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Crowdsource your wedding photography

Investing in a professional photographer to produce lavish wedding day images is something you definitely won’t regret. 

However, you may also want to capture the more candid moments of the celebration from a range of perspectives. Encourage your guests to do the photographic legwork for you – give them the tools to document how they experienced the day. 

Photo booths

Providing a photo booth station is a good way to encourage playful images. Include props – feathers, hats, picture frames – the quirkier the better. Perhaps include an erasable message board so guests can hold up a personal note for you and your partner.

Once you’ve hired a photo booth company, the process is simple. Companies deliver, set up and collect the booth, while providing an attendant to help operate the machine throughout the event. Some companies will give you the option to access your photos in an online gallery, while others will give you a CD comprised of high-resolution images.

Added bonus, photo booths are perfect for those guests looking for a distraction from awkward chitchat or avoiding the dance floor. 

Polaroid and disposable 

If you’re in a small venue and lacking the room for a booth, simply provide cameras. Leave a few Polaroid or disposable cameras either on tables, or in a dedicated location. Some of your most memorable snaps could very well come from the candid moments captured by your friends and family. There’s nothing quite like the warm grain of film photos, and there’s a certain satisfaction in the instantaneous nature of Polaroid. Plus, you get to feel like it’s 1996 again.

Get social

Retro charm aside, film cameras can be expensive to use. If you’re operating on a budget and want to forgo photo printing costs, consider encouraging guests to use the technology already in their pocket. There are numerous mobile apps dedicated to organising wedding photography, such as Wedding Party and WedPics. The apps create a stream of images taken by your guests with smartphones. A big plus is that photos don’t have to be shared on Facebook in the public domain – you control who can see the images. This is also a great method for sharing photos with family or friends who are overseas, or couldn’t make it to the wedding. 

Whatever method you choose, make sure you think of a way to collate the resulting images in one place, to form a timeline of the day. Smartphone technology definitely has the edge here – collation is effortless and anyone can easily access the photostream. Just minutes after the wedding you can re-watch your big day unfold. 
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