You are planning your wedding and have hired your wedding photographer as you had a great connection with them and you love their work.  Great!  But what happens next and what do I need to tell my photographer before the wedding?  At Summers Photography, we love having meetings or Skype calls a month before the wedding to really make sure we are all singing from the same hymn book!

But as your wedding day gets nearer you can start having a think about which images you want your photographer to capture on your special day. There are many ways this can happen, so I have compiled a list of my top images which can make it onto your timeline that we discuss before the wedding.

Hair and Make-Up Getting Ready:  A really fun way to kick start the day and your photography album. Think of beautiful images of  your dress hanging up and your shoes arranged with the trinkets from the day.  This is a great opener for your wedding gallery.  For the bride it is a great way to remember the fun you have while getting ready. You have your bridesmaids there having a glass of bubbles, your Dad trying to do his cufflinks, the flower girl causing mischief; they are all things that happen that you might not even be aware that thy are going on! It is great to look back on those images and have a giggle at the memory of how much fun you had getting ready.  Top tip – if you are getting ready at home or a venue, please make sure that there are some key spots kept clear from clutter, or the bridesmaids can get on the case for clear up duty when the photographer arrives!

Groom and groomsmen:  Most grooms are happy for the photos to start from when they arrive at the ceremony venue but on the odd occasion they to want to capture the process of getting ready – polishing shoes, checking the best man has the rings, cheeky half in the bar and greeting guests as they arrive. The groom anxiously waiting for that first glance of his betrothed is one of my favourite ceremony shots, these are all great moments to keep and build a picture of the day.

Ceremony:  Depending on your venue you can have your photographer taking shots throughout the ceremony apart from the signing of the register as it is a legal document and therefore not allowed to photograph.  If it is a registry ceremony, then you should be allowed to have photographs throughout depending on the registrar.  Double check with your officiant if a church wedding as a few denominations do not allow photograph apart from the walking in and walking out.

Confetti:  The one part of the day that people get to through things at you and you laugh! The confetti moment is a perfect part of the day – you cannot stage reactions like natural laughter and is a fab shot as a front cover of your album.

Group shots:  Are important at any wedding.  They tell the story of the moment in time of your families coming together. A great opportunity to have everyone in the photograph and then break down to individual families and bridal party. Visit out blog on planning your wedding groups here. They will love to look at your album over a prosecco a couple of months after the wedding and see their smiling faces.

Portrait shots:  The only time in the day that you get to be together on your own with a glass of bubbles.  This moment is for the two of you to just “be” and discuss what has just happened – you are married!  Let’s celebrate and create beautiful portraits of the two of you.

Speeches:  If you are having speeches then it is always good to ask your photographer to get shots of these as by this point the serious part has been and gone and everyone has started to relax and it is lovely to see everyone loosen up a little and have a giggle at the grooms blushes from his best man’s speech!!  You can either have them before the meal or after – speak with your wedding planner to confirm what would be best.

First dance and cake cutting:  Try and arrange the cake cutting just before your first dance as then everyone will already be there congregated on the dance floor. Ask your photographer to take lots of natural group shots of your guests as well as you dancing as you won’t be looking at them you will be looking at your better half.

This is just a short snippet into your day, but is very much the key features. Do you have any other ideas that you would like photographed?  You can leave a comment below, send a message through the website or drop an email to [email protected]

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