Advice: How To Take Great Wedding Photos

We get quite a bit of emails here at the Austin Wedding Blog from planning brides wanting to know what they can do to improve their wedding photography. Great question, so we asked a local Austin pro to chime in. Today’s guest blog post comes to us from the wonderful Nadine over at Nadine Photography and covers the topic of how to make it easy for your wedding photographer to take great photographs on your wedding day. Enjoy the tips!

The timing of the wedding is essential. In the end, what makes a great photograph is great light. And you can either artificially make light, or you can use the sun to paint a lovely soft glow on you. As a natural light photographer, I definitely prefer the sun. If you can choose the time for your outdoor ceremony, go for 1-2 hours before sunset. If you’ve an indoor ceremony, have it earlier, so that the family formals and bride/groom portraits can happen an hour before sunset. Texas has a 2 hour window of “golden hour”, when the sun is the most flattering for outdoor pictures, and that’s the two hours before sunset.
Here’s a website where you can find sunset times:


Some brides like dress shots. You may want to consider getting a nice hanger to display it, instead of the wire hanger or cardboard body form it comes with.

If you’ve family members who are photographers, consider asking them to be aware of the professional photographer’s line of sight. For example, a lot of churches restrict the professional photographers from using flash, or being too close to the altar. However, family members and guests are generally not told this rule. So when guests jump in the middle of the aisle with their camera trying to photograph you, they’re blocking the photographer’s line of sight. And for something like the first kiss that can only last for a few seconds, the photographer might not have enough time to scramble to a new vantage point. So now the only photograph of the first kiss you have was taken by a guest with his point and shoot, and he forgot where he downloaded it to.


Kiss longer during the first kiss 🙂

Before hiring a photographer, study their work carefully. That’s the style your wedding photographs will come out in. I favor a natural, unposed, photo-journalistic style, and the photographs I deliver will be different from someone who does more traditional wedding photography. Don’t hire a photographer and ask them to change their style. Because even if they did, it wouldn’t be to your liking. Always ask to see the proofs from a full wedding. So you’re not seeing just the best work they have on their website, but all the pictures that are taken throughout a single wedding day.


For the large groups of family photographs, list out all the family groupings you want. Provide this list to the photographer and a contact person that knows who to hunt down and when.

Have fun, and relax. I know, everyone keeps telling you this. But do it for the sake of the photographs. It’s hard to photoshop out a frown.


Great advice. Thank you Nadine!
Nadine is the owner of Nadine Photography. She specializes in natural light, documentary and unobtrusive wedding photography. To see more of her work, visit her website.
  • Thanks for the amazing advice! Now everyone will be ready for their own wedding photoshoots!

  • Very good advice…… 🙂

  • Eric

    Great info and tips! Love the snow pic

  • thanks for the really helpful info, but what about the other things during the wedding? some photographers are asked to take photos of the reception area, the tables, gifts, cakes… pretty much the non living things, i often see this on the first part of the album, so how can i give it a professional touch?

  • Ann

    Thanks for linking to that website that has the sunrise and sundown for Austin. We might have an evening wedding instead of a mid-day wedding.