Q: Where is your studio?
A: I primarily shoot on location, whether this is outside, at your home, or on the streets, I am comfortable with it all.
Q: Where is the best place to take photos?
A: I know a number of great locations around town, and in the woods, but I am always open to new locations. Depending on what you are looking for from your portrait shoot we will discuss where the best place to shoot is.
Q: What time should I schedule my photo-shoot?
A: Early morning and late afternoon are the best. In photography we refer to these two hours, after sunrise and before sunset as the golden hours. In the winter, you can shoot almost anytime of day, because the sun is so low in the sky. Also, if it is overcast the light is flattering all day.
Q: What should I wear?
A: I get asked this question a lot. And it is really up to you. I love it when clients dress up just a little and show off whatever style they think is uniquely them. I would recommend, however, leaving your runners and Lulu lemon pants at home. I am also not a huge fan of logos, so I tend to steer people away from wearing something with a lot of writing/branding on it. It just distracts from you, which is what the photos should be about. Wear an outfit that makes you feel sexy, confidant, and says, “This is me!” If you really can’t decide bring a second outfit and if there is time you can change.
Also, ladies, it’s perhaps a good time to get that trial wedding hair and makeup. Don’t forget to accessorize! I love cute details like headbands, scarves, earrings and chunky necklaces or bracelets, but be careful to not overdo it.
Before Wedding Day
Hair and Makeup
Your wedding day is not the right time to experiment with makeup and hairstyles. Be sure to plan a separate day to have a hair and makeup “dress rehearsal”. If you plan to wear a headpiece, use this time to make sure that it will fit with your hairstyle. If you plan it right, your photographer may be available to take some formals on this day too.
Give you photographer the tools he needs to be creative. When ordering flowers for the wedding, be sure to order an extra single rose, boutonniere, ribbon or other inexpensive items that the photographer can use in your photos. Don’t forget to have a copy of your wedding invitation that he can incorporate into the detail shots of your big day. Photos of wedding rings with flowers, invitation, maybe even your shoes and garter can really add to your album.
How should you hold a bouquet? In a single word…DOWN!! Never hide your thousand dollar dress with a hundred dollar bouquet. If you are a five foot bride, do not order a 3 foot cascading bouquet. It’s going to be a long day. By the end of the day, you will be wishing that your bouquet was smaller, lighter, more durable, and maybe even artificial. And if it’s too big you may even injure your guests during the bouquet toss.
Backgrounds and Angles
Remember, your wedding day is all about you. Many times complicated backgrounds in your photos distract the viewer’s attention away from the bride and will take away from your photographs. Keep backgrounds as simple as possible. Interesting angles are what keeps the images of a professional photographer from looking like the images of “Uncle Joe”. Everyone knows what a wedding looks like from 5 feet 6. You may see your photographer lying on the ground or climbing trees. Don’t laugh at him. That’s why he gets paid well for doing a great job.
When choosing your venue and time of day, keep lighting in mind. If your wedding is outdoors, the best light happens 1-2 hours before sunset. If your wedding is indoors, try to avoid buildings with high dark ceilings and few windows. Since natural light will look much better in your photos, try to plan your wedding when the room will be the brightest. By the way, photographers hate fluorescent lights. They make you look green.
Tips for Bride & Groom
- Make sure to have a neat and clean “getting ready” room, big enough for all your attendants.
- A large room with lots of light (windows, natural light) works best, and a few minutes of tidying up beforehand will yield better photos.
- Make sure your flowers, bouquets; boutonnières and corsages arrive with enough time to be photographed. You don’t want to miss out on the detail photos of your very important flowers!
- Spectacular wedding photography images have many ingredients. You won’t have stunning photos of your wedding by JUST hiring the best photographer out there. One of the most important ingredients that will take your images from average to FABULOUS is to get your hair and makeup done professionally. Do a trial run and have some photos taken to assure you are happy with the final product. Assess how you look in natural and artificial lighting, inside and outside. Make sure your makeup isn’t too heavy as it’s important to look like you. Your makeup should be light, clean, and natural.
- Bring along some lip-gloss or lip balm! This goes for the guys as well! If your lips are dry, they will show up in photos, and it’s not something that can be completely remedied. All that celebratory drinking you have been doing dries out your lips, and makes them look… un-kissable! Keep them dewy and soft for all those kisses you will be shelling out over the course of the day.
- The more hydration the better! Make sure to drink water throughout the day, especially on those scorching summer days! Have a water cooler with bottled water available at all times, since drinking plenty of it will make you feel so much better!
- Have an emergency kit to bring along that includes pain reliever, hand sanitizer, stain wipes, safety pins, band-aids, etc.
- Most important of all, have fun! Yes, there are times when we need your attention, and the attention of the Bridal Party, but most of your day is going to be photographed in photojournalistic style. So you can relax, enjoy yourselves and forget that we are even there. We’ll worry about getting fun and flattering photos of you and your guests, without needing much assistance. So let loose, enjoy your momentous day, and leave the rest to us!
Have any other questions? Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org