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PHOTO GUIDE TO WEDDING PLANNING

Here to help you plan your wedding and to help us ensure we capture every memory the best way as possible 

 
 

GETTING READY

 

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KEEP CLUTTER AWAY - I know there's a lot going on, but try to keep bags, suitcases, laundry, etc in a different room, or the closet.

WINDOWS PLEASE! - Window light is best. I prefer to turn all lights off and rely only on window light whenever possible!

AIRBNB option - Typical hotel rooms aren’t the best, for light or decor. I recommend other options, like a cute AirBnB. There are tons of affordable ones out there!

DON'T FORGET THE GROOM - Sometimes the groom gets the dark tiny room. Let’s give him the same treatment!

MAKEUP - It's not always true that "the makeup looks heavy in person but it will look better on camera". I use natural light, and my style reflects more truly what is there, so I just recommend that if you want to look like yourself, don't overdo it. This is entirely personal preference though, so just do you!

THE FIRST LOOK

(and first touch)

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KEEP IT NATURAL - A first look is when you see each other before the ceremony. But it doesn’t have to be a grand staged moment, in fact, I prefer it not to be.

TRADITIONAL COUPLES - If you do not want to see each other before the ceremony I recommend a "first touch" which you don't see each other but you can exchange vows, touch each others hand, or just hear each others voice. 

IT CALMS THE NERVES - A quiet moment alone is the best thing to calm the nerves. I’ve seen couples relax significantly after their first look

BETTER TIMELINE - If we do a first look, we can also take all family/bridal party portraits before the ceremony, which means more time at cocktail hour!

MAKE IT PRIVATE IF YOU WANT - I don’t even need to be present if you’d rather have alone time. You can take 5-10 minutes alone for your first look, and then we'd take some photos after. It’s your day, we can do it your way!

FAMILY PORTRAITS

(and bridal party photos)

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PRE-CEREMONY IS BEST - So that everyone can enjoy the cocktail hour in full! Also, gathering people after the ceremony is always hard and time consuming. 

KEEP IT SHORT - I recommend keeping the list short (about 6-8 groups is perfect). You two are in every shot, and you’ll be sick of smiling for that many shots! Allot 20-30 minutes for this.

ENLIST HELP - I recommend assigning a bridesmaid or groomsman the task of gathering family. This speeds up the process since I don’t know what anyone looks like.

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TIMELINE TIP

When they family portrait list is longer, it takes time away from your free mingling time, and it gives me less time to shoot candids and details. Just keep that in mind and prioritize what you prefer!

 

CEREMONY

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PUT THE SUN BEHIND YOU - For an outdoor ceremony, especially in direct sun, its best to place the sun behind your officiant, for even backlight. Otherwise you’ll be super squinty in your ceremony shots, or very harshly lit!

MIC STANDS - Microphones are fine, but the big black mic stand is distracting and not pretty. If possible, have your officiant use a hand-held mic (or lapel mic).

RECEIVING LINES - (When every single guest greats you and take selfies right after the ceremony) Unless you have a really small wedding, I recommend against receiving lines. They can get repetitive and take a really long time!

COUPLE PORTRAITS

I recommend 3 time slots for couple photos:

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PRE-CEREMONY - If we do a “first look”, that will be the first time slot for portraits. About 15 minutes for this is great.

POST-CEREMONY - Right after you walk down the aisle the energy is the happiest! Another quick 15 min here is good

SUNSET + TWILIGHT - Most of my couples tell me this was their favorite part of the day: sneaking away to have time to take it all in. It also happens to be the best light of the day! 30min is ideal.

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COUPLE PORTRAIT TIP

If we only have time for one couple photo session slot in the timeline, sunset is the best time for it!

UNPLUG

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An “unplugged” ceremony is when you ask your guests to not take any photos during the ceremony.

BE IN THE MOMENT - Unplugging allows your guests to enjoy the ceremony without fussing over cell phones and flashes. It also keeps the aisle open for me so I can take better photos with no one in the way.

LET YOUR GUESTS KNOW - You can have your officiant do a quick announcement to let guests know. Or have a sign at the entrance to the ceremony area.

"SORT OF" UNPLUGGED - I honestly don't mind if guests take photos, as long as they don't stand up, or hold their cameras/phones in the aisle. So its up to you how unplugged you want to ask your guests to be!

RECEPTION

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MOOD LIGHTING - Market lights and candlelight set a gorgeous romantic mood. Just make sure you use enough so I don't have to use flash (which ruins the romantic vibe). If you're unsure, just ask me and I'll help out!

PARTY LIGHTS - Colorful lights can be fun for party time, but they're not so great for first dance or parent dances. If your DJ has these, I just ask that he keeps them off for those moments. After that, feel free to go crazy!

TIME FOR DETAILS - If you have lots of details (table settings, centerpieces, etc), please allow 20-30min for me to shoot these before the guests enter the area.

MY DINNER - If possible, I prefer to be considered a guest, not a "vendor," for timing purposes. This guarantees that I’ll get to eat when guests do, so I can be free to shoot the toasts/dances that happen after.

THAT'S IT!

I'm here to help with all of this anytime,
just email me!