How to Get the Most from your Wedding Photos: Advice from Erika Tanith, a Professional Wedding Photographer

I always liked photography. My dad was a keen amateur with an amazing eye; I get a lot of my enthusiasm and basic knowledge from him. I studied media at university and I always wanted to get into film. I did stills photography, Photoshop, digital darkroom but didn’t think much about photography until after I graduated when friends started asking me to work on their weddings.

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I began as a second shooter – not as the main photographer – shooting from the side-lines and getting all the fun, natural pictures. I was good at it and I really enjoyed it. After a while I started doing weddings by myself, friends recommended me to friends, and the whole thing snowballed. Now I work full time as a wedding and portrait photographer.

I love what I do. There’s something very extraordinary about being entrusted to capture people’s memories of such a special day in their lives. I get to see people at their absolute best; families and friends coming together to celebrate a couple in love.

A wedding is a very important event, and so unique to every couple.  I love to see how people express themselves, from including pets in the ceremony to colour themes, entertainment, decoration, food and favours. There’s so many ways to incorporate aspects of your lives and personality into the day.

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I shot my first wedding in 2004, and since then I’ve learned a lot, not just about the industry, but how to get the most from your wedding photography. The main things that I’ve learned are:

1: It’s amazing how fast the day goes, and how little you remember even by the end of the day. Your photography will capture those memories and help you relive those special moments so it’s important to invest in.

2: The photos that people cherish the most are the natural ones.

3: Formal pictures are nice, but keep the list short so you get to enjoy more of your day. If you know you want a few, then try to make it a more fun part of the day for people. You can use props, or features at your venue to create images that are more personal and fun. Having everyone just line up is okay, but if you’re a fun family then why not express that?

4: Your photographer is going to be a big part of your day so it’s important that you not only like their work but that you also like them as a person. You’ll be spending a lot of time with them!

5: If you’ve got an idea for a fun, different or quirky picture, tell your photographer. They may be able to do it, or the situation may not be right, but if you don’t ask you’ll never know.

6: Trust your photographer. They’ll be able to find the best angles and locations for your pictures. But if you know of a secret spot be sure to let them know about it too. Just in case.

7: Relax and enjoy yourself. You’ve done everything you can to make your wedding special, and as long as you have the two of you that’s all that matters. Don’t sweat the small stuff – you’re getting married!

Erika Tanith Photography – http://www.erikatanithphotography.co.uk/

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