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There are so many things photographers often have to figure out for themselves on the wedding day, and this can take precious time and effort away. Keep these little hints in mind, and tell your photographer ahead of time to have the most streamlined day possible.

  1. Who they’ll be working with closely on the big day. From videographer to wedding planner, sending the photographer these people’s numbers removes you as the middle woman (or man) and allows them to ask important questions directly. The photographer will be talking to and working around these people all day, so knowing who they are is really helpful.
  2. Those who might need special considerations. Any friends or family members with speech, vision or hearing impairments or any other issues like grass allergies or the ability to overheat in intense sun. With this information, the photographer can make calculated decisions about where to shoot, as well as the best location that everyone can access. They’ll avoid too many outdoor areas if someone has a grass allergy, and try to stay around shade for the person who overheats.
  3. Any important family drama. If your parents are separated and don’t talk, or your mother-in-law hates your dad, the photographer needs to know. This way, they can carefully set up family photo time so that there is as little contact as possible and therefore as little drama as possible.
  4. Any planned surprises on the big day. Turning your waltz into a crazy hip hop routine? Walking down the aisle with your pet or feathered friend? Tell the photographer. The images won’t come out as well if the photographer isn’t prepped and ready with the right equipment.
  5. The parts of the decor you DIY’d. Photographers will want to pay special attention to the elements you and your bridal party made themselves so you have these images to reminisce over when the day is done (like the ones below). Let them know so they can focus on these!
  6. When they’re going to be fed. By the reception, the photographer has sweated and been physically and mentally active for hours. The best time to feed them is not last (against contrary belief), but right in the middle of dinner, when everyone is busy eating or dishing up and no big photo opportunities are being missed.
  7. Your biggest worry. Let your photographer know what your fears are about the images and the day, so they can do their utmost to avoid that happening.

Take these into consideration and have the smoothest photography experience of your life on your big day!

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