5 Tips for Working With Your Wedding Photographer

Last week I wrote a post about why wedding photography was so important.  Now that you all know how important finding a professional photographer is, lets talk about ways you can work with your wedding photographer to not only ensure a smooth flowing wedding day, but also to make it easy for them produce the best images possible. I think it comes as a surprise for most brides when they realize how big of a role photography will play on their wedding day.  Below is a list of 5 things you can do ahead of time so that both you and your photographer are better prepared:

1. Have an engagement session. Lets admit it, most of us are not models!  As much as you've been practicing posing in front of your bathroom mirror (or is that just me?), it's not easy to look natural and charming when someone is sticking a big camera in your face.  I can't stress enough how important this is.  Have an engagement session with the photographer who will be photographing your wedding.  Not only will it allow you to get comfortable in front of the camera before your big day, it will also allow your photographer to get a feel for the best ways to work with you when photographing you both.  It will also give you a chance to get to know each other a little better!

2. Include your photographer when creating the timeline. Give your photographer the rundown of the day and make sure you are including enough time for things like detail shots, getting ready shots, formal family portraits, Bride and Groom portraits, etc.  The biggest mistake I see brides making is not allotting enough time for photography and then getting overwhelmed on the day of their wedding.  If you ask your photographer ahead of time for their input on how much time is needed for photography, the day will most likely go much smoother.

3. Create a list of VIPs and a formal shot list (and communicate the list to everyone). While giving a list of your VIPs to your photographer is great, it does nothing if the people on the list don't know they are VIPs!  Communicate to your VIPs when and where they are needed to take the formal portraits, and do it before the wedding day.  Also, ensure you have a bridesmaid or family member who is familiar with the list and all the people on it to help gather the troops when it's time to take photos.  This will be a huge help to your photographer and ensure no one gets unintentionally left out!

4. Let them know of any special ceremonies or events ahead of time. Make sure there are no surprises for your photographer on the day of the wedding.  If they know of any extras ahead of time (like a sparkler exit, special dance or speech being made, etc.) they will be able to plan lighting, where to stand, and what equipment is needed to get the best shot without being too intrusive.

5. Have fun with them and don't stress! Weddings are meant to be a fun time for everyone.  If you've communicated all the important stuff to your photographer before the wedding day, they will be prepared to photograph it as best as possible.  When the wedding day comes, have fun, relax, and don't stress about the photography!  Leave that to the professional.

What are some additional ways you can work with your photographer to ensure your day flows smoothly and you get some amazing pictures?  Leave a comment, I'd love to hear what you have to say!