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5 Tips For Perfect Wedding Photos
Your wedding day is going to be a whirlwind of a day. It’s going to go by super fast and so you want to be completely prepared so nothing is missed! Here are some tips for the perfect wedding photos to make sure that you don’t regret or miss anything you were hoping to capture.
Write out a shot list for family photos.
This is so important! Before your wedding you will want to create a shot list. A shot list is where you detail all the shots you want of your family members. This takes place after the ceremony (normally) and is when all of the formal family photos take place. A shot list will help streamline this process as it can get stressful and chaotic with so many people to wrangle up. All they want to be doing at this point is hanging out at cocktail hour drinking and celebrating. A shot list for this portion of your day will help things go quickly and smoothly so there is more time for bridal party and bride and groom portraits and get everyone back out to the party! If you ever need help with this part, we have templates available!
Communicate with your photographer.
Seems like common sense but you would be surprised with how many brides don’t talk to their photographers! We aren’t mind readers (even though sometimes it would come in handy!) and we don’t know what you want if you don’t tell us. Don’t be nervous to speak your mind and ask us for a certain pose or a certain photo. We won’t say no! It doesn’t matter how goofy or how out there it may be either – if you’re down to create it, we’re down to make it happen. The worst thing you can do is stay silent and then risk not getting the photos you want most. The more you talk to us before your wedding the better but during your big day if there is something you want as well, just ask us!
Establish a point person.
A point person is crucial during the formal family photos. You will want them to have a copy of your shot list as well and it is their job to make sure everyone is there when they need to be for photos. This person can also help to make sure all of the groupings and photos are captured. This person should be loud and have authority so that they can rise above the chaos that ensues with family photos. It is always a mess because people just want to start drinking and partying. The last thing they want to be doing is taking photos. So give someone this responsibility so that it goes by quickly and you get all the photos you want.
Have a timeline.
A timeline is so important. We can’t stress this enough. A timeline lets everyone know where to be at what time and when everything important is happening. A timeline also helps to make sure you have time for all of the photos you want. It is crucial that your photographer has a copy of this timeline before your wedding. We can even help you put one together!
Get engagement photos done by your photographer.
Can’t stress this enough. It’s a great way to get comfortable with your photographer, “test drive” their style and poses and just generally see whether you all click or not. To see more about why this is such an important part of your wedding experience, take a look at this article about The Must Have Engagement Session.