When I first started out as a wedding photographer, I was always intrigued by what my brides and grooms did to make their wedding more memorable.
I studied on it with several of my brides, some would take the best one and put it on the wall and put the rest in a photo album. The album would be taken down every now and again but never really looked at constantly.
My goad as a wedding photographer is to take as many photos as I can that would go up on the wall instead of the album. To do that, I always like to talk to my brides and grooms to find out what they are looking for in their photography. What do they like to do in their off time? Where did they meet? What are their hobbies? What will they be doing before the wedding and after. If I can, I incorporate that in their wedding photos.
One of my favorite photos I was able to capture, was of the groomsmen playing golf. I found out they were going to the local club before the wedding, so I had them bring out their clubs and take a picture with that. In another photo I had a bride and groom pose in their dads’ car he built from scratch. I know their parents had a blast with that photo and still have it up in their house.
It doesn’t have to be that elaborate either. One of my brides best friend couldn’t be there for the wedding, we took a photo she had of the friend and made sure we took several photos with that photo after the wedding ceremony was complete. Some brides will even put photos of loved ones on their bouquet.
So how can you make your wedding photos more memorable? Incorporate your hobby into the photos. Have a picture of a loved one that can’t be at the wedding for any reason to make sure they are there in some form. Take pictures at a place that means something to both of you before the wedding. I did pictures at a B&B where a couple had their first romantic getaway at. Take funny pictures, take romantic pictures, even experiment.
Remember you are in charge of your wedding day; your photographer is there to just capture the moment.