Throw away your Pinterest board and shot list.
Pinterest is a great resource when you’re starting the planning process, but use it to narrow down a style of photography you like and then trust your photographer to do their job. You don’t want them to miss an opportunity to capture something beautiful and original because they’re focused on checking off a shot list.
Do an engagement session.
Most photographers offer this, and you should take advantage of it. It’s like a practice run for the big day, and it’s nice to have professional photos of you as a couple that are fun and casual in addition to your wedding portraits.
It’s all in the details, but not the ones you think.
I’m not talking about the centerpieces, programs, or monogrammed favors. I’m talking about taking the time to eliminate all the clutter. Create a semi-clean space for your photographer to work with and your photos will look more polished.
If photography is a priority, build it into your timeline.
Communicate to your photographer what’s most important to you on your wedding day, and then ask for their feedback on how to achieve that.
While you can’t control the sun, weather, or your church’s policies on photography, you can manage your expectations related to these things. Do what you can to manage the light; a little planning goes a long way.
Invest in the products.
This is my biggest tip because I see clients skip this one time and time again. You’re going to spend a couple thousand dollars on your photographer, and then your photos are going to sit on your hard drive. It’s the worst thing you can do. Order professional quality prints or an album.
—Mackenzie Orth, Mackenzie Orth Photography