7 Things to Tell Your Wedding Photographer

Des Moines-based wedding photographer James Stepp of James A. Stepp Photography fills couples in about details photographers should know before the big day.

At James A. Stepp Photography, we like to ask our couples specific questions about their wedding day to be sure we capture every special moment. In case your photographer forgets to ask—and a friendly reminder never hurts—here are seven important details photographers should know before you tie the knot.

  1. What’s your story? Tell your photographer how you met, what you like to do together, and even how you interact in public. Your answers can often guide the direction we give when taking photos.
  2. Explain potentially awkward situations. As a photographer with 15+ years of experience, I’ve learned pairings are crucial. Remind your photographer if certain individuals shouldn’t be photographed too close to one another—or together. This can make for an uncomfortable photo and wedding party.
  3. Plan your first look. This is one of the best ways to capture the emotion of your big day. Do what makes you comfortable. Think about whether you want to share this moment with others, and whom you’d want to share it with.
  4. Identify a helper. If you don’t have a wedding planner, point out a friend or relative who is great at taking charge. This person could be helpful when it’s time to round up your wedding party.
  5. List your top 10 shots.  Time constraints may make it difficult to take every photo on your list, but if your photographer knows which are most important to you, he can make an effort to squeeze them in.
  6. Fill your photographer in about special events planned for the ceremony or reception that may not be included on your wedding-day schedule. Whether you’re having a memorial for a loved one, releasing wish lanterns, or surprising your guests with a choreographed dance down the aisle, she will want to be in the right place at the right time to capture those moments.
  7. Many photographers have a signature style—and that’s probably why you hired them. But you don’t want your images to look dated a few years down the road. Don’t be afraid to ask for a few classic photographs along with his more stylized shots.
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