Location, location, location – It’s not just for real estate. When it comes to planning a wedding, there are so many locations to take into account: A hotel for guests, the ceremony spot, the reception venue, and most importantly the photo op location.
OK, maybe in the grand scheme of things the photo location isn’t most important. You probably want to be very sure the hotel you book is clean and convenient. And you should make sure the reception venue is beautiful and not falling apart. But I’m a little biased I guess because a great photography location makes my day more fun, creative and challenging, and makes your photos and video more memorable. I know photographers feel the same way so here are a few things to think about:
1. How important is it for you to have great pictures compared to just pictures? If great pictures are important you should read on.
2. How much time are you able to give to your traditional photos? If you can, try to give them a good hour not including time to get there and then to the next location of the day. Why an hour? That gives your cinematographer and photographer time to get the proper bridal party pictures and family shots with time left over to set up some really beautiful and romantic shots of just the two of you. And those shots are always best when there’s no rush.
3. What location matches your style or wedding theme? The choices are usually endless but, of course, depend on what is near your other wedding day spots. Do woods and mountains suit you, or are you more about urban skylines? Would you like your backdrop to be romantic or hip? Should it be an old brick wall at a closed factory, or a park with a lake?
4. Not really a location, but what time of day will your photo session take place? We cinematographers and photographers may not always tell you, but midday can be a killer for photos and video – especially if it’s a sunny day. The closer it is to the hours of 12-2pm, the harder it is to work with the sunlight. We call that “hard light” and it takes more time and considerations to shoot it properly so it can kind of get in the way of the time put aside for the shoot. Make no mistake, we know what we are doing and we have experience with it, but shooting at other times is just easier.
5. Need some ideas for where to take your wedding pictures? Just ask. We will usually have some good ideas for you because we’ve filmed just about everywhere.
I know it can be difficult to control all these things, but if photos and video are important to you when it comes to your bridal pictures it can be a good idea to consider this list from the earliest part of the planning that you can.