As the bride and groom preparing to work with a photographer, here are 7 great tips from Kris Phillips, Event Sales Manager for Sedona Sky Weddings at Sedona Sky Lodge in beautiful Sedona, Arizona.
- Give your photographer a list of “must have” photos. These could be the bride with her grandmother, the bride with her younger sister, the groom with his college roommate or his Boy Scout leader.
Are there particular poses you want? Bring an iPad or photos of what you want to your consultation with your photographer.
- Give your photographer the names of all the bride and groom’s siblings so that your photographer can make sure everyone who is supposed to be in the shot…actually is!
- Give your photographer the names of key people in the wedding party. You might even want to give the cell phone numbers of your maid of honor and best man to the photographer…in case there are any planned flash mobs in which the bride is not involved.
- Beauty is in the details. As the bride, you’ve spent months on the details–picking out the cake topper, the reception hall décor, and such. Ask your photographer to take detail photos as well: a picture of the cake topper, your rings on an open page of your minister’s Bible, a picture of the buttons or pearls on the bride’s dress. If there are details you want your photographer to shoot, make sure he/she knows.
- If you are having your wedding at the gorgeous wedding patio at Sky Ranch Lodge which looks straight out on Coffee Pot Rock and Thunder Mountain, encourage your photographer to take landscape shots prior to your wedding so that you can treasure the red rock beauty of Sedona!
- You might want to appoint one of your friends to help out the photographer. This person is more important than the person handling your guest book because the photographer’s assistant will make sure that a particular aunt or beloved cousin is in the formal family shots without you two needing to play border collie and herd everyone needed into the photos.
- Create a schedule for which family arrives first. Since you want formal photos of each family, it is better to have one arrive 30 minutes ahead of the other so that they one family is not standing around bored.