DENVER, COLORADO – Some of the most important photographs you will ever have made are your wedding photographs. You’ll want to be certain that you end up with photos that are as perfect as possible. To help you achieve this goal, Denver wedding photography expert Matt Kelly has created a wedding photographer’s wish list.

“There are several important things for the bride to do before the wedding where wedding photography is concerned. If she follows the advice of a professional wedding photographer’s wish list, she will be a happy and photogenic bride,” Kelly said.

First, get to know your wedding photographer

Meet with your wedding photographer early on in your wedding planning so that you and (s)he will get to know each other. This is important for a number of reasons.

  • You will get better pictures on your wedding day because you know the photographer and can relax more.
  • You’ve discuss the wedding plans in detail and you’ll get better pictures because you both know what to expect from each other.
  • Being relaxed will help others to relax as well, resulting in pictures that are more natural whether posed or not.

Now the wedding photographer’s wish list

  • You want to be sure that there is open communication with the photographer. Be amenable to his or her suggestions, even if you reject some of the wedding photographer’s ideas. Be respectful of each other’s points of view.
  • One of the first things you need to do is discuss your budget. Once you agree upon a price, a contract needs to be signed stipulating how much money is to be paid and when it is due. There should not be any unpleasant surprises sprouting up later.
  • Create a preferred list of the wedding photographs you want your wedding photographer to take: pre-wedding, ceremony, and reception.
  • When creating the list, make sure your fiancé is involved in the decision-making process. Arguing about photographs when they are being taken is not a good idea.
  • For ideas for your wedding shoot list, check out the photographer’s wedding portfolio, bridal magazines, your photographers’ portfolio, and online bridal sites.
  • Write down the time schedule for each part of the wedding so the wedding photographer will know how much time to allot for shooting the photos.
  • Discuss with the wedding photographer how much time (s)he envisions it will take for each segment so you can plan accordingly. For example, taking traditional post-wedding pictures are usually time-consuming. If you choose to do that, perhaps you can plan for light hors d’oeuvres and beverages for the guests while the wedding photographs are taken. Neither you nor the photographer want to feel rushed.
  • If the wedding is outdoors and it rains, discuss your alternative plans with the photographer.
  • Let the wedding photographer know if the wedding is formal, semi-formal, or informal so that (s)he can creatively think about what shots to take before the wedding day.
  • Make sure you write down all the necessary addresses for your wedding photographer. These could include your home, and ceremony and reception sites.

Denver wedding photography expert Kelly concludes, “Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. Following the wedding photographer’s wish list will also help make this day one of the most lovely to photograph.”