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From the wedding favors, dinner menu, to the champagne flutes you all toast with, planning a wedding can be an immensely, over-the-top affair. There are so many intricate details that go into making a beautiful bride and a handsome groom’s wedding day golden.

There are some decisions that are made without any hesitations; such as your childhood pastor officiating the ceremony or selecting the family-owned corner store bakery to create the cake of your dreams.

However, when it comes to who is selected as the wedding photographer we tend to procrastinate. Why do we procrastinate when the wedding photos are what captures all those details, all those moments?

Well without further ado, below are the top 6 wedding photography mistakes, so that you don’t make them.

  1. Waiting too long to book your photographer.

The best photographers book up months in advance, so if you wait too long your pool of quality photographers will dwindle. A great tip is that when you select your venue, ask if they have a preferred vendors list. That can help point you in the right direction plus the bonus is that they are familiar with shooting at that specific venue.

  1. Hiring different styles of photographer and videographer

If you are going to hire both a photographer and a videographer, make sure they use a similar style. The last thing you want is two different styles of shooting your special day. You want there to be a cohesive look throughout.

  1. Skipping the “First Look” photos.

The superstition that the two of you can not see each other before the wedding is long gone. Do yourself a favor and take “First Look” photos! You will be captured freshly dressed and this frees up more time after the ceremony so you can actually enjoy your cocktail hour with your guests.

  1. Don’t overpose.

Relax and be natural as you don’t want your wedding album filled with staged photos and forced smiles. Just be in the moment and let candids fall into the mix. Your pictures will look genuinely bright and happy without the look of being forced!

  1. Veering off schedule.

Staying on schedule seems like a no-brainer. However, with all that is going on around you, you have to make a cognitive effort to stay on schedule. When you stay on schedule you will make sure to get all the pictures you planned on.

  1. Don’t forget the photographer has to eat too.

This actually goes for all your vendors. Remember that they have been working nonstop to create this magical moment for you and need the energy to get them through the event. When you plan dinner make sure to factor them into your headcount and create a space off to the side so that they can alternate taking a quick break to eat. It will leave them feeling refreshed and energized.

Between enjoying the festivities and dancing, the day or night will fly by. You will have missed so many moments trying to mingle and thank each guest for coming. That is why Lisa Lytton Wedding Photography can create whimsical, precious memories for you and your love that you will treasure for your life together. You can go back and look at the moments you missed and marvel at your amazing day.

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Mike and Nat are a husband and wife photography team based in San Francisco Bay Area. Their relaxed style allows them to capture authentic moments while creating a stress-free experience. Choco Studio photographs weddings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Napa, Sonoma, Carmel, and Monterey.