Photography Considerations and Planning

- Some couples get a set of engagement photos taken to test the quality of the photographer. These are usually portraits of the bride and groom-to-be.

- It is essential that the photographer does a site visit before the big day in order to familiarise themselves with the layout and location of the venues.

- The photographer should be fully briefed about any special requirements or unusual situations. They must be aware of how the day is structured, and where they need to be at what time.

- The bride and groom should check with the ceremony official that photography is allowed during the ceremony; this will always need to be without a flash. In most cases it is fine to photograph the arrival and departure of the couple and the signing of the register.

- An usher should be assigned the task of keeping a parking space free at the church/venue for the wedding photographer.

- The photographer should be made aware of the VIPs on the day aside from the wedding party, for example best friends, god parents etc.

- The photographer should be provided with a list of the wedding party, family and close friends, and a copy of the table plan.

- The couple must decide in advance what group shots and formal portraits are to be taken.

- The best man or chief usher should be given a list of the groups shots so that he can call people when they are required.

- If there are divorced parents, work out the positioning for the formal shots in advance and inform the photographer of the situation.

- Check whether there will be restrictions on reproducing any photographs that include famous guests.

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