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Posted: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013

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Ashleigh has been living in Charlotte since 2008 with her oversized yellow lab. She is a communications professional, grad student, runner, and lover of all things wedding! After attending 13 weddings in three years, it's now Ashleigh's turn to be at the altar. Join her as she blogs about her adventures in step-by-step wedding planning and tips for other brides-to-be!

As we neared our wedding date, I was sending my photographer tons of photos, through email and on Pinterest, demonstrating poses that I wanted to recreate at our wedding. A friend had told me earlier in our planning that having an organized list for our photographer would make the post-ceremony photos go faster. I was on board with any sort of “organization” for the day and also not taking too much time away from celebrating with all of our friends and family. Unfortunately for me, all the pictures I had sent were for outside and my photographer had to improvise on the day of with indoor poses due to the rain. If I were to give advice on that, I’d say pick some outdoor and some indoor from the start.

Hopefully, by the time your wedding day nears, you’ll know your photographer’s style when it comes to photographs. It helps to look through their portfolio and tell them what you like – and what you don’t like. Yes, that’s okay. It’s your wedding day, and these are the pictures you’re going to have forever. If you don’t want pictures sitting down or jumping, tell your photographer. And if you have a “must-have” photo, tell them that too. Have an open mind when it comes to your photographer’s ideas, they know what they’re doing.

For the amount of money spent on your wedding photos, you should be happy with them. You only have one shot at them (unless you do after photos), so doing the pre-work and being honest with your photographer will help ensure that your day is captured exactly how you want. Brides, you should also loop your groom in on any special poses that you’re wanting, and inform the wedding party if there’s anything out of the ordinary that they’ll need to do (ahem, like jumping while wearing dresses and holding umbrellas).

You’ll have your wedding photos for the rest of your life. They’re important, they’re expensive (money well spent), and they’re so, so special. Your photographer wants you to be just as happy with your photos as you do. Doing your homework before the wedding will help make the day of smooth. You won’t even have to tell yourself to smile on the day of, it will all come naturally.

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