Top 5 ways to get the best wedding photography

Staffordshire wedding photographer, Rosie, shares her top 5 tips for getting it right on the big day 

How to capture the moment at a wedding just perfectly. Credit: Ragdoll Photography

1. Book the photographer that’s right for YOU.

Think about what kind of photos are important to you and which ones would you have on your wall?

Do your research and ask friends (although remember that just because they were right for your friends, they still might not be the right fit for you) and try and get an idea of what sort of photos appeal to you.

My best bit of advice (to do with any supplier you are looking at booking for your big day) is to book like-minded people – choose people that you get on with and share things in common with. It will definitely help to give you the wedding that best reflects you. (This will also help with tip 2.)

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2. Trust them.

Once you’ve booked the one, trust them! Would you take your car for an mot/service and start telling them how to do it? Sure, tell them if you have a specific photo you would like for sentimental reasons or if something unique is happening, tell your photographer, otherwise, let them do their job – it’s what they do best!

Credit: Ragdoll Photography

3. Be yourselves!

Your photos, along with the rings are the only things left after the day is done. When it comes to having a few pictures of just the two of you, if you focus on each other it will help you relax. Concentrate on this and it will feel more like having ten minutes out together, with less emphasis on having your photo taken. I encourage my couples (and their guests) not to look at me when I take their photos and to try and ignore me as much as possible!

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4. LIGHT!

This is something that I probably would never have thought about! Light plays a big part in photography. My photography is based around using as much natural light as possible – it’s less obtrusive than using flash and without wanting to state the obvious, it’s natural!

So if you want ace photos and you are getting married in Winter, consider having an early ceremony so it gives your photographer a chance!

5. Time

Wedding day time seems to go waaaaaay faster than normal time! So if there are certain photos you specifically want (including group photos – there is always someone who is in the toilet or at the bar at the very second they are needed for a picture), make time for this.

About a month before the wedding day I always have a chat with all my couples to go through timings and get a ‘plan’ together for on the day. I can help you think about how to use your package hours, give you an idea of how long different parts of the day will take and tell you that group photos always take longer than you think! (Even with a helpful bridesmaid or a best man with a big mouth!)

Read more from Rosie’s blog and contact her at Ragdoll Photography. She’s based in Staffordshire.

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