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11 Tips for Getting the Best Wedding Day Photos

The photos from your wedding will be the record of every beautiful moment you had that special day. They will be what you and your spouse will look at as you reminisce, display in your home and office, and will show to posterity years down the road. You’ll want photos that perfectly capture the happiness of your day and by taking the right steps, you can achieve it.

at the Amanyara Resort in Turks and Caicos


Here are 11 tips to getting those perfect wedding day pictures:

  1. Begin Researching Early: It is recommended that you begin your wedding photographer research a year before your wedding. Get recommendations from recently married couples you know and online. Carefully and thoroughly comb over each wedding photographer’s website and photo gallery. You need to get an idea of their style and determine whether it’s the style that you want your wedding day memories captured in.
  2. Think Critically: As you review photos, consider key moments you want to capture at your own wedding: Did this photographer capture great shots that you’d also like to have? Look for thoughtful compositions and intimate moments that only an experienced artist might look for. Make sure people look relaxed, natural, and in-the-moment, not surprised by the camera.
  3. Interview Photographers: Like a job interview, someone can look good on paper (or through photos), but have a personality that may clash against yours. You can’t truly tell if a wedding photographer will be a good fit until you meet and interact with him either in person or on the phone.
  4. Compare Packages and Options: Ask each photographer what is standard as far as time and coverage goes. Most packages cover an entire wedding from getting ready to the end of the reception, but some may not. Some cover prints and others charge additional. Some give you digital images to print on your own and others charge for digital images or over a certain number or edited image. Be sure to know exactly what you’re getting
  5. Confirm the Photographer: Depending on whether you hire a freelance photographer or decide on a photographer working for a studio with many other photographers, you’ll have to make sure that the same photographer you met with in person and felt comfortable around will be the one shooting at your wedding day.
  6. Sign a Contract/Agreement: Once you’ve settled on a wedding photographer, get and sign a written contract that has all the details including the wedding date, the hours that will be covered and when and how you’ll get the final photos.
  7. Schedule an Engagement Shoot: It is always a good idea to meet with the photographer and have him or her take pictures of you and your fiancé before the wedding. This pre-wedding shoot will give you the opportunity to get comfortable with the photographer, observe him or her in action and see the kinds of photos he or she takes.
  8. Limit Your Shot List: Don’t try to get pictures of every combination of guests or extended relatives at your wedding. This will waste precious time. Instead, limit your shot list to a few of the most important ones and the photographer will capture the rest of the unforgettable moments as they come.
  9. Have a Realistic Schedule: Things can, and often, don’t go as planned. Allot extra time into your wedding day schedule in preparation for mishaps that can happen.
  10. Keep Your Head Up: Walking down the aisle and saying your vows can provoke great emotions. Many couples miss out on the true essence of the moment because their heads are lowered in the attempt to deal with the anxiety, joy, or wide range of overwhelming emotions they are experiencing. You’ll want to see the joy in both of your face as you marry so remember to keep your head up, not just for the photos, but to fully experience each moment.
  11. Consider the Lighting: Lighting is often overlooked in weddings and many couples don’t consider what may be needed for great photos. The right lighting is needed for the perfect pictures. Be aware of how the lighting will change throughout the day such as when the sun sets and lighting inside the venue. Your photographer can give you lighting tips based on experience.

The professional wedding photographers at Mermaid Pictures and Printing are the local Turk and Caicos wedding photographer experts. Contact us today and let us capture the beauty of your wedding with stunning photos you’ll cherish for years to come.


What to Look for in a Destination Wedding Photographer

There are few things more important to a wedding than choosing who captures the memories of your big day that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Your wedding photos will preserve every smile, tear and precious moment throughout the joyous occasion and you don’t want just any photographer to document it. Your wedding photos will be what you proudly show to friends, family, children and grandchildren. They’ll be focal points within your home, your office and even on social media so it’s important that your images are of the highest quality.

Destination Wedding photographer, Mermaid Pictures, captures a beautiful sea-side moment between bride and groom.

So what are the most important characteristics and how do you go about finding such a qualified photographer?

Cost. There are many aspects to consider when hiring a qualified wedding photographer. The first thing that may come to mind is the cost. Not all expensive wedding photographers have raving reviews and not all low-budget photographers produce poor work. You can’t base your wedding photographer decision on price alone. Consider the long-term. An investment in higher quality images and beautiful memories may or may not be worth a larger portion of your wedding budget to you, so here are some other things to consider when making that determination:

Location. Selecting a photographer who is local and has spent time exploring and photographing in the area is your best choice for someone who knows the most picturesque spots. You may have a favorite photographer you’re considering flying in for a destination wedding, but they won’t know the nooks and crannies holding incredible light and hidden gems that will make your photos truly unique.

Local reputation. Whether in-person or online, take the time to get an idea of how others feel about the photographer and what their experiences was like. If you have time to travel and scope out your destination site before-hand, talk to locals and also local wedding vendors like florists and venues for the best word-of-mouth recommendations.

Experience level. Like hiring anyone for and important “job,” you’ll want a wedding photographer with experience under his or her belt. If your budget it tight, you may be able to find up-and-coming, budding wedding photographers looking for experience offering services for a greatly discounted price, but keep in mind that this could be a gamble as these are moments that you’ll never get back. Talk to the photographer beforehand and ask to see a portfolio of their past work.

A simple capture of a Turks and Caicos bride's shoes before she walks down the isle.

Wedding specialization. Depending on what your specific needs are, someone who specializes in weddings will be your best choice when venturing off for an exciting destination wedding because they have a keen eye for how to capture the top moments of your big day. Most photographers who also do other types of photography, such as family portraits, often produce great wedding pictures that satisfy the needs of most couples.

The photographer’s style. Each wedding photographer has a unique style, and you can find everything from bright and fun to classy and vintage. The photographer’s style is a key factor as it will dictate how he or she covers your wedding and the kinds of images that you’ll have for a lifetime. Be sure to pick a photographer whose style compliments and highlights the vibe and theme of your wedding and décor taste if you’re planning to display your images. Browsing through the photographer’s portfolio will give you a great idea of their style and versatility.

Equipment used. Photographers have their own preferences on what type and how much equipment they use when documenting weddings. Some higher-end photographers may haul around more equipment. The more equipment the photographer uses, the more you have to consider the costs, space and set-up time. Natural light photographers typically carry less equipment, but it all comes back to style and what you want the end result to be. Talk to photographers you may be interested in about what they use and why to see how it will benefit the outcome of your images.

Island Bride trash the dress photo.

Packages and options offered. Many photographers offer a variety  of packages, most of which include a select number of prints in different sizes and photo CDs or DVDs. Your photographer selection may be based on what your photograph needs are. It’s always great when you can find a photographer who can customize their image and print options to your needs, as you may see your photos and want more or less than what a “standard” package offers.

Many couples head to Turks and Caicos for their destination wedding. The gorgeous, secluded beaches make for the perfect wedding backdrop.  At Mermaid Pictures, our qualified, expert photographers are well-known and well-regarded in the Turks and Caicos community. We have many years of experience doing weddings and family portraits. Contact us today so that we can meet your wedding needs and beautifully capture every magical moment of your day.