Make the Most of Your Wedding Photography

Your wedding photography is an important part of your wedding day. Your images will be what reminds you of the day you got married. You will share them with your children, or even grandchildren, one day.

Here are five tips for getting beautiful photos that are exactly what you’ve dreamed about.

Five Wedding Photography Tips for Brides

Photo by Riverland Studios

Have a Plan

You should know well in advance how the day is going to work regarding photography. Your photographer will help you with this, and you should express your desires and expectations. Work closely with your photographer and have clear communication.

Before you meet with a photographer consider the following questions:

  • Will you need or want a photographer for the entire day to photograph you getting ready?
  • Would like to have two photographers or one?
  • Do you want to stage a first look, where the photographer captures you and your husband to be seeing each other for the first time?
  • Will you prefer to go somewhere for your formal photos between the ceremony and the reception?

These are decisions you’ll need to make before your wedding day.

Photo by JoPhoto

Keep Everyone in the Know

Make sure that everyone who will be included in portraits understands exactly where they should be at all times. This includes your close family members, your bridal party and anyone else who will be in the formal photographs.

If you have a large bridal party, it may be a good idea to print out an itinerary. Or you could hire transportation to take everyone from one location to another.

Judith Ripka


Be as open as you can with your photographer. Make a list of shots you’d like to have. For example, it might be crucial to you that you have a photo of you and your grandmother.

Let your photographer know if you like formal photos or if you’d rather have more candid, photojournalistic photography. Make sure the photographer is aware of all the important people, like your granddad or a special aunt, who you want to have photographed.

If you’ve seen examples of wedding photography you like, share them with your photographer.

The more your photographer understands your vision, the better things run.

Photo by 2 Brides Photography and Fête in France

Be Open to Creativity

An experienced photographer will know what works when it comes to specific shots. Trust the professionals, even if their ideas seem a little crazy. Those creative photos may just turn out to be some of your favorites, and the worst thing that can happen is you don’t love them.

If you have an original idea of your own, don’t hesitate to tell the photographer.

Photo by Dustin Finkelstein Photography

Remember the Love

You may be stressed out and nervous on your wedding day, but take some time to remember why you are getting married in the first place.

Some of the best wedding portraits are those that clearly show the love between the bride and groom. If you are feeling it, you’ll see it in the images. Forget anything that might not be going according to plan and just remember how much you love the person standing beside you.

Let your personalities shine, and your photographs will be a perfect reflection of you as a couple.

Your wedding photos should be treasures that you cherish for the rest of your life. Keep these five tips in mind for fabulous photos that you are sure to love forever.

Photo by Arte DeVie


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