While it goes without saying that the people you choose to take your wedding photos will play a huge role in the end results, what may not be so obvious is just how large a role you and some other elements will play in the process. Sure, if you enlist the help of the wrong people then the rest won’t matter much, but let’s hope that’s not the case.
So, as longtime NY & NJ wedding photographers, we thought we’d pass along some of the biggest and most commonly made mistakes in wedding photography. That way, as long as you hire the right people for the job, then you should have no issues getting the kinds of pictures you and your partner have been dreaming of.
Cell phones everywhere.
We get it. We live in a day and age in which practically every single wedding guest comes equipped with their own camera in the form of their phone, so unless you’re having an unplugged wedding, then it’s just something you’ll have to deal with. We all do. However, when it comes to your photo album, you don’t want to have to deal with phones taking over every picture.
But that’s exactly what often happens nowadays. Whether it’s the walk down the aisle, the first dance, a speech, etc., so many pivotal moments and memories are ruined by guest photographers. Think about it, don’t you want to see their expressions and reactions rather than a bunch of glowing rectangles where their faces should be?
Of course you do, which is why you may want to have some signs made or include something in your invitations about refraining from taking pictures during major moments. You could also say something at your rehearsal dinner or have your DJ say something at the reception. Just remember that in the end, it’s not just about getting great pictures but ensuring your guests actually enjoy their wedding-day experience, too.
Too much clutter & crowds during prep.
We cannot overstate the value of having your photographers present for the prep portion of your wedding day. It’s just always a time filled with energy and emotion. However, it also typically takes place in a smaller space filled with a lot people and that can lead to some issues in terms of your photos, namely the potential for clutter.
So, first of all, try to have only your closest allies with you for this phase of the day so that your photographers have plenty of room. It’s not just about their equipment, either. It’s also about giving them the space they need to maneuver and get the best shots possible.
From there, make sure to remove all the clutter, be it water bottles, unnecessary details, etc. Details related to your wedding and attire are fine of course, but the rest can go. You may even want to designate a portion of your prep space a “clutter-free” zone, but the bottom line is that clutter and crowds can easily ruin some beautiful “getting ready” moments.
Too much light too early.
Okay, so we love some awesome colorful lighting effects as much as anyone and if they align with your wedding celebration’s look and feel, then by all means, make them a part of the party. You may even want to make them a focal point, but there are some consequences you need to consider before doing so. How do we mean?
Well, sometimes those boldly colored bright lights can overwhelm your photos. Again, if that’s the look you want then that’s one thing, but if not, you may want to think about holding off on the big, bright effects for a short while. It’s not that you can’t make them a part of your reception at all, just not the entire celebration.
Events like the first dance, for instance, can get a little lost in all that bold lighting, which is why it’s always a good idea to consider skipping the effects for the earlier portion of the party. Then, once all the major moments have been captured and everyone’s simply dancing and partying, you can let the lighting effects shine.
Our NJ wedding photographers have been in the biz long enough to have learned all the tricks…
The bottom line is that your wedding photos, along with your video(s), will ultimately be your only way of going back and reliving one of the most important days of your life. So, you can never have enough tricks up your sleeve, nor can you ever learn of enough potentially costly mistakes to avoid. These are a few of the latter. We hope the post helps, and good luck!
About Us: Live Picture Studios is composed of a team of highly skilled NY & NJ wedding photographers and videographers who’ve been creating stunning wedding photos and videos for years. At LPS, we always create to inspire and you can check out our photo gallery and video gallery to see some examples.