Tips for your wedding day
"getting ready" photos
While spontaneity is key to capturing the emotions of the day, here are a few things you can do before your photographer arrives!
Pick a location that’s full of light and space.
If you’re getting ready in a hotel room, try to book a corner room or a room with light-colored walls, bedding, etc. A corner room or a suite will also have more space for photographing your gown, etc. We won’t use any lamps or overhead lights during photography, so check out how the room looks with no lights on, and the curtains wide open.
Remember, less is more.
Keep the numbers down, as far as people in the prep suite go. Also, a little background music and some champagne, as well as a sense of humor, help to disarm the awkwardness of being photographed, as well as any other tension in the room.
Clean up the clutter!
Have your bridal party spend time cleaning up the main space before we arrive. This includes all dress bags, shoe boxes and any other garbage and personal items. Put suitcases under the beds and in closets. And don’t forget to make the bed! This goes for both the bride’s and the groom’s getting ready areas.
Note: in general, don't rely on us being able to "fix it in Photoshop." If there's something you don't want in your photos, be sure it's removed from the space. Photoshop has limitations and can take a great deal of time. Removing an excessive amount of unsightly things from your photos may result in additional photography costs.
Have your details ready.
Set aside everything that you’d like photographed. This includes items such as:
- Both wedding bands and engagement ring
- Bride’s bouquet, groom’s boutonniere
- Bride’s shoes
- Groom’s watch and cuff links
- Invitation suite (a clean copy of your entire wedding invitation)
- Hanger for the wedding gown
- Anything else special you want photographed in detail
It’s totally up to you if you want any of these items photographed. But if you do, please have the items set aside in a bag or box so we can begin photographing them as soon as we arrive.
Be fully ready by our scheduled arrival time.
Women: this includes hair, makeup, and undergarments. You should be ready to simply slip on your gown, your shoes and jewelry.
Men: be dressed with pants and shirt when we arrive. We can photograph you putting on your tie, cufflinks, jewelry, jacket. Note to men: please remove wallets and cell phones from your pants pockets.
The getting ready photos…
In general, we'll be photographing your time as you finish getting ready, just before the first look. We’ll be capturing moments like when the bride puts on her jewelry, the groomsmen toast the groom, the bridesmaids help the bride with her dress, the couple reads notes they wrote to one another. For the most part, the getting ready photos will have a documentary feel, so as much as you can, relax and enjoy your final moments getting ready! We'll take care of formal photos later in the scheduled timeline.