Tips For Making Wedding Day Picture-Taking Go As Smooth As Possible

Posted on: 6 December 2017


If you are planning on having pictures taken professionally on your wedding day, you should prepare for a little extra stress and bother. Many couples love the look that comes with same day shots that capture the special moments of the day. If you're doing some formal shots to include yourself and your spouse, but also the bridal party, family, and visiting friends, here are some tips to help reduce the time it takes and remove some extra stress out of the day:

1. Get the order right.

As soon as the ceremony is over, if you're hoping for a shot with visiting and close family, do those first. This way, you get everyone before they've had a chance to leave, scatter, or get too intoxicated at the bar. After you get the obligatory full family shot in, you can move to smaller groups, like parents and siblings. 

Then, you'll want to do any pictures you'll need with groomsmen, bridesmaids, and your maid of honor and best man so they can move forward to prepare for your wedding reception or after party, especially if you just had a small ceremony in a church and are holding the reception in a banquet hall, community building, or hotel conference room. 

2. Spend time enjoying your one-on-one shoot.

After you've done with obligation, now you get to enjoy the first pictures of wedded bliss with your sweetheart. Don't be afraid to take your time with these shots to get them right. You'll want to have some beautiful wedding day pictures that fully capture the dress, tuxedo, and flowers. These are where your pictures that you'll hang on your wall come from, so you don't want to rush them. At the same time, don't be too concerned about stylizing or posing for these pictures. Be natural with your new spouse, and your photographer will give you feedback on the rest. Trying to control the shoot will only take time and increase your stress without increasing picture quality. 

3. Embrace candid moments.

Don't dismiss your photographer before you get to the reception. If you have a wealth of candid shots from the party, dancing, and speeches, you don't have to spend as much time on shooting earlier in the day. A good photographer will be able to capture moments of beauty in the chaos of the wedding celebration.

For more information, contact a local photography company like Matchstick Creative about preparing for wedding photos.