The first and most important tip that I have is: if you want to have beautiful photos like the ones you see here on my website, you have to make time for pictures on your wedding day. In my opinion, allocating at least 1.5 to 2 hours for formal portraits is necessary (about 1/2 hour will be spent photographing you and your fiance and the rest with the bridal party and family members).
Lighting is everything because it changes throughout the day and different light will create different results. Here are my tips for making the best use of light throughout your wedding day:
This is where we get intimate with all the intricate and delicate details – dress, rings, shoes, jewelry, invitation suite, decor and venue setting. You’ve worked so hard on every detail of the wedding and now I get to photograph them for you! To ensure we capture all the details you want, I recommend the following:
Most often than not, many bridesmaids meet the groomsmen for the very first time on the day of the wedding. You can definitely tell when they’re awkwardly standing next to each other during the formal portraits or walking down the aisle together which then shows through in the photos. To create a more energetic vibe, I recommend introducing the bridal party members to one another prior to the wedding so that they get to know each other and are more comfortable being physically close together. Go and and have some drinks together or invite the bridal party over for dinner prior to the wedding.
You will cry. Yes you will. Just prepare to have some tissues on hand.
For the groom and groomsmen – I often see the groom and his groomsmen having their cell phones in their pockets creating some unflattering bulk in their side or back pockets. I’d recommend that the bridal party leave their cell phones behind during the ceremony portion of the wedding
Cake cutting – I have to admit that this is probably the one part of the wedding that I struggle with the most because the cake is often located in a cramped corner or against a wall. Therefore the bride and groom will typically have their backs to me and all I can capture is half of their face. If you’d like to capture the whole cake cutting scene, I recommend that you leave some space in front and behind the cake so that it allows me to photograph you from the front rather than from the back. One option would be to place the cake on a rolling round table so that you can pull it out in front of the guests, cut the cake, and roll it back to the desert area.
If you’ve chosen to get sunset photos done during your wedding, I will pull you and and your fiance aside for 15-20 minutes and find an ideal spot outdoors for a few shots. In my opinion, these can be some of the most beautiful wedding photos ever.