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On your wedding day

Advice for the bride and groom


When the bride and groom fully cooperate with the photographer, they will likely be very pleased with the results.
When the bride and groom fully cooperate with the photographer, they will likely be very pleased with the results.

PARTICIPATE IN THE PICTURES

Good wedding pictures rarely happen by accident. They are usually the result of hard work, photographic skill and good planning, but they also rely heavily on cooperation from the subjects. The bride or groom who contribute little in the making of their own pictures will frustrate the photographer’s efforts and will be disappointed in the results.

For some strange reason, a few individuals seem to feel the photographer should just do his or her job without their participation or cooperation, as if they are challenging the photographer to make good pictures of their wedding without bothering them. If the photographer has to work hard at coaxing the appropriate expression from a groom who seems determined to remain stone-faced, or has to place everything and everyone on hold while waiting for the bride to pull herself away from a lengthy conversation during the time when pictures have been scheduled, there will be few truly satisfactory pictures. Yet, we have seen it happen, more than once.


When the bride and groom provide their full cooperation during a picture-taking session, there is a kind of positive momentum that builds up. One good pose progresses to another. Enthusiasm sets in, and becomes contagious. The bridal couple will feel it, and become even more involved in the process, just knowing their pictures are going to be good, and that their attitude and participation are a big part of it. The photographer gets into his or her stride, the bride and groom become relaxed and confident. They look natural and feel good, and the job gets done smoothly and relatively quickly, with outstanding results.

A good photographer will capture many moments when you are unaware you are being photographed.
A good photographer will capture many moments when you are unaware you are being photographed.

However, when being posed, try your best to make the pictures look good, and you will find that they will.
However, when being posed, try your best to make the pictures look good, and you will find that they will.

On your wedding day, be prepared to give the photographer your time and attention. Make every effort to cooperate with him or her, to follow directions, minimize interruptions and use your influence with others to get their cooperation, too. Concentrate on making good pictures, and you will soon be back with your guests, satisfied that you did your part and did it well.

SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION

It can be argued that the photographer, caterer and other wedding suppliers are being paid, and therefore don’t require anything more from the bridal couple. However, they are people, and like professionals anywhere who go all out to do their best for you, they like to know their efforts are appreciated. Bridal couples often wait to see the results, long after the wedding is over, before they make any comment on the photographer’s work.


The thoughtful bride who takes a few moments on her wedding day to personally express her genuine appreciation for a job that is apparently being well done could well inspire the photographer to reach new heights of excellence. The following quote from photographer, Blake Newman, of Artists and Associates Wedding Photography of Washington, DC, explains how it occurred with him:

“I will always remember a job I did at the Watergate hotel on July 5th, 1997. I happened to catch my bride and groom spontaneously showing some affection towards each other. The bride knew that I had caught her little gesture and fingered me to come over to her. I knelt down at her table and she put her hand on my arm and said, "Have I told you how much I love you lately?" I took about a thousand pictures that night and gladly stayed until 2:30 a.m. All it took were those ten words that cost her next to nothing and I put out for her with every ounce of energy that I had to give away. It's just Psychology and Motivation 101.”

This couple hadn't expected to be posed like this, but were happy to cooperate. This is one of their favorite pictures.
This couple hadn't expected to be posed like this, but were happy to cooperate. This is one of their favorite pictures.