Happy August Long Weekend!! I can’t even believe how fast summer is flying by and if you are taking the long weekend to get a little wedding planning done (or just taking time to daydream – I don’t judge!), I am here for you. Whether you haven’t given much thought to wedding planning (yet!) or if you’ve had your wedding planned since before you were engaged, I know that there is likely one thing on your mind: great wedding photos. Right? Okay, I might be a little biased but seriously, it’s a common question: how do I get my photographer to give me alllll the images? How can I get MORE wedding photos on my wedding day without spending 12 hours *just* taking photos?
Today, I’m sharing 3 quick ways as an Edmonton wedding photographer I can guarantee you’ll get more photos on your wedding day. Keep reading!
1. Be Prepared
There are two parts to this so bear with me. This probably goes without saying – but here me out because it’s about more than creating a shot list (and if you are interested, you can read more about my thoughts on “must have” shot lists here). When it comes to wedding day “preparation”, many wedding photographers focus solely on the timeline. The timeline IS important, but there are other things to consider as well.
First, what detail shots do you want? Do you want photos of your invitations? Earrings? Your wedding dress on a custom hanger? If you can, put everything to the side before I show up to your getting ready photos. That way, I can dive right in and make magic without interrupting your hair and makeup!
PS: Like I said – timeline IS important. Read my top 8 tips for your wedding day timeline here.
The second part of being prepared – is with your wedding party and family photos. I encourage my couples to make a list of all the people they want in the photos, and if at all possible, assign a point person who knows who everyone is and can help me gather them on the wedding day! This helps things go a little bit smoother (so I don’t have to yell out names!) and ensures you get ALL the wedding photos you want, in as short of time as possible.
2. Be Expressive
I love when my couples get a little lovey-dovey or a lot weird. Have fun with your photos. The more expressions you make – the more unique photos we can capture together. I always show up ready to guide my couples with prompts and pose ideas but the more you let go and allow yourself to just experience everything, the more photos we will get!
3. Trust the Process
Last but not least, trust the process. I work FAST. If I could give you one recommendation on your wedding day, is that you hire a wedding photographer you trust to capture all of your moments so that you don’t have to stress. Make sure you love working with your wedding photographer before AND during your wedding day. Hire a wedding planner to take care of the logistics so your wedding photographer doesn’t have to do “double duty” and therefore take away from any photo time. At the end of the day, it really is quality over quantity (even though I know it doesn’t always feel that way!).
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I’m going to be honest with you, I tend to overdeliver on the quantity of wedding photos even if you don’t take my advice above. I have a very hard time narrowing down my favorites! I just really want you to know this: That you are enough and your wedding is enough and when I meet you and show up on your day, I’m there for your moments. Know that weddings can get crazy or timelines can change, but it wont matter as long as you are with your people and declaring your love for each other. If you are looking for an Edmonton wedding photographer to go the distance with you, make sure to connect with me here.
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