Don't Want To Hate Your Wedding Photos? Here Are The 10 Things You Need To Do NOW.

Now we are back to help you avoid hating your wedding pics. It should be one of the best days of your life not a source of disappointment, regret, and buyer's remorse. The question is (What to do if I really dislike my wedding photos?)

Someone l met explained to me how she feel when her photos were not properly done. Here is what she said,  "I've stepped away from them for a few months and come back and I still hate them.
 I've shown them to family and friends and they all think they aren't very good either… I hired a professional photographer and second shooter".

Without seeing the photos or meeting the bride, I can't solve her problem but I can offer advice to help brides-to avoid wedding photo regret. Here are 10 ways to make sure you won't regret .

1. Like your photographer
Not only do you have to like the photos your photographer takes, but you have to like your photographer's personality as well. When you meet with a photographer, make sure you're meeting with the person who will shoot your wedding. Start your search with photographers who are offbeat and awesome.

Beware of wedding photography mills (they exist!) where you talk to a sales person, view their best sample images, and then get stuck with a minimum-wage photographer with minimal experience to match.

2. Choose a professional WEDDING photographer
Experience is the best teacher, so hire someone who specializes in weddings and has shot a lot of them. Good wedding photographers use their experience to sense moments before they happen.

 Just because your cousin is an amazing food photographer, it doesn't mean he can document your wedding. (The reverse is true too — I'm not the guy you want to hire for food photography.)

3. Tread cautiously when hiring friends or family
Allow your friends and family to be guests at your wedding. Photographer friends may offer to take photos out of kindness, but I suggest turning them down. Here's a secret: They probably won't mind being turned down. Wedding photographers never get to be guests.  it's best not to mix business and pleasure, right?

4. Avoid the time warp
Wedding day transportation always takes twice as long as you think it will — plan for it. If you forget to account for freeway traffic route to your reception venue, you might cut your photo-taking time in half. Find out how much time your photographer will need, and work on a realistic time schedule. Photographers are magicians, but we can't actually bend time. 

Build a solid wedding day timeline with the help of a planner or coordinator, if you can. Nothing will slow your wedding day photos more than rushing everything into an unrealistic timeline.

5. No laser lights ever
Do you look good with green spots on your face? No? Then kindly ask your DJ to kill the laser light show. Laser lights are pretty much the worst thing ever invented — they make your guests look like they have a mutant green skin disease. 

Oh, and those expensive lasers used in Electronic Dance Music can fry professional cameras on contact. There are lights which make photos funny.

6. Put down the vodka cranberry
Wait until after your ceremony and photos to drink beer. I'm not saying you have to skip the mimosas, but keep hydrated and take it slow. Hate your drunk face? I can't fix that with Photoshop. Plus vodka cranberry is hard to get out of a wedding dress.

7. Unplug during your wedding ceremony
This topic has been heavily discussed in wedding meetings & groups already. But I'm weighing in. The new trend of guests using iPads as video cameras is getting out of hand. I've seen guests holding iPads in front of grandma so she has to duck to see the wedding.

 Unless you want all of your ceremony photos peppered with people's iPads , ask them to put them away until after the first kiss.

Welcome to the era of the over-documented wedding, where even though you've hired someone to take photos, every guest has a camera and is live-tweeting the whole event. This must be stopped by the owner of the event.

8. Feed your photographer
Your caterer has a sinister plan called "hide the photographer." After the photographer's blood sugar hits rock bottom, they lead them into a dark hallway 100 yards from reception. At that exact moment, the DJ will announce that it's time for parent dances.

 I'm not sure where this awful tradition started, but there's an easy solution: Ask your caterer to feed the photographer at the same time as the bride and groom, so they're back in action at the same time you are.

 If possible, give them a table in the main reception room. That way if an epic moment happens, they're there to capture it.

9. Turn crappy into happy with uplighting
I've seen a DJ turn a bare room with four walls into a Vegas Nightclub with uplighting. Most professional DJs offer uplighting packages. 

10. Find the photos you DO like and get them on your wall and in an album
What did you do with your photos after the wedding? Do you have them up in your house? Do you have an album? 

After spending money on wedding photos, please please please do not just leave them  . When historians (or cough family members) dig through your attic, old broken hard drives with wedding photos will be useless.

Even if you're disappointed with your wedding photos, find the few you do like, and print them up. If it's literally only a couple photos, cherish them, print them, and hang them on the wall.

If you can find a few more, make an album. The process of choosing photos to print might help you re-live all the excitement of your wedding. 

You may never go through the 1,000 digital images that you hate on your hard drive, but you'll look at the certain photos that you do like in your album, or that one photo on your wall for years to come.
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