You hired your wedding photographer so that you can relax, be present and let your day unfold naturally. We are here so you can live in the moment and have beautiful photos to look back on for years to come.
After months of preparation and hundreds of hours of meticulous planning, your wedding day will finally come — then it will be over. If time flies when you’re having fun, it travels at light speed on the big day. You will want to remember it forever and one of the best ways to do that is to have good documentation.
Whether photography or videography or both, your creative team is there to capture every tender moment as the day goes whipping by. As wedding days are almost always hectic and sometimes stressful, why add to the pile? This guide is a way to ensure that you get the maximum quality out of your wedding photos while also reducing some of the stresses that brides tend to encounter on wedding day. Simply by considering the following ideas, tips, and tricks, you can put the camera to the back of your mind and enjoy your special day.
Plan your wedding day
- Think about what shots are important to you. You can never share enough information with your photographer. The more info we have the better we will be able to encapsulate your vision and capture it.
- If you are having a large wedding keep your photographer in the loop in regards to your timeline. The sooner we get a comprehensive timeline of the day, the better. It allows us to mentally prepare for the day and to build our own strategy.
- Hire a wedding coordinator. Wedding coordinators can be instrumental to keeping everything together on the day of the wedding. They will execute your timeline, wrangle guests for photos and activities, and most importantly, make sure the ceremony flows perfectly. Coordinators can take a huge load of stress off of your shoulders and allow you to better enjoy your day. If you need wedding coordinator recommendations feel free to reach out and I will be more than happy to help!
- Get together a shot list of family members you would like to have in the family photos. The post ceremony pictures can be hectic with everything that is going on, especially if you have a lot of family members that you would like pictures with. A shot list can be a good way to keep everyone in mind. It also never hurts to recruit a friend to help you wrangle together and organize the people on the list day of. The aforementioned coordinator can help with that duty as well.
- Make sure to set aside “family time” between the ceremony and family photos. Directly after the ceremony, you will be bombarded by family and friends all waiting to hug and congratulate you. Providing an actual set timeframe for this will not only allow you to enjoy the moment, it also allows your creative team to get set up for the ensuing family and bridal party photos.
- Schedule the post-ceremony photos during the best lighting. The post-ceremony photos are some of the most important shots of the day, especially the ones of just the two of you. Therefor, the closest you can time this session to the hour before sunset the better.
- When forming your timeline, it is always a good idea to leave plenty of wiggle room. If you have ever been in a wedding before, you know that things hardly ever adhere perfectly to plan. Events go long. People run late. Anything can happen. Leaving fifteen to twenty minutes between each event can make the day run so much smoother and help you avoid that rushing around feeling.
- Plan enough time for hair and makeup. When it comes to making you look perfect for the big moment, hair and makeup artists are very fastidious. The process can take longer than you expect to complete. Setting aside ample time for this part of the day will make sure you do not have to cut into other portions or deviate from your timeline. I would suggest consulting with your hair and makeup artist to be sure on how long you will need to alot and if you can allow for a little extra time (just in case) I highly suggest it!
- Mind your tan lines. If you like to spend a lot of time in the sun or if you go to the tanning salon, pay extra attention to avoiding tan lines that will be exposed by your wedding dress. Tan lines and low-cut dresses simply do not mix well with photos. Be sure to wear sunscreen when enjoying outdoor activities in the months leading up to the wedding. This is especially important if your date is in the late summer or fall after the majority of sun-drenched days is behind you.
- Drink a lot of water. In the weeks leading up to the big day, it is important to maintain a hydrated body. Staying hydrated is the easiest way to ensure that your skin glows radiantly for the photographs.