Your Wedding Day
We know how important your wedding day is to you and we want to exceed your expectations! Please take a minute and read these
10 tips that will help you to get the best out of your wedding photography.
1. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! IF YOU HAVE A GREAT IDEA FOR A SHOOTING LOCATION, WE WANT TO HEAR IT!
2. FACE THE CROWD TOGETHER- GUEST LIKE TO SEE A SHARED LAUGH OR TEAR.
3. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION IS AN IDEAL WAY TO GET TO KNOW ME AND BECOME MORE COMFORTABLE IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA.
4. DON’T EXPERIMENT WITH MAKEUP AND ALWAYS START SKIN TREATMENTS A FEW WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR WEDDING DAY.
5. THE MINI-SHOT LIST. IF THERE ARE ANY PARTICULAR SHOTS YOU WANT, FEEL FREE TO TELL US!
6. PLAN ALONE TIME. 20-30 MINUTES FOR THE BRIDE & GROOM’S PORTRAIT SESSION.
7. PLAN YOUR FORMALS. WE PREFER; 20-30 MINS. FOR BRIDE AND GROOM (ALONE), 30 MINS. WITH BRIDAL PARTY AND 30 MINS. WITH FAMILY.
8. SHARE THE RULES – IF THERE ARE ANY CHURCH RESTRICTIONS PLEASE LET US KNOW UP-FRONT. TO RESPECT THE CHURCH RULES, WE HAVE TO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE.
9. DON’T SAY “CHEESE.” THE BEST MOMENTS ARE UNPLANNED AND WE’LL BE THERE TO CAPTURE THEM.
10. TRUST IN ME. YOU HIRED US BECA– USE YOU TRUST US AND WE PROMISE TO DO OUR BEST. TRUST US TO COVER ALL THE PHOTOGRAPHY DETAILS AND ENJOY YOUR DAY.
10 tips on your wedding day full version Location, location, location. If you have a great idea for a shooting location on your wedding day, we want to hear it! Experiencing a diverse location can be a great way to spend time with your bridal party. Consider rustic or urban textures to compliment classic views such as a scenic river or trees. Face the crowd.
During the ceremony, face the people you love. If you intend to sit during your ceremony, sit together, not apart. Intimate moments between the bride and groom are difficult to capture when separated. If possible, choose to face the crowd or at least face them at an angle. Guests like to see a shared laugh or tear. We also want to capture those moments for you.
Just imagine the joy of your wedding day looking out and seeing for the first time lots of family and friends all gathered together in one place at one time, which rarely happens. Also, having your own mental snapshot of your occasion can be priceless. Practice makes perfect. If you want great wedding photographs, knowing & connecting with your photographer goes a long way. An engagement session gives you a chance to get to know me and become more comfortable in front of a camera. Unless you are a model, chances are the last time you had a professional photo taken was in those old school photos.
Don’t experiment with makeup. Skin treatments or a facial the week of the wedding may not make your skin glow, as your skin needs recovery time. Start skin treatments a few weeks prior to your wedding day. Professional makeup should be planned ahead of time to avoid unhappy surprises before the big day. The anti-shot list. If there are any particular shots you want, feel free to tell us. We work for you and want you to be happy with your images. We prefer not to photograph from a “shot list” throughout your wedding day, as long lists and frequent requests for posed photographs reduce the capability to explore and obtain photographs of genuinely occurring moments. That being said, we do have a mini-shot list in our head including: bride & groom, b & g with bride’s extended family, b & g with groom’s extended family, bridal party together, bride with bridesmaids, groom with groomsmen.
We also plan to photograph the little details throughout the day. You may want to designate an “event guide” to point out important individuals for informal or candid photographs. Plan alone time. Thoughtfully plan your day in advance, including 20-30 minutes of bride & groom alone time for your portrait session. Private sessions also allow for greater creativity, minimize disruptions, and better enable us capture the intimacy of being newly married. Plan your formals. Even if you have your heart set on not seeing each other until the ceremony, photographing the bulk of the family & group formals before ceremony is one ingredient for a smooth wedding day. If that surprise of not seeing each other until the ceremony is imperative for you (which creates a unique emotional moment for the camera), plan on getting your bridal party formals done first. We prefer about an hour and a half for portraits, including 20-30 minutes with bride & groom alone, 30 minutes with bridal party, and 30 minutes with family. Share the rules. Please let us know up-front any church restrictions.
To respect church rules, we have to know what they are. Don’t ‘Say Cheese.’ My style is journalistic, which means I am with you during your wedding day and photograph actions in real time. Many people are surprised to learn that they don’t have to look at the camera to get great shots. To photograph natural shots, I prefer to blend in and be unobtrusive. Preparing friends and family with that in mind will go a long way in making them feel more comfortable and they won’t be compelled to “smile.” Let kids be kids during the event, event though parents plead them to “say cheese.” Kids do the darndest things at weddings. Trust in Me. You hired us because you trust us and we promise to do our best. Trust us to cover all the photography details so you do not have to worry. Above all, we want you to enjoy your day.