Published by Sam, Editor - January 7, 2016

You may have booked your wedding photographer and all set for the big day, however there are a few things that you should bare in mind to ensure you don’t ruin your wedding photos.

1. Don’t be a director

You have hired a professional wedding photographer to do what they do best, to do what they have years of experience in doing, so let them do what they do best. Don’t give your photography a long list of photos you want, be it you with family members, your mum and dad, then with your sisters etc etc.


Don’t tell your photographer you want photos down on the little bridge in the grounds, and then on the steps in front of the venue, let your photography find the best spots, let your photographer direct and just relax and go with the flow. They may have shot before at your venue and may already know some great little spots for that perfect photo. You hired them to do this, so let them do it.

2. Cables & Microphones

Be it inside or out, you may have a microphone and sound system set up so everyone can hear, this is fine, however try to ensure that it is discreetly set up, you don’t need to see it, just be able to hear it. So try and hide those speakers out the way, or at least so that they are out of shot. Your photography will do all they can to ensure they are not in shot, but if they are directly behind you while you are saying your vows, it is a little tricky to not include them. The same can be said with cables and cords, keep them out the way, if they are going to be there try and cover them up, be it running them under carpet or between chairs so they don’t stand out.

3. Your Guests

That’s right, all the people you love and want to be there on your special day can also ruin your wedding photos, how? iPhones, iPads, Cameras, selfie sticks, not only are your friends and family there, but also all their gadgets and tech too!


Consider having an unplugged wedding, where you ask your guests to refrain from using their phones and cameras during the ceremony as you have hired a professional wedding photographer. Remind them that they will be able to see all your photos online and that you will let them know. Check out our article here on Unplugged Weddings: Put Down your Freakin’ Phones!

4.  Tan Lines

Depending on when your wedding is you and your bridesmaids may have recently been away on holiday, however you don’t want your photos ruined by strap lines and tan lines on group and portrait shots. You want yourself and your bridesmaids all looking beautiful, not like a lobster with extreme tan lines.

5. Pocket Bulge

Tan lines maybe more for the girls but when it comes to the guys they seem to like to carry everything around with them in their pockets. Keys, wallets and phones! Are they really needed on your wedding day? Do not let wedding photos get ruined by the pocket bulge. Ensure all guys have empty pockets, leave keys and wallets in a safe or at home.

6. Food

I’m not sure anyone looks good while eating, however no one looks good with food down them. When selecting food choices make sure you bare in mind the day. If you are having n outdoor relaxed wedding instead of a formal sit down meal, ensure the food is easy to eat, burgers are great, just make sure the toppings don’t fallout and down the grooms crisp white shirt.

So there we have it, 6 things to consider and think about to ensure you don’t ruin your wedding photos, have we missed any?

Your Thoughts - 2 Comments

  1. Nice article. The gadgets thing is a tough one… sometimes guests play ball and sometimes they just can’t help hiding behind their phones. When I’m a guest at a wedding I don’t even take a camera, I just like to use my eyes and take it all in – no distractions. There’s a photographer their so I let them do what they got to do.

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