Five Things You Can Do To Improve Your Wedding Photos (and Video)

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You ever wonder why IKEA products are so affordable? By shifting some of the responsibility onto the buyer to assemble the product themselves they’re able to reduce the costs of manufacturing, shipping, and storage. This means you get a better price and IKEA gets to focus their time on designing better products for your home.

Now the analogy runs a little weak in that we’re not going to start giving out discounts for couples who want to do some of the camera work for us, cuz that would probably hurt more than help. But by preparing your space you will better equip us to be even more creative on your wedding day. Here are five things you can do that will help improve your wedding photos and video. (Some assembly required.)

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1. Choose locations with good lighting. Lighting is a key component in beautiful composition, so the more there is to work with the better. We bring our own lights when natural light isn’t available, but that requires more time to setup and takes away from time spent shooting. When planning where you will get ready in the morning, be mindful of the available light in the space. If you’re getting ready in a dimly lit basement, maybe rearrange the living room on the main floor with large windows to get your makeup done or get dressed with the guys.

"Be mindful of the available light in your space"

BONUS: Avoid mixing artificial and natural light. Indoor lights have different colours and qualities that don’t mix well with natural light, which means we’ll struggle to balance extreme blues with extreme oranges. So if you are getting ready close to a big bay window, turn off all the lamps and lights before we get there.

Andrew got ready in his and Kathryn's apartment. The open kitchen and living room was naturally lit by a big window making for lots of even light in the getting ready space.

Andrew got ready in his and Kathryn's apartment. The open kitchen and living room was naturally lit by a big window making for lots of even light in the getting ready space.

2. Organize the space, especially if the wedding day follows a sleepover. Designate a room or two to store suitcases or dress bags. Flowers will often arrive in plastic bags or cardboard boxes, so prep them out of the way. Making a mess in the morning is inevitable, so when you're close to putting on the dresses or suits designate a few people in your party to do a clean-up blitz and move the mess out of sight.

BONUS: Gather the details before we arrive. For the brides, gather an invitation, bouquet, rings, shoes, headpieces, and any other meaningful details in one place. For the grooms, gather your shoes, ties, watches, belts, and other details. That way when we rock up in the morning we don’t have to spend any time hunting it all down.

Tedi arranged some of the finer details that represented Kathryn and Andrew's style.

Tedi arranged some of the finer details that represented Kathryn and Andrew's style.

3. Write letters to each other or personal vows. We are always looking for a story to tell. The story of your wedding day will probably go like this: wake up, get dressed, get married, eat food, then party. But the story of your relationship is a lot more complex and personal. Take some time to record it on paper and don’t worry about grammar and sounding like Shakespeare. It’s your wedding day, so be you.

"The story of your relationship is a lot more complex and personal"

BONUS: Print or gather some photos of your history together and have them laying around, pinned to a corkboard, or in a coffee table book. They create a beautiful visual context that gives more meaning to the day.

Kathryn and Andrews personal vows created a water-works show during the ceremony.

Kathryn and Andrews personal vows created a water-works show during the ceremony.

4. Create moments out of the mundane. Significance doesn’t have to be limited to the First Look, Ceremony, and Speeches. You can make a moment out of almost anything.

Here are some ways you can dress your day with significance: 
• After the guys are done getting ready, share gifts, or give a toast reflecting on your friendships. 
• After the bride is in her dress, set up a first look with your bridal party or even your parents. 
• At the first look, exchange a meaningful memento. It makes for a great visual that speaks to the history of your relationship.
Ask us to make an engagement video. These videos are great ways to bring your wedding guests together for a good laugh or a cry while appreciating the depth of your relationship.

Kathryn's bridesmaids reacting to seeing her in her dress for the first time as she gracefully descended the stairs. We set it up in the dining room and moved some furniture around so that we could have lots of space with natural lighting.

Kathryn's bridesmaids reacting to seeing her in her dress for the first time as she gracefully descended the stairs. We set it up in the dining room and moved some furniture around so that we could have lots of space with natural lighting.

5. Make a plan to DO something. Most of our couples hire us because they like how candid our photos are, but candid only works if there’s something happening. We might want to set up a few posed shots of you and your crew looking like glamazon bitches ready for the runway, but that shouldn’t take three hours. Candid happens when there’s something happening in front of us. You don’t need to have it all figured out a year before your wedding day, but be ready to work with us to plan something.

BONUS: As much possible, minimize driving. If you’re getting ready in the west end, but you really want to do a first look in front of that tree from your first date in the east end, you might need to rethink you strategy. There’s only 24 hours on your wedding day, and you’ll want to spend as little of it in a vehicle as possible.

A few intense games of crokinole attracted an audience bringing out some golden candid goodness.

A few intense games of crokinole attracted an audience bringing out some golden candid goodness.


"The more fun you have, the better the photos and videos will look"

If you’ve read this blog a little too late and can’t implement all of these suggestions, no worries. We’ll still rock up and shoot the hell out of your wedding day. But if you got some time to put these suggestions into action, ask us if you want some help coming up with ideas. At the end of the day, the more fun you and your crew are having the better the photos and videos will look.

Evan Bergen