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5 Things To Tell Your Wedding Photographer

Engaged couples put in many hours of planning into all the intricate details of their wedding.  Once the day passes, you will want photographs of all your hard work.  Every detail holds a different significance for a couple, and few may be smaller details that the photographer might not notice unless you inform them.  Grand Lens Photography shares 5 things you should tell your photographer before the wedding day.

1) Sentimental wedding details

A bride and her husband-to-be put so much energy into details of their wedding and the photographs of these items become special reminders not just of the special day, but of all those heart-racing moments leading up to the wedding day.  Inform your photographer about all of your DIY projects and where to find them on the day.  A good photographer will try and capture all of the details, but a great photographer will document them in great detail. If there is something significant to you that you would like a photo of, tell your photographer ahead of time.   Also, providing a bit of history of the item will help it stick out in the photographer's mind during the day and can help them write a beautiful blog entry regarding your unique wedding.

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2) Entertaining surprises

Wedding surprises are commonly amusing, however, photographers cannot tolerate surprises at weddings.  Do not leave your photographer unnoticed of any planned surprises - you run the risk of the photographer not capturing certain images.   During your wedding, your photographer will need to provide specific tools specialized to the task.  Certain shots may need light from an off-camera flash, or off-camera lights may need to be shut off for others.  All of these actions require attention and transition time in between.   If the photographer is setting them self up for a romantic slow dance that unexpectedly turns into a dance they really wish they had a different set of gear for, it will definitely be challenging to capture those images properly.

3) Detailed photo list

Although professional photographers have abilities similar to a ninja, they still do not know who your great aunt or 3rd cousin, twice removed is. Photographers understand you will want to take photos of people you do not see very often so creating a list will help make sure they get those pictures for you.  Also, provide the photographer an order of service so that they know what is happening and when.  Tell the photographer where he or she should be when important moments are taking place.  This is the only way for you to have photos of all your special moments.

4) When they get to eat

Spending 8-12 hours photographing a wedding can be both physically and mentally exhausting.  Wedding photographers are constantly in motion and their creative and problem-solving skills are in steady sharp focus.  The photographer is usually fed last during most weddings.  What most couples, do not realize is if the photographer is last to eat, they may not have enough time to eat at all.  The best time to feed the photographer is right in the middle of dinner, once every guest has received their plate of food.  Dinner time during a wedding is the least flattering time for pictures anyway.  If your photographer has to wait until the end of dinner to eat, let them know ahead of time so they can plan accordingly.

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5) Venue requirements and restrictions


Some wedding locations, typically churches, have restrictions on any flash photography during a wedding ceremony. Needless to say, the photographer for that wedding should be notified in advance so that they are prepared with equipment that can handle low light situations. Most photographers arrange an appointment with the ceremony location days or weeks before a couples' wedding date in preparation for the big day. Be sure to request information from the venue coordinator, priest or minister regarding any restrictions and other requirements.


Your wedding is a very large expense. Be sure to discuss all of the details with your wedding photographer so that nothing gets overlooked.



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