1. Keep your photographer aware of the different environments in which you would like photos taken. They will want to have the proper lighting and equipment. Provide a well-detailed itinerary of the day.
2. Make a list of must-have shots you want, outside of the ordinary. For example, grandma with all the grandkids.
3. Look to bridal magazines and Pinterest for the mood you are going for. This should actually be well-established before you book your photog.
4. Plan for delays. Work in some extra time in case things run late, a flower girl won’t smile, or rainclouds burst open. This way, you’ll get the shots you want and the photographer won’t be under pressure.
5. Choose a large room for prep. Having six bridesmaids get ready in a tiny bathroom leaves a photographer with no room to shoot.
6. If you are aiming for family photos, make those family members aware, so they don’t wander off during photo time. Put someone in charge of wrangling the strays.
7. Go cell-free at the ceremony. This eliminates hands and mobile devices from sneaking into your special moments.
8. Place your bouquets in vases, rather than in cardboard boxes. They are prettier to capture that way.
9. Have all “photo props” ready to go: invitations, perfume bottles, jewellery, etc.
10. As you come down the aisle, walk slowly and look up. This is an important moment; you’ll want to remember that smile on your face.
11. That first kiss? Make it last a few seconds. Not enough for it to be awkward for people, but enough to grab a photo.
12. Alert your photographer to any “surprises” you have planned: a choreographed dance, a birthday cake for a family member or any fun entertainment.
13. Be patient and communicate.