What Your Wedding Photographer Wants You to Know: Part One

Wedding photos are one of the most important takeaways from your big day. Your photos will be treasured and looked at for many years to come. These moments will most likely be passed down from generation to generation. It is of the utmost important that you hire a photographer you’re not only comfortable with, but can also grasp your vision and style of the type of photos you want. Our guest blogger, Kaylinn Mayes, Studio Manager of Bend the Light Photography, has some great tips on getting the most of of your wedding photos.

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1. BRING KEEPSAKES/HEIRLOOMS

Bring your wedding day keepsakes and family heirlooms to your "getting ready" location. This ensures we'll have plenty of time to photograph each of your wedding details. Adding sentimental details to your wedding day will bring personality and nostalgia to your wedding photos (and they're also just super fun to photograph!)

2. SHOW PHOTOS TO YOUR BRIDAL PARTY

Show the work of your photographer to your bridal party ahead of time. A relaxed/fun shooting style may be different than what your bridal party is expecting. Be sure they’ve seen examples of their work ahead of time so they know it’s okay to relax and have fun in front of the camera! 

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3. BREAK THE RULES

Break the rules! Old wedding traditions are full of outdated “rules,” but we say, rules are made to be broken! Don’t want an all-white white bridal bouquet? Add some color! Not feeling a black-tie tux for your guy? Step outside of the box and go with your own personal style! It’s YOUR day. Do it YOUR way!

4. CLEAN THE BLING

Clean the bling! Your photographer will take several shots of your engagement ring and wedding bands on your wedding day. Be sure your bling is extra sparkly for it’s closeup. Your photographer will be sure to capture every shiny detail! 

5. DO A PRACTICE RUN

Do a "practice run" (aka an engagement session!) Engagement sessions are sooo important! They are fun, low-pressure situations where your photographer can get to know you and you can become comfortable working with each other. Here are a few engagement session facts (#4 is the MOST important!) on the photos we capture.

1.) Our photography style is candid, relaxed, and unposed — which requires some time for our subjects to “get comfortable” in front of the camera. The engagement session allows you to do just that!

2.) Brides/grooms who shoot with us PRIOR to their wedding are more relaxed in their wedding day photos because we’ve tackled that awkward, get-comfortable stage ahead of time! 

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3.) Taking engagement photos means you’ll get to see images of yourselves long before the wedding, so you can tell us what angles and poses you like best!

4.) You've chosen the person you want to spend the REST OF YOUR LIFE WITH!! Hellooooo! That's kiiiiind of a big deal! This moment in time deserves to be documented!

6. DO A  BRIDAL SESSION

Consider scheduling a bridal session before your big day! Bridal sessions are designed to show you just how gorgeous you really are. Schedule your hair and makeup trials the day of your bridal session and take some photos your absolutely adore! (Bonus: Seeing photos of yourself in full hair/makeup often helps brides determine the perfect hair style and makeup look for the big day! )

7. TRUST YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

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Trust your photographer! This is SO important. It is crucial that you feel at ease and trust their ability to capture your engagements and your big day. With 10 years of wedding photography experience, we’ve seen every lighting situation, dealt with every timeline delay, and have photographed through any type of weather you can think of. In other words, we’ve got this!  Trust us! We promise to make you look oh-so-good!  

8. PROFESSIONAL RECEPTION LIGHTING

Say YES to professional lighting at your reception! When it comes to getting great reception photos, professional lighting is THE most important thing you can do. It creates a mood and makes everything — including your centerpieces, cake, and decor — look beautiful. Professional lighting is not as expensive as you may think, and in our humble opinion, it is worth every penny. 

9. DO A FIRST LOOK

Consider seeing each other before the ceremony. Doing a "first look" is a perfect way to allow more photo time (which will help you relax) and more light (which will help your photos to be even MORE amazing!) Your photographer will capture your soon-to-be spouse's reaction when they see you for the first time (our faaaavorite shots!) You'll be able to hug, kiss, cry, and make a memory that will last forever.  

10. SET YOUR “DETAILS” ASIDE BEFORE WE ARRIVE

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Set your "details" aside before we arrive. This includes your dress, perfume, shoes, jewelry, invitations, and any heirlooms you would like us to photograph (For the guys: cufflinks, boutonniere, shoes, and tie). Be sure to remove any price tags or packaging from these items so they are ready to grab and go.

We recommend asking your bridesmaids to take your dress out of the bag and place it on your wedding day hanger prior to our arrival. This will give you an opportunity to steam out any last minute wrinkles (bonus: your dress will be in the background of any photos that are taken!) As soon as we arrive, we will immediately photograph your special details, which will allow you to continue to get ready with no delay! 

And there you have it, advice from a real wedding photographer. Be sure to check back for Part Two on the blog!

Photos courtesy of Bend the Light


Bend the Light Photography was established in 2007 and is ran by Jenn, lead photographer; and Kaylinn, studio manager. With more than 10 years of experience in wedding and portrait photography, they capture timeless memories that tell the story of your wedding day. Check out their galleries here.