Tips on how to get the best wedding photos.
As your photographer I want your day to go as smoothly as possible That is why I have organized this guide on how to get the most out of your wedding photos. This guide will help you know what to expect photography wise on your day and tips on how to make sure you get the best photos possible.
Getting ready on your wedding day.
Getting ready can be such a beautiful time to get those genuine pre-wedding shots. But sometimes the energy is ruined by the aesthetic. A cluttered, messy, dark room takes away from the genuine moments happening and the beauty of the morning. .
Here are some things to keep in mind:
Keep Cutter to a minimum!
I know its hard to keep a room clean with everything going on during wedding prep but you will be so happy when you see clean, beautiful photos instead of a cluttered mess. When I arrive I typically do a quick clean up around the room as well but it is best that most everything is clean by the time I arrive so I can start taking photos.
It is no secret that natural light is the best light so try and be mindful of that when you are picking your getting ready space. Whether it be a hotel room or Airbnb, make sure you have great window light, your photographer and makeup artist will love you for it!
Speaking of airbnbs, I highly recommend booking one if you can for your getting ready space. Not only does it give you your own private space to get ready, it also gives you more space. This is especially important if you have a large wedding party getting ready with you.
Should you do a first look or not?
A first look is when the couple sees each other for the first time in a more private setting before they walk down the aisle. It doesn’t have to be a big staged moment. It can be simple, genuine and intimate.
A lot of photographers push this for several reasons:
Nerves: It is a great way to have one on one time with each other before the craziness of the wedding day begins. It honestly takes a lot of pressure off for the rest of the day.
Tight Timeline: One of the main reasons I recommend doing a first look is if we are on a very tight timeline. This may be due to it getting dark directly after your ceremony or due to the fact we have a lot of ground to cover as far as locations. Logistics of the day can affect whether you need to do a first look or not.
Vows: Some of my clients choose to do a first look so they can do private vows during this time.
Ultimately, I leave it up to my clients whether they feel comfortable doing a first look or not. There is no pressure to do one or not.
Wedding party + Family Portraits
The best time to do immediate family portraits is prior to the ceremony when everyone is freshly dressed and ready to go. This way everyone can go enjoy cocktail hour directly after the ceremony.
It’s possible to do them after the ceremony, but gathering everyone once they’ve gone to cocktail hour is always a difficult and time-consuming task. You can tell people to stay after the ceremony but there is always a few people who will try and sneak off, then we are scrambling to find them for pictures, which takes up time. To avoid this I will have you assign someone from each side of your family to organize family members who are supposed to stay for photos. It is also good to send an email or text out to everyone to remind them they need to stay for photos directly after the ceremony.
I suggest keeping the family portraits to strictly immediate family only (parents, siblings, grandparents). We can get extended family group shots throughout the night at the reception. Believe me, you don’t want to be sitting there for an hour posed and smiling for the camera. I will help you create a shot list for these photos so that everything moves quickly and we have every person covered that you want photographed.
Again, we can get most of the wedding party photos prior to the ceremony whether you do a first look or not. If you have a large wedding party I suggest we get as many done prior to the ceremony as possible so you have time to enjoy at least a small part of cocktail hour. Also, make sure your entire wedding party gets a copy of the photo timeline. That way they know where they are supposed to be and what time.