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Stress-Free Wedding Photos (And Our First Freebie!)

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 by in Blog, Freebies, Life, Wedding | 0 comments

In case you missed it, I’m getting married!

As a photographer myself, when it comes to our wedding photos, I’m obviously very particular.  We’re going with the stellar Chrysti Erman at Full Circle Photography, who’s not only a dear friend, but a fantastic natural light photographer.  Chrysti and I have very similar styles, plus I just LOVE hanging out with her, so it was a perfect fit!

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One of our favorite engagement photos! (C) 2015 Full Circle Photography

As a bride, I find myself in the weird (for me) position of being the one in front of the camera for a change.  Since planning a wedding can be stressful, I’ve decided to use my experience behind the camera to share a few thoughts on how to take the stress out of at least one area: Your Wedding Photos.

Tip #1: Get Organized with an Awesome Shot List!

One way to save time on the day of your wedding, and make sure that no one gets left out of the photos is to have a shot list.  A good shot list will have a list of all the images you MUST have of family members and the bridal party.  Include both Roles and First Names so your photographer isn’t yelling out “Grandpa? Is {Bride’s} Grandpa in the room?” 15 times.  Names will certainly help clear things up!  Also make note of any important details that might be helpful.  Do you have any elderly family members who might have trouble standing for long periods of time?  Let your photographer know so they can order the shots so that no one is standing around forever.  There’s a party to get to!

Tip #2: Relax! If you’ve hired the right person, your photographer is a pro!

Some brides go hard in the paint and want to micromanage EVERY shot for the entire day.  Personally, I think it’s best to relax and let your photographer handle those details.  A stressed-out bride will show in the photos.  Relax and try to enjoy every moment.  Trust your photographer to get all the right shots during the ceremony and reception.

Tip #3: Great Communication is Key!

Chrysti, Eric (her husband and photography buddy), John, and I sat down one evening and talked at length about our wedding and what we liked.  Since Chrysti and I are also good friends, we are able to communicate frequently about little things that come up.  Being able to communicate with her allows me to have a very deep level of comfort.  Having seen her body of work, and having experienced her style during our engagement photos, I trust that she’s going to do a great job on our special day.

Tip #4: Embrace the Chaos!

In life and in weddings, I find that sometimes chaos jumps out at you, despite your best efforts to the contrary.  When that happens, embrace it!  You can’t change it, and it just might be the thing that makes for a perfect picture!

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My fiance was causing shenanigans. One of the many reasons I love this man! (C) 2015 Full Circle Photography

I hope these tips help your special day go as planned.  One thing that might help?  I’ve put together an Excel Spreadsheet that you can customize so that you get all the shots you need.  This isn’t an exhaustive list (every family is different, you know), but this is the shot list that I’ll be giving to my photographer for our wedding.  Thought I’d save you the hassle and share it with you!

Wedding Shot List

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