Things you should know
Getting Ready Early
You’ve been waiting for this day your whole life. Get up early, get your hair and make up done, and enjoy being a princess all day. It will feel amazing, and when it’s all over you’ll be clinging onto those memories like a magnet. If everyone's hair & make up is done when the photographer arrives, you’ll have extra time for your bridal session.
Have the Details Ready
We like to start the day off with the detail shots in order to enter the situation unobtrusively. We believe it's best to start with images that allow us to stay in the shadows at first, rather than jumping in everyone's face right off the bat. We ask that you have all of the rings, the flowers, shoes, accessories, invitations, etc. ready for photos when we arrive.
The Benefits of a "First Look"
The “First Look” provides a great opportunity for the photographer to put you under the perfect light and compose a breathtaking image that truly captures that once in a lifetime moment. It also sets the stone for a stress free wedding by providing the photographer with an opportunity to cross a TON of shots off the massive list of “must haves” before the ceremony even starts. This means you will actually get to enjoy your cocktail hour with the guests instead of spending the whole time with the photographer trying to get a million shots done before it gets dark.
The "Unplugged Wedding"
An “Unplugged Wedding” is one in which your guests are asked to keep their cell phones, cameras, video recorders, etc. turned off and kept in their bags.
It’s understandable that you want your wedding day to be documented as much as possible. However, your family is not going to get high quality images that will do your wedding justice. Especially at indoor weddings and receptions that take place at night (which is pretty much all of them). What your family photographers WILL do, is get in the way. I’ve personally photographed countless weddings in which the “family photographers” (as the professionals call them) ruined not just one, but many incredible photographs throughout the day. There’s nothing more upsetting to a wedding photographer than a row of people leaning into the isle with there phones and tablets trying to get a picture of the bride and her father coming down the isle. It will definitely ruin the shot for the professional, and it will also ruin the moments and memories for you as well.
Having an unplugged wedding is a sure way to guarantee that your guests have an awesome time and don’t spoil your memories! Do you want to see your guests with their phones in front of their faces all day or would you rather see the smiles and expressions on their faces and have their undivided attention? Exactly.
DJ Lights & Their Effects on Photographs
Ask your DJ to use “up-lighting” on the walls instead of the colorful spotlights. This will dramatically increase the quality and diversity of the images that the photographer will be able to produce from the reception. When the DJ uses colorful lights pointed onto the dance floor, your photographers will have to choose between colorful, saturated skin tones or the DJ booth in the background of every shot. Don't forget to ask the DJ to keep the “up-lighting” on during the cake cutting!
Scheduling Private Romantic Sessions
It is crucial that you schedule a time in advance to do at least one private session for your formal romantic photographs. It's one thing you do not want miss out on. The day will fly by and if you don’t plan a certain time to do them, you might not be able to make time to get them before its dark. If possible, plan to shoot during the “Golden Hour” (the hour before sunset) and/or the "Twilight Hour" (hour after sunset) for the best lighting conditions.
Hire a Professional Hair Stylist & MUA
The proper techniques used to apply make up for a photo shoot are much different than the techniques used for typical use. The light from flashes and strobe lights will pull out every detail in your skin. You will see blemishes, acne, and red tones. The retouching technique to fix this is very time consuming (up to an hour per image) and must be done to each image individually. As photographers, we cannot afford to spend that much extra time correcting for something that a professional MUA could have handled before we even showed up. They are well worth the money!
Choose the Right Venue
LOCATION. LOCATION. LOCATION! When choosing a venue, take a tour, look at the images they have available from previous events, and look for a place with a beautiful setting and ambiance inside and out. The background can have a huge impact on the outcome of photographs. So make sure you choose a beautiful venue with a lot of great photo opportunities!
A Thoughtful Wedding Gift
Start the wedding day off with a thoughtful gift and love note. It could turn into one of the most treasured moments you take from your wedding day!