Wedding photography: 10 tips you can’t miss as bride to be

Your wedding day will be one of the most important moments of your life and you want the photos to perfectly reflect your emotions. Proper preparation for the wedding photo shoot can make all the difference, trust me.
Here there are ten tips to help you experience that day with joy while creating extraordinary memories.

1. Meet your photographer before your wedding day

Getting to know the photographer you choose is very important. Whether in person or via Skype, it is crucial to determine if you feel you can trust them. Trust in the person who will handle your memories is essential. After all, your photographer is the person who will spend the most time with you on such an important day. Carefully consider who you want by your side during such a significant and intimate moment. Do not be afraid to share your fears, expectations, and what matters most to you. This is an excellent foundation for creating your wedding photo shoot.

2. Do a makeup and hairstyle trial before the wedding

Book a makeup and hairstyle trial a few weeks before the wedding. This will give you the opportunity to see how you will look in the wedding photo shoot and make any necessary adjustments. Plus, you will feel more confident about your overall look.

3. Prepare a list of must-have shots for the wedding photo shoot

Create a list of moments and people you absolutely want to capture during the wedding photo shoot. Share it with your photographer to ensure that no important detail is overlooked.
Personally, I share an online questionnaire with my couples a few weeks before the wedding where they can conveniently fill out all practical details and their preferences for various moments of the day. This tool helps me take care of each couple’s memories with the attention they deserve.
It is also very useful to fill a list of people you do not want to miss in your group photos. This will allow you to gather the various groups without confusion and avoid forgetting someone.

Wedding photo shoot at Tenuta la Presa

4. Gift yourself with an engagement photo shoot before the wedding

An engagement photo shoot is ideal if you want to be well-prepared for the wedding photo shoot.
On this occasion, you can get to know your photographer better, experiment with poses, and become comfortable in front of the camera. The plus? Beautiful couple photos to print and share!

5. Organize a site visit with your photographer

If possible, visit the locations where the ceremony and reception will be held with your photographers before your wedding. This will help them identify the best spots for photos, read the light, and plan your photo shoot for optimal results.

Wedding photo shoot at Lake Garda

6. Share your expectations and inspirations with your photographer

Talk openly with your photographer about your expectations and its style, which should be one of the main reasons you chose him/her. Share examples of photos you love to ensure that your wedding photo shoot reflects your vision.
I often use Pinterest with my couples to share inspirations in a practical and organized way.

7. Remember to relax and enjoy the moment

The photo shoot should not be a source of stress or anxiety. To have beautiful and authentic photos, the best thing you can do is fully live those moments. Only then will they be unique memories for you!
The couple’s photo shoot is only a small part of the day; for the rest, enjoy your guests and the celebration. The photos will follow naturally.

8. Schedule times and any travel for the photo shoot in advance

I always tell my couples: planning allows you to enjoy the day without stress.
This is why the photo shoot should perfectly fit into your timeline, respecting the work of all suppliers and the best light. I usually recommend a 20/30-minute session during the aperitif so that my couples can then enjoy that moment with their guests. I often add 10 minutes during sunset to shoot during the golden hour with enchanting light. This usually coincides with the guests’ entrance to dinner or a break between courses.

9. Prefer shooting in locations not too far from the celebration

Do you have a favorite spot where you’d like to be photographed? Great, but pay attention to travel time. It’s better to carefully calculate how long this detour will keep you away from your guests and ask yourself if it’s worth it. Personally, I always recommend shooting directly at the venue where the celebration or ceremony will be held to avoid wasting precious time on a day that, I assure you, it flies by!

10. Have fun, have fun, have fun!

Don’t forget to have fun! Your wedding photo shoot should be a moment of joy and celebration. Enjoy every moment with serenity, and the photos will become a memory you will love to look back on over the years.
For me, it is essential to tie your experience to the memory, and I always make sure you feel comfortable during every moment.

If this is how you envision your memories, contact me, bookings are open for the 2025 season.

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