A Cheat Sheet for Every Wedding Photographer’s Mental Health

Precious memories depend on you when you’re a wedding photographer. Help your clients get the best photos of the big day by sharing this photography cheat sheet with them.

Wedding photography can be stressful both for the photographer and the couples, but you can do something about it. Preparation is key, and it’s a team effort. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet is specially designed for that. If you’re looking for some tips to make the job easier for you, this is a visual guide you should definitely share with your clients.

The cheat sheet below was put together by Shutterfly to help couples plan ahead, so the photos of their big day turn out as perfect as possible. Many of the tips here are among the guidelines or suggestions you’d like to pass on to your clients. Whether you’ve just started to build your wedding photography career or you’ve been doing it for years, this could help you explain the do’s and don’ts better.

A good example is setting the timeline both for engagement shoots and the wedding day itself. Wedding photographers have to plan their shoots many months ahead. So it’s important to communicate your schedule and availability clearly as soon as you get inquiries for booking. The suggestions in this cheat sheet can serve as a basis for the timeline reminders you may want to pass on to your booked clients as well.

The cheat sheet also helps give ideas on what the bride and groom can do to make sure you’ll be able to do your job well on the big day. Even the smallest things and mishaps can compound to make the occasion extra challenging for wedding photographers and their team. For example, guests getting in the way of the most important shots during the ceremony and some parts of the reception. You can give a subtle suggestion to the couple to remind guests to put their phones and iPads away, and let you and your team take care of the photos.

Meanwhile, you may also want to check out more of our wedding photography tips, gear recommendations, and inspiration so far!


Cover photo by Cassie Rosch