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Today’s couples realize more than ever the importance of wedding photography. Your wedding photos will be with you for the rest of your lives, so it’s only smart to put some time and thought into choosing locations and poses that really reflect your style as a couple and commemorate this very special occasion.

Most photographers have a list of standard poses they take at every wedding, but talk to your photographer about your wedding photo ideas to see what’s possible. Your photographer should let you know what he/she can do as a part of your package and if any requests would be an extra charge.

How to achieve memorable wedding photos from Invitations by Dawn

Now it’s time to get inspired! Here are some ways to generate a good list of wedding photo ideas to bring to your photographer.

• Look through magazines, visit wedding blogs, browse wedding albums from friends and family. Take note of poses, locations and style elements you really like.

• Make a list of special locations and choose which ones you think would make good photo shoot locations (where he proposed, your mother’s garden, your favorite hiking trail, etc.).

• Make a list of people you want to be photographed with. Think beyond family and the wedding party. Are there friends or extended family that you would appreciate a photo with?

• Tell your photographer about poses you don’t want at the same time you present your wedding photo ideas (usually about a month before the wedding). Also tell your photographer of any touchy relationships like divorced parents or friends that you don’t want in photos together.

Wedding photos can take awhile, especially if the people involved aren’t available when the photographer is ready to shoot. Make sure you let everyone know exactly when the photos will begin and where they will be taken. Designate someone to point out friends and family members for the photographer. This will help the process move along quickly. Also, relax. If you have chosen an experienced photographer, they know what they’re doing and how to keep things moving along smoothly and efficiently.