Think about the shots you want but keep an open mind.

Here are a few tips to help your wedding photographer. Create a list of ideas of the must have shots you would like at your wedding (groups), decide who and what combination of family is most important. Don’t forget to leave time if you are going big and bold with the quantity of the groups. A great idea is to assign someone who can help the photographer to identify family and hunt down those who are missing at the bar.

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Why not have a look on Pinterest to see any ideas you would like to recreate as a couple but leave room for creativity. Your wedding will not be or look like anyone else’s and that applies to your photos as well. Trust your photographer’s judgment.

Trust your photographer

Help your photographer by telling them key relationships of things they may not be obvious at first glance, like the fact an old relative made it to the wedding despite in ill health. Any personal details help’s your photographer understand where you coming from and what truly matters to you.

Tell your photographer about the little things that you are fond of, the more personal the better. It could be something small, like a ring or locket passed down within the family. Only you know the details that make you smile so share them.

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Decide on the media strategy.

I have been reading a few ideas on this that sound really good. You have two options: ask your guests to go “unplugged” for the ceremony (no cameras or phones)or embrace technology with a photo scavenger hunt and put a list of must-have pictures at each table. You could also put signs outside the ceremony and reception encouraging your guests to take candid shots and assign a hashtag to them (e.g. #mrandmrsjones). If you opt for the second approach, then your photographer can shoot from the perspective of your guests’ phones or tablets. This creative approach captures the emotions of your guests and takes advantage of the fact that phones are everywhere.

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LAST BUT NOT LEAST

Meet, meet, meet

Meeting with your photographer is so important before and after booking but also, choose a photographer that has pictures in their portfolio that capture the way you would like to remember your wedding. “If you don’t meet your photographer before the wedding, even just on phone call, you’re taking a risk, because you don’t know if you click. This person is going to be with you all day long, on one of the most important days of your lives, so it’s vital you feel comfortable with them. I often meet my couples twice. Also, if the photographer gets to know you well, they will be more emotionally invested in the day – at my most recent wedding I actually felt tears come on during the speeches! Wedding photographers aren’t just suppliers, they’re one of the most important guests at your wedding.”