you are self-conscious about your body, practice posing before your wedding – there are lots of youtube tutorials on how to post for every body type!

4. Editing Your Photos

Trust your wedding photographer’s creative eye during the editing process. They will know which images will look best in black and white, color, cropped and which ones to add special effects to, if any. Part of the editing process is a part of their style and this is one of the reasons you hired them. Trust them to use their skills to make each image stunning. Before hiring your wedding photographer, make sure you know their style be it light and airy, dark and moody, or anything in between. It’s not fair to ask them to edit in a style they aren’t familiar with after the fact.

5. Handling Printing Your Photos

Your wedding photographer knows where to get prints made and probably has a long-term relationship with a reputable printing company. The worst thing you can do is have a stunning image, order a large print and find the colors are off, the image is blurred or it simply looks dull. Knowing where to get your prints made, what size they should be done in and which ones will look best in your albums, wall art or thank you cards is part of the package you get when you hired a professional wedding photographer. Trust them and listen to what they think will look best for what you want. After all…they want the best photos for you!

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