Here are some things to expect when working with your wedding photographer from start to finish:
Your photographer will likely schedule a consultation with you before you book them to discuss your preferences, the style of photography you like, and any must-have shots.
Your photographer will work with you and your wedding planner to create a timeline for the day, including when and where photos will be taken.
Support before the wedding day
Along with timeline creation, your photographer will try and gain a deeper knowledge of you, your love story, and how to show up for your love story. They’ll do this through phone calls, in-person meetings, texts, or emails.
Your wedding collection could include engagement photos before the big day. This is an amazing opportunity to get a test run of the experience you’ll have with your wedding photographer on your wedding day!
Getting ready photos
Your photographer may arrive earlier in the day to capture getting-ready shots of you and your partner, your bridal party, and family members if you choose to have them there for those moments.
First look photos
If you’re planning a first look, your photographer will work with you to plan the perfect moment and capture the reactions of you and your partner.
You’ll likely have a list of family members and friends you want to take group photos with. Be sure to share this list with your photographer beforehand or see if they include one for you so they can plan for the appropriate amount of time and lighting.
Your photographer will take some time with just you and your partner for some beautiful couple’s portraits. They may have some poses or locations in mind, but feel free to share your ideas as well.
Some of the best wedding photos are candid moments captured throughout the day. Your photographer will most likely be on the lookout for those spontaneous, emotional, and fun moments.
The editing and delivery of your photos
When their time is up, your wedding photographer starts the real work: narrowing down and editing your photos! Editing takes between a few weeks and a few months on average. They’ll deliver your photos in the method discussed in your contract.
Heirlooms and wall art
Typically, the final step in a wedding photographer’s process is selling and/or delivering wall art, prints, or albums.
Remember, your wedding day is about celebrating your love with your partner and your loved ones. Don’t worry too much about the photos and just enjoy the day. Your photographer will take care of capturing the special moments.