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One Month To Go: How to Perfectly Prepare for Your Wedding Photography

Your wedding day is a monumental occasion, a celebration of love and a gathering of family and friends to witness the start of your lifelong adventure together. Among all the meticulous planning and excitement, preparing for your wedding photography is crucial. With just one month left on the calendar, it’s the perfect time to finalize the details that will help capture the essence of your special day. Here’s your comprehensive guide to ensure nothing slips through the cracks.

Finalizing the Shot List: Ensuring Every Memory is Captured

A well-thought-out shot list is essential for seamless wedding photography. This list aids your photographer in understanding exactly which moments you hold dear and wish to see reflected in your wedding album. As a seasoned wedding photographer there are many moments that will be captured in great detail—the first look, the exchange of vows, the cutting of the cake, and those intimate glances that happen in between. No need to worry about listing those. When creating your shot list, consider the following steps?:

Collect Details That You’d Like to Be Captured

Think about the aspects of your wedding that are unique to your relationship and your story. Whether it’s a special piece of jewelry, a family heirloom brought out just for this day, or the layout of the venue decorated to perfection—ensure these details are on your photographer’s radar. PRO TIP: Please remember to bring copies of your wedding stationery, including RSVPs, save-the-date cards, invitations, envelopes, and any unique details you send out to your guests.

Compile a List of Family Members for Posed Photos

After the ceremony, it’s traditional to take posed photos with family members. But without prior planning, this can become a chaotic and time-consuming process. To streamline, compile a list of family members you’d like photographed. Remember, a balance is crucial. Too few and you might regret missing out on certain group shots; too many, and you may eat into the time allocated for celebrating. Aiming for the sweet 20-30 minute slot for immediate and some extended family captures the essence without overdoing it.

Here’s a sample shot list to get you started:

Bride + Groom + Bride’s Parents: Ann and Dan

Bride + Groom + Bride’s Parents + Bride’s Siblings: Ann, Dan, Katie, and Conor

Bride + Groom + Groom’s Parents: Sue and Frank

Bride + Groom + Groom’s Parents + Groom’s Sibling: Sue, Frank, and Ryan


Review Your Contract, Clarify Doubts, and Settle Payments

With one month to go, it’s also a great time to revisit your contract with the wedding photographer. Ensure you understand the deliverables, timelines, and any other specifics outlined. It’s also the time to clarify any lingering questions and settle the final invoice. This will ensure a smooth working relationship on the day and avoid any potential misunderstandings.

Your Guide to a Smooth Photographic Experience

While it may seem daunting with just a month left, taking these steps will greatly contribute to a smoother, more enjoyable wedding day. These preparations not only aid your photographer in capturing the day precisely as you envision but also help you to stay present, soaking in every beautiful, fleeting moment of your celebration without worry. Remember, your wedding day is a story – a beginning filled with love, laughter, and joy. With a little preparation, your photography can tell that story flawlessly for years to come.

Now, breathe deep. You’re on your way to creating an unforgettable chapter of your life. With these preparations out of the way, you can look forward to the day when you and your partner start a new life together, captured in the timeless beauty of your wedding photographs.





One Month To Go: How to Perfectly Prepare for Your Wedding Photography

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