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5 tips on how to get the most out of your wedding photographer

Choosing a wedding photographer is a big deal. I can totally appreciate that googling ‘wedding photographers’, and flipping through websites is a daunting experience. But, when you’ve eventually found me, this is how to make the most of me! ūüôā

1. Meet me!

I get told almost every consultation by my potential couples that they hated their¬†friend’s photographer because he/she was really bossy,¬†got in the way all the¬†time and took aaaages, “we had to do this and this….”. There would be nothing worse than hiring a photographer based on the¬†images on their¬†website, booking them, ¬†then later¬†finding out that you want to kill¬†them¬†by the end of the day because they’ve been bossing¬†you about the whole time.¬†For 95% of my wedding photography, I create¬†unposed, natural, documentary-style images.¬†¬†The only time I direct is for the formal photographs and when I take the two of you off around the venue for some couple shots.

You don’t even have to leave your house!¬†I offer a free consultation where¬†I come to your home¬†at a mutually convenient time (usually a weekday evening when you are both back from work). We can then¬†get to know each other,¬†discuss your wedding day in more detail and talk about¬†what is important to you in terms of photography, I also bring the albums I produce. If you both decide that actually my photographs are terrible and I’m a complete idiot, you are no worse off!

2. Introduce me to your family and friends


  • When I arrive on the day¬†to photograph the bride’s¬†preparations, I will not know anyone. I do not know if the¬†make-up artist is your long lost friend or a professional you have never met before. Please introduce me to your family and friends, I can then photograph them instead of taking 30 pictures¬†of the make-up artist!
  • If there are any guests who are particularly important to you, please point them out or introduce me to them. It is not always possible to get a photo of every single guest, especially at larger weddings¬†and if I miss out someone important,¬†you’ll be disappointed.

3. The Dreaded Formal Photographs


There are a few tips within this category!

Granny¬†is still in the toilet and its beginning to rain, but the formal photographs need to be done. This is usually the¬†most stressful and boring¬†part of the day…but it really doesn’t¬†need to be!

  • Have a list of exactly who is going to be in the photographs and in what order. I suggest no more than 10 groups (each group takes around 5 minutes)
  • Give a copy of this list to your ushers and get them to round up the relevant guests so when I am photographing one group, the next group will be ready to go.¬†(I will give you an information sheet before the day so that you can give me the list in advance). If you decide on the day that you want a few more formal shots, this can of course be arranged.
  • ¬†Have the formals while the reception is going on so the¬†guests who are not involved can chat and drink and don’t have to wait around getting bored.
  • Have the photographs slightly away from the group. This way you can pull relevant guests from the reception and they can¬†join the formal photographs instead of everyone being in the background or, more likely, talking to you. It makes things¬†so much faster.
  • Think of a few fun shots to do with your bridesmaids and ushers!
  • I will scout around the venue earlier in the day to find potential places for the formal shots to be taken. Open shade is the best type of light.
  • Ask the ushers to ‘usher’ people towards our spot. That’s what they are there for!
  • Lastly, any person who closes their eyes when photographed, or any ‘blinkers’, must be removed from the premises¬†ūüėČ
  • If you have organised it like this. 10 groups will take 25¬†minutes, I guareentee.

4. Leave 30 minutes for your couple portraits


  • These don’t need to be overly¬†cheesy photographs of the two of you. It is just a great time for you two to take some time out and talk to each other as well as¬†have a few photographs taken. I know it sometimes seems daunting but it couldn’t be less so. We walk around your venue and look for some nice backgrounds and get some lovely natural shots!
  • The best light is around an¬†hour before sunset. If you can organise a 30 minute window before sunset then we are on to a winner. However if this is not possible, don’t worry we can still get some great shots!
  • Some of my couples like to make their own ‘thank-you’ shot’¬†¬†for the thank you cards that are part of my package. Think of some ideas ūüėČ

5. Create the¬†‘Ultimate Confetti Shot’


The confetti shot is always a great shot, this is how to create the ultimate confetti shot!

  • Tell the ushers to ask your guests as they leave the church or civil ceremony to form a tunnel.
  • Once the tunnel has been made, ushers provide the confetti to all of the guests.
  • Then,¬†both of you walk through the tunnel and we have the ultimate confetti shot!
  • Make sure you close your mouth! Confetti may look nice but inhaling it¬†isn’t the best look!

I hope this helps and if you have any more questions you want answered, feel free to send me an e-mail. If you are looking for a natural light, fine-art wedding photographer do get in touch. I am based in Oxfordshire, but I can drive fly anywhere in the world ūüôā


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John Alexander
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