Don't get tipsy before the photos.
If your bridesmaids/groomsmen or too tipsy (from the limo ride or maybe they had one-to-many sips of the campaign in the dressing room) before it’s time for your photos to be taken is a Big, Big, Big no-no.
Yes, everyone is happy and excited, but if your wedding party has had a bit too much to drink before picture taking time, the details with show up in your photos, and that’s not what you want.
Not only that, you’re guaranteed to prolong the photos because everyone will be less responsive and be having fun. But to compromise and help calm everyone’s nerves, one glass or campaign or wine should help. The main point is to not overdo it before it’s party time.
Help your photographer prioritize the poses you want.
As your photographer, I typically will squeeze as many combinations as possible into a short time period. Be sure you let your photographer know which poses aren’t important so that they can focus on the ones you truly want.
For example, let’s say you really don’t care about having individual photos with each bridesmaid/groomsmen, this would be a good point your photographer should know in advance so they know not to focus on individual photos.
Communication is important with your wedding party.
Let’s say you’re wanting pictures of your first look but you also want bridesmaids & groomsmen photos as well. You’ll want to do your wedding party photos before the wedding starts or on a different day scheduled for wedding party photos “only”.
Either way, clear and concise communication is a must between you, your photographer and your wedding party before, during and after the photos.
Overwhelming your photographer with your Pinterest board won't help.
Try not to overwhelm your photographer with 30, 40 or 50 poses from your Pinterest board. What’s most important is that you meet your photographer and learn more about their photography style.
If you’ve done your homework in hiring a professional photography that captures the style you’re looking for, it’s okay to send “five” inspirational photos you really like, but when you send more than “ten”, you create a problem for your photographer.
Instead, research your photographer in advance so that you’re confident he/she is capable of capturing the photos you really want. Remember, your photographer is having to condense a large number of photos within a short period of time.
Respond quickly & clearly.
You’ve done your homework and hired the photographer that best fits your style, now it’s time for you and your wedding party to let your photographer work their magic.
But this will “only” work best if you, the bridesmaids and the groomsmen are receptive to your photographer’s instructions. Besides, you hired them for a reason–they’re qualified for the task you’ve given them.
So, trust your photographer to do their job and don’t allow your bridesmaids to get distracted by the groomsmen acting silly and having fun. Trust me, the fellas will ask silly! 🙂
Have fun! Enjoy the day! Have some more fun!
Last but not least, try not to turn your wedding party photos into a chore to the 10th power. Keep in mind, this is another special moment that’s apart of your wedding day.
So have fun and be yourself. Let your personality shine through and let the professionals you’ve selected do the rest! Besides, isn’t that what you hired them for?
Besides, when you’re looking at your photos/video 5, 10 or 20 years later, you’ll smile because you remember every word your sister said that made you laugh. You’ll remember watching your dad dance and laughing until your stomach was hurting. You’ll remember sharing your first piece of cake with your husband and smashing the last of it in his face.
It’s all about your wedding day. So, have fun and enjoy the day!