Besides the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with, your bond with the wedding photographer might be the second most important aspect of your wedding. Many brides and grooms say the entire day is a whirlwind and they often look forward to seeing all the great professional shots taken afterwards. However, it’s crucial to be aware of the way your shooter handles things at go-time so disappointment is avoided. Here’s a quick guide on how to prepare yourself and your photographer for your wedding.


a guide to communicating with your wedding photographer - women in purple with flower bouquet Photo via Flickr

Before the big day

Besides choosing the photographer who has the best shots that suit your style, you’ll want to find out you jive with as well. For instance, the head shooter at a big business might have perfect portraits, but his assistance with a fun sense of humor that puts you to ease might be better for a nerve racked wedding day. Don’t be afraid to speak up – now is your chance! Most veteran professionals have heard it all and are happy to field a few specific requests and answer questions. Write some things down in advance if you’re worried you’ll forget important details.

  • Great personality
  • Knows when to take a step back
  • On the same page, style-wise
  • Solo or duo (do you want more than one photographer?)
  • Available for pre-shoot jitters (engagement session, morning of)
  • Offers what you want (USB of all digitals, included photo album, etc.)

On the wedding day

It’s finally here! On your wedding day, the photographer might be very active in posing and ideas, or may just hang back and let the magic happen naturally. You will be pulled in a bunch of different directions, so be ready to go with the flow. If you’re nervous, want your bridesmaids in the morning shots, or feel like taking a break let your photographer know. These requests can go late into the night as well. If the idea of posing for another dipped dancing photo in the dark outside is not your cup of tea, you’re well allowed to say no. It will ensure photos are what you want and will keep everyone happy.

  • Let a friend or bridal party member know of your wishes
  • Give photographer run-down of the day
  • Have a ’signal’ if you want something specific captured
  • Trust the photographer’s choices
  • But speak up if unhappy or have a suggestion!

After the vows have been said

You made it, congrats! Give yourself some time to relax and unwind a little, even if a honeymoon is on hold. After a few weeks, if your photographer hasn’t’ already gotten in touch feel free to find your photos online and have a look through. It might then be time to order prints, or you can download the ones you like and create your own album. Ask your photographer if you have any questions at this point – some offer a follow-up consultation if you have major comments or concerns.

  • Take a good solid look at all the shots
  • Make folders for each ‘album; desired
  • Keep in touch for questions
  • Don’t put off creating the album
  • Offer a personal referral or review online if satisfied!

Photo via Cindy H Photography Flickr

Photo via Flickr

How was your experience with your wedding photographer? What are you looking for in a photographer on your wedding day?