Wedding Photography Regrets That Couples Have

This was a gorgeous – and very windy – June afternoon in 2021!

If there’s one thing that newly married couples know to be true, it’s that your wedding day goes by in a flash. There is so much planning that goes into this big day, which makes it next to impossible to think of everything. Fortunately, you can always learn from the couples who have come before you and the professionals you hire!

Your wedding photos are an incredibly important aspect of your day and they’re not something that you want to do wrong. Here are the most common regrets that couples have about their wedding photography.

Not Booking Enough Hours

Too many couples think that they’ll be able to get all the shots they need in 6 hours, only to realize how quickly those hours rush past on the day. Discuss your expectations and ideas with wedding photographer ahead of time so that they can give you an accurate estimate before you choose a photography package.

Not doing a first look

This is a very personal decision and one you will want to talk about together before you make up your mind. Many couple’s say they didn’t quite realize how special that first look is until they did it. It’s not until their wedding day arrives that countless couples realize how special it would’ve been to share a private moment with their partner before they joined their guests for the I Dos. Think carefully about whether or not you want a first look before you make a decision.

Not adding a second photographer

There are so many happy moments taking place all at once on your day and your photographer can only be in one place at a time. Think about your ceremony for one. You may want your photographer to capture you walking down the aisle but this means that you might miss the chance to capture your partner’s face when he/she sees you for the first time. Paying a little extra for a second wedding photographer is well worth it. Trust me on this one – I was chatting with a photographer before a ceremony last year and when I said I would help he get the signing shots she said “I just really don’t care”. Nice eh? It shocked me because our one and only job at a wedding is to CARE! It killed me but I had to let the couple know what happened (the next week of course), and made sure they knew I wasn’t the one who made the decision to not take signing shots if they ended up with no photos of that moment. Fortunately…the second photographer got in there for a few pics of the couple holding the pen signing the book while the main photographer was nowhere to be seen.

Being too stressed about photos

Too many brides realized that they were so stressed about capturing all the right moments on the day that they didn’t get to enjoy half of them. The secret is to communicate clearly with your photographer ahead of time and to let them take the reins on the day. The memories that you make on the day will be far more important than making sure you have a photo of those moments. Let your photographer do their job – you won’t be disappointed. It’s always a great idea to do a couple of sessions with your photographer before you wedding so you are comfortable with them, and getting your picture taken all day. Have an engagement session, hire them for your shower, do a Christmas mini session – grab any many opportunities as you can over the year to get in front of the camera and work with your photographer – you will soon learn your best angles and be posing like a super model!

Not using family heirlooms

Weddings are a wonderful time to bring your family and your history into the picture and many couples wished they had incorporated more family heirlooms into their shots on the day. If a family member is no longer around or you simply want to bring something special into some of your shots, family heirlooms are a great idea. Think framed photos, jewelry, personal items – this also keeps their memory living on.

Not hiring a professional photographer

Too many couples really convince themselves that hiring a friend (aka friendor) or family member to capture their day will be good enough and that the photos aren’t as important to them, only to realize afterward that they are. You will never regret hiring a professional photographer to capture your wedding day. This is a moment in time that you will never get back again so make sure you can look back on it years from now. Besides the photos, a professional photographer knows what they are looking for and knows how to work with your other vendors to get the best photos. The pros aren’t shy to get in close to get the good shots, they also know how to use editing software and have a contract that protects everyone…and since they do this for a living, they ARE going to show up to your wedding. I’ve heard too many horror stories of the friend who agree to take photos then a few days before the wedding decided they didn’t feel like coming after all – then we all have to scramble to find a photographer who is really good, and not booked up for the last 2 years. Save yourself the heartache and hire a pro.

Nobody wants to have regrets after their wedding day, especially about something as important as photos so take these lessons and make sure that you get to capture all of the important parts of your special day.

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