In terms of photography, that is.
Of course your photographer will capture a bit of everything, that's why we're there! So this isn't about picking and choosing what you want photographed, this is about preparation to get the MOST out of everything that WILL be photographed.
Wedding photographers are flexible and quick on their feet because all weddings throw curve balls. That being said, how can we work together to create the best images for you so your collection is gorgeous beginning to end? 4 tips below!
Getting ready & anticipation images
These are the beautiful candid shots of a bride putting her veil on or adding the last touch of lipstick. These are the touching photos of the groom opening the gift from his bride-to-be or tying his tie.
To make the most of these, clear out the space! Find yourself a room to get ready in that won't have distracting neon green walls. Don't get me wrong, all the items you need to prepare that day will add to the story and are totally fine. A pile of dirty clothes in the corner? Not so much.
And, as always, consider the lighting. Find a space with a great window or 2. Photographers aren't afraid to escort you outdoors to get the perfect shot if necessary.
Formal family portraits
In all honesty, formal family portraits can sometimes be chaotic. Your family is there to celebrate, relax and throw back a few so the family portraits may not be their focus.
You'll find yourself needing 3 things to power through family formals: a list of all the combinations of people, a trusted friend who can put a face to a name (to gather everyone on the list when its their turn) and, lastly, time. Depending on how long your list is, 30 min to an hour should work just fine!
It seems like a given that you and your new spouse will take plenty of couples portraits after you get hitched. Something often forgotten though? Actually scheduling in time to take these photos, especially if you want to adventure out a bit for scenery! Time will fly on our wedding day, be sure to have a minimum of 30 minutes scheduled in with your photographer to capture moments of just you 2 right after family formals.
Other options to consider? Build in time before the ceremony with a romantic first-look or schedule a day after session where you can hit any location you choose!
Did you splurge on special wedding shoes? Are you carrying an heirloom from your grandmother with you? Did you spend hours and hours creating the perfect invitation suite?
Tell your photographer in advance! As the day rushes by, it's easy to forget to mention these things. If your photographer has a list of must-have shots ahead of time, you'll be all set. Have them easily accessible too!
Ok, that's it! Your day is going to be beautiful, prepare a bit in advance so you can simply enjoy it all when it comes.