For Great Photos
Advice from Photographers


Everyone wants wonderful wedding photos, and with the right photographer, it’s a done deal. Capturing the emotion, the fun, the details and the love—it’s all in a day’s work. Here, we share some insight from a few of our favorite photographers.


Chris Richards
Chris Richards Photography

For Chris, it’s all about trusting your professionals. Believe in your photographer, he says, to make your event an unforgettable affair. “Trust your photographer to take the photos that made you choose them in the first place,” he says, noting that the day of the wedding is not the time to thrust new Pinterest boards under the photographer’s nose. Some of his other suggestions: Do a pre-wedding trial session as a dry run and then, on the big day, build time into the schedule for relaxed photos leading up to the golden hour (sunset and dusk).


“The perfect event for photographers? Small, single-location—with smaller bridal parties and lots of cute kids.”


Scott Rice
Scott Rice Photography

It’s important to not only like your photographer’s work, Scott says, but also to like your actual photographer. “If you feel comfortable, it will show with more relaxed, fun and genuine photos,” he says. He recommends leaving 45 minutes to an hour just for bride-and-groom shots during evening sunlight, when the shadows are perfect and the glow is on. He’s a big fan of enjoying each small moment with family and friends, too—and capturing it all to savor later.


“Look back at the photos to relive the day and remember the magical moments.”


Steven and Alisha Palm
Steven Palm Photography

When Steven and Alisha shoot weddings, they like to make sure they have plenty of time. “No rushing,” says Steven, who believes a well-thought-out timeline is a must. “Allowing enough time to get the shots is key to the best wedding photos.” He and Alisha echo the others in their advice to hire a wedding planner, which they insist can assure a smooth day and allow all the vendors to get into their necessary creative zones.


“Make sure your photographer is someone you like, trust and can be yourself around.”


Shelley Welander

As a busy wedding photographer, Shelley has seen it all: rain, wind, broken flowers, late bridesmaids, lashes that fall off . . . “No matter what happens,” she says, “everything will be okay. It will all be your day, your very own story.” Shelley loves shooting the “first look,” that moment staged away from family and friends for the groom to see the bride for the first time on their wedding day. The whole day, she says, goes by so fast, “but we are there to capture every little thing.”


“Lighting, lighting, lighting! The best time to shoot is during the golden hour before sunset.”


Jon and Georgina Anderson
Something Blue Photography

One way Jon and Georgina get couples to loosen up is by asking them to play interactive games with each other. “This way they’re focused on each other and not the camera,” says Georgina. This also helps ensure that natural smiles and real emotions are coming through in the images. Also, they’re big fans of organization ahead of time. “Make a timeline for the day leading up to the reception,” says Georgina. “It may change throughout the day, but at least you have a goal and everyone’s on the same page.”


“We love when couples sprinkle hidden details about themselves into their weddings.”


Amanda Rockafellow
Amanda Rockafellow Photography

Here’s some specific advice from Amanda: Wear a veil and make it long! She says long veils make beautiful statements and are stunning in photos. She also suggests brides and grooms send heartfelt gifts to each other before the wedding, to be delivered to the room where the other is getting ready. Amanda loves additional lighting, particularly candles, lanterns, and twinkle or bistro lights. “It makes a huge difference in the ambiance and gives your photographs more dimension,” she says.


“Whatever happens, have fun and keep your head up.”