If there is one thing I know, it is love and all its eternity.
Coordinating every last detail of your photo sessions in the midst of planning a wedding is no easy feat, but don't worry we are here to help!
The information here is meant to help you through all of your photography related questions, so you can be excited and relaxed on your big day.
Add more personality to your photos by choosing the location of your engagement photo session! We love when a couple suggests having their photos taken in a spot that is sentimental to them, as it makes everyone more relaxed and allows them to focus on each other throughout the shoot. Is there a spot that you went on for your first date? A cute local coffee shop where your first kiss was exchanged?
If you need suggestions we are here to help! Whether you have pictured a serene field or an urban environment as a backdrop for your photos, we have plenty of ideas.
In order to get the most out of your time in front of the camera, there is a limit of one to two locations per session.
What to Wear
Wear what you feel comfortable in. Some clients dress up in their Sunday Best, while others gravitate toward a more casual vibe. Our goal is to capture you in your element, so feel free to get creative with your wardrobe! (limit 1-2 outfits per session)
While it is great to compliment your future spouse in photos, by no means do the two of you need to wear matching outfits. If your other half is more comfortable in solid colors, try choosing something with a little texture. Patterns are a great way to add contrast to your images. Be creative and let your unique personality shine through!
What to Bring
If you want to bring a favorite book, heirloom, or prop, this is a great way to make your session totally unique!
All sessions are scheduled two hours before sunset in order to capture the day's most beautiful, natural lighting.
Happiness is anything and anyone that is loved by you.
Finding the right location for your bridal session doesn't have to be difficult. When thinking about your bridal session, here are some things to consider:
Do you want your bridal photos to be cohesive with your wedding photos? If so, then your wedding venue is a great option. Most wedding venues allow a 1-2 hour bridal session during the week. Do you want to go for a completely different look than your wedding day photos? If so, then there are so many amazing places you can do your bridal photos at. If you have a southern or rustic venue, then maybe you want to add in a modern or urban feel to your photos by going downtown. If you like more of a natural setting, we can always find a local park or field for your session.
Wedding magazines and Pinterest are great resources for posing inspiration. Of course we will guide you throughout the shoot!
What to Bring
In addition to your dress, here are a few items you may want to include: veil, bouquet, hair pieces, jewelry, and lastly, an extra set of eyes (friend, mother, sister).
The earlier you schedule your session, the more dates available! Most brides plan to have their sessions right when they receive their dress from their final fitting, about one to two months before your wedding. Bridal sessions are scheduled two hours before sunset to allow for beautiful, natural sunlight.
Boudoir photos can be a really special gift for your future spouse. There is nothing better than the empowerment a woman feels when she believes she is beautiful. That is what we set out to accomplish in these sessions.
Sessions can take place wherever you are comfortable: in home, in studio, in a hotel, or somewhere rustic like a secluded wooded area.
What to Bring
Wardrobe for these sessions is up to you and can range from a tee shirt and shorts to lacy lingerie. Feel free to bring accessories such as heels, jewelry, your veil, or his shirt, whatever strikes your fancy. Sometimes brides choose to have a practice run of their hair and makeup for the session.
This is a more personalized session and is usually scheduled in the mornings, if the session is indoors, in order to utilize the best natural window lighting. Boudoir sessions are often held one to two months before the wedding which leaves time to make an album or prints to give to your significant other on the wedding day.
All boudoir sessions are kept in password protected private galleries and the images will never be used in promotional material without consent.
Gather all your details before the day starts so we can photograph them quickly! This makes the getting ready portion of the day go by much more smoothly, and it allows us to spend more time focusing on the spontaneous moments when everyone is together. This list is mainly for the ladies, but the same advice goes for the groomsmen.
Here are a few ideas: jewelry, hair pieces, flowers, shoes, socks, cuff links, letters, pictures, gifts, cultural items, invitations, programs, printed pieces, and any unique items you've put thought into.
Tip: Wooden or velvet hangers are much more appealing in photos than standard, plastic hangers. Consider switching this out before the big day!
Portraits: Family Photos & Group Shots
Appoint someone to help with family formals after the ceremony. Along with candid and natural portraits taken throughout the day, most couples like to also include formal portraits with family and friends.
The best time to do these family portraits is typically right after the ceremony. This time can be extra chaotic if family members and friends are not in the same place.
It helps to have a designated friend who can proactively gather the groups so we can focus on creating beautiful photos! Usually this person knows the groups pretty well, they have a loud voice, and they can round up people with ease.
After the ceremony, have your officiant make an announcement asking your family to stay in the ceremony location. Have an appointed family friend help facilitate the groups you would like to have photographed. This means they have the list of family members and they are gathering people with either an extra loud voice or a handheld microphone.
Keep your list of groups short. Please note that each group shot can take two to three minutes. We would all love to have photos with every person at the wedding, but time is if the essence. You will also have the reception to get group shots if necessary.
When these are in place, you are destined for fun and smooth formal portraits! This also allows for fun and creative bridal party photos afterwards, as well as romantic bride and groom portraits!
Planning Out a Timeline
We like to photograph couples as they get ready, so send over your timeline several weeks before the wedding!
Consider Doing a First Look
It used to be considered taboo, but seeing each other before the ceremony allows you to get extra photos in while there is still daylight. It also helps to calm nerves and gets your reception started on time, as guests wont have to wait long for the bride and groom to get their photos taken after the wedding, While this is not required, it is highly recommended.
Your wedding day will go by quickly! Book an after session to give you and your new spouse an intimate moment to celebrate each other.
What to Wear
Most couples like to wear their wedding day attire for their after the wedding session, however there is no wrong way to do this! Many people like to bring their veil, bouquet, hair accessories, and jewelry.
For optimal lighting, all sessions are scheduled roughly two hours before sunset. Keep in mind, this session doesn't literally have to be scheduled for the day-after your wedding!