Wedding Day Tips
On the Wedding Day, a few tips will go a long way to make it go by without any problems! In my years of experience I have collected amazing tidbits that have helped all my brides have a great day. With having been to over 300 weddings, I can share what works and what doesn't.
Getting Ready Tips:
First, you want to make sure you have enough space for getting ready. There is nothing worse then being in a small, cramped getting ready room with 6 people, a hair person, a makeup person and a photographer. Your photos will shine if you have a room that allows for some movement. Not only will be be a little happier because they don't feel so cramped, they will be able to change the place they are standing in the room giving you a variety of photos. If everyone is stuck in one spot, you end up with one vantage point for the photos. While it might cost a little bit more money to book a bigger room,, in the long run, you won't feel so stressed having everyone on top of you. I also try and caution people to limit the number of the people in the room. While it might be fun to have a room full of people in theory, it can get overwhelming. On the other hand, if you love tons of people and the excitement of lots of hustle and bustle, the more the merrier! It is absolutely personal preference.
Listen to yourself first before anyone else.
You will end up having lots of suggestions on what you should and shouldn't do on your wedding day. What you want is the most important. Do you want a photo of the flowers on the dress? Do you want to have someone suggesting photos to the photographer all day? Do you want the air up, the music louder? These decisions can happen in a moment and it's up to you to decide if that's what you really want.
From Getting Ready to the End of the night.
One tip for getting ready is to have all your bridesmaids ready before the bride is done getting ready. You want them all in their dresses and ready to go to help the bride get herself ready. Having all the bridesmaids ready to go will make sure the focus stays on the bride and all unforeseen issues with the bridal party are dealt with before hand.
What pictures should I take?
Everyone has seen those long lists provided by the magazines telling you to take a photo of the cake, and of the dress and off the shoes. I often joke, if I am not doing those things, what on earth am I doing!? What a photographer really needs is a list of your family photos. I don't know who is married to whom and if you have 3 or 4 brothers. I need a list of the family combinations to be sure we don't miss any. You want to be sure to capture the couple with each of their parents, as well as all siblings You also want to make sure you look over your guest list for the relatives that don't make it in many family photos. These weddings are a way to make sure family is captured together. You can spend all day taking different combinations, so just focus on the core family. Maybe a photo of the brides parents with their parents. Also, don't forget the grandchildren photo! If you need help, that's what I am here for. I am happy to help you organize the family portrait session. I promise it will be quick!
How much time do I REALLY need for photos with family?
Realistically, not much but...(yes... but...)
Photos of your family takes less than one second to actually take. What takes up time is organizing and finding the people in the photo. You want to make sure everyone knows when and where to be for photos. Often after the wedding ceremony, the bridal party disappears to go get food and drinks. The bridesmaids ran off to fix their makeup or find their phone. They tend to forget they will have food and drink available to them exclusively at the photo site. I have spent many weddings waiting for a bridal party member to return because they needed something they didn't have. If you can tell everyone just wait, the photos won't take long if everyone is where they need to be. This is also a great opportunity to ask the venue to be sure to bring food and drink out to them as quickly as possible. TIP: One way to speed the drink process up is to give the bar a drink order for the bridal party before hand. It can save time waiting for everyone's specialty cocktail!
How many hours do I really need for wedding photography?
Typically most packages run 6-8-10 hours. A lot of factors come into play when deciding what you want for coverage. How many locations will you be going to? How many people are in the wedding? Is the ceremony location and the reception location in the same spot? Travel time is included in the coverage, meaning, the coverage is continuous. Typically if you are getting reading in one location, ceremony in another and then reception at a third location, you will want 8 hours of coverage. If you are having location and ceremony and getting ready all at one location, you can get by with 6 hours of coverage. I'll never sell you more coverage then you need.
How many photographers should I have at my wedding?
For a 6 hour wedding with under 100 guests, I normally suggest you get 1 photographer. If you are over 150 guests with multiple locations, have two photographers can help make sure the event is covered from all angles. If you are getting ready in two locations, having two photographers CAN help, but is not a must do. If you are looking to save money, this is one way to do that! Cut out the second photographer.
Do I need to have photos of the guys getting ready?
Honestly, I always tell people; its up to you. The guys getting ready normally consists of the TV on, beer out and the guys putting a shirt on. It sounds like a stereotype, but 90% of the weddings I do, that's what I walk into. Rarely do I have any award winning guys getting ready photo. The best getting ready photo of the guys was this one. Sorry!
Where should we take the photos... if it rains?
Well, this one falls back on the client a little. I can give you a few suggestions where I might put you, but on the day of, the light might be different. I look for light first then background. The background is not as important as having good light. The core focus of your wedding photography is to get you amazing pictures. I can do that, anywhere. Even in the back parking lot of CVS by the dumpster. Seriously. Ask me about this. There is a story, and if you ask me for it, and you've read this far in my website you just earned yourself a special prize!!! Ask me for it, but you have to ask me for the story first!
Can you come look at our reception location before hand?
I can, but I do charge $250.00 to do it. Looking at a venue before hand actually doesn't actually help me for your photos. I have shot hundreds of weddings and have never checked out the venue before hand. The most important factor for me is light, and the day of your wedding will have completely different light then when I look at it on another day. Well it might make you feel better, it doesn't actually help with the photography. I have been doing this so long, I can shoot you in a dark cave and not break a sweat. This is why you hire me, and not your friend :)
What if there is a disaster on the day of my wedding? Define disaster? Hurricane? Fire? broken limb?
Been there done that. Once while shooting in Miami I drove through wild fires. I am from Boston and Wild fires are NOT something I think about. I can't remember the last time Massachusetts had a wild fire (maybe when I was little in the backyard of my home in the woods?) A hurricane? You mean like Hurricaine Irene where I drove through the storm to get to the outdoor tented wedding? Broken bones? Oh, I broke an ankle before a wedding, and then shot 9 more weddings in a cast.
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