Listed below are a few suggestions for getting great wedding photographs:

Think about the light…

  • Light is one of the most important parts of a great photograph. If possible, get ready for your wedding in a room with some natural light. Hotel rooms with a big window, or a house with plenty of windows work well. Try to avoid places like church basements, in which florescent lighting is almost always used.  Florescent lighting is not kind to photographs.
  • If you are getting married in the winter, remember what time it gets dark. If your ceremony is at 3pm, it may be dark by the time your ceremony is over…which puts the kibosh on outdoor pictures.

The small details…

  • If possible, your flowers should be delivered to your “getting ready” location.  This way, the ladies will have flowers for their photographs before the wedding.
  • The “getting ready” time is a great time for me to photograph the rings.  If you can, keep the rings with the ladies in the morning.  (Trust me, don’t let the guys be in charge of the rings.)

The Ceremony…

  • Please ask your officiant if there are any rules for photographers in the church.  Some churches don’t let the photographer move once the ceremony starts.  Others encourage the photographer to move as needed to capture the ceremony.
  • If you plan on having a receiving line, leave plenty of time!  I’ve photographed weddings in which the receiving line ate up all of the formal picture time.
  • If you would like to take formal family pictures after the ceremony, please make a list of who you want pictures of.  This will make the photos go very quickly.  Start with any older family members, then parents/extended family, and save the bridal party for last.

Bridal Party Portraits…

  • While your guests head to the reception and cocktail hour, the bridal party can venture off to a location for fun, relaxed portraits.  Locations that mean something to you make the images more special.  It is important to have a back-up plan incase of rain.

Relax…

  • Your wedding day will no doubt be one of the most fun days of your life.  With the number of people involved in your day, something is bound to go wrong.  At one wedding I photographed, the power went out at the beginning of the reception, and stayed off the entire night.  While this would have been considered a disaster by most brides, the bride that night made the best of it and had a GREAT time!  There is no need to stress about things you can’t control. When you are relaxed, you will look your best!

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