I often get asked what really helps us as we head into a wedding day. The list of ways to make each wedding a smooth success is lengthy, so today I want to share just three ways that you as the bride/groom can prep your wedding photographer!
There is no magic formula to planning out your wedding, but if you are willing to work alongside your wedding photographer, your wedding will be a DREAM as you enable your photography team to really do the job that you have hired them to do! We absolutely love it when our couples reach out to us with questions, and we also provide our brides specifically with a Wedding Experience Guide to offer as much help as we possibly can!
Let’s jump in!
Create your wedding day timeline with them – I work with all of our couples on their timelines to help ensure that the day runs smoothly and that there is plenty of time throughout the hours they have booked us for to capture everything! I personally thrive on a very structured environment, so this is a joy for me to work through with our couples! Every single minute counts!
Provide a simple shot list for family formals – When it’s time to round up Uncle Bob, your 36 cousins, and Grandpa Joe, having a simple shot list of what is most important to you for your family formals will cut this time of your day in half! I typically stand on a chair (to make sure everyone is on the frame!) and Michael calls out names on the list and helps organize family members.
Here is our standard Family Formals shot list (use specific names when writing yours out!) that we give as a guide:
Couple with Grandparents
Bride with both parents
Couple + Both Immediate Families Couple + Both Sets of Parents
Couple with Parents, Siblings, & Grandparents Couple
Couple with Parents
Couple with Grandparents
Pick your getting ready location based on lighting – Where you get ready for your wedding is a very important place! We photograph all detail shots, the bride getting into her dress and spending time with her lovely bridesmaids, and typically (when the light is perfect!) bridal portraits at the getting ready location. Pick a spot with minimal decor or a room that can easily be cleared out. Any space with large windows letting in natural light will be a win! This spot may also need to be used for family formals or bridal party portraits if it is raining!
*Bonus suggestion – I always love having my brides’ bouquet ready for me to photograph with her other details as soon as I arrive on location. Creatively, I use the bouquet for shots of the rings, to pair with the shoes, and it’s always fun to get a shot of the bridal bouquet with all of the bridesmaids’ bouquets too!