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 page with someone in your wedding party or family so that they can help keep these things in mind.

If you haven’t already completed your Wedding Day Questionnaire, please do so asap so I can have all the deets!

  • Find that good light! Both parties should get ready in a room that has a ton of natural light. You want to avoid ugly yellow hotel lighting. Ask the front desk when you check in for a room with the best natural light. 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Bring along the goodies. Grab it now and set it aside, along with any heirloom details like shoes, special jewelry, vow books you want captured.

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

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  • 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! 

  • Don’t look down! Tip for the wedding party - Remind your loved ones to look towards the ceremony site or towards the guests as they walk down the aisle. Often times bridesmaids and groomsmen don’t know where to look… and they end up staring at the ground! We don’t want that.

  • Face one another Unless you are having a religious ceremony, I recommend facing one another and even holding hands during the ceremony. Facing the officiant can make it challenging to get photos (especially if the photographer can’t walk behind the altar) and there’s nothing like focusing on your partner for life.

  • Written Words If you are exchanging personal vows, consider writing them in a vow book or on nice card stock. No wrinkled pieces of paper!

  • 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. Walk slowly and take it in, newlyweds!!

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  • 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. Here is an example. (Feel free to duplicate and work off of this!)

  • 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 from each side PLEASE! These individuals will be my main homies. The ideal candidate is someone sassy, assertive, and knows the family. They will help me wrangle everyone on this list!

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

xoxo m