When it comes to your wedding photographer you want to be confident that you not only picked the right person to document your day, but that they understand your vision, and what is MOST important to you. In my experience, this all boils down to communication, and making sure my couples know that they can be upfront with me. This sets up a foundation of trust and results in the best documentation of their day.
So when you are actually working with your photographer, how can you communicate what you want, without micromanaging them, or stifling their creativity? Below are a few ways I’ve learned to do this with my couples to create a smooth and easy communication process.
Sadly I am not a mindreader (nor is anyone else) so it’s imperative that you are as open and honest with your photographer as possible. We’re not judging your choices, I promise! If your not honest with us, we aren’t able to do our jobs to the best of our abilities.
Take Recommendations to Heart
This is a tough one, but I’m going to take my own advice and be honest with you. When I recommend anything to my couples it’s 100% for the benefit of their wedding day. I am not recommending things to make my life easier, but to give you the best photography and experience to remember your wedding. Please remember that your vendors have seen it all (often times when things go wrong), so you need to trust and listen to their recommendations whenever possible. Just remember you hired these talented people for a reason, don’t forget to lean on them so your day can be the absolutely best.
Communicate What is Important to You
If you don’t want to spend a lot of time on family photos, let us know. If you really want to make it to cocktail hour with your guests, we can structure the day accordingly to make it happen.
I have all my couples fill out a detailed questionnaire leading up the the wedding that outlines must have family photos, favorite locations at your venue, etc. This allows me to better prepare for the day, and highlight what is most important to my couples.
Go Over the Final Details
You may have booked your photographer over a year ago, and it’s been months since your engagement shoot. In the weeks leading up to your wedding day, I HIGHLY recommend scheduling a meeting with them to go over your timeline, family photo shot list, and the overall flow of the day. I do these meetings via phone the week of the wedding. It’s the perfect opportunity to reconnect and make sure everyone is on the same page and ready for an awesome wedding day!
These are just a few of the things that have made communicating with my couples just a little bit easier. If you take one thing away from this post, please just remember to be honest with your wants and goals with not only your photographer but your entire vendor team. This will benefit everyone dramatically, and ensure you have the wedding of your dreams.