16 Top Photographers Reveal What Makes a Great Wedding Photo

Wedding Photography

Your wedding day won't last forever but, your photos will. So, to help you capture the most important snaps on your big day, we reached out to 16 of our favorite wedding photographers and asked them to answer one question: What makes a great wedding photo?

To start, our experts say you need to hire the right photographer. After narrowing down candidates, they recommend meeting with the photographer in person or over Skype. After all, you and your groom will spending one of the most important days of your lives with this person. Another way to test drive your frontrunner is by asking him or her to shoot your engagement portraits.

See More: The Secret to Getting Great Wedding Photos

Then, once you hire a photographer, there are a few tips and tricks to remember: First, take your group shots and portraits outside in the morning or just before sunset — it's the best natural lighting. Also, before the reception gets going, make sure to point out the major players to your photographer. (You want to make sure they're shooting the people you really care about, not your sorority sister's plus one all night!)

And contrary to popular belief, sometimes the most picture-perfect moments are in fact planned — asking guests to toss confetti or rose petals when you make your grand exit will make for one fabulous shot.

Click here to see the complete list of expert tips and to see our favorite photographers' best wedding shots!

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