Wedding Photos: Planning is key to getting all the right shots

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Young brides and grooms are easily seduced by artistic photographers whose work shows that they will photograph the happy couple in the most flattering possible ways. That’s fine, but remember too that these pros will need your input too, especially if there are certain people you want to make sure are photographed. Sit down and compile a list of “must do” photos and make sure this is made clear to the wedding photographer. Artistic shots are beautiful, yes, but don’t forget to list the “less sexy” shots like the following —

1. Bride and groom with their cousins
2. Bride with godparents or aunts and uncles
3. Bride and groom with nieces/nephews
4. Wedding guests at tables (this isn’t a given anymore)
5. Bride and groom with college crowd, high school crowd or neighborhood friends
6. Parents of bride as they watch the ceremony

These are just examples– your list will be as unique as your family is. Take-away advice is not to assume the photographer will get all the “important” photos.

On a related note: I’ve been following the Huff Post Weddings blog, and award-winning photographer Anne Almasy had this to say recently, which I just love:

“…you know why I REALLY do what I do?

To photograph your parents, who will hold hands and cry on the first row of the chapel. To photograph your sister dancing with that boy she will marry in three years. To photograph those kids who will grow up so, so quickly. To photograph your grandfather, who will pass away next spring. To photograph your first kiss as a married couple, your best friend busting out her signature dance moves, the flower girl asleep under a table, and maybe even your ex looking pretty wistful as he hugs you a little too long in the receiving line.

You already know: your cake will disappear in less than an hour, your flowers will wilt before the ceremony ends, and that uncomfortable tux will go back to the rental place in the morning. But those photos… they’re gonna be there forever.

photo by Michael Ramos Photography

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One thought on “Wedding Photos: Planning is key to getting all the right shots

  1. This is such good information. When my son got married the photographer sent a “stand in” photographer as the photographer had double booked the evening. As guests were entering the church the bride was still on the altar having pictures taken. A written game plan would have made things so much better for all. The “stand in” was clueless.

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