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Everyone says your wedding goes by so fast, you’re lucky if you get a chance to eat. After all the time, money, and effort you put into planning and organizing your perfect day, it seems a shame to not get a chance to enjoy every aspect. Of course, no one is capable of witnessing every detail as it happens, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to freeze those special moments in time to review later? Either days after your wedding or years down the road when the memories aren’t as fresh. These wedding photography tips will help you get the most from your day.

In a survey done by online registry site, Zola of over 750 newly-engaged and newly-wed couples, we found they think so too! Turns out 22% of couples wish they’d spent more on a photographer and out of the top 10 elements couples said made their day truly unforgettable, photography was voted number two. So if you’re in the process of planning your wedding and trying to determine what you truly need and what you can maybe go without, we encourage you to take note of a few tips we’d like to share. To help you understand why photography is not something to skimp on and how to get the absolute most out of your experience!

Less Work For You

With 12 years of experience and over 300 weddings in our back pocket, we know how to capture your most intimate moments. We know the shots to take, where we need to be at the right time, and with there being two of us, we know how to capture each and every angle of your day. Rather than working with a friend or family member whom you may have to direct or worry they missed something when you hire a professional you can focus on enjoying yourself and trusting they will be fully focused on you.

Wedding Photography Tips for Best Results

You only get one chance to authentically capture your wedding day. You and your partner’s reaction to seeing each other for the first time, your grandparents on the dance floor, and every other detail that makes your day so special, will be documented and edited to a quality you can barely believe. Professional photography is more than just a fancy camera. It’s a gift of understanding people through their happiest moments and packaging those moments up in a way that allows you to relive them again and again.


There are so many moving parts in a wedding that it can be easy to lose yourself in the moment and mess up the schedule of your day. Fortunately, this is something an experienced photographer has had a lot of experience in. Often times in weddings without planners, photographers will act as a stand-in event manager. Designing a customized timeline for the day to give the couple the experience they want and ensuring they’re getting the best-timed shots.

So by now hopefully we’ve made our case as to why hiring a great photographer is so important for your wedding. Now let’s dive into a few quick tips to make sure you get the experience and the photos you want!
Wedding Photography Tips for Couples


Timing is everything when it comes to wedding planning, so you don’t want to book too early and you certainly don’t want to book too late. The best photographers get snatched up quickly, especially if you’re planning a wedding during peak dates. So if you can, we recommend securing your photographer 9-12 months before the big day. This allows you a better chance of getting who you want on the date you need, and plenty of time to consult with your photographer to make sure you both have the same vision for your day. So if you’re in the process of planning your wedding and trying to determine what you truly need and what you can maybe go without, we encourage you to take note of a few tips we’d like to share.


Once again, photography isn’t something you want to skimp on. If you reduce the budget on your cake or seating cards, hardly anyone will notice and they certainly won’t remember in a week. However, if you choose to save money on photography and purchase the smallest package you will notice and you’ll probably regret it. Talk with your photographer about the details of your wedding and what’s most important to you to create the best package that will ensure you get all the photos you want without blowing your budget.


Your photographer is there entirely for you, their whole goal for the day is to make sure everything runs smoothly and that you get the results you want. Achieving this goal relies highly on communication, so don’t be afraid to share your thoughts. We want to hear them! If you have a vision in mind of how you want to look in your photos or a preference of what part of the day to focus more on, let us know.

We hope you find these wedding photography tips are helpful and that it relieves of a little bit of stress in this step of your planning process. Remember, your day will be as magical as you make it and we can’t wait to be a part of it!

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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.