Wedding Photography Tips

You’re planning a wedding and there are heaps of things to organise, plan and manage. All the more reason for you to make sure that the suppliers you have hired are professional, organised and know what they’re doing.

They should be on your team and have a clear idea of what your specific needs are.

When it comes to your wedding photography needs this isn’t any different.

Be prepared. Have a list.

1- Discuss Specific Shots with the Photographer (A.k.a – The Shot List -not the drinking one!)

Don’t see a shot list as necessarily being a bad thing. Have some particular shots in mind that you really want, this way you can discuss the feasibility of the idea. If you want a shot with Auntie Edna but she’s leaving straight after the ceremony they will then know to capture that specific photo.



A couple surrounded by love, is it one your must have shots?


2- So who is Auntie Edna?

Your photographer can’t be expected to know everyone’s names so a great wedding photography tip is to nominate a family member or someone from the bridal party to organise the necessary people for the photos. They can then gather the guests for the photos so the photographer can concentrate on taking the photos.



3- Get a running order for the day.

It’s not enough for you to say “capture all the firsts” & “shoot the reactions” etc . Having a running order allows you and the photographer to have a specific plan which in turn allows you to relax more knowing that all your precious moments will be captured.


4- Get the Quick Moments on the Schedule

It is also a good idea to get the times of the quicker moments such as the cake cut, bouquet toss, confetti and sparklers.

These moments are over in a flash so it is best to have the timings locked down if you can.


5- Props or No Props

Usually there is enough going on at a wedding that props aren’t required. If you do want specific things like a nice hanger, ring boxes or to use your cute puppy, they can add to the creativity of your photos. However, this is something you can discuss with the photographer prior to the wedding.



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Pamela McDonald | Sunshine Coast Wedding Celebrant

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