So, you've found a wedding photographer that you like, that makes you feel comfortable and that you're confident they can produce the kind of shots that you want...Fantastic!
Now read our top tips for getting the most out of that photographer.
1) Remember its your day, your photographer is there to work with you and with any ideas you have. If you're struggling for concepts then draw on their experience and ask for advice but don't be afraid to say what you like and don't like.
2) Its a good idea to have a scan through friends photos, online photos... to give you some ideas of styles and themes you like, share these in your meetings with your photographer so you're are on the same page.
3) If you are planning any 'line up' shots have a list of all the ones you want to capture and give this list to your photographer, this will speed up the process immensely. These things take longer than you expect, people have naturally wandered to the bar, off talking to Auntie Julie in the car park etc... and rounding people up can take some time. Any time saving actions here are fab! Extra tip...give this list to a 'responsible' person in your wedding party, your photographer might not know who 'Steve and Janet' are but the ushers probably will!
4)Share your schedule of the day with your photographer, Its their job to be in the right place at the right time and this is mega helpful! Also please share with them any surprise events that might be happening to make sure these special moments aren't missed! When scheduling your day allow some time for any line up or couple shots that you want to achieve too, a great time for this is during reception drinks or the natural break between day and evening guests arriving.
5)Want some iconic shots??! That's fab, photographers love to work with couples who want something dramatic, fun or a little bit different....but please understand that sometimes these shots can take a little time to set up. Wanting an amazing night time photo or a stunning sunset shot is great and your photographer will love this but remember that you'll need to be pulled away from your guests for a little while to capture them - trust me it will be worth it!
The above can be pretty much summed up in one word...communication.
If you've had good communication with your photographer in the run up to the day you can relax, enjoy your day and know that you're going to get some awesome shots!