6- Tips For Planning Your Wedding Day Photos Like A Pro

With everything that goes into your wedding day, those once-in-a-lifetime moments will go by in a blur—which is why hiring a professional wedding photographer is a must. After all, the last thing you should be worrying about is whether your photographer will be able to capture your big day.

The key? Prepare yourself so that you can accurately evaluate the “right” photographer for you. Follow these six tips to help you plan your wedding photos like a pro:

1. When? Hiring a Wedding Photographer.

You should book your wedding photographer as soon as you can. The best wedding photographers get booked quickly — sometimes as much as a year in advance, so don’t wait until the last minute to book your photographer. Especially if you want to have your choice. Photographers need you to have a date confirmed, so book your venue, and then go talk to the photographer and book as soon as you can. 

2. How Much Does a Wedding Photographer Cost?

How much you spend is dependent on the services you are wanting, how many photographers you need to give you the proper coverage and if you want any additional products. Now is certainly not the time to skimp on your photo budget. Call around and get a price range for services and remember: when the cake is long gone, the flowers wilted, and the dress stored away, your wedding photos will be the only thing left to remind you of that special day.

 

3. Make Sure Your Photographer is a Real Pro.

Only hire someone who has liability insurance, experience taking the style of photos you want, backup equipment and a plan for when things go south. Ideally, he or she is a PPA photographer. PPA photographers have the technical expertise and artistry to make you look your best and bring your vision to life. Watch this video to see real married couples share their stories.

4. Request To See A Full Gallery of Real Weddings.

Ask to view an entire wedding album or gallery to see a photographer’s true style and get a sense of how he or she might tell your “story.” Look for how they capture all the things that are important to you. Family, emotions, details, etc. 

We have a team of photographers, each with a slightly different style so you can select your favorite photo artist to capture your Big Day. They are all energetic and fun, so they’ll add to the excitement and energy of your Wedding Day. 

We’re glad to show you their work on any wedding, from beginning to end. If you’re interested in exploring now, you can visit our wedding galleries now.

5. Your Photographer Should Help Create a Detailed Shot List.

PPA wedding photographers can also help you create that shot list as they know what key moments tell a wedding story. Make sure you have a pre-wedding consultation to talk about your vision, must-have images, day-of schedule, and walk through the entire program with your photographer ahead of time. Share your expectations ahead of time to ensure that your vision becomes a reality.

6. Plan for the Deliverables and Understand the Timing

Ask your photographer about their delivery schedule. Will they post a teaser or a “sneak peek” right after the wedding?  When will your full set of images be ready? Will they give you an online gallery to proof? What and how will they deliver the images to you. If contracting an album, ask about the process as well. When will you start working on it, how many changes can you make, how long will it take for the album to be delivered? The more you know, the more realistic your expectations will be and you will avoid any disappointments.