You might read all sorts of tips on different websites, in magazines or be given advice by friends and family. Much of this will be the same, so we wanted to give you something out of the ordinary to think about. Here are our tips and hints….

  • Remember to tell your photographer if there are sensitive issues around family photos e.g. if parents have separated, etc. This ensures against any embarrassing calls for “brides mum and dad please” when it should be something a little more diplomatic i.e. just first names.
  •  

  • Tell your photographer if anyone is adverse to the use of flash photography e.g. epilepsy.
  •  

  • Check the sunset time so (weather permitting) you can get some lovely couple and/or group shots against the pinkie red sky.
  •  

  • Keep an eye on what the weather might be like on the day. Ask your photographer if they have a contingency plan just in case it rains.
  •  

  • Give your photographer the contact details of your videographer (if you’re having one). They’ll virtually be working in tandem, so a brief introduction before the day will make things run even smoother.
  •  

  • Make sure your photographer contacts the wedding and reception venue(s) prior to the wedding, so they know where and when photographs can be taken.
  •  

  • How long should you allow for the photographs? We often get asked by the brides how long they should schedule in for the photographs between the end of the ceremony and the beginning of the reception. We tend to say two hours max simply because the group shots can be quite time consuming to organize family members and friends.
  •  

  • If you have a location you’d like to be photographed in, that’s not the wedding or reception venue(s), ask the photographer to seek the relevant permissions before the day.
  •  

  • If you have a particular style of photography that you like, show examples to your photographer. Keep cut outs of anything you see in magazines, websites, etc. in your wedding scrap book.
  •  

  • Make sure you know how long your photographer will stay for i.e. will he/she only stay until 4pm, rather than waiting until the speeches, first dance, etc?
  •  

  • If you want to make your photographs personal to you, discuss the use of personalised items / props – nothing tacky but something that is personal to you both e.g. lettering, spelling out certain words, something relating to hobbies or interests, pets, etc.
  •  

  • Make sure your photographer has public liability insurance and is a member of a regulatory body e.g. Guild of Wedding Photographers, etc.
  •  

  • Make sure there will be no additional costs on or after the wedding day e.g. will a printer suddenly appear during the reception, where the photographer will charge guests £5 for a print – yes this seriously does happen, but won’t with us.
  • 1st Images Photography | Tel: 07810 786191 | Email: henry@1stimagesphotography.com