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5 Must Have Conversations To Have With Your Wedding Photographer

When you hire your wedding photographer, you’ll be working with a professional who knows how to capture beautiful images at exactly the right moment. That said, it doesn’t mean that your photographer can read your mind.

You’ve been spending months planning your perfect wedding day, so naturally, you want to make sure all of your details and most important moments are captured. However, your photographer hasn’t been involved in your entire planning process, which is why it’s so important to discuss with them all of your likes, dislikes, insecurities, and any pictures you really want, long before your wedding day. By having these conversations, you’ll ensure that you and your photographer are on the same page, leaving you with less stress and more fun on your wedding day.

Here are 5 key conversations to discuss with your photographer, that may not be at the top of your list.

The Timing of Your Day

As you’re planning the timeline of your wedding day, remember to include your photographer in the process. Because they’ve seen hundreds of weddings, they can let you know how much time you’ll need to make sure you’re important memories are captured, and nothing is missed or feels rushed.


If you have something special planned for your wedding day, such as sparklers, lanterns, or fireworks for your exit, a surprise for a guest, flower cannons as you have your first kiss as a married couple, a choreographed first dance, or anything that you plan to keep from your guests until it happens, be sure to let your photographer in on the surprise. By letting your photographer in on your plans, they’ll be prepared and in the right spot when that moment happens.

Your Venue(s)

Your wedding venue is an important topic to discuss with your wedding photographer for a few reasons. One of those discussions should cover whether or not your ceremony and reception will be taking place at the same venue. If your ceremony is going to be a different location than your reception, travel time between those locations will need to be taken into consideration. Having this conversation with your photographer gives them the opportunity to plan the photo timeline of your day accordingly. This way, everyone is on the same page, and know that there will be plenty of time for all of your must have photos.

Some Venues will also have lighting and other restrictions in place during your ceremony. This is the time where you and your photographer can discuss those rules and how they may impact your ceremony pictures.

Family Dynamics

While you don’t need to share your entire family history with your wedding photographer, it’s a good idea to let them in on any family conflicts that may be going on. If having a happy, drama free day means not posing certain family members next to each other, or even in the same photo, make sure your photographer is aware of who those people are. Your photographer wants to make sure you have a stress free wedding day, and will be happy to know the best ways to help make that happen.

Must Have Photos

Every wedding photographer has their own internal checklist of photos they instinctively go through during a wedding day, that they integrate with the list of your important details, to create your specific wedding list. Any specific photos you would like taken on your wedding day should be discussed with your photographer in advance, Waiting until your wedding day to tell your photographer about those specific photos, may impact the carefully planned timeline of your day, potentially causing some of those moments to be rushed or missed out on.

In conclusion, if you’re unsure about whether or not something may be relevant to your wedding photographer, check with them to be sure that all your bases are covered, and you can look back on your wedding photos and relive every single amazing moment.