Your Wedding Photographer: What You Need to Discuss Before the Wedding

Photographing a wedding can be demanding since  the photographer is constantly looking for good angles and opportunities for candid shots.

Therefore planning and communication between the photographer and the bride and groom or wedding planner are a must in order to minimize the stresses associated with organizing and shooting the various aspects of the wedding ceremony and reception.

To avoid confusion and disappointment, it is always a good idea to meet with your wedding photographer well in advance, to discuss your wedding photo ideas.  Even if your wedding photographer is very experienced, you still want to make sure that you and the photographer are on the same page when it comes to your all-important wedding  photos.

Here is an excellent discussion of the most important things you want to discuss in advance with your wedding photographer, from The Inspired Bride:

Every wedding is different, and although photographers might shoot hundreds of weddings in a year’s time, they are not mind readers. It’s important to meet with them before the wedding and have a discussion about the events that will take place and the photos you want. Here are some tips for important things to discuss with your photographer before the wedding.

Must-Have Shots

Most photographers get the general idea: bride and groom, bride with her parents, groom with his parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc. However, there may be some shots you want that your photographer won’t think of because he or she doesn’t know you personally. For instance, maybe your uncle is also your godfather and you’d like a special shot with him.

Make sure you let your photographer know and even make a list of your must-have shots.


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The Wedding Picture Venue

If you want to take your wedding pictures in a location other than the wedding or reception venue, it’s important to discuss this with your photographer. Perhaps the location has a special meaning to you and you’d like to get some pictures there. Tell your photographer the significance of the spot (so he or she will remember it more clearly) and make sure they agree to take some pictures at the location.


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Special Pictures

Some brides want pictures of special items, because they’re important to them. For instance, one bride carrying a tiny photo frame on her bouquet of a grandfather who had passed on wanted pictures of that particular item. Make sure you let your photographer know about anything that simply can’t be left out of the wedding scrapbook.


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These are just a few of the things you’ll want to discuss with your photographer before the wedding. Also make sure to discuss a plan B in case it rains on the day of your wedding or wedding photo shoot.