This post if directed to my lovely clients. Thank you for allowing and trusting me to photograph your wedding day! Chances are that you have hired me because you admire the photographs I create. Every image you see throughout my social media accounts and website was created with intent. Rather than firing away my shutter button and hoping to get a good shot, I take the time to compose and create GREAT shots. Don’t get me wrong, your fleeing candid moments are captured also, but to achieve the look of; fine art elegance; naturally posed portraits; and carefully styled detail shots, you will need to follow these 6 tips.
Your Bridal Suite
There is no better way to ensure beautifully lit photographs of you and your bridesmaids getting ready, drinking mimosas in matching robes and sharing the anticipation of the wedding day than choosing a bridal suite that is equipped with many windows, providing great natural light.
bonus tip: Wedding days can be messy, be sure to have your getting ready space neat and tidy when your photographer arrives to avoid distractions in photos.
Organize your Details
Many brides are inspired by detail photographs that they see from their favorite photographers and blogs but can be unaware of how much effort goes into creating these perfectly styled photographs. If you love detail shots allocate at least 60 minutes of time for them to be created. To help your photographer with the process be sure to have your invitation suite, jewelry (don’t forget both sets of rings), signature perfume, shoes, wedding dress and additional heirlooms gathered neatly into one place. This way when the photographer has arrived to your getting suite they can begin photographing them right away!
bonus tip: ask your florist to provide you with left over flowers from your bouquet. This way they can be incorporated into your detail photographs.
A First Look
If you are open to seeing each other before the ceremony a first look is the perfect choice for you. There are many pros to choosing to do a first look: to calm wedding day jitters, to photograph in the daylight, your hair and make up will be at its best and it’s also a really special moment for just the two of you! I have never had a bride regret doing a first look!
Take Portraits before the ceremony
Scheduling as many of your formal portraits such as bridal party, bride and groom photos and family portraits before the ceremony allows for you all to be able to enjoy cocktail hour and mingle with all of guest, rather than be swept away for 60-90 minutes. Also, capturing candids of guests congratulating you as newlyweds is priceless. When a couple chooses to have their family formals and bridal party photos taken after the ceremony it is very rare that I am unable to capture these fleeing moments.
Give Yourselves an Hour
When my clients choose to build in a solid hour for their bride and groom portraits we are able to go beyond the traditional photos and create creative magic. Giving yourself this time means that we can photograph in multiple locations and not feel rushed. Really, allowing yourself and your photographer adequate time to create is key to achieving amazing photographs.
An Unplugged Ceremony
Politely asking your guests (delegate this task to your planner or officiant) to keep their cell phones on silent and put away whilst attending your ceremony will be a wise choice. There is nothing worse than a bride walking down the isle only to have the grooms view blocked by an excited friend in the aisle with a cell phone to their face. Explain to your guest that you have hired a professional photographer so that they are able to be present and witness the moment in real time.
Have an Engagement Session
Choosing to have an engagement session prior to your wedding day will allow you to get a sense of how it feels to work with your photographer and what to expect on your wedding day. After I photograph my clients engagement session I feel as if we’re friends and it makes the wedding day that much better! Another great thing about having an engagement shoot is that we won’t be working on a strict timeline meaning you are able to get creative with your location, outfits and styling.
Are you finding these tips useful? Comment below or message me with any questions!