Need Advice for Wedding Day?  10 Wedding photography tips for couples

You’re planning your dream wedding, putting extensive thought and effort into every minor detail.

Afterall, it’s going to be a day to remember for the rest of your life.

But years from the wedding, all that remains are the moments, emotions and memories captured by your photographer!

Aside from hiring a quality photographer, there are numerous steps you can take as a bride to guarantee incredible photos.

From incorporating a first look to picking that long flowy veil in the bridal shop,  here are 10 wedding photography tips:

1. Make sure you choose a photographer carefully – every photographer has a style, a heart and a body of work – find one that meshes with you and the photography style you love.

Don’t just look a photographer’s portfolio!  (I can not stress this enough!)

Make sure you ask to look at COMPLETE REAL weddings – you want to see how the whole day looks, how many amazing moments were captured and how manyphotos you’ll get (100 or 1000?)

And ask what their packages include?  How much more will you have to pay AFTER the wedding?

****** Did you know that  my wedding collections are 100% complete with no after the wedding fees?  And most of my wedding galleries have 1000+ portraits?

because I always see so many beautiful things happening that I know you’ll want to treasure so I capture them for you~

and there are over 100 complete wedding galleries and video shows on

the Proofs Page of my website!

2.  Work with your photographer before the wedding to make a photography timeline for the day.  Let me know where you want me to be every minute of your day

It is crucial that we create a timeline for your wedding day with a start and end time for hair, makeup, reception setup, etc.  The photography timeline will include times for first look, wedding party photos, and the bride and groom’s Romantic portraits.

I can help you in deciding how much photo time you need for each – Email Me for a sample timeline.

3. Hire Quality Vendors

Quality vendors can influence the flow of your day.

This is why we emphasize the importance of selecting the right vendors.

You wouldn’t want a makeup artist showing up 2 hours late or a photographer with no wedding experience, would you?  Or a florist not making the bouquet like you ordered?

We suggest quality vendors in order avoid the stress that may carry over into your wedding photos.
Hiring a wedding planner is a great way to make your planning process easier and allow you to enjoy your wedding day without any unnecessary distractions. Your wedding planner is there to handle any mishaps while you and your partner go unbothered.
With so many vendor options it may be difficult to determine the right companies for your big day.

Before hiring each vendor, do your research, check your venue’s preferred vendor list and most importantly, follow your instincts.


4. Plan Enough Time for Hair & Make-up

Delays with hair and makeup can set the whole day behind. Plan to finish the process well ahead of schedule– often do we see brides rushing because of unexpected delays. Many great hair and makeup artists will create a schedule to follow during wedding preparations.
Take a look at our Ideal Wedding Timeline to find out exactly how much photo time you should have set aside throughout the day.

5. Wear a Veil

There is something about putting on that wispy piece of fabric that makes you finally feel like a bride.

That beautiful long veil makes for some of the best pictures, this is why we encourage brides to choose a long veil on their wedding day.

The veil can be incorporated in numerous ways during bridal portraits and the couples session.

6. Include Toss Items

Whether it’s in your group photos, during your first dance or your grand exit, toss items add that extra touch to your photos.

Confetti, flower petals, paper planes, rice, the list can go on and on! These pictures radiate bliss, excitement and results in genuine smiles and laughter from you and your guests.

And it’s just as much fun for the guests!

7.Incorporate a First Look Session

One of the most memorable events of a wedding day is when the bride and groom see each other. Suddenly all the jitters and anticipation fades away and just the two get the chance to enjoy this remarkable moment.

The first look makes for some of the most heartfelt photos, a tradition you can’t forget on your wedding day.


8 .Schedule The bride and groom romantic Session During The Best Lighting

If you booked your venue because of the spectacular view of the ocean or the gorgeous vines in the winery, it would be amazing to schedule your couple’s session 45 minutes before sunset.

The romantic hues during Golden Hour makes it our favorite time of day to capture the new Mr. and Mrs.

Of course I’m able to capture wonderful images at whatever time you decide on – but the golden tones and soft lighting of the sunset hour can not be duplicated.



9. Allow time to sneak away during the reception for an after dark portrait

The beauty of twinkling stars and dark skies makes for a great photo backdrop.

The Sneak Away session lasts no more than 10-20 minutes and is typically scheduled during your reception and after dinner.

The night sky adds a touch of romance and gives your photographer the opportunity to create dramatic images with the help of lighting.

10. Incorporate A Fun Exit

You’ve planned your grand entrance, but have you thought about a grand exit? Sparklers, bubbles, confetti, flower petal etc exits are a great way to end a ceremony or your reception.

Not only are  grand exits unique and exciting, but they make for stunning photos.  We’ve seen nothing but smiles from guests as they send off the newlyweds.
Although many venues allow the sparkler exit, others may not. Confetti, bubbles, and flower petals are alternative options to include in your grand exit and will still look great in photos.

Years from now, all that will remain of your special day is your photographs, so choosing your photographer is one of your most important wedding day decisions.
My greatest joy is to be asked to capture a couple’s love story from Engagement to Wedding day. 
I’m based in San Diego, but would love to travel to your wedding!
Please VISIT MY WEBSITE for more wedding information
EMAIL ME with questions about my custom wedding collections or to schedule a meeting


As a photographer it is my great joy to capture Family and Senior PortraitsEngagement, Events, Parties, Family Reunion, Newborns, Children, Couples, Weddings and MORE that are as special and unique as you are – 

sessions are an hour long with unlimited poses, unlimited outfits, unlimited fun!
Please visit my website to see my photography portfolio, get more details or ask a question:
 I’m waiting to hear from you – to capture a slice of YOUR sweet life!
 I am a full time professional photographer based in San Diego, but will travel for weddings.

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