8 Tips for Amazing Wedding Photos

As a lover of all things wedding related, I spend hours sifting through wedding photos. It's pretty much an all day thing for me because I'm constantly looking for inspiration. I'm always amazed by those really magical shots where the stars align and the photographer catches the bride and groom at the perfect moment. 

This got me thinking about what it actually takes to get that kind of shot. After a lot of careful consideration I've decided that the cosmos probably have very little to do with good wedding photography. In reality, I think there are a lot of things that contribute to those magical images. Obviously starting out with a well recommended photographer is key, but the process shouldn't stop there. Today I share a few important tips for you to try that can help your photographer capture those once in a lifetime wedding photos. 

 Photo via  Paper Antler

Photo via Paper Antler

1. Do an Engagement Session.

It's a good idea to do an engagement shoot with your photographer before your big day so that you can get a feel for how you work together. Since engagement shoots are generally pretty laid back, you'll have time to get comfortable with the camera which should help do away with any wedding day photography jitters. Think of it as a practice run for the main event!

 Photo via  Green Wedding Shoe

2. The Shot List:

It is important to hire a photographer you trust and let them do their thing. Sending a few photos to showcase the style you love, that is fine, but don't expect to get the exact same shots as those you pinned. When it comes to family photos or must-have photos with certain friends, create a small shot list of those must have combinations. This will ensure you get the shots you want with certain family, and it will help the photographer get these photos done in a timely manner so you can go ahead and enjoy your cocktail hour! 

3. Come Prepared.

A lot of couples like to include fun extras in their wedding photos. Thank you banners, signage, and portraits of loved ones can add a special personal touch to your pictures. If this is something you're interested in, make sure you assign someone to bring these items along come picture time. 

4. Stick to your timeline.

This tip can be really hard to follow but is so important! In my opinion, some of the best wedding photographs are taken at sunset. Chances are your photographer has carefully reviews your timeline and has carved out a small portion of time to take these pictures. Sticking to your schedule will ensure that you not only get the photos you want throughout the day, but it will also help guarantee you have time to take advantage of the illuminating light as the sun goes down. 

5. No surprises.

Weddings are all about fun so naturally some couples choose to through some surprises in for their guests. While that's totally awesome, keep in mind that your photographers job is to capture the moments. Help them out by cluing them in on any surprises so that they can position themselves in the right place at the right time. 

6. Consider an unplugged wedding.

Nothing deflates the magic of a picture like seeing someone texting in the background. Going unplugged for your ceremony eliminates the photographers need to shoot around your phone obsessed loved ones. 

7. Trust your photographer

You hired your photographer because you like their work, right? On your big day, trust them to do what they do best. If you're constantly worried about what they're doing you're not really going to enjoy your day and that will definitely translate in your photos. 

This leads me to my last and most important tip....

8. HAVE FUN!

It's your wedding day! Be sure to enjoy even the little moments because a happy bride makes for the most amazing pictures of all.