As your big day quickly approaches, so do the butterflies. You put so much time and thought into making this wedding day the one you've always dreamed of. And what better way to capture the details than hiring a wedding photographer?!
Finding the right photographer can be overwhelming. Don't worry! We got your back.
Below are just a few tips and tricks to be sure your special day goes smoothly and you get the most out of what you pay for your wedding photography.
It's easy to get caught up in the busyness of the big day. Everyone is running around frantic trying to be sure everything is perfect for when you two share you're special moment. It can sometimes be stressful and you can be tempted to rush through the schedule.
Our first tip for the best pictures on your wedding day is to stop and breathe. Stress shows but so does happiness. When you are able to relax and be present in the moment, it'll make those candid moments absolutely beautiful.
Plus, being a bridezilla only puts a damper on the day.
This one is mostly for the girls.
We have a lot of items. Makeup...Shoes...Hairdryers...Curling Irons...bags...and so much more. Not to mention the snacks and drinks. You can be in the most beautiful room in the world but when there is a lot of clutter in the room, it can be a bit distracting in the image.
My advice is to find a specific area in or near a closet out of the way from anyone getting ready. Try not to be tempted to leave things sitting on the bed or on the floor.
#4 Bring a Hanger.
You have a gorgeous dress! No matter how many sequins or how delicate the lace, no dress looks ideal on a wire hanger.
There are some great options out there! You can get a personalized hanger with your name written on it, or go for a simple black or gold hanger.
A lot of planning and thought went into this special moment. One way I like to show off your planning skills is by creating a wedding flatlay showing all of the details. These are a few items you may not think of to bring on your wedding day but are good to have:
1. Wedding invite.
2. Something you hold dear and cherish. (Any sentimental items)
3. Any flowers or plants that tie into your theme.
4. Letter from soon-to-be wife or husband.
5. Perfume or cologne.
6. Gift to or from parents.
9. Anything that could tie to your story on how you came together.
#5 Make a List.
Family pictures, whether they are before or after the ceremony, can take a while. Good news is you can cut this time in half by making a list of family members or close friends you'd like to have pictures with beforehand. You can gather everyone in the same place and go down the list one by one. This way you aren't chasing down people and your smile is just as beautiful in the end as the beginning.
Another helpful tip is to take pictures of elders and children first. This way the older family members can rest and children aren't antsy.
#6 Make a Schedule.
This one may seem obvious but you would be surprised to find there have been many weddings that have gone without one. Be sure to include time and space for the bridesmaids and bride before the ceremony as well as the groomsmen and the groom.
If you only have your photographer for a certain amount of time, figure out the parts of the day you value most so you can get all of your favorite moments during that time slot.
#6 Spit Out The Gum.
This may sound silly but you definitely don't want pics of your mouth hanging wide open smacking gum as you get ready or walk down the aisle.
Remember the reason for this day. Remember these pictures you'll cherish for years to come. Remember everything may not go as planned...
It's easy to get anxious and frantic when everyone is pulling you in different directions. This can be especially difficult for those people-pleasers like myself out there. Don't worry! The flowers will look great...The people are going to eat...You're going to walk down that aisle and you may have a few laughs or tears along the way.
I like to take a moment after the family pictures with just the bride and groom to go off and capture some sentimental pictures. It gives them a chance to reflect and take in the moment and I get to capture some of my absolute favorite images of the day.