11 Things Brides Do That Make Photographers Go Crazy (in GIFS!)
It's safe to say that you and your photographer have the same goal for your wedding: gorgeous pictures that capture all of the magic of your event. If you've researched the photographer's work, met for a consultation and feel confident that it's a good match, there should be nothing standing in the way of both achieving that shared goal... except, perhaps, you.
Wedding photographers LOVE their brides—it's safe to say they wouldn't be doing this job otherwise. And with that love is the want to deliver the highest quality pictures possible. But that becomes increasingly more difficult as brides—along with their entourage of family and friends—sometimes create cumbersome obstacles that make photographers feel like hurdle jumpers training for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio. On your wedding day, leave the picture taking—and all that goes with it—to the professional. And when it comes to the following, just... don't.
1. Pose Like a Supermodel
Remember that photographers are there to document your wedding day, not hold a personal photo shoot. While there will be some formal pictures, your job is not to strike a pose. What looks good through the lens might feel a bit awkward in real life, so trust your photographer and follow the cues given.
2. Add an Orange Glow
While it's admirable to take a safer approach to a sun-kissed skin shade, your natural complexion will read better in pictures. You can always ask your photographer to warm up your tone in the editing process, which is time better spent than filling in the white spots missed by your tanner.
3. Leave Photographers Out of the Planning
Having shot countless weddings, your photographer knows best if it's possible to capture the 200 family photos you've requested and still make it to your cocktail hour on time. A schedule is great for keeping the day's events moving ahead, but make sure you give everyone the time needed to do their jobs.
4. Keep Photographers in the Dark... Literally
Photographers can shoot in all kinds of lighting, but sometimes it requires setting up extra equipment so that moments captured don't look cloudy. Whenever possible, plan to shoot photos in areas with natural light. For example, instead of having your hair and makeup done in a dark room, select a setup near a sunny window. If natural lighting isn't an option, give your photographer a heads up in advance.
5. Have Unrealistic Expectations
It's great to have—and communicate—what you envision your wedding pictures to look like, but don't forget to be realistic. An indoor wedding in a modern hotel is going to look very different than a sunset wedding on an ocean beach. Photographers can capture magical moments, but they aren't magicians.
6. Forget About Family Drama
No family is perfect, and that's okay. But if Aunt Leona and Aunt Eleanor are known to erupt into spontaneous screaming matches, maybe placing them next to one another in the family photo isn't a great idea. While you don't have to dish the dirt on your family's business, giving your photographer a heads up on potential drama can only be a good thing.
7. Invite a Photo-Enthusiast Friend to Also Take Pictures
When there is more than one person holding a camera, those in the picture don't know where to look. Since you're paying a professional to take the best pictures possible, politely ask your camera-happy friend to save her hobby for another time. Your wedding photos will look better for it.
8. Eat During Toasts
By the time you finally sit down to eat at your reception, you'll likely be famished. Before digging in, wait until everyone has given their toasts. Photographers want to capture your responses to the special words shared, and that's not alway possible if you have a mouthful of food.
9. Not Saving Your Photographer a Good Seat
It's a given that your photographer should be served a meal. But make sure that his or her seat is located where the action is. If your photographer can't see what's happening during dinner, there's no chance to snap the pic when a spontaneous moment arises.
10. Not Give Them a Break
Yes, you're paying photographers for their services, but that doesn't mean they don't occasionally need bathroom breaks and a chance to grab some food. Make sure the agenda allows them the little extra time they need, instead of having to rush through a meal.
11. Worry About the Details Instead of Enjoying the Day
Your wedding day only comes once—instead of stressing about the little details, don't forget to stop and enjoy it all. You're marrying the love of your life while surrounded by family and friends. Soak up every special moment that you can.
And remember, while you're living your best day ever, trust that your photographer will do anything to get the shot.