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5 Tips for Photographing a Stress-Free Wedding Day

After spending countless weekends photographing weddings, I’ve added 5 easy tips into my routine for photographing (or planning) a stress-free wedding day!

1 // Create a Detailed Timeline

Creating a detailed timeline about 8-12 weeks prior to the wedding day is highly recommended for a stress-free wedding day. List every photo related activity, arrival time for each wedding party, plus any additional important information. Be sure your couple approves and has a final copy prior to the wedding.

*Bonus Tip: Print 3-5 copies for the wedding day. Your team and the MOH/Best Man each get a copy to help keep the day on schedule.

2 // Create a Family Photo List

Family photos can often be the most stressful portion of the day. Create a sample family photo list for your couple and then ask them to create their own list about 8-12 weeks prior to the wedding. Print copies and give them to family members who can help gather everyone. It’ll be a breeze!
*Download my sample family photo list here!

3 // Create a Routine

Although I’m not perfect, I’ve done my best to create a routine for each wedding day. The 1-2 days prior, my routine involves cleaning gear, charging batteries, formatting memory cards, printing timelines and family lists, etc. The morning of a wedding, I eat a great breakfast, take time to review the timeline, and create sketches of new and creative photos I’d like to take. (I picked up this gem from Ben Sasso!)

4 // Arrive 30 Minutes Early

I do my best to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to my arrival time for each wedding. I find that when I take the morning of a wedding slowly and avoid being rushed, the entire day goes smoother. I also allow myself plenty of time for loading gear in and out of the car, traffic, and a coffee run. (duh!)

5 // Bring a Team

I can’t tell you how many weddings I photographed alone when I first started. The answer is a lot of weddings. And honestly, I didn’t really enjoy it. There’s power in being a team on a wedding day and trusting them is crucial to photographing a stress-free wedding. Find a tribe of photographers you respect, treat them well, and shoot together often.

*If you don’t have the budget for a second photographer, having an assistant who can help carry and set up gear and keep you company can make all the difference.

I hope you’ve found these tips helpful! I’d love to hear how you create a stress-free environment for your couples. Comment your tips below!

 

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like 3 Tips to Overcome Comparison.

5 Tips for Photographing a Stree-Free Wedding Day

After spending countless weekends photographing weddings, I’ve added 5 easy tips into my routine for photographing (or planning) a stress-free wedding day!

1 // Create a Detailed Timeline

Creating a detailed timeline about 8-12 weeks prior to the wedding day is highly recommended for a stress-free wedding day. List every photo related activity, arrival time for each wedding party, plus any additional important information. Be sure your couple approves and has a final copy prior to the wedding.

*Bonus Tip: Print 3-5 copies for the wedding day. Your team and the MOH/Best Man each get a copy to help keep the day on schedule.

2 // Create a Family Photo List

Family photos can often be the most stressful portion of the day. Create a sample family photo list for your couple and then ask them to create their own list about 8-12 weeks prior to the wedding. Print copies and give them to family members who can help gather everyone. It’ll be a breeze!
*Download my sample family photo list here!

3 // Create a Routine

Although I’m not perfect, I’ve done my best to create a routine for each wedding day. The 1-2 days prior, my routine involves cleaning gear, charging batteries, formatting memory cards, printing timelines and family lists, etc. The morning of a wedding, I eat a great breakfast, take time to review the timeline, and create sketches of new and creative photos I’d like to take. (I picked up this gem from Ben Sasso!)

4 // Arrive 30 Minutes Early

I do my best to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to my arrival time for each wedding. I find that when I take the morning of a wedding slowly and avoid being rushed, the entire day goes smoother. I also allow myself plenty of time for loading gear in and out of the car, traffic, and a coffee run. (duh!)

5 // Bring a Team

I can’t tell you how many weddings I photographed alone when I first started. The answer is a lot of weddings. And honestly, I didn’t really enjoy it. There’s power in being a team on a wedding day and trusting them is crucial to photographing a stress-free wedding. Find a tribe of photographers you respect, treat them well, and shoot together often.

*If you don’t have the budget for a second photographer, having an assistant who can help carry and set up gear and keep you company can make all the difference.

I hope you’ve found these tips helpful! I’d love to hear how you create a stress-free environment for your couples. Comment your tips below!

 

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like 3 Tips to Overcome Comparison.

5 Tips for Photographing a Stree-Free Wedding Day

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