How to Get the Most Out of Your Wedding Photography
Plan your day wisely.
The day of your wedding can be a stressful time. There are lots of things to do and details to worry about. The key to being able to relax and enjoy the day is to schedule LOTS of down time. You want to make sure that you and your attendants have plenty of time to get ready. If you choose to go to a salon or have a stylist come to your home, just make sure to allow plenty of time for each appointment. PLAN to spend time before your ceremony just hanging out with your attendants and loved ones! All of our packages include coverage of the bride and groom getting ready. When you allow yourself lots of time, you can relax, have fun and enjoy the process. We are certain you will end up with photos that you really love!
It’s all in the details.
While you are getting ready, your photographers will be busy capturing special moments between you and your loved ones. Not only that, but this time also presents the perfect opportunity to document all of the details you have spent so much time preparing for. Make sure to have your rings, shoes, dress and other details available to photograph while you are preparing for your big moment!
Look for the light.
The location that you choose for getting ready will have a big impact on what kinds of photos you will end up with. Photos taken in low light areas can be dark and sometimes even grainy. To get the best photos, you will want to choose a well lit room with at least some natural lighting from a door or window. Having a floor length mirror available will help you in the process of getting ready and can also be a great resource for some taking unique shots and making a small area look larger. If your location doesn’t have one, just ask and we can bring one along!
Consider seeing each other before the ceremony.
For many years, tradition has dictated that the bride and groom were not to see each other before the ceremony. Though this is a nice idea, when it all comes down to it, it’s not very practical. The modern bride and groom have a choice to make about how they envision their first meeting. Picture this: a quite meeting in a secluded place. The groom closes his eyes and waits until he hears the voice of his bride-to-be, calling his name as she comes to meet him. And then he opens his eyes to see her for the first time – even more beautiful then he had imagined. As your photographers, we would quietly observe this meeting, shooting with a long lens in an effort to keep your moment as private as possible. You will have about 15 minutes uninterupted before we join you for more formal portraits. This will likely be some of the few private moments you will get to share in the course of this busy day. When you wait to see each other during the ceremony, your first moments together will be with an audience of people watching. As soon as the ceremony ends, you will probably be tempted to rush through the portraits to get to the reception, worrying about keeping your guests waiting. When you take care of most of your photos in advance, you can relax, enjoy your ceremony and then head straight to the party!
Forget that you’re being photographed!
The best photos are the ones that depict real moments between real people. The key to great wedding photographs is to be your-self and forget that the camera is there! Let the real you shine through and we will be sure to capture it. Your wedding day is one of the most special and memorable days of your life and you should be cherishing every minute of it, not worrying about posing for a bunch of pictures. There will be some moments when we will tell you where to stand and whether to look at the camera or not, but for the most part, our job is to capture you experiencing your day together.