I’m super psyched to have the lovely Anna of Anna Zhu Photography and Film here today to share her tips on how to make sure you have the perfect wedding photos and video from your special day! We all know we can never have enough tips to make sure we capture the most of those precious moments!
(1) LOCK IN A PHOTOGRAPHER & AN ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE
Many many couples have been burned by wedding companies sending out inexperienced photographers, as well as exorbitant costs on post-wedding sales, like extra album pages. Stay safe by signing a contract, and make sure you’re not burned!
Our contract is publicly available here.
(2) CONSIDER AN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT
Posing for professional photos is often daunting, so get to know the photographer behind the equipment (while practising those poses). Your engagement photos are good for save-the-dates, invitations and even reception decorations.
Styling makes a difference! Here’s some inspiration.
(3) PROFESSIONAL HAIR AND MAKEUP
A must! Though we encourage keeping everything natural. Hair and makeup is trend-based too, you want your photos to have a classic elegance for years to come.
(4) PLAN WITH SUNSET TIMES IN MIND
Sunset is by far the most flattering light to photograph in. We suggest arranging a slot of one to two hours during sunset for your private photos. Usually this is just before the reception – your guests will be happy to wait if nibbles and bubbly are on hand.
Find the ‘Golden Hour‘ for your date here.
(5) HAVE A WET WEATHER PLAN
And make sure it’s an alternative you’re genuinely happy with. Don’t just hope for the best, it’s amazing how many couples do.
(6) DETAILS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
In addition to gorgeous portraits of the bridal party, detail shots of decorations, table settings and all those crafty handmade items you spent weeks labouring over, really set the mood for a wedding story. Make a list and make sure they’re all captured.
Find decorating inspiration on our Pinterest.
(7) WRITE A LIST OF GROUP PHOTO COMBOS
Trust us, this is important – someone in the family will be disappointed they missed out. We usually photograph family groups after the ceremony, and the rest of guests throughout the reception.
Tip: Speed up this process by designating ushers to find the right guests.
(8) COLLECT YOUR GUESTS’ PHOTOS TOO
The funniest shots of your big day will probably come from your guests. Leave disposable cameras on each table, or use apps to collate all the digital snaps.
(9) CONSIDER A WEDDING WEBSITE
Most weddings have interstate and international guests, make things easier by taking all your logistical details online. Look for a website service that has integrated RSVP and wedding registry / wishing well capabilities.
(10) RESERVE A PARKING SPOT FOR US
Last, but definitely not least, a reserved spot at each venue is a must. Less time parking means more time shooting!
Hope that helps! You can download our packages here.