TIP #1 – We like to get photos of as many details as possible when we first arrive. Our first tip is to have your accessories out and available so we can get creative photographs of them. Have everything from the rings, shoes, dress, bridesmaid’s dresses, garter, bouquets, special jewelry, maybe a special charm from your grandparent or any other special details that is important to you and your big day. This is important for the men’s details as well.
TIP #2 The day always goes by very fast. One minute you are getting ready and all of a sudden you are all dressed, the ceremony is going on and then the last song of the night starts playing. The tip is to just enjoy it all! Be in the moment, expect that things will not always go perfectly, but that is what is beautiful about your wedding. Find time to take a moment with your new spouse and soak in everything that is happening. Your wedding is unique and special, no matter what.
TIP #3 Have someone keep any eye out that everything is tucked, strapped and buttoned correctly throughout the day. Get someone trustworthy and close to you like a bridesmaid or groomsmen to make sure you are all dialed in. From all the movement of the day, you might not realize that your hair has come unpinned, that funny strap in your dress snuck it’s way out, or your button became undone. When we are photographing quickly, in the moment, it may not be noticed until later that this tiny detail just wasn’t “right.” Have someone close to you, not shy away from giving you a quick “fix.”
TIP #4 The best natural lighting is either early in the morning or toward the end of the day. If we end up using the last light of the day for portrait photos of you both, that is ideal. We realize this is not always possible. There are still many ways to achieve great photos by putting you in shaded areas, bringing you indoors and putting your backs to the sun. All that along with using bounce light and a flash we will be ready for anything. Keep in mind while creating your timeline when the sunsets, if it is possible to get your portraits done within that beautiful, golden hour..
TIP #5 Let us know anytime if there is something you absolutely need a photo of. We are on it and are constantly looking for meaningful images throughout the day. There may be something that we would not know about so feel free to tell anything that you must have. That can be before the day of the wedding or even if it is something you think of right there on the spot – like getting a photo of you and your college buddies together, or that embroidered handkerchief your grandpa gave you. Let’s not leave anything out!
TIP #6 How your ceremony should be set up is a question we get a lot. How should you be facing for the best lighting if it is an outdoor ceremony? It’s not always possible to change the direction, but if at all when you can have a say in it, we suggest that the sun is not directly in your faces. If you can have the sun be behind the officiant, that is typically the best.
TIP #7 During the reception we suggest taking a lap around to say hello to all of your guests at their tables. It’s so unfortunate when someone travels a long way to see you and they don’t end up in a photo with you.
TIP #8 During the reception, sometimes we can get away for an extra 5-10 minutes to get a few more photos of you both. Sometimes it’s during the sunset or maybe a cool, back-lit photo in the dark. This tip is to keep those quick 5-10 minutes in mind if you want to get a few more beautiful portrait photos.
TIP #9 Big group shots are always fun, but you just need to remember that getting that big group photo is going to have to be set up, which takes time. The most ideal times to get these photos are right after the ceremony or at the beginning of the reception where everyone is in the same spot, focused on you, where we can grab their attention quickly to squeeze in for the big group shot.
TIP #10 Family portraits can be a smooth process if everyone in the family is prepared. It’s like that saying, “herding cats.” As much as we love our families, it can be difficult to ensure everyone is where they need to be, when they need to be there. During a typical wedding day, there is a time allotment for everything. To make sure we capture everyone within the scheduled time frames, we’ve put together a few pointers to take (most of) the stress away!Trust us, you’ll thank us later!
Make sure you notify all family members that you want to get photos with. Let them know when and where the family photos location will be.
Put someone with a nice, loud voice in charge – like a family member or friend. Be aware that we usually have around 45 minutes to an hour to get family photos, wedding party photos and couples photos. If we set aside 15-20 minutes with family photos then we are on perfect schedule to get the rest of the portrait photos during cocktail hour.
As we are sure you are aware, fall and winter weddings tend to have shorter hours of sunlight. We recommend getting the family photos done earlier, before the ceremony if possible so we have to optimal amount of sunlight and can focus on the two of you after your nuptials.
The typical order that we suggest photographing the family is starting with immediate family – parents, grandparents, siblings and any children with the couple. As soon as we are finished we these, we can focus on the wedding party and then all eyes on just the two of you!
TIP #11 Toasts during the reception are great, some really emotional and funny moments typically happen then. Our tip is to have the person that is toasting stand as close to you as possible. We want to see the interaction of you with that person. If they are sitting across the room from you or 20 feet away from you, it’s hard to capture that connection.
TIP #12 Portrait hour is usually during the cocktail hour. During this time, we are the most hands on – helping it all go smooth while keeping it fun. The typical order is to get the immediate family photos done. We will spend around 15-20 minutes with family photos at one location that is close and easy to access for everyone. After we are done, the family is dismissed so they can head over to the cocktail hour. Then we spend another 15 to 20 minutes with the couple and the wedding party for some fun group photos. Then they are dismissed to head to cocktail hour while we spend the rest of our time getting fun and romantic photos with just the couple. We have a good system to get through all these portrait photos. If you have more time cut out for all these images that is great!
MORE TIPS TO COME! THIS PAGE IS ALWAYS BEING UPDATED WITH NEW TIPS TO HELP BRING AWARENESS TO BRIDES AND GROOMS OR ANYONE PLANNING A WEDDING. THESE ARE OUR TIPS AND THEY ARE TO HELP MAKE YOUR DAY EVEN MORE SPECIAL. BEST TIP OF ALL NO MATTER WHAT IS THAT THIS IS YOUR UNIQUE DAY AND AT THE END OF THE DAY IT’S ABOUT CELEBRATING YOUR LOVE AND CONNECTION. WE ONLY WANT TO CAPTURE IT ALL FOR YOU SO YOU CAN CHERISH YOUR UNIQUE DAY FOREVER. -IMAGE IN LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY
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