The Best Tips and Tricks From A Local Jackson Hole Wedding Photographer

bride and groom walking after their diamond cross ranch ceremony. photo taken by local jackson hole wedding photographer adrian wayment.

Jackson, WY holds a special place in so many peoples’ hearts. From the stunning mountains to the fun, Wild West culture, there’s something for every outdoor lover. Growing up in the Mountain West and eventually landing in Jackson has been a true highlight of my life. When preparing for your wedding in Jackson, having a local on your side is advantageous for many reasons. There are so many variables and moving pieces to a Jackson wedding that you are probably overlooking, so it’s crucial to have insight from as many local vendors as possible. If you’re seeking an understated, luxurious wedding weekend experience, look no further. I’ve gathered a collection of tips and tricks for hiring the perfect Jackson Hole wedding photographer.

The Jackson Aesthetic

One important consideration to make is whether you want to celebrate your wedding festivities on a private ranch near Jackson, or whether a boutique hotel would be more of your vibe. Of course there are tons of options available outside those two aesthetics, but nailing down what “look” you want for your wedding day is of upmost importance. After you’ve figured this out, hiring your photographer accordingly is key. Luxury weddings often come with a unique aesthetic, and your photographer should be well-versed in capturing this style. Whether you prefer spontaneous, candid moments or a more posed approach, choose a photographer whose portfolio reflects that look.

bride holding her red drink at her split creek ranch wyoming wedding taken by adrian wayment.

Early Booking

The first and most crucial step is to secure your wedding photographer well in advance. Jackson Hole is a popular destination for weddings (as you probably know), and top-tier vendors have busy schedules. Aim to book your photographer and as many vendors as possible at least 12–18 months in advance to ensure you get your preferred choice. I require that my couples work with a wedding planner (preferably a local one!). I wrote a blog post about my favorite local Jackson Hole wedding planners that discusses more about why hiring a local planner is so important.

Engagement Session with Your Local Jackson Hole Wedding Photographer

Getting a feel for the photographer’s personality and having time to practice in front of the camera is crucial for wedding day success. The connection between you and the photographer is vital, as it will definitely reflect in the final photos. Adding an engagement session into your photography collection will set you and your fiancé up for success, regardless of how comfortable you feel in front of the camera.


A Knowledge of Venues and Lighting

Hire a photographer who is familiar with the venues and locations in Jackson Hole. Knowledge of the best vantage points and lighting conditions can make a significant difference in your wedding photographs. From pre-wedding festivities to the reception, knowing the best lighting at all times of the day and all seasons of the year will be to your advantage when you receive your final gallery.

Trust Your Instincts

Ultimately, choosing a Jackson Hole wedding photographer should be a decision that feels right for you and your partner. Trust your instincts, as you want a photographer who not only captures stunning images but also understands your unique love story and has a personality that you love.

Does Your Jackson Hole Wedding Photographer Offer A Second Shooter/Assistant Photographer?

For a comprehensive coverage of your wedding weekend, opt for a photographer who offers a second shooter or an assistant (I do!). This allows for more angles, additional candid shots, and a wider range of emotions captured.

bride and groom during the ceremony with their guests seated during their jackson hole destination wedding taken by adrian wayment.

Your Jackson Hole Wedding Photographer

Selecting a luxury Jackson Hole wedding photographer is a crucial step in ensuring that your special day is beautifully documented. With a blend of research, communication, and trust in your instincts, you can find the perfect photographer who will capture the elegance and beauty of your Jackson Hole wedding, creating memories to cherish for a lifetime. Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and a talented photographer will ensure it’s remembered with grace and style. These tips and tricks will help you make the right choice and ensure that every moment of your special day is captured in all its elegance. With the perfect photographer by your side, you can look forward to reliving your beautiful wedding for years to come through stunning photographs. Fill out my contact form to inquire! For more helpful Jackson Hole wedding content, check out the blog posts below.


girls dancing with colorful cowgirl hats at a diamond cross ranch wedding taken by adrian wayment.

Photos taken by Adrian Wayment at a Diamond Cross Ranch wedding.