You've spent months prepping and primping for your wedding day, and you've hired your dream photographer to capture it all. The last thing you want is to have little distractions ruin an otherwise perfect shot. Luckily, that doesn't have to happen. We asked wedding photographers Trent Bailey, owner of Trent Bailey Photography, and Jacob Whyman, founder of Whyman Studios, to share five things to keep in mind that could be negatively impacting your photos.
1. Brands and Logos
Powering up for your big day with a venti skim latte? Make sure you move that Starbucks cup out of view before your photographer starts shooting your getting ready photos. "Anything that is not relevant to the scene — in this case you getting your hair or makeup done — takes away from the shot," says Whyman. "And random logos always look distracting in photos."
2. Guests in the Aisle
Usually when shooting the processional, the primary photographer is crouched down at the front of the aisle and the secondary photographer is following the bride from behind. If Uncle Bob suddenly pops (or even leans) into the aisle to get an iPhone pic, there goes your professional shot. "Make sure that guests stay out the aisle and are not holding phones — or even worse — iPads in the air trying to take photos," says Bailey.
3. Speakers, Poles, and Microphone Stands
When it comes to shooting the ceremony, photographers have no choice but to work with what they're given. So don't give our photographer a ceremony setup cluttered with speakers and microphone stands. "If speakers are necessary, make sure to put them far away from the altar," says Bailey. Whyman adds: "Also don't put anything directly behind where the bride and groom are standing — for example, poles holding up decorations — or it might look like they have things coming out of their heads in the pictures."
4. Purses on the Tables
In order to get the gorgeous décor photos you want, make sure your photographer gets first access to the reception area, before you let any guests in, advises Whyman. "A couple purses here, a half empty drink there — and you've lost that pristine setting you wanted to capture."
5. Videography Equipment
Photographers and videographers are constantly competing the get the shot, and often in the process they get in each other's way. "If I'm shooting a first dance, the last thing I want to see in the background of the photo is another vendor at work," says Whyman. "My biggest recommendation here is to ask your photographer for videographer referrals. Often, photographers will be able to recommend someone they work well with and have a system in place so they're not getting in the other person's way."