If you’ve gotten married, are planning a wedding, or have attended one, you likely recognize the level of detail that goes into executing an event. Regardless of the size and budget of a wedding, it’s often peppered with thoughtful, meaningful features.
As a bride, I was so concerned with making sure all of the details of my vision were executed and in place that I neglected to let my photographer know about some of the things I wanted to be sure she didn’t miss when capturing the day on camera. While we still got some great photos, there were definitely some missed opportunities, too.
But, not for you! Enter today’s guest. Jennifer Ruetten (of Jennifer Claire Photography) is one-two punch. Not only is she an experienced wedding day documenter, she’s currently in the throes of planning her own! With that perspective, she’s sharing 8 tips for preparing your photographer well, and making sure he/she knows about the details that you poured your love, time, and attention into preparing.
1. Gather a bundle of your wedding paper items and plan to hand it off to the photographer early on in the day. In addition to your save the date and invite suite, don't forget your ceremony program, menu, escort cards and anything else that ties in with your wedding invites. It's very lovely (and, really it just makes sense) to have everything captured in the same setting and light!
2. Also plan to hand off any sentimental items that might nicely complement the paper: rings, ribbons, earrings, necklace, family heirlooms. Pull all of your pieces together and have them ready for your photographer. (This process can take a while, so having things ready to go is key!)
3. Offer a couple of places your photographer might go to set up a little scene of your paper items. Think about textures and colors that might make a nice background for your pieces and consider where in the house, hotel, or venue might provide some good options.
4. Photographers love to use window light for details, portraits, and really anything... the best, most flattering light is readily available at the window. So, know where those are and be able to point your him/her in the right direction.
5. Think about how you might want to incorporate your wedding colors into your photos and suggest a bridesmaids dress or piece, tablecloth or piece of fabric as a backdrop, ensuring that the photos remain cohesive with the rest of your photos from the day.
6. Some photographers come prepared with their own “styling kit” with silks, ribbons, spools, ring boxes, etc. This is a great help, but shouldn’t be expected of every photographer. It's worth asking about, though. If you feel passionate about and have put a lot of thought into your invitations and paper goods, consider coming with your own supply of things to enhance the photos you’re wanting.
7. Communicate! If you’d really like your photographer to get a shot of the stationery you write your husband-to-be a handwritten letter on, say so! Did your aunt hand-letter the menu board? Be sure to mention that you want a solo shot of that. You’ll want each sweet memory captured, but without a little heads up, those little details could easily slip through the cracks.
8. Trust your photographer’s eye and expertise. Of course, you’ve hired your photographer because you trust them and love their work. You can relax and know that if you’ve communicated up front, they’ll do the work of capturing the details that matter most to you.
All images by Jennifer Claire Photography, all paper goods by Four Hats Press.