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Five Wedding Photography Tips for Brides and Grooms

Southern Maryland WeddingsWhen the decorations are put away and the hall is cleaned up, your wedding photos will be all that’s left of your wedding day. Follow five simple tips to ensure that you smile rather than cringe when you look at your photos.

Know Your Style

What type of photography speaks to you? Are you looking for a more traditional approach with lots of posed shots, or would you prefer a photojournalistic style that captures more candids? Do you like a combination of both? How do you feel about eclectic angles and settings or creative poses? Know your style before you start meeting with photographers.

How do you figure out what your style is? Browse wedding photos on Pinterest and photographer websites and look at pictures from your friends’ weddings. Make note of the things you like and the things you don’t.

Communicate with Your Photographer

Once you’ve determined your style, it’s time to find a photographer who can bring that vision to life. Meet with more than one photographer, and look through their portfolios on their websites and Facebook pages before your meeting. When you meet, ask lots of questions about their experience, approach to photography, and how they will shoot your wedding. Let them know what your likes and dislikes were when you did your online research. And, look for a connection between yourself and the photographer. Did you feel comfortable talking with him or her? Do you see eye to eye on your wedding photos?

Be Organized

You need to trust that your photographer will get the best shots of your wedding, but if there are must-have poses or locations, it’s helpful to bring a list. Keep it short – no more than five – so that your photographer doesn’t spend the day bogged down trying to fulfill your list. If you’re planning posed group shots, put together a list of the groups you’d like photographed. This can save time when it comes to post-wedding photos.

And, don’t forget to tell your photographer that you’d like to enter our annual cover picture contest! They can help you get the perfect vertical shot for our magazine.

Plan Ahead

You want to look your best on your wedding day, and that includes taking care of your body. Don’t get any skin treatments or go tanning for at least a week before your wedding. You don’t want to end up red or more tanned than you were planning. Eat well and drink lots of water so your skin has a healthy glow. (This goes for the groom, too!)

On your wedding day, think about the order photos will be taken. Ask your bridesmaids and mother to get ready before you so that they are already dressed in the photos of you getting dressed. And, have your make up done before getting photos taken so you look your best.


If you’re comfortable with your photographer, you shouldn’t even know he or she is there on your wedding day. But, you can do a couple of things to help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera:

  • Practice your poses. It sounds silly, but you’ll feel more natural if you’ve done it before.
  • Schedule an engagement session. This is another change to get to know your photographer and to spend more time in front of the camera.

Be flexible. Weather, traffic, and timing might not always go the way you want. Take a deep breath, and let it go.