The Big Day: Tips for the Wise

 

Congratulations! In just a few short weeks, you'll be marrying your best friend. In order to provide the best photos possible, I wanted to share some best practices for a seamless day. 

It's helpful to share this list with someone in your wedding party or family so that they can help keep these things in mind!

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GETTING READY

  • Find that good light! Get ready in a room that has a ton of natural light. You want to avoid ugly yellow hotel lighting. Ask your hair and makeup person to put their station by the best source of natural light like a big window or sliding door.  You will look fabulous.

  • Bring real hangers. Your dress and suit deserve that nice wooden hanger!

  • Bring along the invitation. Grab it now and set it aside, along with any heirloom details you want captured.

  • Drink out of REAL glassware. No plastic champagne flutes. It's an elegant day and you deserve the most elegant details.

  • Pro-actively reduce clutter! Ask your wedding party to hide all of their belongings in one space in the getting ready areas. We want to avoid clutter in the background.

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THE CEREMONY

  • NO Cell Phones. Have your officiant make an announcement before the ceremony starts asking guests to please keep their cell phones tucked away for the duration of the ceremony. You hired a photographer so that your guests can enjoy the day, not document it! 

  • Avoid direct sunlight if possible. Outdoor ceremonies are DA BEST, but if you're going to be in direct sunlight (no shade), avoid the hours between 10-3P. Mid-day will cause harsh shadows and squinty eyes. Late afternoon ceremonies are ideal.

  • Kiss long, kiss often. Once it's official, relish it. Not only because it's your first smooch as a married couple, but it will help us capture this special moment! We suggest making out up at the alter and then again after walking back down the aisle. The more the merrier.

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FAMILY PORTRAITS

  • Make a SUPER organized family photo list. A detailed shot list will bring peace of mind. Family portraits can be exhausting for the couple, so be mindful of your time and think through your list. Anyone you would like a formal photo with needs to be on that list!  Please list in the order you would like to shoot. I suggest using a google spreadsheet to make your list.

  • Tell your family ahead of time. Designate when and where they will need to be. Please have your officiant make an announcement if we are taking family formals after the ceremony.

  • Designate a family photo helper PLEASE! This individual will be my main homie. The ideal candidate is someone sassy, assertive, and knows the family. They will help me wrangle everyone on this list! Here is a short example of a shot list:

BEFORE CEREMONY

BRIDE'S SIDE

  1. Bride, Groom, Bride’s Mom (Chen), Bride’s Dad (Edwin), Sister (Faye)

2. Bride, Groom, Bride's sister (Faye)

3. Bride, Bride's sister (Faye)

GROOM'S SIDE

4. Bride, Groom, Groom's mother (Pat),  Groom's father (Mike)

5. Bride, Groom, Groom's Grandma (Syd), Groom's Grandpa (Sonya)

6. Groom, Groom's Grandma (Sonya), Groom's Grandpa (Syd)

 

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. I am here for you!

xoxo m