The Little Paper Shop’s Creative Director Cara Green to share her insider’s top tips designed to ensure that you end up with a wedding album to cherish for many years to come.
Whether you’re a selfie queen or completely camera shy, there are still some little tricks us snappers like couples to be aware of.
1. Plan ahead
A wedding album should tell the story of your day from start to finish. It’s also there to document the presence of your friends and family as they join together to celebrate your new life as a couple. Having a running order and a checklist of ‘must-have’ pictures will give you a clear timetable of what to expect and when.
That way no-one gets missed out and those little moments, so easily forgotten when you’re caught up in the middle of getting married, are captured forever.
2. Get to know your photographer
Take the time to meet your photographer and get to know them. At the very least, it’s important to feel comfortable with a person you’ll be spending a large part of the day with.
An experienced wedding photographer will be more than willing to let you browse past portfolios so you can get a better idea of what you like (and also what you don’t). I make sure the portfolio on The Little Paper Shop’s website is regularly updated and also post favourite images on our Facebook and Instagram feed so if you fancy a nosey, check us out.
Establishing a good line of communication and an honest relationship where you can share ideas will be crucial in achieving photographs you love.
3. Don’t forget to look up
We understand that walking down the aisle is one of the most nerve-wracking events of someone’s life (we’ve been there ourselves – after all, I practically ran down the aisle with my dad at my own wedding!).
Still, if you’re looking down at the floor we can’t capture that shot everyone wants to see: the moment where a couple spot each other for the first time before they exchange their vows. Trust us, it’s one you’ll want in your album.
4. Be wary of big change
We love glam brides. We love Bohemian brides. We love subtle brides and ultra-sophisticated brides too. Still, whatever your style, it’s important not to be too radical or go for too much of a big change on the morning of your wedding. Why? You need to be comfortable in your own skin.
If you’re not used to wearing false eyelashes and lashings of lipstick, your self-consciousness will only translate into photos. There are many talented stylists out there who use their skills to enhance natural beauty, not turn you into somebody completely unrecognisable.
I’m always happy to recommend friends of The Little Paper Shop if needed and we’ve added some of our favourite North West-based make-up artists and hair stylists at the end of this article.
5. Just relax!
This one is easier said than done. We understand that not everyone feels happy in front of a camera and that’s why we’re going to reiterate the importance of good communication with your photographer right from the beginning.
A great photographer shouldn’t bark instructions or ignore what you really want. Similarly, if you feel conscious about any aspect of your appearance, they should remain sensitive to your needs.
Choose the right wedding photographer and you’ll be able to relax and just enjoy the day. We’ll take care of the rest.”
Look at past work
Here at The Little Paper Shop, we have years of experience photographing everything from small, intimate ceremonies to lavish country house weddings. Always ask to see a range of portfolios and a selection of different couples’ albums. At the very least, you’ll walk away with a few more ideas and a little extra inspiration to help with your own planning.
Our award-winning wedding photography packages start from £995 …
Have a meeting
Don’t underestimate the length of time you’ll be spending in each other’s company, so making sure you ‘click’ is vital.
An informal chat is a great place to start. It’s also an opportunity to find out what to expect on the day so if you’re not sure what will happen, have a list of questions all ready and prepared. The best wedding photographers will want to listen to your suggestions, answer any queries and put you at your ease.
At The Little Paper Shop, we always meet with our prospective couples so we can get to know each other a little better. We actually love nothing more than to talk all things weddings over a relaxed coffee and cake!
Don’t give in to pressure
If you’re being asked to sign on the dotted line and you’re just not comfortable, then you’re within your rights to ask for more time to think things over.
While us wedding photographers are conscious that availability may be an issue – particularly over the summer months – if you’re under pressure and don’t feel anything other than completely confident in the skills and expertise on offer, then it may be time to walk away.”