What Your Wedding Photographer Wants You to Know about Your Venue

What Your Wedding Photographer Wants You to Know about Your Venue By Terence Joseph Photography

Your wedding photography and videography is one of the biggest investments of your wedding day, and your choice of backdrop makes a huge difference to how you feel about them. Here is what your photographer wants to you know about your choice of wedding venue.

Interiors and Exteriors

I always have a contingency location prepared in case of bad weather but the closer this is to your reception venue, the better. If you choose a place which not only has beautiful interiors (think decorative rooms and sweeping staircases) as well as gorgeous gardens you can get fantastic photos without spending time driving from one location to another.

You don’t have to have to have your wedding photos taken at your wedding or reception venue – I quite often use a third location – but it helps if there is somewhere nearby you can use as a backdrop. Time is always tight on your wedding day and wet weather causes delays.

Keep in mind that some of the best outdoor wedding photos necessitate having to walk across ground that might be muddy or uneven, so you might want to throw some flat shoes or wellies in your wedding car for this part of the day.

Light

Photographers are always talking about light because it’s so important to the quality of a photo. A venue with large windows and light coloured walls is a photographer’s dream. A good photographer can shoot amazing photos in any light, but poorly lit venues require extra equipment, and do not benefit from the flexibility natural light gives for getting that perfect shot.

The timing of your ceremony will also influence the light. The most flattering natural light is the hour or so before sunset, and it will benefit your wedding album to schedule in time for couples photos during this time. If your venue looks dramatic when lit up at night then your photographer might suggest sneaking out for ten or fifteen minutes to make the most of it.

Space

If you want a reportage or documentary style wedding album your photographer will need space to be able to move freely around your guests. If your tables are too tightly positioned for them to be able to get through to see your reaction during speeches, for example, you are potentially going to miss some key shots. If there is limited space make sure you let your photographer know who will be speaking and where they are so they can position themselves in readiness.

Permission

This relates more to wedding rather than reception venues, but some places of religious worship do not allow photography, or are very restrictive in where they permit photographers to stand. If you definitely want images of your wedding ceremony then you should check this before you book your venue.

Keep it Clean

If you are having a photographer take photos of you getting ready, keep the space clean and tidy, and remove anything from the background you don’t want in the photos. While messy tea cups or underwear drying on radiators can be removed with photoshop it is time consuming and more expensive than simply having someone tidy it away on the day.

Whatever your venue, consider having an unplugged wedding. Any wedding photographer can reel off a list of shots missed because overzealous guests with phones or iPads got in the way at the worst moment. It’s ok to ask guests to put their cameras and photos away and simply enjoy the moment first hand so your photographer can do what you’re paying them to do.

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