3 Things to Let Your Photographer Know Before the Big Day


Your wedding is fast approaching. You’ve pictured every moment of that perfect day in your mind, imagining it down to the last detail. Chances are, that includes the pictures that you’ll get to see after the ceremony is over. Many brides admit that when they look back on their wedding day, there are a few key moments that stand out–and the rest is a blur. You want to be sure that your photographer has captured every memory to the best of their ability so that you can put together the wedding album of your dreams, keeping those precious moments close for the rest of your life. Before your wedding, make sure that you communicate clearly with your photographer to ensure that they know exactly what you’re after.

What Pictures Do You Want?
You probably have some key shots in mind. Sweet moments, funny moments, or a special picture that caught your eye and made you fall in love can all touch your heart. Your photographer, however, can’t know that unless you tell them! Some shots, of course, are fairly standard. “If your photographer doesn’t know that they should catch you cutting the cake, dancing together as husband and wife for the first time, or that all-important kiss, you need to take a second look at your choice of wedding photographer,” said Memoire Studio. If there are other pictures you want to have taken, however, make sure you discuss them with your photographer ahead of time so that they can make them happen for you.

Don’t forget to include pre-wedding prep, from the bride getting her hair done to the bridesmaids doing each other’s makeup. During the ceremony, is it important for you to capture a picture of the groom’s face when he sees his bride in her dress for the first time? Do you have specific family shots that you want to take? Listing all of these important pictures will ensure that your photographer is on hand for them and that they know what to focus on. It will also give them the chance to give you a few reminders. For example, if you want that kiss shot to be perfect, you’ll need to kiss for more than just a peck.

Special Considerations
Your wedding is filled with special considerations, from your future mother-in-law, who quickly gets a headache if she’s around too many flashing lights, to the warring siblings who are both going to be in the same place for the first time in years. Your wedding photographer needs to know about all of those things to avoid making them worse! Make sure you include a few key pieces of information in your pre-wedding discussion, including:

  • Divorced parents who aren’t on good terms
  • Any objections to your ceremony or the way you’ve chosen to arrange your wedding
  • Family drama
  • Special considerations for specific individuals, whether mobility-based or hearing, speech, or visual impairment

By letting your photographer know about those considerations before the ceremony, you avoid a lot of awkward moments. Your photographer also has a greater ability than anyone else at your ceremony to either cause drama or smooth things over–so let them in on the secrets before they get there.

Share the Secrets
Do you have a surprise planned for the ceremony? Is someone else going to be surprising you? That’s definitely a moment that you want captured on film, but if the photographer doesn’t know about it ahead of time, they won’t be able to capture it to the best of their ability. The bride, the groom, the best man, and the maid of honor should all be able to contact the photographer just in case any of those moments should crop up. No matter what your surprise, letting the photographer in on it ahead of time will help you capture it for the future.

Keeping up with everything you need to handle before your big day can be stressful. Keeping your photographer in the loop, however, will be a critical part of your wedding day success. Share all those important details with the person who is going to be standing behind the camera long before your big day arrives to be sure that you’ll have those precious moments captured on film for years to come.