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Wondering how to make the most of your wedding photography? How to have amazing photos that completely capture what it was like to be there? Or how to make sure your photographer is on the same page?
You’re in the right place! Here are the most important Do’s and Don’ts to ensure your wedding photos turn out amazing and are the perfect representation of your wedding day!
Find the right match
Choose a photographer whose style you connect with and whose personality clicks with yours. Looking through a photographer’s website and Instagram is a great place to get to know them. If you love their work and they seem like someone you could even be friends with, that’s a great match!
Ask your photographer for help with your timeline
They’ll know how much time you should allow for different parts of the day, and where you should leave buffer time just in case.
Work with your photographer before your wedding day
Engagement photos and and bridal portraits are the perfect way to get comfortable behind the camera and familiar with your photographer’s way of shooting. As important as it is for your photographer to know you and your personalities, it’s as important for YOU to know what to expect too.
Consider what’s important to you
…and then tell your photographer. If you’re really excited about having a First Look with your grandpa or including your dog in some portraits, let’s do it! Those ideas you have bouncing around in your head are probably awesome!
Trust your photographer
When it comes to choosing portrait locations or finding the best light, trust your photographer’s vision. Even if you find yourself standing in an ally way or spinning in a field, enjoy it and know that the photos will be great.
Have fun, smile and laugh! This may seem obvious, but the more fun you’re having, the better your photos will look.
Don’t make a long shot list
While it’s helpful to create a detailed list of family portrait combinations, don’t worry about giving your photographer a list of what shots to get throughout the whole day. They’ll know to focus on big moments (like walking down the aisle and your first dance). That being said, you may want to mention the moments or events that are specific to your wedding day – like if your college fight song will be played during the Reception.
About 3 weeks before a wedding, I send each couple a Wedding Day Questionnaire that will ask for this information.
Don’t spend too much time on Pinterest
Pinterest can be a wonderful tool for sparking creative ideas or getting started on DIY projects, but it can also make you lose sight of your own vision and ideas. Instead, take some time looking at your saved pins and brainstorm together on what you want your wedding to look like and what moments matter the most.
Don’t worry about the timeline during your wedding
If you’ve communicated well with your photographer and venue, and worked together to create a thoughtful timeline, there’s no need to spend your wedding day worrying about staying on track. Let your vendors take care of that!
Don’t feel like you need to be perfect
Don’t ever feel like you need to look like a model, or nail that perfect pose, or suck in your stomach for every photo. The more time you spend enjoying the moment and being yourself, the more your wedding photos will look like YOU, and the more they will perfectly capture who you both were on that important day.