Tips For You and Your Amateur Photographer
Get the wedding photos you want with a budget friendly photographer
October 3, 2011
To keep your wedding budget costs low, you asked your nephew or a friend who is passionate about photography to shoot your wedding. Even though they may have never photographed a wedding before, you trust them. However, here are some helpful tips and ideas to keep in mind and share with your amateur photographer to ensure that your wedding photos dont turn out to be less than what you imagined.
Preparation is key
Give all your itineraries to your photographer. Invite him or her to the rehearsal dinner, so he/she can gather as much information about possible positions, lighting, the order of the ceremony and the like. Double check with them if they have all the necessary backup material; i.e. memory cards, batteries, inclement weather accessories and camera.
Visit the location beforehand
You, your fiancé, and the photographer can go to your wedding location, just the 3 of you, to test shoot first. This way your photographer can get a good idea of the lay of the land and you can direct him/her in which way you want to be shot.
Tell what you want before the wedding
Before the photographer starts to get too inventive, tell him what you want. Spell out your expectations and make sure that they preserve those special moments.
Consider a second wedding photographer
Not that you dont trust your photographer, but having a second photographer will mean less moving and running around during the ceremony and speeches. It takes the pressure off him/her to get all the shots. Especially if its a friend or relative, it will give them a chance to relax and enjoy the wedding.
Shoot the small details
Give your photographer some wedding magazines or images that you have in mind. Shoot the rings, back of your wedding dress, shoes, flowers, tables, menus, food, etc. The small details will help give your wedding album extra dimension.
After you have expressed everything you expect from your photographer, tell him/her to let go, creatively speaking. Allow them to see your wedding through their eye. The best thing about an amateur photographer is the untapped creativity. Your wedding photos may come out to be some their best work.