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Capturing the moment

Follow these tips to get incredible photos of your big day

By Lisa Tilley

Photography is one of the most important investments you can make in your wedding. After the last piece of cake has been consumed and the DJ has played his last song, you will have your memories of your big day, which are captured and immortalized in your wedding photos.

Here’s how to ensure you have amazing snaps that last a lifetime:

1. Make sure your style matches your wedding photographer’s.

If you like those moody wedding photos, hire someone who shoots and edits in that style. If you prefer a more classic approach, find a photographer with a more clean, straightforward style.

2. Pick a professional who can shoot in all lighting situations.

While you may be planning an outdoor ceremony and reception, the weather may have other plans. Make sure your photographer is proficient with flash or other alternate light modifiers for those darker indoor situations.

3. Check that your photographer has backup equipment.

Let’s face it; things happen. Cameras fail. Batteries die. Ask your photographer about bringing backup equipment so he or she can keep shooting despite unforeseen circumstances.

4. Talk to your photographer about your timeline before sending invitations.

Communication is key. You can discuss the best light for an outdoor ceremony, or outdoor portraits. Talk to him or her about whether or not you want to do a first look, and come up with a realistic schedule to ensure you have time to get all the pictures you desire.

Above all, enjoy your day — and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Lisa Tilley is photographer/owner at Tilley Photography. Reach her at

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