Are you planning your memorable wedding and looking for a few tips to guide you what to expect for the photography aspect of the day? I am here to help! This is the first post out of a few that I’ll be sharing that sheds some more light on different parts of the day.
Gather all your details before the day starts so I can photograph them quickly. This makes the getting-ready portion of the day go by much more smoothly, and it allows me to spend more time focusing on the spontaneous moments when everyone is together. This list is mainly for the ladies, but same advice goes for the groomsmen. Here are a few ideas: rings, jewelry, hair pieces, flowers, shoes, socks, cufflinks, letters, pictures, gifts, cultural items, invitations, programs, printed pieces, and any unique items you’ve put thought into! Stylized hangers look much more appealing in photos than standard, plastic hangers. Consider switching this out before the big day!
Working with me or a coordinator on a wedding day timeline can help smoothen out the flow of the event! I typically work with my clients and provide suggested time blocks for different parts of the day. Past wedding experiences helped me determine the efficient duration each section of the day might need in terms of photography. All of my clients get a wedding day questionnaire that helps me work on a timeline that fits into their vision!
Appoint someone to help with family formals after the ceremony. Along with the candid and natural portraits taken throughout the day, most couples like to also include formal portraits with family & friends. It helps to have a designated friend/family member who can proactively gather the groups so I can focus on capturing beautiful photos! Usually this person knows the groups pretty well, they have a prominent voice, and they can gather the groups with ease. The best time to do these formal family portraits is typically right after the ceremony.
To avoid family members departing for the cocktail hour, have your officiant make an announcement asking family to stay in the ceremony location. Have an appointed friend help facilitate the different groups you would like to have photographed. Keep your list of groups short. Please note that each group shot can take 2-3 minutes.
When these are in place, you are bound to have the most fun and smooth formal portraits!