1. Minimize your locations
In order to maximize photo time on your wedding day, I recommend minimising the number of photo shoot locations. You don’t want to spend more time travelling from point A to point B than actually taking pictures.
2. Keep top table clean and minimal
If top table guests are drinking something other than wine/champagne, ask the waiter/res to put it in a nice glass. Branded beer bottle do not look nice in speech photos
3. Plan Enough Time for Hair & Make-up
Delays with hair and makeup can set the whole day behind. Plan to finish the process well ahead of schedule, too often do I see brides rushing because of unexpected delays. Many great hair and makeup artists will create a schedule to follow during wedding preparations.
Your creative team will typically ask for one hour in order to document final touch-ups, detail shots, and candid moments with your closest friends and family.
4. Include Toss Items
Whether it’s in your group photos, during your first dance or your grand exit, toss items add that extra touch to your photos. Confetti, flower petals, paper planes, rice, the list can go on and on! These pictures radiate bliss, excitement and results in genuine smiles and laughter from you and your guests.
5. Follow your photographer on social media
Most couples book their wedding photographer at least a year in advance. That’s loads of time to really get to know them as real people and not just professionals. Social media makes it easier to connect – friend them on Facebook, follow them on Pinterest and Instagram,
6. Consider an engagement/family shoot
If you have an engagement shoot before your wedding, it gives you a chance to become more familiar with your photographer and what he is looking for from you. He can advise on how to look your very best. Also, the best picture from this session can be used on wedding stationery and all sorts for the big day!
7. Say what you want
If you have a dream shot, like kissing in the doorway of the church, or a special move in your first dance, tell them so they are prepared and can think of the best ways to capture it
8. Ask for advice
Trust us, and use us for advice! I’ve been to a lot of weddings so ask if you’re not sure of anything. I can fill you in on a few things, like guests don’t really bring that much confetti, speeches always take longer than people think, DJs and bands take ages to set up, and brides never ever fall over.
9. Make sure you like your photographer
I cannot stress enough the importance of having a great connection with your wedding photographer. After all, you will spend more time with your photographer than with each other on the day. That connection will help you to relax in front of the camera, producing spectacular results!”
10. Quality not Quanity
Five or six pictures should cover off all the really key people at the wedding. Any more than that and you are missing out on special time chatting with friends and family, and enjoying your big day with them.”
11. Know your good side
Don’t be afraid to tell your photographer your ‘best side’ before the big day! It’s something they can bear in mind during bride and groom portrait shots and so on.
12. Receiving lines can be a time sucker
I think receiving lines are a time sink. Use that time more wisely by having it for more photographs before going into the wedding breakfast. Get your photographer to capture you speaking to your guests as the day goes on, as the setting becomes much more natural and relaxed.