One of the biggest influences on how pictures will turn out, is your wedding party. Most people don’t even introduce the photographer to their family, bridesmaids, and groomsmen. Remember, many people are camera shy and really don’t like to get their picture taken. If they are avoiding pictures or trying to rush through things, that is going to limit your photographer and also put a downer on your day.
When I book a bride, they are normally very inspired to get some great shots and spend some quality time on pictures. Most grooms are the complete opposite. However, when both are excited about it, is when great things happen. If that is you, you should stress that to your wedding party as well. Show your bridesmaids some picture ideas that you have. Mention to the groomsmen how much this means to you.
Looking back at my own wedding, those photographers had it easy. Getting a great picture was near the top of our list for the day. Our wedding party knew that as well and was excited for the hour we planned for fun shots on Main Street of our small town. What did we end up with? Walls filled with framed photos that catch everyone’s eye. The photos don’t look forced and the artistic shots finally come out.
Now I know that not everyone is going to enjoy taking pictures. However, these people just spent over $100 on a tux/dress and an entire weekend for YOU! If they know that pictures are important to you, they will put in the effort.