5 Things You Should Trust Your Wedding Photographer With

5 Things You Should Trust Your Wedding Photographer With

Ditch The Stress

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Hello, Katie here. Since Tiny Luxe Weddings is an all inclusive production company, we want to do some posts highlighting our individual talents to help you get to know us better and hopefully see that we are true professionals who can handle your wedding so you don’t have to. Hopefully, even if you don’t use us for your wedding, this post will give you some ideas on how to let some of the control go with your planning in order to have a less stressful engagement period.

Trust is the key ingredient to any relationship and this is true for the relationship you have with your wedding photographer. While you may have a vision of how you want some of your images to turn out, for the most part, you are going to have to put a lot of trust in your photographer. Trusting your photographer a little more in these main areas will not only result in better images for you to remember your big day by but will also relieve you of some stress as well.

1. Choosing the Location of the Shot

Your wedding photographer will have taken the time to familiarize themselves with your reception location or areas around your ceremony site to find the best places to photograph. They'll know where gets the best light and where the best scenery is. This is especially true for me withing TLW. Kimberly and I have done the footwork, we have visited our venues over and over, and gotten to know them in an intimate setting. I can give you an array of different spots based on the time reservation that you have chosen. I have been working with light and photography for long enough that I can create beautiful images in any type of lighting.

2. Time of Day to Shoot

Lighting is key to creating beautiful images and using the natural light of the sun will produce the best lighting setting but that doesn't mean any time of the day will give you the same results. I have been working with light and photography for long enough that I can create beautiful images in any type of lighting. A RED FLAG to watch out for when choosing a photographer for any project is when they tell you that you HAVE to schedule your session for a certain time of day. If they tell you it has to be during the golden hours, they aren’t very experienced or comfortable shooting outside of those times. What happens when your sunset outdoor wedding runs behind and the sun sets before? Or you get rained out and have to move it indoors? Your photographer won’t know how to handle that situation. You tell me the time and place, I will find you those beautiful pockets of light, or create them myself!


3. Poses

Trust your photographer to know what pose is the most flattering for you. They can see how the light is illuminating you and what is in the background. While some photographers will take into consideration your picture ideas, you shouldn't be offended if they shoot down your ideas. Most times you'll be working with limited time and light and you don't want to waste much of either on your big day. We all know how we look in selfie mode and think we have a good idea on our flattering angles. However, if you have hired a true professional, you will get the best results if you just let them pose you and trust them. My favorite thing to tell people is that if the direction I give you feel awkward, it looks fantastic.

4. Editing Your Photos

Trust your photographer’s creative eye during the editing process. They will know which images will look best in black and white, color, cropped and which ones to add special effects to, if any. Part of the editing process is a part of their style and this is one of the reasons you hired them. Trust them to use their skills to make each image stunning. Your engagement session was 2 hours, you remember shooting shots over by that tree at some point but don’t see it in your gallery, there is a reason for that. This is another reason you don’t get unfinished images ( RAW files) either. We cull our galleries meticulously to give you the best results and only toss the repetitive or unflattering ones.

5. Handling Printing Your Photos

Your photographer knows where to get prints made and probably has a long-term relationship with a reputable printing company. The worst thing you can do is have a stunning image, order a large print and find the colors are off, the image is blurred or it simply looks dull. Knowing where to get your prints made, what size they should be done in and which ones will look best in your albums, wall art or thank you cards is part of the package you get when you hired a professional photographer. Trust them and listen to what they think will look best for what you want. Ok y’all, you will probably never get me to shut up about this one once I get started. Please forgive me for yelling but …. YOU PAID A PRO TO PHOTOGRAPH YOU, GET A PRO TO PRINT THEM!

“ Photography is fundamentally for the sake of preservation, print= preserved.” I have no idea who to credit this quote to, I’ve googled it extensively, if you can help me out I would be so appreciative.

If you are going to pay to get your images taken professionally it is only right to choose a photographer who has extensive practice printing as well. It is just as much of an art form to create albums and wall art for somebody’s home.


Whether you are ready to make that leap, or you just have more questions. Kimberly and I are here for you. Please send us a quick note to tell us how we are doing and let us know if there are any burning wedding questions on your mind.