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Planning a wedding can take months or years and once in a while you get the feeling that the preparation phase is going to last forever but before you know it, the big day is here and passes by so swiftly.
To make it so special,you have to find the right caterer, cake bakery, decorators and so many other vendors to help you pull off a perfect day.
And though everyone of those vendors matters a lot, whatever they do will shortly be forgotten but not the photographer.
Though planning a wedding seems like it’s forever, the actual wedding day passes by like lightening, it slowly fades away like the morning dew as each day passes by and sooner than later, you find yourself reminiscing and struggling to hold onto that day’s memories.
The only thing that will keep your special day alive is the photos and videos captured that day. To help you captured the best moments of your day, we gathered some advice from 5 of the best wedding photographers in Uganda.
To start things off, our experts say you have to find the right photographer. After narrowing down candidates, they recommend meeting with the photographer in person.
You can ask them to meet you at your office or work place in case you are unable to visit their office/studio. However, visiting a photographer’s office is ideal since you get to see mostly who they are and what their style is depending on the photos you’ll find at their office.
Try to spend some time with your photographer. After all, you and your groom will be spending one of the most important days of your lives with this person. Another way to test drive your finalist is by asking him or her to shoot your engagement portraits.
Once you book a photographer, there are a few tips and to remember: First, take your group shots and portraits outside in the morning or just before sunset — it’s the best natural lighting.
Also, before the reception gets going, make sure to point out the major players to your photographer. You want to make sure they’re shooting the people you really care about, not just some lady you have never seen or a campuser the photographer has crushed on.
And contrary to popular belief, sometimes the most picture-perfect moments are in fact planned.
Here are the steps to great wedding photography
To get great wedding photography start by deciding on your wedding photography style
There are three main types of wedding photography styles: photojournalistic (mostly candid, on-the-fly shots; photographer acts as observer), traditional (mostly posed and semistaged pictures; photographer acts as director), and artistic (unconventional photos at creative angles; photographer acts as artist). Once you decide on a vision, search for a photographer with the same style.
- Hire your perfect photographer
- Body language
- Avoid stressed photos
The next is the budget. Couples spend an average of 3million on their wedding photos. If your ideal photographer is out of your price range, ask them to refer you to someone who’s not.
Another important consideration is the photographer’s range of skills—a great photographer is a portraitist, food stylist, and journalist. When interviewing candidates, have them show you entire wedding albums, not just outtakes.
Lastly, ensure that you and your photographer click. Have enough time to get to know if their character matches yours. Are they patient and easy to get with? You don’t want to work with one who looses their cool mid way your function and they start taking bad photos-taking it out on you.
The best photos look natural, so don’t overthink. Smile! Nothing will make you look more beautiful than a genuine smile, but that’s easier said than done if you’re nervous about being photographed. If you have trouble smiling naturally, giggle. A fake laugh almost always brings out a real smile.
Practice good posture: Arching your back, even when sitting down, will make you look more confident. Get comfortable and stop thinking hard about being photographed
If you feel stressed, you’ll look stressed. To avoid harried-looking photos, schedule photos before the vows—when you look your best. Remember that looking radiant takes stamina, so work with your photographer to create a short shot list (no more than 40 minutes’ worth). By then he will have captured the best shots.