KEEP THINGS CLEAN: the less clutter in your room, the better your photos will look! Hide or throw out anything that doesn't need to be out in the open.
NATURAL LIGHT, BABY: Get ready in a space with as much window light as possible!
MAKEUP: If you typically don't wear makeup, don't feel obligated to put a lot on. You'll look great if you feel great. Seriously!
FOOD: Once you're done getting ready, you probably won't eat anything until dinner. Make sure you eat a good breakfast!
THE CHOICE IS YOURS: Not all couples see each other before the ceremony but there 2 great advantages to doing so -
1. A MOMENT OF INTIMACY: Weddings are a whirlwind. Having a first look gives you a moment before your ceremony where the two of you get to catch your breath and TRULY be present with one another.
2. TIMELINE EFFICIENCY: You'll be able to allocate time for bridal party + group photos more efficiently with a greater potential to actually BE there during cocktail hour and spending time with more guests!
FORMAL GROUP PHOTOS
My advice on group shots is simple. The number of groups is entirely up to you & I'm happy to photograph as many as you'd like. Note that the more time spent on formal group photos, the less time I will be able to document interactions in a more natural & candid way.
Budget enough time: Set aside 15 minutes to gather people & 2 minutes for every single group you want photographed.
Couples who only want a handful of important photos set aside appx. 20 minutes. Couples who want A LOT of group photos tend to set aside 45 minutes - 1 hour.
I'll need a helper: ask someone close to you who knows your loved ones to assist me during group photos. It'll be a much smoother & faster process if I have help rounding up people for each photo!
One location is best: using the same place for all of your formal photos is more consistent & easier.
The more time you allot for portraits, the more photos you'll have.
Most couples allot between 1 - 2 hours for portraits during the day.
I encourage portraits to be divided into 3 sections on your wedding:
YOUR FIRST LOOK
Allot 15 - 30 minutes for your first look + portraits!
AFTER YOUR CEREMONY
Half an hour to 1 hour is a solid amount of time
RIGHT AT SUNSET
Let's sneak away during dinner for 10-30 minutes to take advantage of sunset lighting!
are when your guests put their phones away during the ceremony. This allows:
for your guests to be fully present
for better photos (guests won't block views and there won't be distractions in your photos i.e. ipads)