Wedding planning is truly one of the most exciting times in your life, it can also be a crazy time. With so much for you to check off we wanted to help you with one little piece of your planning; your wedding photography… so we created a list of ten wedding day tips to make the most of your wedding photography.
There’s a reason timeline holds spot number one on our list of ten tips to make the most of your wedding day photos! The timeline is everything. Every SMP Couple receives a customized wedding day timeline, built to ensure that there is enough time to capture everything you desire… and to have fun doing it. Planning for some cushion time between locations and events allows for a stress-free day that is conducive to capturing, real in-the-moment candids. This also allows a few extra minutes here and there for bathroom breaks, makeup touch-ups and the inevitable string of hugs that are coming your way!
Life is short, get the shoes! No really let’s get those beauties… Your wedding day details are part of the story of your day. We understand that you spent months maybe even years picking out the perfect pieces to complement your wedding vision. We want to document these details in a way that adds to the narrative of your day. Some things to gather before
The getting ready images are the first images captured in the day. Window light has a magic power, in that it makes everyone’s skin look amazing! The more light the better. I LOVE photographing my Brides and her maids in a gorgeous well lit room, the photos come out so dreamy. It honestly impacts the images in a beautiful way and it really sets the tone for the rest of the day.
Weddings aren’t what they used to be, and I’m all about it! The traditions and rules of what is expected on a wedding day are being replaced by the idea of personalizing and creating a wedding day that is unique and reflective of each couple.
This is your day, what does that mean to you? Perhaps your both bookworms and so the centerpieces incorporate quotes from your favorite literature… or maybe your pup is really your furbaby and you wouldn’t be able to say I do without them… I love seeing how my couples incorporate their own unique
Has anyone ever told you that rain on your wedding day is good luck? Rain on your wedding day doesn’t have to be bad news… having an indoor location in mind is always a good idea. If it looks like there’s a chance of rain I might also recommend purchasing a few clear umbrellas. Some of my favorite rainy day portraits are when my couple is snuggled under an umbrella, leaning in for a kiss amungunst the falling raindrops!
Insider secret… I enjoyed seven years in cosmetology before I entered the professional world of photography. A great stylist and makeup artist can make a world of difference on your wedding day. Hiring a professional who specializes in wedding day hair and makeup will not only help you create that gorgeous wedding day look you have dreamt of, but they will insure that you look your best in your photos. Did you know that there are some foundations that are reflective and can make your skin appear shiny? Perhaps your in love with the idea of wearing your hair down, but your getting married on a beach and the wind might not play nice with your luscious locks. A trusted professional will give you expert advice and guide you through some of your most important wedding day style decisions.
When it comes to photographing at multiple locations it is helpful to consider this general rule of thumb; more portrait locations means more variation in your photos but less portraits overall. Limiting locations to one or two favorite spots means more time for creative and connected portraits. Choosing to hold your portraits in one central location will also save you on time and transportation, which means theres more time for you to be in the moment and enjoy your day!
Oh how I love a first look! I could go on forever about the magic of a first look, which is why I have dedicated an entire blog post about it here, but check out the list below for just a few key points on why first looks can be so awesome!
When it comes to family formals, organization is key. While honoring each of your loved ones in your immediate family is our priority, we also want to ensure we are maximizing your portrait time. A well organized list of requested groupings can be a huge help. We recommend limiting the number of individual groupings to help keep this part of the day efficient and enjoyable for your and your family and friends. Delegating someone (not in the photo) to help gather family members needed for photos is always a great idea.
Your wedding day goes by in a flash. Allow yourself to trust the team of professionals your have hired, so you can be as present and in the moment as possible. We are all there to make sure your wedding day is as absolutley perfect as possible. Now all you have to do is smile and have fun!
Take engagement photos! Engagement photos are an awesome way to get to know each other. Being photographed together for the first time can be intimidating at first, but by the end of the session you will be professionals! Having the opportunity to work together before the big day, is a great way to break that ice, have some fun and allow me to learn more about your unique chemistry and how I can best capture it on your wedding day. Not to mention create some beautiful art for you to display at your wedding and in your home.