Tips and Tricks for Photography on Your Wedding Day
On your wedding day, you will naturally want to spend time with your significant other and with the people you love. You shouldn’t need to feel rushed. This is your day. My documentary style will give you plenty of time with each other, your guests and your family while at the same time I will create natural, beautiful images.
Wedding PrEP SUGGESTIONS
1- It's a good idea for the bride's hair and makeup to be done 1 hour before the ceremony. This may seem early but time will fly by and this gives a chance for a bathroom break, last minute adjustments and a sip of champagne.
2- It's nice if individuals helping the bride get ready (mother of the bride/bridesmaids/family) are hair/makeup ready and dressed before the bride puts on her dress. This will ensure everyone is ready for the ceremony on time and the photos will capture people looking their absolute best.
3- It's a great idea for the groom, groomsmen, ushers and his family to arrive at the ceremony venue 20-30 minutes before the ceremony. As guests arrive, he will become busy greeting people and the celebrant/priest/rabbi/officiant may want to speak to him in advance of the ceremony
CANDID AND FORMAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Throughout your entire day, I will be taking a variety of images. I'll get lots of candid and documentary style images of what is happening during your wedding. We can also take "formal" photographs on your wedding day. There are two few different times that we can take these photos: before the wedding service, during cocktail hour or a combination of things. We can come up with a plan before your wedding and if this changes on the day of your wedding, that's no problem!
PHOTOS OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM
On your wedding day we'll take some photos of the two of you. It's ideal to have 20 minutes to get these shots and we will take a variety during this time. If you want to spend even more time taking these photos that’s fantastic! If you decide to do a first look, we should plan on this taking 5-10 minutes.
When I arrive at your wedding venue, I will find a location that I think will work best for these portraits. I am thinking about things like light and background to make the most flattering and memorable photos. If you have ideas on the location, let me know!
If you would like to utilize multiple locations for bridal portraits, consider the travel time, footwear (walking in heels on a beach is tough!), weather and wind. We can always have a few locations in mind and we can add or take away depending on your mood and the weather. I like to stay flexible!
FAMILY AND BRIDAL PARTY PHOTOs
Taking family and bridal party photos is great to way to record those individuals that are important to you. I will usually start (although every wedding is different!) with the immediate family and end with bridal party. Please be sure to let everyone know who is being photographed ahead of time.
For every family and bridal formal group photo, please allow 3 minutes per photo. I find that at the majority of weddings this session will take about 40 minutes. But I’ve shot family photos for 3 hours and some in 10 minutes!
Keep in mind that I can take large family and group pictures later on in the evening on the dance floor. This is a great time to get your college friends, your high school friends or large family photos.
A SAMPLE FORMAL PHOTOGRAPHY LIST
- Bride & Groom w/ Bride’s Parents
- Bride & Groom w/ Bride’s Immediate Family
- Bride & Groom w/ Bride’s Siblings
- Bride & Groom w/ Groom’s Parents
- Bride & Groom w/ Groom’s Immediate Family
- Bride & Groom w/ Grooms’s Siblings
- Bride w/ Bridesmaids
- Groom w/ Groomsmen
- Bride & Groom w/ Entire Wedding Party
- Bride & Groom
- *Additions may include grandparents and aunts/uncles
- Total time: 40 minutes
A FEW EXTRA NOTES
- I usually like to arrive an hour to hour and a half before the bride is finished getting ready. This will give me some time to take detail photos (dress, ring, etc.) and also some shots of the getting ready moments.
- I will send you an online questionnaire to fill out before your wedding. We'll probably exchange a few emails or calls about these details.
- I like to have a final phone call either the week before or the Monday/Tuesday before your wedding. Here we'll confirm final details. 5 minutes will do the trick!