Without a doubt we can say that your wedding photos will be the BEST reminder of one of the most amazing days of your life. Long after the wedding cake is eaten, your wedding dress is put away in storage, and all your thank you notes are mailed out, your wedding pictures will be what you look back on to relive all those sweet, fun, and cheerful moments from when you said "I do" to your dream partner.
That's why wedding photography is often one of a bride's most important pieces of plans. But it can be overwhelming to find the right Long Island wedding photographers in a sea of talented artists, and figuring out details like hours, style, and specific shots can be an exhausting addition to an already stressful day. Add to that the fact that your wedding photo will most likely be one of your biggest budget items ... well, there's plenty to think about!
Here are a few hinter-the-scenes tips from Long Island wedding photographers to help you figure out how to get the most out of your wedding photography budget and get the stunning wedding photos you deserve.
You get just what you're paying for. At the end of the day, wedding photography is like most things — the cost that you often pay reflects the quality that you get. Wedding photography is much more than pressing a button on a camera; it's expensive equipment, editing hours, and shootering multiples. If the low price of a photographer seems too good to be true, it probably will be! If your wedding photographer needs to save money, consider prioritizing your timeline for them to attend fewer hours or putting photographs on your wedding registry. Get more Budget tips for wedding here!
They want your timeline helped. Many wedding photographers have been to hundreds of weddings, literally. They're professionals! Letting them help you plan your wedding timeline ensures you have a smooth event with plenty of time to take pictures. They can often give tips on details such as how early you should start getting ready and whether to have a first look or not.
Having a wedding unplugged can be the best decision you ever make. It seems fun to scroll through social media in the morning with your new spouse checking out photos from your wedding, but allowing guests to snap 8 million shots of the ceremony can be the worst nightmare for a photographer! Often guests don't recognize the fact that a paid photographer takes pictures and can jump in the way of important shots. Think of asking guests to put away their mobile devices and cameras during the ceremony.
Trust the photographer, and dissect the list. There's nothing wrong with surfing Pinterest for inspiration or loving a friend's wedding pictures, but it can be tricky to manage if you come to grab a long list of group photo ideas for your bridal party. All pairs and locations in the photo are different. If the photographer tries to replicate somebody else's work too hard, they may miss the moment right before them: you and your spouse. Locations and lighting also play an enormous factor in whether certain photos can work or not. So, sure, if you want that photo of a superhero shirt with your guy and his groomsmen, come prepared and ask! But know you may not get every shot on your list — and that's fine. If you've been researching wedding photographers for time and found the right one, they'll be able to take great pictures.
Illumination, lighting, lighting ... If you want great pictures, then lighting must be a priority. It is the golden rule of photography, and while planning their wedding too many brides forget that. It affects your portraits, but also your little moments and the photos you get ready. Consider spaces with lots of natural light, and do it when your photographer suggests dipping out during the sunset for about 10 minutes!
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