Essential Wedding-Day Photography Tips
Jess Levin of Carats & Cake asked a couple of the industry's top photographers to share their tips so you can get the most out of your wedding day photographs, from pre-planning to the big day.
Carefully Craft Your Timeline
"Give good attention to your wedding day timeline, always leaving more time to get ready, and lots of time for portraits—having a peaceful wedding day will lead to beautiful photographs!" —Michelle Boyd, Owner, Michelle Boyd Photography
Spend Time Prepping Your Details
"To save time, prepare all of your wedding details (shoes, jewelry, dress, etc.) before your photographer arrives to ensure everything is photographed once they arrive." —Desi Mendoza, Owner, Dez & Tam Photography
Save Time for the Men
"Leave time to capture some shots of the groom getting ready, especially when he's putting the finishing touches on his wedding day look. Tying a bow tie is always a cool shot." —Brian Dorsey, Owner & Lead Photographer, Brian Dorsey Studios
Stay Focused on Each Other
"Stay relaxed and focus on each other! The most genuine and beautiful images are easy when you're truly happy and enjoying your special day." —Ashley Kelemen, Owner, Ashley Kelemen Photography
Pay Attention to the Time of Day
"When crafting your wedding day schedule, the time of day matters. You not only want to talk through the timing with your photographer to make sure you have the right amount of time for each portion of the wedding to capture the images you want, but you also want to make sure the time of day is right. For example, if you want a sunset shot, you will need to plan accordingly." —Austin Trenholm, Owner, Trenholm Photo
"Let loose and have FUN! The unexpected can often be the most photogenic." —Sara Wight, Owner, Sara Wight Photography
Don't Forget About Reception Candids
"Don't forget to spend quality time together throughout your reception so that your photographer can take lots of photos that show you in the moment!" —Brian Hatton, Owner, Brian Hatton Photography
"The most powerful and beautiful photos are made when a foundation of authenticity supports all of the other elements from underneath." —Britt Chudleigh, Primary Photographer, Chudleigh Weddings
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