Q. Is an assistant necessary? Our photographer wants to bring one.
A. We took this question to Jinsey Dauk, a professional shutterbug in New York City. Dauk's response? "My answer is yes! Some assistants just carry heavy equipment, which frees up the main photographer. The less grunt work, the more she can focus on getting the best photos. Sometimes a photographer will bring a shooting assistant instead, who can catch shots that the photographer might miss, or snap formal portraits while the photographer takes candids. As long as the photographer remains in control, assistants can be extremely valuable. After all, your photographer needs to be efficient, organized and quick."
Q. My fiancé wears glasses. I am worried that the flash photography will reflect off them and ruin our pictures. How can I ensure beautiful pictures?
A. Wedding photography has advanced by leaps and bounds, so the reflection should not be a problem. However, it doesn't hurt to stack the deck in your favor. Have your fiancé invest in glasses with antireflective coating, and encourage your photographer to use natural light whenever possible. To be safe, have a clause added to your contract stating that reflection from the flash will be retouched free of charge. You can also just ask your fiancé to remove his glasses for some of the pictures. He won't know what he's smiling at, but hopefully the pictures will capture only his good looks and not his confusion. One last thought: Keep in mind that your fiancé will look different without his glasses. You fell in love with someone who wears glasses and it's important that your wedding pictures reflect that. (No pun intended!)
Q. What are fun things to do with our proofs after we get them? My sister's are stored in a box, but I want to do something special.
A. Show 'em off! Proofs or originals should be given to you in an organized manner in an album, says New York City photographer Jinsey Dauk. They should be in chronological order, separated by black-and-whites and color shots (if you're having both) and protected by acid-free plastic sleeves within the books. You can turn your favorites into a collage. Laminate them and make coasters! Or follow the lead of one of Dauk's ambitious clients who's covering an entire wall of her house with photos from her wedding.
Q. I don't want to spend my entire reception posing for pictures. How can I speed up the photographer so I can eat, drink and be merry?
A. Be prepared to cast superstition aside and take the bulk of your pictures with your groom, his family, your family and your attendants before the ceremony. Although it makes for an even longer day, snapping photos of your wedding party a couple hours before the ceremony will guarantee you more fun-time later. If you and your fiancé don't want to sneak a peek at each other prior to the "I do's," prepare a list of each formal photo you want taken after the ceremony. Designate one list-keeper and have her organize groups of people so they're photo-ready as soon as the previous group is finished. You can also build in extra time—no more than two hours—before the reception starts. One more solution: Hire a photographer who specializes in candids. Just make sure someone points out the family VIPs to him.