10 Wedding Day Tips From a Full Time Photographer

8 Bomb Wedding Day Tips From a Full Time Photographer

Here there! Thanks for stopping by, want to know 8 Wedding Day Tips from a full time wedding photographer?! Keep reading, I’ll give you 8 things to consider when you are planning that make my job (and your life!) easier!

8 Wedding Day Tips From a Full Time Photographer

1. Let your photographer know what is important to you

The first Wedding Day Tips is huge! Let us know what the most important part of the day is to you, the things you are looking forward to, and anything else. WE WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING! If your grandma is officiating, if you are giving a gift to your bridesmaids, if you are wearing a loved ones watch/earrings ect. We love and need to know all of this information in order to capture your day in its entirety.

2. Try to know the timeline and have a copy on the day of

This is pretty self explanatory. Make sure your bridal party, immediately family, and any vendors have the timeline ready and available during the wedding day itself. Timelines are created in order to have a smooth day, and gives us a guideline with where we can take time from if something is running behind. P.S your day will not follow your timeline perfectly, and that’s okay!! I have dealt with this every wedding and your photographer will know were to pull time or push time to make sure we still get all of the photographs that you deserve on your wedding day.

3. Have your items for your detail shots in a bag when we get there

Put some thought into what you want in your detail shots!

You’ll want:

  • all rings
  • earrings
  • Necklace
  • perfume
  • Cologne
  • Watch
  • Shoes
  • Ring boxe
  • Garter
  • Extra Flowers
  • Invite Suite
  • Nice Hanger

4. Pros of having a first look

Know the pros of having a first look, mainly it gives you more time for photos in general. It also adds another element to your day. When planning the timeline for a first look, put an extra 5-10 minutes in. This is when I love to step back from being in your face and the two of you are able to have some alone time before the day gets busy!

5. Family photo list

Make sure to have a family photo list ready! This can ensure that we get all the family photos you want and we can check them off as we take them. If you add family member names it is easier to yell and find people faster!

6. Trust your photographer

This one is BIG. We might say weird things like “kiss with your teeth” “say your favorite breakfast food in her ear” ect. TRUST US. This is our full time gig and we want to give you the best photos that we can. I promise that we wont make you do silly things if they won’t produce and amazing photo.

7. Take advantage of golden hour

Put golden hour (or sunset!) photos into your timeline! Trust me, it will be so worth it. It gives you two a chance to leave your reception, and get some space away just for the two of you. Plus by that time most of your nerves will be gone and the two of you will be able to relax and have fun with your photos.

8. Embrace the unexpected

The last Wedding Day Tips is to embrace the unexpected. The best example I can give of this is weather that is not perfect. The video below shows what a SUPER RAINY day looks like when filming a wedding. Seriously we could not even run to our cars without being drenched. Amanda and Nate embraced that they could not control the weather and were in good spirits the entire day. The main thing that makes a rainy day better is having a good attitude no matter what, and just focusing on why you are really there. TO GET MARRIED!


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