A well informed photographer that understands the dynamics of your family and expectations of your wedding will be able to offer you the best representation of your wedding. After all, the photographs will be your memories. The foremost tip that any experience can offer is don't try to remember anything on your wedding day. Make lists and give them to people. You will be surrounded by people who love you and want to help. Let them. If something goes awry it's okay. Don't get upset. Commit to enjoy the day and let someone else handle the details. The bride and groom should do nothing but smile and enjoy themselves on one of the most memorable days of their lives.

From a professional photographer's point of view, there are some things you may want to consider. These are a few safety nets you might implement in order to have the quality of photographs you have envisioned.

  • Be ready ahead of time. If you hire your photographer an hour before the beginning of the ceremony, be ready at that time. A paid photographer is a terrible thing to waste.
  • Glitter and Bronzer are reflective. When the camera flash goes off, you will have a small white dot where the glitter is. You will be unhappy with this effect.
  • Watch your veil. Make sure your veil is behind your shoulders so your face shows from the back of the center aisle.
  • Will the photographer have a clear shot of your ring ceremony? Sometimes the positioning of the minister, best man, or candelabra prohibits this precious picture.
  • Allow twenty to forty minutes for photography after the ceremony. The amount of time is proportional to the size of the wedding party and their level of cooperation. Gently remind your bridal party the photographer is paid by the hour at the rehearsal. Those people included in after the ceremony photographs should have clear and comprehensive instructions to stay close and pay attention to the photographer. We can get you to your reception quickly with a high level of cooperation from all.
  • Group pictures sometimes a while for larger families. Try your best to keep a fresh and sincere smile. This way you have pictures where you look GOOD!
  • Consider some outdoor portraits. Photographs outdoors can be a great addition to your wedding album. Soft evening light can add romance.
  • Bus the tables. Reception pictures will look terrible if you don't have somebody picking up half eaten plates and empty glasses. Who is going to take out over-flowing trash cans? These can go unnoticed during the reception, but they can really have an impact on the quality of the photographs.
  • One last piece of advice: one or more of your carefully planned details may not happen on cue, or not at all. That's ok. It's your wedding. Revel in it. Cherish your ceremony and especially the moment when you recite your vows. It is such a fleeting moment in time that cannot be photographed, video recorded, or documented in any way. So be sure to listen closely to the officiant, breathe, and memorize everything you can about that small segment of time. Know in your heart that everything else is secondary.

Yes, you can minimize the number of problems, but realize that you are host and hostess of a large party and it is impossible to predict every possible situation. Stay focused on the reason for the celebration and your problems cease to be problems. You can assist your photographer by implementing some or all of these safety nets. With a little luck and forethought, your photographs will be exactly what you envisioned.

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