2. Be flexible.
“Often brides will ask for the shot ‘the first time he sees me enter the room,’ ” says Elaine Studley, a photographer based in Maryland. “I smile and say, ‘Okay, but don’t be surprised if he looks like a deer in headlights. His biggest smile may well be when you say the words ‘I do.’ ” Bottom line: Be excited about the magical pictures you didn’t expect, not sad about the ones that didn’t turn out.
3. Think big picture.
Couples should not only decide who they want in shots but also discuss places and general photographic preferences with their photographer, says Studley. She suggests considering these questions:
• Do you like a casual feel in images?
• Do you like sunset images?
• How do you feel about flash?
• Is there a place at your wedding site that’s special to you?
• Is there a special ritual on your day that’s unique to your culture and family?
• Would you like to take a walk rather than posing for “couple” images?
4. Get friends to help.
Remember that list you made? Give a copy to a pal who knows what your relatives and close friends look like, and let the photographer know who has that list, says DC photographer Len DePas. “I often ask for a few key friends who can fetch and arrange the groupings so I don’t take too much time from any one particular friend,” he says.
Another tip: Tell your friends to snap tons of shots on their digital cameras. They won’t be professional portraits, but they may be the pictures you laugh about the most.
5. Remember—photos aren’t everything.
Put the Kodak moments on hold to savor the little moments—like the time right before you walk down the aisle. “Stop all photography a half hour before the ceremony and rest,” Studley says. “Hide. Relax. Have tea.” Even my friend who admitted to panic attacks over forgotten photo ops said that, after a few weeks as husband and wife, a few missing photos weren’t a big deal. “All that matters,” she said, “is that you are married!”
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