Everyone wants wedding photos that will make their friends and family gasp in awe—photos with perfect composition, stunning scenery, or where you and your spouse look like models. But what does it take to get those stunning images? For starters, you need to find the perfect photographer for you.

Feel relaxed

You want to choose a photographer with experience and skill, as well as albums full of gorgeous photos that you love. But just as important is how comfortable you feel around them. If you feel relaxed while talking to them, chances are you’ll feel relaxed when they’re taking your wedding photos. As a result, your images will look more natural, making for beautiful photos.

Schedule an engagement session

A great way to become more comfortable with your photographer is to have an engagement session. Think of it as a trial run for your wedding day. You have the chance to spend time with your chosen photographer and get more comfortable in front of the camera—and you’ll receive a gallery of gorgeous images too. Many photographers offer engagement sessions as part of their wedding packages, so you should definitely take advantage of the opportunity.

Choose the right venue

As you’re touring potential venues, observe the photographic possibilities of each location. You can even search online for weddings at that venue, so you can take a look at how photos there have looked. Once you’ve chosen a location, talk to your photographer about what you love about the venue, whether it’s the architecture of the building or a hidden shady path, so they can plan your photos accordingly.

Be open to possibility

You’ve hired a professional photographer to capture every moment of your wedding day. Trust them to tell your love story. They may have unique location or pose ideas that may seem crazy to you but will make for amazing images. And you don’t have to be in a field of wildflowers or on the beach to get stunning shots. The best photographers know how to make the most of even an alleyway or a venue parking lot. Let their creativity flow.

Communicate with your photographer

It’s essential to talk to your photographer about your vision for your wedding day and your photos. Tell them what moments you’re looking forward to and what details you want captured. It also helps to talk to your photographer about what you love about your body, so they know the poses that will help you look your best. Your photographer is there to help you achieve your wedding vision, so let them know what you want.

Every bride deserves wedding photos that make her feel beautiful. By choosing the right photographer and being open and honest about your needs, you can ensure that you’ll have gorgeous photos to cherish for years to come.