6 Things Every Bride Should Discuss With Her Wedding Photographer

6 Things Every Bride Should Discuss With Her Wedding Photographer

By discussing these things with your photographer in advance, you’ll be assured that your wedding pictures will not only be beautiful, but you’ll have fun in the process.

1. Where and when you will be getting ready.

good lighting for getting ready pictures

You’ll want to make sure you have enough time for a few “getting ready” shots and the location has sufficient lighting for photos.

View more photos from this wedding in Greer SC at Suber Road Baptist and Greer City Park.

The cool part about these pics is that your future husband will get a glimpse of what things were like for you during this time!

While this portion of the day might not be 1st on your list as a photo-op, it’s essential to telling the story of your day in an album.  You’ll want to make sure you have enough time for a few “getting ready” shots and the location has sufficient lighting for photos.  Your photographer will be able to help you with the lighting if there aren’t any windows. When you discuss the wedding day time line, this is an important part of that conversation.  The cool part about these pics is that your future husband will get a glimpse of what things were like for you during this time…even if you see each other before the wedding in a first look (see number 2) there’s always the thought going through your mind, “I wonder what’s he’s doing right now.  Is he as nervous and excited as I am?  Is he just chilling or still trying to tie his bow tie?”

 2. To see or not to see each other before the ceremony (First Look)

 

first look bride and groom see each other before wedding

A “first look” when the bride and groom see each other for the first time on the wedding day prior to the ceremony is a great opportunity for pictures.

View more photos from this wedding at Belfair Plantation

You can spend a few minutes sharing thoughts with each other and have the opportunity to get some photos together before the wedding.

When you do see each other before, it’s often called a “first look” and is a special private time for you to see your future husband (and for him to see you in your dress) before the wedding.  You can spend a few minutes sharing thoughts with each other and have the opportunity to get some photos together before the wedding. You’ll need to consider several things such as time of day (you don’t want the sun to go down before you get some great outdoor pictures) and overall schedule of the day.  First looks aren’t for everyone since some prefer the magical moment of seeing each other from either end of the aisle for the first time on the wedding day, but this is a great option from a photography standpoint and saves tons of time later when everyone wants to go party.

3. Decide how many group photos you want.

family group pictures at a wedding

While they may not have the same artistic value as some of your other wedding pictures, the family group photos are an important part of your collection.

View more photos from this wedding at The Reserve at Lake Keowee.

 Your photographer takes these photos seriously and wants to make sure they’re done RIGHT without taking too much time.

This can easily get out of hand if you don’t spend a few minutes deciding exactly who gets included in those group photos after the wedding.  Of course they’re important shots, but if you don’t limit the number of pictures, you’ll be there all day doing photos instead of celebrating with your husband and dancing the night away!  Average time is three minutes per group shot.  Your photographer takes these photos seriously and wants to make sure they’re done RIGHT without taking too much time.

4. Give your photographer a list of the other vendors involved in your wedding.

wedding decorations

It’s important that all your vendors are able to work well together to create a beautiful atmosphere for your wedding.

Wedding Venue: Westin Poinsett Hotel – Poinsett Ballroom
Coordinator: Kelley Moore
Cake: Couture Cakes
Floral: Greg Foster

View more photos from this wedding at The Westin Poinsett Hotel.

Chances are your photographer has worked with all or some of these people before and has a good working relationship with them (which is great for you of course) and can make sure things run smoothly during the whole event.  By making sure certain vendors are in contact with one another before your wedding, you can relax and trust that they’re all working together and aren’t in each other’s way. If you have a wedding coordinator, this part is even easier.

5. Make sure everyone in the bridal party has everything they need.

wedding bridal party photos

Planning ahead goes for your bridal party too! Put someone in charge to make sure everyone has everything they need from bouquets to bowties.

View more photos from this wedding at The Old Cigar Warehouse.

Six groomsmen and one is missing a tie makes for a frustrating experience if it’s time to take photos!

Someone needs to check that everyone has ALL of their clothing and accessories in plenty of time…this goes for flower arrangements too.  Six groomsmen and one is missing a tie makes for a frustrating experience if it’s time to take photos!  Try everything on too.  If a bridesmaid suddenly realizes her shoes don’t fit right, the next few hours can be miserable (although a good bridesmaid will never let you know.)

6. Give your photographer the inside scoop.

fun bridesmaids pictures

Good communication with your photographer ahead of time ensures the pictures will be more fun.

View more photos from this wedding at The Grove at Pennington and Certus Loft

Let your photographer know if there are any family dynamics or special needs that could make someone uncomfortable if not handled properly.  The goal of any good photographer (other than creating amazing photographs of course) is to make sure everyone is having a great time and and not being put in an awkward situation.  Simply making your photographer aware of these things will prevent any unwanted disruptions.

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