Cheesy smiles, an awkward stance and family members trying to hide in the back of the group shots are not how you want to remember your wedding day when you look back over photos in years to come.

Here are a few tips on how to prepare for photographs being taken so you can look back over them with fond memories!


Research, research, research!

To ensure the planning and wedding day itself is stress-free, you should thoroughly research all of your suppliers, including the wedding photographer Bristol. Read any articles, questionnaires or relevant information on a photographer’s website to see how they work and look for feedback on their social channels. You should also be able to see a wedding gallery on the site where you can see the style of photos they take.

Browsing the photo gallery will give you a clear picture of how they photograph wedding days, and what you can expect from them. You can also get a clear picture of how they photograph a wedding day, and what you can expect from them on your big day. Asking to see samples from a few weddings shows consistency in their quality and style, allowing you to imagine what your photographs will look like.

Arrange a meeting

Posing in a beautiful wedding dress and feeling relaxed on one of the biggest days of your life isn’t the easiest thing to do. However, choosing a photographer you feel comfortable with can make you feel a lot better about the situation.

Before booking your photographer, ask to meet them in person. They might take beautiful photographs but if you don’t feel comfortable around them then it won’t be as stress-free a process. Get to know your photographer a little bit better and see if you like their personality, which more important than you might think. The right photographer will be able to keep you calm and help you to enjoy the day.

Enquire about the packages

You don’t want to be left disappointed if after the wedding you are expecting to receive 500 photographs and only end up with 100. Some photographers only give 100 images from a 10-hour wedding package and charge extra for each image above this. Other wedding photographers may supply 500 images in colour and black and white, and then pay for the final edited versions. Packages can differ massively, so ensure the package is agreed before the wedding day.

Book an engagement shoot

Practice makes perfect! Book an engagement shoot to get comfortable in front of the camera and practice posing with an engagement portrait session. An engagement shoot is also the perfect opportunity to get a sneak peak at the type of photos you can expect from your big day. You could even hold the session at your wedding venue so that your photographer can identify all the best spots ahead of the wedding.

Ask the photographer how they plan for each wedding and what their approach is. Whether you have a long list of family members and friends or you’re feeling inspired by some fun images you’ve seen in a magazine, deciding what you want from your photographs is key. Choose a photography style, be it documentary style, traditional or photojournalistic for example, and discuss any needs and requirements ahead of the wedding.

Don’t miss a minute

Careful planning before the wedding will mean the photographer has a list of shots to work through. From family portraits to dinner, first dance to toasting the happy couple, plus any extra shots they would like to include. Wedding photographers capture all the really important moments, and also focus on the in-between moments as well. The candid shots are important because sometimes those moments aren’t seen by the couple.