5 tips for perfect wedding photography: The details
December 14, 2016
I don’t know about you, but some of my favorite pictures from my wedding day are the details and getting ready photos that happened before I even put my dress on. As a photographer, they also happen to be how I get my creative juices flowing when I arrive on scene to photograph a wedding. It’s like a warm up exercise that gets me super excited for the rest of the evening. There are a few simple things you can do to ensure you have beautiful, magazine worthy photos during the getting ready phase of your big day.
1.) Your dress picture.You know the one, your amazing dress hanging off a tree branch with the sunlight dancing through the Spanish moss. Or hanging on a beautiful doorway of an old barn. Now picture this perfect image with a big ol’ plastic hanger. It kind of takes away from the beauty. Bring a nice wooden hanger along, It doesn’t have to be fancy!
2.) The details.This includes your rings, shoes, bouquet, jewelry, etc. Personally, I like to get all of this photographed when I first arrive, and like I said, get the creativity flowing! Sometimes I get there early just for these shots because I love them so much. Make sure you have everything together and ready to give your photographer. Make a checklist so you know what all you really want pictures of. Want to know the most forgotten thing? Wedding invitations!! They make such beautiful pictures and are often forgotten about. Set one aside, envelope and all, for your photographer. You’ll be so glad you did. Don’t forget your perfume bottle either!
3.) prep your groom! You want him to have amazing pictures as well, right? He should have his belt, shoes, socks, cologne bottle, cuff links, watch and anything else that is important to him ready for the photographer. This would usually be taken by the 2nd photographer, especially if your groom is getting ready in a different location than you. Sometimes the grooms are more organized than the bride, sometimes that’s definitely not the case. Either way, put this on his to do list so it’s ready!
4.) Keep things nice and tidy. There will be quite a few photos taken in your bridal suite. You don’t want a bunch of garbage, luggage, Red Bull cans and empty wine bottles in the background of all your photos, do you!?!? Less is more, keep the room organized with as much stuff as possible tucked away or off to one side. Appoint a bridesmaid who’s the most like Monica from Friends to keep an eye on the room and make sure it’s picture ready at all times!
5.) Tell me your vision!If you have a particular shot you want, I want to take it! So you want you and all your bridesmaids peaking out from under the covers with your hair in curlers? OMG! I want to take that picture! That’s an amazing idea!! Want a picture of you and your new husband pulling on your dads pockets because your mom has the same photo with her dad? How adorable is that?!? Let’s do it! Oh wait!! That's me, my hubs and my dad in this one!! Just make sure you communicate with me. I certainly have my own list of things I know you will love but if you have something you want, just let me know!