As your wedding day approaches, are you wondering what the flow with your wedding photographer will be like? How do you make the most of your time with your wedding photographer as you run around on your big day? Well, we asked Los Angeles wedding photographer, Maya Myers what she suggests to making the most out of your time with your team of experts. You’ve hired a pro, now make sure you’re prepared to get those great shots! Maya makes sure no shot is left forgotten and you get more time to celebrate with your loved ones when she shoots. But how? Check out her five top tips here!
1. Go over the timeline thoroughly with your photographer to make sure they have ample time to shoot the most important moments. Most people underestimate how much time it takes to for photos and often assume they are going to fly through certain parts of the day. But remember, your serious VIPs on your wedding day and everyone will want “just a minute” with you. Whenever possible, pad your schedule with some extra time so you can relax and enjoy the day!
2. Don’t lost track of time getting ready. It takes longer to get ready than you think, and it is very important to stick to your morning schedule, especially with hair and makeup. You’ll feel like you have all the time in the world to primp and prep with your girls, but getting behind at the beginning of the day will leave you (and us the photographers) rushing around all day long. Set a solid timeline for the morning, and stick to it so the rest of the day isn’t affected!
3. Designate a guest to help organize family portraits. Have someone who knows most of the family be the one responsible for keeping everyone on task, and letting each person know it’s their turn for a photo with the happy couple!
4. After the ceremony, family and friends can be difficult to keep in one place and you don’t want to delay in time trying to find Uncle so-and-so. Arrange ahead of time for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to come to them so that they stay put for portraits. Send an email before the wedding telling family and friends exactly where they need to be and when for portraits, then remind them several times before the wedding (rehearsal dinner). This lets them know how important they are to you (and that they are there and on time!).
5. Connect all your wedding vendors. Most planners will CC all vendors in email before the wedding day so they can communicate any important changes to the day. Make sure your planner does this, and if you don’t have a planner send out an email yourself. Clear communication between vendors allows all the behind the scenes action to run as smoothly as possible.
Thanks so much Maya for sharing with us today!
All Images by Maya Myers Photography.