If you love photography, you might have some creative ideas about your wedding photography. But how practical is it to manage the photography for your own big day? Wedding dresses aren’t entirely practical for acquiring all the best angles you might shoot! It goes without saying that selfies aren’t going to cut it for an image that you want to last a lifetime. So how can you capture the best bits of your wedding, when you’re the main subject?
Why not combine your love of photography with the day that celebrates your union with the love of your life? However, you may need some assistance. Remote triggers and tripods can help capture some of the images that you want to be a part of. But when you can’t view the full picture before taking the shot, it can feel like a cumbersome task. You don’t have to resort to using a professional photographer, but it’s worth considering.
Professional photographers rarely release all the images captured on your big day. You may find you’re paying a premium for a single print of just two or three images. This may be enough for you, but as a photographer yourself, you may want to have a bit more control over the image. Reprints or digital copies can either be unavailable or too expensive. Taking your own images gives you complete control over the touch-ups, editing, effects, and printing.
Many couples have purchased ‘disposable’ cameras for each table at the wedding. Guests take their own pics. Others have set up FaceBook or social media pages for guests to upload their favourite images of the day. One way to be sure you’re getting enough captures for each part of your day is to detail the order of events. You might be doing this already for your order of service wedding cards. Pop the list in a spreadsheet and add some notes about the shots you want. Now you can determine if you’re able to take the photographs yourself, or if you’ll rely on some guest shots.
Video has been a popular way to capture weddings since the eighties. You may not be keen on this as it can feel intrusive. And much of the footage can feel distant when it comes to the ceremony too. It can be a wonderful way to ensure that some of the least photographed parts of your wedding are still caught on camera. Video footage rarely works well when used as stills. But moving images can be used in many different ways. After all, how many people have used something like a GoPro to see the bride’s perspective as she walks down the aisle?
When it comes to those beautiful couple’s shots that make the front page of your photo album, it’s important to get some help. You may have a small home studio setup. This gives you the freedom to create your own shots. You might take them after the ceremony but before your reception. Of course, if you want photos with your venue as a backdrop, you may need the help of a friend with a good eye to take the shots. If you know what you want, chances are you’ll get fabulous photography without the huge price tag.
When you have a strong eye for detail, it can be hard to let someone else take over. After all, these are your wedding photos, and you want everything to look absolutely beautiful. Don’t forget, when you own the photography, you have the ability to edit and refine each shot. A little bit of touching up can go a long way. And there are plenty of photos you’ll want to capture where you’re not the subject too.
A wedding is a huge family event. Chances are there will be members of your family together for the first time in ages. It can be a marvellous opportunity to capture some great portraits of groups of people together who so rarely see each other. And people aren’t the only subjects of wedding photography. Beautiful decorations, elegant meals, bubbly champagne, wedding cakes, and exquisite hairstyles? The list could be as long as you like it. And as the owner of the photography, you are free to edit, print, post, and create beautiful presentations of your choosing.
It’s not possible to get those classic or traditional wedding images of the happy couple when you’re responsible for the shutter. You need someone to help. But why limit yourself to that kind of photography? With your creative eye, you could show a side of weddings that is so rarely explored! Love your photography.