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Everybody wants beautiful photographs of their wedding. They also want to have maximum joy and smooth logistics. Communication with your photographer will go a long way with making it all an easy process for everyone involved.

A lack of advanced planning can lead to disappointment due to not getting shoots that you were hoping to get. A planned out day with the photographer can assist in making the most of the time and lighting, and at the same time balancing it all with the event itself.

Communication is the key. Start off on the right foot from the very beginning. When hiring your photographer, get the relationship off to a good start. Discussing the photographers style, and approach to the wedding day will give you a lot of insight to the photographer as a person. You will of course want to evaluate their work as you view their images. Even within the genre of wedding photojournalism, there is a range of approaches. The photographer's own shooting philosophy, as well as a host of other factors relating to the venue, the time of day and the style of the event, can greatly influence the look of your wedding day images and your ultimate satisfaction.

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You will want to make things easier for your photographer, and help assure that your wedding day pictures are the best they can be, by carefully considering each site's attributes-layout, lighting and overall atmosphere, making sure that you share what you know about the venue with your wedding photojournalist prior to the date.

Most wedding photographers look for good natural, ambient light. You will want to take that into consideration when you are choosing your venues. Dark places with little natural light leave the photographer no choice but to use direct flash. This can make the photographer's job sometimes impossible in a dark church especially if the church does not allow flash photography, which is very likely to be the case.

You will want to speak with your clergy person or officiant to determine what rules or restrictions might inhibit your photographer's access, and then negotiate and plan accordingly with all involved. Again, communication is such an important factor when it comes to an event that is only going to happen once.

Often times in a church or synagogue, there will be resistance to the photographer. It stems from the fact that in order for a photographer to get the much desired shots, the photographer must move around and that is considered a distraction. Many photographers will offer packages with two photographers shooting photos and this is a great situation to utilize the photography team. With two photographers you are going to get two prospectives and this will also reduce the movement from the photographer

When planning your wedding day, you will want to work with a realistic schedule, especially if the events are spread out across multiple locations. Whenever possible try to make things closer to each other rather than farther.

You will need to take into consideration the traffic in the area where you're getting married, as well as the time it will take you to get to your transportation. With the dress, flowers, vail and wedding shoes you just might need a little extra time maneuvering in and out of the car. If your wedding is in a location that you are unfamiliar with, talk to someone locally to get a real feel of what it's like to get around the area, as well as the parking situation.

You may have selected a photojournalist, documentary style of wedding photography, but you are still going to want to have portrait sessions, or "formals." The wedding day is also an important day in family history. People are coming together, and this does not happen everyday. Advanced planning is so important to insure that there is time to get these photos.

Really talk to your family before the wedding. Find out what shots your mom and dad are counting on having. Working with your photographer to plan the photo portrait sessions will save the day. If planned out right the day will flow and your guests won't be waiting around waiting for the never ending photo shoot to end.

If you as the bride and groom do not wish to see each other before the wedding, that is just fine. There is so much photography that can be done with each of you separately, before the guests arrive. This of course leaves far less to be done after the ceremony which eliminates the problem of everyone waiting for the bride and groom to be done with the photographer.

Advise your photographer upfront on what formals you want, and organize your family (maybe with the help of a friend or relative) so that everyone knows were they are supposed to be at a certain time. Pick a time and pick a place, and communicate that to all of the family members whom you want photos of that they have to be there. If you're expecting guests who aren't particularly fond of one another, for example, divorced parents, inform the photographer in advance as to not create an uncomfortable situation that would be reflected in the photo. If you want to assure that you get photos of elderly family members, or perhaps those with serious health problems, make sure your photographer is informed and can identify them as well.

When at long last the wedding day is upon you, remain flexible. Don't be so set on the type of photographs you think you want as not to allow inspiration to happen. You may want to shoot in a certain location, and perhaps it will rain or for some other reason will not work out. Trust your experienced wedding photojournalist to improvise, giving him or her the room to get inspired in the moment.

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