Wedding Photography Tips from Lansing Bridal Association Photographers.

With your wedding just around the corner, it’s time to talk photography. The photos of your engagement and wedding are ones you will want to cherish forever. So how do you achieve the results you want while working with your photographer? We interviewed two of our members in photography to give you some insight.

Smile, laugh, don’t worry about posing!

“I always recommend having your engagement session with the photographer you are planning on using for your wedding. Now-a-days, most photographers offer an engagement session with your wedding package. This is a great opportunity for you to get used to being in front of the camera, and it is a great opportunity to get a “test run” with your photographer before your special day.” -Chris, Holmes Photography

Take the time to set up the shots you want.

Engagement sessions are a great addition to your wedding package for many reasons: testing makeup/hair looks before the wedding, finding inspiration for poses you might want in your wedding portfolio, and most importantly – cherishing your engagement, no matter how long or short it may be. Another big tip from Holmes Photography is that the engagement session is a way to see if your photographer’s style is what you want for your wedding. How they edit images can be very important to your wedding portfolio!

A tip from our member Amber J Photography is to not be afraid to speak up. If there is something that is important to you in your session, be sure to mention it to you photographer so they can help you. This is especially important if you have a special surprise for your partner during your session, or even the wedding itself. Talk with your photographer ahead of time to make sure they’re ready to capture what you have planned!

One thing to keep in mind as you search for the perfect photographer: 

Choosing a photographer based only on pricing. When it comes to the special memories of your wedding, be sure to do your research on your photographer. Your wedding photos will be cherished for years to come, so look around for a photographer that is both within your budget and sure to give you photos you will love. From Holmes Photography: “Regardless of which photographer you choose, LOVE THEIR WORK.” 

Do you have a special surprise for your bride/groom or guests? Make sure to tell your photographer! They are the most important person to have in on the secret, since they’re responsible for documenting your special moment. 

Last tip: Have a list of pictures you want. While the photographer may not always be able to accommodate all your requests due to time constraints, letting them know what you are hoping for will benefit everyone.