Tips From Your Utah Wedding Photographer


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Many brides and grooms tying the knot in Utah have never had much chance to work with a professional portrait photographer in quite the same way that they will on their wedding day.

With that in mind, we wanted to share with you today a post from one of our fave Utah wedding photographers, Jacque Erickson of Jacque Lynn Photography, with some tips on how to make the most of your experience with your wedding photographer, and help make the process as smooth and easy as possible for you both!


With wedding season in full force, there is no better time for this post. If you are wanting the most out of your wedding photography, with the best possible result, read the following advice and follow it!

1. Consider having an engagement and/or bridal session.

Having a pre-wedding session will help you get to know your photographer, be comfortable with her and with being in front of her camera (especially helpful for the guys), and helps your photographer learn how to interact with you on your wedding day in the best way. It’s a great opportunity to get to know your photographer before the hustle and bustle of the big day.

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2. Plan your ‘getting ready’ time with photos in mind.

This may sound silly, but if you want a completely beautiful and cohesive look to your wedding day photos, this is important. Choose a space with a lot of natural light/windows, a good amount of space, and keep it as tidy as possible. Have items laid out  (shoes, jewelry, invitation suite, and other details to be photographed), ready for your photographer to grab. Also, this is a wonderful time to share with your bridesmaids, and other special ladies in your life. Invite them to be a part of you getting ready so that they are included in these images. (Just try not to over-invite, as this can create unnecessary stress for you.)

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3. Create an ample timeline:

If your photography is important to you, be sure to build in enough time to your wedding day schedule so that your photographer is able to create the best result. Be sure to discuss this with your photographer before finalizing your timeline, as it is often easy to underestimate the time needed for each group of photos (group formals, bride and groom, getting ready, etc).

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4. Consider a ‘first look.’

There are definitely still some traditional brides out there, and that is fine and dandy! However, if you and your fiancé feel inclined, please consider doing a first look before the ceremony. This opens up the option of doing photos of the two of you, and possibly the entire group formal setting before the ceremony begins. This leaves the schedule wide open post-ceremony for you to enjoy the night with your guests.

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5. Please do not create a massive shot list.

We all have those shots in our mind we envision having of our wedding day (father kissing bride on the cheek, groom fixing his tie, etc). However, creating this specific list for your photographer isn’t usually necessary. Remember why you hired your photographer, and put your trust in her artistic ability to create memories specific to YOUR wedding day. Feel free, if you like, to send her a few favorites from her portfolio that might help her to understand the shots you’re most attracted to. Also, if there is an unconventional photo (something very specific to YOUR wedding day) that you think your photographer might not know to grab, of course bring that up with them during one of your consultations. But trust them to get all the great shots, and just sit back and enjoy your day!

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6. DO create a group formal shot list:

The exception to the advice above is the formal shot list. It is a very good idea to get your photographer this list before the wedding day. This is a list of all of your ‘must have’ formal portraits.


  • Bride’s Side:
    • Mom, Dad, Bride and Groom,
    • Dad & Bride
    • Brother and Groom

… and so forth. This will help your photographer to move through your group formals at an efficient pace and get you back to your party. Also, be sure everyone involved in these photos knows well in advance to arrive on time and ready to go.

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7. Plan for the detail shots.

You plan for months and months to make sure your reception and dinner look perfect. Be sure your planner sets up the space early enough for your photographer to get in there before guests arrive. This will allow her to photograph all of the beautiful details, settings, entire room, etc. without people in it. Same goes for the ceremony site. A shot of the setup before guests have arrived and been seated is a great keepsake.

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8. Help your photographer help you.

Give me a timeline before the wedding day. Detail everything from where the groomsmen will be, what time you’ll be cutting your cake, who is toasting first, etc. Any details you can give your photographer help her understand what will be happening when ensures she is in the right place at the right time for each important event throughout the night, without you having to tell her.

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These are great tips for working with any great Utah wedding photographer! And of course, if you have any questions or concerns, never be afraid to ask questions of your photographer (or any of your vendors). They are there to make sure your wedding day is perfect. Let them do that for you!


All photos courtesy of Jacque Lynn Photography. You might recognize Jacque’s work from a few of our previous blog posts.

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