Four Ways to Get Organized for the Photography of Your Wedding

Four Ways to Get Organized for the Photography of Your Wedding

One of the most crucial things for a newly engaged couple to do before planning a wedding is to get organized!  Getting great images of your wedding does not rely solely on your photographer.  It takes some work on your part as well.

Here are a few tips to help the photography part of your day run smoothly:

1.  Special Photos.  Have Specific Photo Ideas In Mind?  Let your photographer know when you think of it!  If a thought pops into your mind goahead and shoot your photographer an email or text before you forget!  They can add it to their list or go ahead and start plans on how to get this idea.

I had one couple who had a reception in a hotel and wanted photos of them jumping on the bed the room they had booked for the night.  They told me their idea PLENTY of time in advance and we worked it into our plan to duck out of the reception towards the end.

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It’s also a good idea to mention if you have any props you want to incorporate in the photos.  IMG_6580

 2. Family Portraits.  Have a list of family portraits that you want and give it to the photographer ahead of time.  Include names so the photographer can simply call them out.  This allows family portraits to run much smoother and go quickly.  Also let your photographer know if there are any tricky situations (i.e. divorced parents that don’t get along) give your photographer a heads up to help avoid any awkward moments.

Tip: Tell your family the plan for the family portraits.  Are you having them done immediately after the ceremony?  Make phone calls or write a personal note to ask them before the big day to plan to stick around after the ceremony so you don’t have to get people herding them back together.  You will appreciate putting in the extra effort ahead of time and saving those are precious minutes the day of.IMG_5028

3.  Assistance.  In addition to having a list of family portraits ready to go, think about designating a close friend of the family or even an aunt who knows all the faces in the family to assist the photographer in wrangling family members.  In most cases the photographer doesn’t know your family and won’t be able to put faces to names.  Therefore he or she won’t know if Uncle Bob is in the room or not.  Again, this will save time and anxiety for you!  

4.  Last, and possibly most important, BE ON TIME.  If you plan with your photographer to be at the venue at 3:00 p.m. to begin photos make sure you allow plenty of time for hair and make up (if you aren’t having those photographed) and travel.  Be prepared for hair or make up to take a little longer than planned or for you to hit some traffic and go ahead and build in some breathing room.  Worst-case scenario: you arrive at the venue early and have some extra time to relax or do finishing touches.

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