3 Ways to Communicate the Vision of your Wedding Day with Your Photographer

We can’t wait to share this blog with you! It’s from one of our favorite wedding photographers in Brookings, SD. It’s from Erica Schuster at Erica Lynn Photography. Read on!


Every bride and groom want their wedding day to be everything they dreamed of and more; beautiful weather and sunshine, smiles on the faces of family and friends, a flawless ceremony, and a memorable first dance of a lifetime. Your photographer wants to be there to capture all of these things. I know that I certainly do. As a photographer, being able to recreate and remember your wedding day with photos from beginning to end is one of the most rewarding professions.

Here are some wedding and engagement photography tips that I want to share with you that could help make your photos the best they can possibly be:

  1. Set aside some time before the week of the wedding to communicate and get on the same page with your photographer. When I come to a wedding, I have a set list of photos that I will always capture: couple, bridal party, immediate family, extended family, etc. However, if there are specific images or poses you have in mind or photos that you love, don’t be afraid to send them my way. I love expanding my knowledge and creativity — and what better way than to try new things with my clients?!
  2. Communicate with your photographer on picture locations. Many people think sunlight is going to create the best photos and lighten the scenery in the best of ways. For many photographers and certainly myself, that is not the case. When providing locations that you enjoy and want photographed, consider lighting and the time of day because it will make a world of difference. When I arrive the morning of a wedding, I always make it a point to scope out the venue and surrounding areas. I will always be able to create the best images with overcast or in shaded areas. Sunlight can be used very creatively to produce some amazing images; however, many times people don’t take into consideration that it creates larger issues such as shadowing, squinting, overly lit faces, shininess, etc. I am always willing to try the locations you provide and anything you are looking for, but I promise to produce the best outcome under the circumstances that I know best with the suggestions that I can offer you.
  3. Put the stress and work in your photographer’s hands. You hired them for a reason, and therefore you have the right to entrust them with your photos. I have been so very blessed to work with the most wonderful brides and grooms who have allowed me to take care of everything they ask for and capture moments in the way that I know best with the strengths that I possess. There are learning curves to every photography experience, but that is what makes photos unique and exclusively your own.

I would love to be a part of your special day. If you have any questions regarding pricing details, picture openings, or any other inquiries, please don’t hesitate and feel free to contact me through any of these outlets:

Website: ericalynnphotography.net

Email: erica.schuster@jacks.sdstate.edu

Facebook page: Erica Lynn Photography

Phone: 605-216-6679

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