For successful wedding photography, it is essential that everyone involved is on the same page. Of course, you should be communicating with your wedding photographer, but it is equally important to communicate what will happen with your wedding party. In particular:
- Most important — make sure that the person you are marrying understands the importance you are placing on the photography and agrees to a specific amount of time for the photographs. You will feel pressured to rush the photo shot if they lose focus and want to leave 10 minutes after the photographs have started. To avoid time pressure (the desire to get to the reception as quickly as possible), think about scheduling a “first look” or “first sight” moment, or a 3-hour break between the ceremony and the reception.
- Communicate the decisions you have made as a couple to the rest of the wedding party. Where, how long, and what will be required of them. Again communicate about the photography so that they understand that it is important to you.
- Arrange for a family member to help the photographer by rounding up the relevant people at the appropriate time during the wedding day.
Another opportunity for communication is to invite your wedding photographer to your wedding rehearsal. This will allow the photographer to meet the wedding party and pass along important information about the photography on the day.