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Helping your wedding photographer

How to help your wedding photographer take the best pictures possible.

As a wedding photographer of nearly 10 years, I’ve taken thousands of pictures (it's probably more than thousands, probably more like a million by now).

West Midlands Wedding PhotographySo, what would I say helps me make the most of the big day?

  • Talk to me - what worries you most about having your photograph taken? It may be that you hate having a camera pointed in your direction, or don’t like your arms, or any one of a number of things. No matter how silly it sounds, if I know, and depending upon what it is, there is probably something I can do about it.
  • Give me a peek at your wedding invitation – it gives me an idea of your style. If you send me one I can include it in some pictures on the day.
  • Tell me what will be happening when. With a timeline to work to, I can be in the right place at the right time and I’ll know how long we have to do photographs. This is also really useful if the Best Man intends to do something unexpected during his speech. If I know it's going to happen, I can be ready for it. Ask your Best Man to speak to me if he has something planned.
  • In the morning (or the night before) put all your important weddings items in one place. You’ll want to remember your wedding dress, shoes and jewellery – if they are all together I can photograph them when I get to you – and you won’t have to do any running around.
  • Try to get ready in a plain, tidy room. This room will feature in your photographs. An uncluttered room puts the focus on you not what’s in the background.
  • Plan to put your dress on about 1hr before you intend to leave. This will give me time to take pictures with all the important people who have been helping you get ready.
  • Once your ceremony has been completed and you are ready for the first kiss... make that first kiss last! This gives me a chance to get a good photograph of a key moment.
  • One for the boys (or anyone wearing trousers) – if you have a mobile phone with you consider putting it in a back pocket for your pictures, otherwise, you’ll end up with a phone shaped bulge.
  • If your First Dance is going to be out of the ordinary, tell me so that I can consider how best to capture it. If you planning a choreographed dance, let me know so I can be ready for that as well.

A professional wedding photographer doesn’t want to leave things to chance. By working together with your photographer you can make sure they have all the information they need to take wonderful pictures of your amazing day.

If you would like to know more about how I can help you, get in touch. I am based in Bromsgrove and I am happy to travel.

Your wedding will be fun but intense at times and you will have a close relationship with your photographer.

Shustoke, Coleshill, Wedding PhotographySo, the most important thing? Make sure you like the person you choose, it really can make all the difference.

If you’d like some general advice or just a chat before meeting me, please get in touch.