Today marks the start of a very exciting group of blogs! We’re going to be joined on the first Monday of every month by a guest blogger to bring you tips and information to help you plan the perfect wedding day.
This month we’re joined by the incredibly talented Christina Brosnan of Brosnan Photographic, who is sharing some of her top tips for getting the best out of your photographer on the big day so you capture the memories for ever! First a little bit about Christina by Christina….
Hi, I’m Christina Brosnan and I’ve been studying and practicing photography for 10 years. I run Brosnan Photographic with my husband, Colin. We’ve been together since 2004, married since 2006, and working together since 2007. But we wouldn’t consider any of it work! I went to College of DuPage in Chicago and after graduating went on to study at Speos Photographic Institute in Paris. I am the one behind the camera and Colin is the one behind the website. He’s from Kerry and I’m from Chicago and we met in Paris on Valentine’s Day! We now live in Newbridge with our cat Pepper and our dream is to travel the world! We love photography and documenting people – especially weddings, and here are our tips for working with your wedding photographer! -
Location: Always keep in mind how everything will look in photos, from where the bride is getting ready to the reception, or where you plan to have the portrait shots taken. The right location makes for great photos.
Lighting: Look for locations with good lighting. Natural light is the best and will achieve the best results.
Wedding Portraits: Be mindful of sunset when scheduling your wedding in winter months. If you plan your ceremony too late in the day you may not get enough daylight time for portraits outdoors. Also be sure to leave enough time between ceremony and reception for portraits. I recommend leaving at least 2-3 hours between the two. A lot of couples choose to see each other before the ceremony for their portraits. This leaves the rest of the day for you to be relaxed and not feel rushed to get to your reception.
Wedding Dress: I always try and get a photo of the wedding dress before it goes on the bride. Try and get a pretty hanger to hang it on. A plastic hanger won’t look as nice. Also get a hanger that has a swiveling hook so it is easier to hang.
Wedding Guests: Some guests try and instruct the wedding photographer on every shot. It is very difficult to say no without coming across as rude, so a lot of time is wasted on photos that the couple often don’t want. I cannot stress enough that you take the time to inform your guests not to interfere with the photographer. Also make sure they know not to photograph while the photographer is photographing. The flash from their camera(s) can cause bad results in your wedding photos.
Wedding Invitations: Send your photographer one of your wedding invitations to photograph. Or have one for them on the day of the wedding. It will be cool to include it in your wedding album. It’s another detail you won’t want to forget!
Detail Shots: If possible it’s always nice to have some shots of the details of your wedding that you’ve spent so much time organising – flowers, cake etc. Discuss these shots with your photographer so that they can plan them into the day .
Engagement Shoots: An engagement session is a great way to get to know us before we photograph your wedding. It’s also a great way to get you used to being in front of the camera and put you more at ease on your day.
An engagement session will give us the opportunity to see how you interact with each other, and to get to know your personalities.
Some couples like to incorporate their engagement photos into their wedding. Using them for announcements, thank you cards, or even for table numbers. There are many other ways you can use them, just ask us and we can give you some more great ideas!!
But most important… Relax and enjoy the day!!
Thanks Christina for all the tips, we hope you all found them useful!! (and aren’t the pics absolutely gorgeous!)
Watch out next month for our next Guest Blogger, Aoife and Deirdre.
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