What Your Wedding Photographer Wants You to Know: Part Two

Last week we heard from our guest blogger, Kaylinn Mayes, Studio Manager of Bend the Light Photography. She had some some great photography tips that you should consider when you create your shot list. Here are a few more tips to get you photo-ready!

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1. CHOOSE A GETTING-READY SPACE WITH NATURAL LIGHT

When deciding where you will get ready, choose a space with plenty of natural light. This is THE most important thing you can do to ensure beautiful getting ready images. A room with several windows makes for beautiful, flattering, well-lit photos. If you are having your hair and makeup done in your room, your beauty team will love this too! Lots of natural light will allow your makeup artist to perfectly match your foundation with your skin tone.

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2. ASK FLORIST TO DELIVER PERSONAL FLOWERS

Ask your florist to deliver your personal flowers to the room where you are getting ready (Bouquets to the girls and boutonnieres to the guys). These should be delivered before the photography begins so you'll have them for any posed photos taken before the ceremony.

When photographers arrive, they typically photograph the guys pinning their boutonnieres while they’re getting ready. And ladies, remember to blot the base of your bouquets after removing them from their vases. This way, your bouquets will be nice and dry before beginning the pre-ceremony photos (wet spots on bridesmaid dresses are not a good look!)

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3. DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE GUYS (PREP PHOTOS)

When it comes to your prep photos, don't forget about the guys! Their "getting ready" photos aren’t as involved as the girls', but we still have a few suggestions.

Their room should also be well-lit, spacious, and clean. The groomsmen should be fully dressed when photographers arrive, and the groom should be mostly dressed with the exception of his jacket, boutonniere, shoes, and tie.

Another quick tip for the guys — empty your pockets! Cell phones, keys, and wallets make for unflattering, bulging pockets in photos.

4. FLOWER GIRL AND RING BEARER SHOULD BE COMFORTABLE

Make sure that the kids in your wedding party are as comfortable as possible. The photographer’s goal is to capture their real smiles and personalities and it can be difficult for them to relax if their clothing is itchy, too tight, etc. Make sure all itchy tags are removed and that their shoes are just the right size!

5. DON’T STRESS THE DRESS

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Don't stress the dress! Brides, this one will be challenging… but try not to worry about getting your dress dirty while you are having your photos taken. The good news is, no one will see that little bit of dirt on the bottom trim (we promise!). A photographer should never ask you to do something you’re not comfortable doing, so decide ahead of time that a little bit of dirt is okay.

6. DO YOU!

Do you! On your wedding day, it can be tempting to wear lots of makeup or do something with your hair that doesn't quite feel like “you.” You should look like yourself, only slightly enhanced. Don’t let anyone tell you that you need a ton of makeup (or a spray-tan) for photos. You will love your images sooo much more if you look and feel like yourself!

7. HAVE FUN

Have FUN! Photos are better when a couple is genuinely having a good time. So be playful with each other – hug, kiss, talk, dance… forget about the camera as much as you possibly can! We’ll capture your TRUE personalities and you’ll love your images that much more.


A special thanks goes out to our contributor Kaylinn of Bend the Light Photography for these beneficial tips. If you missed part one of the two-part series, click here. You can also check out Bend the Light’s galleries and contact them for a consultation!  

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.