1. BRIDE AND GROOM PREP
If you want bridal and groom prep photos, it is best to start your photography earlier. We generally need 1 – 2 hours to capture these moments. This is the time we capture shots of your dress, shoes, and other wedding details. It is also a great time to get shots of the groom with his groomsmen and the bride with her bridesmaids. We can always extend your coverage for additional hours later in the evening, but we can’t go back and get shots from earlier in the day
2. FIND A ROOM WITH NATURAL LIGHT
When deciding on where you will be getting ready, try to find a room with ample natural lighting and large windows. Window and interior lights have slightly different colors and while you may not notice it, when they mix together it can cause color imbalances with your photos. We do everything we can to minimize this, but the best way to ensure even lighting is to find a room with plenty of natural lighting.
3. KEEP IT TIDY
Try to keep your room as uncluttered as possible. If you can, store all the unnecessary things in another room. Not only does this allow us more room to move around, but it will also keep distracting items out of the background.
4. DO A FIRST LOOK
Will you be doing a first look? Many couples choose to do a first look before the ceremony. This is a great way to get some intimate portraits together before things get too hectic.
5. CONSIDER THE TIME OF DAY
If you are having an outdoor wedding, consider the time of day when your ceremony takes place. If the sun is directly overhead during midday, it can create unflattering shadows on your face. The ideal time when the sun gives more flattering results is an hour or two before sunset.
6. SMILE DOWN THE AISLE
As you are walking down the aisle, try to remember to look up and smile for the camera!
7. DON’T COVER THE RING
Capturing the ring exchange can be difficult if you cover the rings with your hands. Try to position your hands so we can get a clear shot of the rings.
8. HOLD THE KISS
When it comes time for the kiss, remember that this is your wedding. A little PDA is to be expected, so please hold your kiss for a few extra seconds and enjoy the moment! While we are always prepared, extra time for photos is appreciated and lets us make sure we nail the shot.
9. FAMILY PHOTOS
Budget at least 30 minutes for family photos, especially if you have a large family. Because we may not have met everyone in your family, it is always helpful if there is someone appointed to identify and gather the family members for group photos. Giving that person the shot list to group people together allows us to focus on taking your pictures, make sure we have ample time, and that we do not leave anyone out. The best time for family photos is usually immediately following your ceremony because everyone should already be gathered together. One tip that has worked well is to ask your officiant to make an announcement for family members to remain for photos immediately following the ceremony. Everyone else can enjoy the cocktail hour while we take your pictures.
10. CREATIVE PHOTOS
For your creative photos, the more time we have the better. We generally need at least an hour with you to make sure we are getting the best possible results. If you want photos at a different location, take travel time into consideration. A great time for creative photos is right before sunset. This will give us the ideal lighting and sunsets make for a fantastic backdrop.