The Philosophy of Wedding Photos

I have a little bit of wedding philosophy for you. Consider this some very basic tips for being in the right frame of mind for getting amazing photos on your wedding day. Having a good photographer is key, beyond that, there are some things you can do to insure you look your best, happiest, most in love in your photos.

Be relaxed. Sometimes this means having a mimosa with your bridesmaids before you start photos. Just one though.
Be on time. Make sure you include enough time for photos. I usually suggest even scheduling extra time so you can have a cushion in case hair and makeup runs late. More time is always better. You can always take a break after.

Be Playful. It makes for great photos. 
Be flexible. Sometimes the weather or light just isn't cooperating. Maybe there's a huge crowd of people right where you want to shoot. Trust your photographer if they suggest doing something other than what you had in mind. It could be the difference between a mediocre shoot where you wanted or an amazing photo-op somewhere slightly different. 

Be in the moment. Don’t worry about what happened before photos or what comes next in the schedule of the day. You're only going to do this once. Enjoy it. If you're stressed or rushed, you'll be able to see it in the photos. 

Be away. Go somewhere fun and away from other people so you don't have to feel nervous because people are watching, you can have a private moment together and you don't have people running up to you to ask random questions about details. Let other people figure out the last minute details and enjoy this time together.

Be done before the ceremony. This is definitely a personal choice, but here's why I suggest it. 
Be fearless. Sometimes brides step into the dress and suddenly feel like they can hardly move for fear of getting the dress dirty. Well, just know, if you're wearing something white that touches the floor, the underside is bound to get a little dirty but no one will notice, I promise. Don't miss out on amazing photos because you're afraid of a little dirt. You're only going to wear the dress once anyway. (However, I will say, the photo above was taken after the ceremony.)

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

All images JKoe Photography.


  1. These are really great suggestions! I always recommend to my clients that they get most of their photos done before the ceremony too. You can really capture an emotion during that time that isn't always present after they get married. All brides and grooms should really read this!

    Thanks for linking up!


  2. This is some great advice!!!!!! I think photographs are definitely one of the most important thing about the day & it's so important to be able to have fun and look great while doing it!!! And I definitely agree about putting aside time for it!

  3. Fabulous ... would you mind if i linked you up to my blog this is a great post and would be exceptionally useful next year when i get married !! xx

    1. So glad you like it Chrissi! Definitely feel free to link it! I'm so happy to be able to encourage brides to have the best wedding photo experience possible!