How to Prepare for Wedding Day Photos

Photos are one of the few aspects of your wedding day that will last forever. It is important to have a photography game plan, so that nothing important is missed!

Family Portraits

This seems to be the hardest part of the day - ensuring everyone you need stays in one place. When making your shot list, consider the following:

  1. Grandparents need to be finished first. It’s simply polite to ensure all portraits with your grandparents are done first, so that they can go find their seats and relax!

  2. Get the groups first, and the individual pairings at the reception. This will save you plenty of time, and will allow family to get to the cocktail hour sooner!

  3. Keep it simple. If you’ve got a big family, try to call out groupings by “Bride’s dad’s side”, “Groom’s mom’s side”, etc. From there, you can send off aunts, uncles, and cousins, and go right into the “household” unit photos.

Newlywed Portraits

Whether you’ve got ten minutes or an hour, getting some photos of the two of you should be an important part of your timeline.

If you know you’re on a time crunch, consider a first look - where you two, alone, see each other for the first time before the ceremony. Not only does this free up time later in the day, but it will certainly get you to your reception faster!

If you plan on doing everything post-ceremony, that’s perfectly fine! Just ensure you have a time cushion incase family portraits take longer than expected.

Important Details

Fill your photographer in on the smaller details that are most important to you. From heirlooms of lost loved ones, to surprise flash-mobs, it is always a good idea to keep your photographer in the loop!

Remember that you are not getting married to be photographed — you are getting married, and want photos of your day as it is. Make photography a priority, but don’t stress!


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