Flawless wedding photos in 7 steps

How to ensure you get those flawless wedding photos

You’ve seen them before. Those exquisite images that tell the love story of a couple on their special day. Every detail is perfect, every hair is in place. The emotion of the occasion evident in every frame. Your heart skips a beat at the romance of it all and you wonder how it came together so flawlessly. Well, it was no accident, and we’re here to help you achieve such a feat in 7 easy-to-follow steps.

Pre-wedding planning

1. Start early

Bride dancing in satin white pajamas holding champagne bottle

Photo Credit: @morganhydinger

Your photographer will be responsible for encapsulating your most precious memories to cherish for years to come, so it is essential to find “the one”. Look online, ask for referrals and read reviews until you have numerous potential options from which to choose. You should take the utmost care when choosing a wedding photographer. This is your special day!

2. Create a wish list

Get creative and indulge your imagination to develop a wedding theme that conveys the magic of your special story. Thumb through magazines, click through Pinterest and attend wedding expos until you can clearly communicate your vision. The MILK Gallery is where customers share their wedding albums with our community. Flip through customer projects and be inspired.

3. Make a short list


Bride prepares for wedding ceremony guest wearing black zips her dress

Photo Credit: @morganhydinger

Compare your wish list to your candidates’ established portfolios to eliminate options. Remember:
• Price cannot be the lead filter. If you really want those soul stirring photographs, quality must take precedent.
• Style is very important. Just because someone takes gorgeous photos does not mean their particular approach will match your vision.

4. Meet with your shortlisted candidates

Do you feel comfortable? Good chemistry with your photographer is essential for fabulous photos. Consider arranging engagement or holiday photos to get a sense of how you mesh together when the bulbs are flashing. If the sparks are there, book them immediately.

You can then use those photos to start a beautiful wedding photo book or album collection - learn more in this blog

Closer to the day

5. Plan out your most crucial photos

Bride holds flower bouquet and stands by groom on Persian carpet

Photo Credit: @morganhydinger

Give your photographer a list of photo combinations and key family members. Communicate timings with your wedding party, making sure everyone is on the same page. Allow plenty of time for flexible creativity.

You should also note that lighting is crucial in achieving powerful photos, specifically the ‘Golden Hour’ (1 hour prior to sunset) offers the most flattering, soft light. In saying this, make sure to have a bad weather backup plan!

6. Plan to be candid

Revisit your wish list and apply it to the finer details of your wedding, ensuring that every important setting is photo-friendly and the photographer has a clear line of vision to the action at all times. Consider hiring a second shooter to get multiple perspectives of the same moment. How will the groom react when the bride first steps out onto the aisle? Make sure you capture these extra-special moments where you are unaware or have forgotten the camera is ready.

The day of the wedding

7. You made it!

Bride and groom look at each other smiling at flower arch at the wedding aisle

Photo Credit: @morganhydinger

All of the planning is in place and the photographer is fully briefed on your expectations for the day. Now, it’s time to let go and truly enjoy every magnificent moment, letting the camera capture it all.

Achieving stunning wedding photographs that tell the beautiful love story of your special day is not a matter of chance; it requires careful planning and consideration. By following these seven easy-to-follow steps, you can ensure that your wedding day memories are flawlessly captured for you to cherish for years to come.

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