Planning your wedding day

Like most people, your first experience of hiring the services of a creative professional, i.e. a photographer, is probably your wedding day. When thinking of wedding photographers many of us will be familiar with the traditional, staged shots of the bride and groom with various combinations of friends and family against a picturesque backdrop. However, you may not be familiar with the romantic – photojournalistic style that we use here at Rianka’s Wedding Photography. Read on to find out just how to work well with your photographer for the best results on your big day…

  • Get to know your photographer: You’ll need to meet with your photographer at least once before the wedding anyway in order to draw up the contract and discuss the finer details of the day. However, it can be mutually beneficial to meet up on a more social level too in order to become familiar with one another’s personalities.
  • Don’t get bogged down by business: Try not to get preoccupied with the different packages on offer by your photographer. It can be easy to get sidetracked by how much things cost etc, but try to focus on the creative side of things. Do try to ensure that all the important business things are taken care of before the big day though, you don’t want your photographer’s creativity stifled by lack of payment.
  • Don’t forget to feed your photographer: A romantic – photojournalistic photographer will generally be with you for most of the day, from getting ready in the morning to capturing your first dance and everything in between. It’s courteous to provide food and something to drink for your photographer; if it’s not provided then they may have to nip out to eat, thus missing half an hour or so of photograph opportunities.
  • Don’t direct your photographer: When you choose a photojournalistic photographer you’re putting your faith in them to capture those intimate moments, the speeches, the cutting of the cake, the beautiful scenery at the venue, your Uncle Joe dancing after a few glasses of bubbly. They won’t let you down; it’s their job to capture all of that as it happens, and they do it well!

Above all it’s important to trust your romantic – photojournalist and allow them the freedom to do their job in the best way that they know how. You obviously hired them because you like their style and you were impressed by their portfolio, so don’t try to change things as that’s when things start to go wrong!