Like any event photographer, most of my wedding shots are of people, i.e. the bride, the groom and their guests. This, after all, is what a wedding is all about and what people mainly want to see when they open a wedding photo album. Weddings, though, are always packed full of other visual details besides the people. So much time is spent in preparation to make a wedding look beautiful that it would be a shame not to preserve some of this in the album. I find that sometimes the best way to achieve this is to make these details the subjects of some of my photographs, even if this means leaving people out of some shots completely.
Efficient time management is a major factor in a successful wedding shoot, and it can be difficult to capture all the shots you require across the day. That’s why I always show up early. I do this partly because it affords me the opportunity to walk around the venue – both inside and outside – and assess the lighting conditions on the day. However, it also gives me the chance to get some photos of the building itself and perhaps some of the decorations, flower arrangements and so on before any of the guests have arrived. I always remind my bride to have all of her details together for me when I come into the room where she is getting ready, flowers, rings, vows ,jewelry,shoes, anything and everything that she wants photographed. I challenge myself to find many creative ways of photographing inanimate objects (since I am a people photographer) this is always a challenge. I have been know to take an interesting painting off the walls and use it as my background. I try to stick with the colors of the wedding. Keep in mind all of this put together will want to look coordinated in a wedding album.
Of course, often we are asked to take photos of the bride, groom or both getting ready for the wedding. If this is in a hotel or other location far from the venue, it may be difficult to find time to turn up early and capture these detail shots. If so, don’t worry, there will be plenty of other opportunities. Try to spot details and photograph them across the day, and perhaps steal a bit of time at an opportune moment. An ideal opportunity is usually during the meal; most people don’t want to be photographed when they’re eating, so I take the chance to have a walk around the building and its exterior to grab some extra shots.
ALWAYS remember to photograph the venue and location. For destination weddings I might include some of my personal shots of the place I have taken before or after the wedding/
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I ask my students what is the”most important subject between the couple or siblings that you are photographing.most dont guess the answer right away,it is the love,the relationship between them.
.I ALWAYS insist on that, I call it “the intimate session”NO ONE is to follow. I take them to a beautiful spot in nature, I try to schedule this session during the last half hr of sunlight”The magic hour” At that time,have a cocktail hour for your guests,they will be fine.This short time maybe the only”alone”time you will have on your wedding day,my couples of course welcome this.These are the photos you will cherish and have them framed and hanging on your walls.
Sometimes at destination weddings (especially In New Orleans) I like to have a “day after session”, when the couple gets to put their wedding clothes back on and have a blast for about two hrs while I use the destination for a backdrop, the couple is so much more relaxed, people are congratulating them,playing music for them,buying them drinks along the way everywhere they go,and they are getting the most interesting,romantic unique and fun photographs!! I also love to incorporate the people we meet along the way !
Things to Consider
1. How many guests do you want, and how mobile are they?
Is your dream wedding small or a Broadway-worthy production? Your answer may determine the location. Why? Even though the day is about you, it’s also about your guests. If your closest friends all have toddlers, is it fair to request their presence at a safari wedding in South Africa? If relatives are elderly, can you expect them to make it safely to the beach? You won’t be able to please everyone, but consider making a concession or two if it means your loved ones will attend.
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Fifty-three percent of couples who wed in 2007 did so in a church. A few things to consider:
3. How much work are you willing―or do you want―to take on?
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Depending on the location, you may have to do some heavy lifting. Before you commit to an “I do”-it-yourself undertaking, weigh the pluses and minuses of these settings:
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There are so many after twenty one years of learning,I know I will leave out some.Here is a list that will be very helpful to you in planning your wedding!
Get the groom to be involved, it’s his wedding too
Seat older guests away from loud music
Remember to involve step parents in some way
If it is the joining of two families, incorporate the kids into the ceremony,give them each a gift,have them participate
Have someone else do your makeup, you will be too nervous and critical,I dont suggest a relative I do suggest you hire a pro hair and makeup that will come to you!
DO get airbrush and false lashes!
DONT be the last to get ready, as a wedding photographer, I need one on one time with my brides for the very important bridal portraits.
DO have everything
in one place, have everyone come to you.
DO rent a house
on the beach perhaps as apposed to a resort , do you really want to see five other brides getting married,this is YOUR special day!
Look for your ceremony and reception sites first-one year out is average
Less is more,less guests = less stress Don’t invite guests you really don’t want to see at your wedding
Don’t seat divorced parents at the same table
Try to have an engagement session, great way to get comfortable with your wedding photographer,also nice to display an engagement photo next to your guest book
I love this idea, donate flowers the following day to a nursing home or hospital
DO feed your vendors!
If you hire an award winning photojournalist who has a gift for capturing “the moment” DONT give him/her a list of a thousand group shots or constantly tell them what to do, trust them,and enjoy yourself,forget about the camera!
DONT hire any vendors you wouldn’t want as guests DO hire your photographer early,DO read my post on the art of finding the perfect wedding photographer,the best ones fill up fast!
DO ask your photographer for recommendations of vendors better to have people that work well together especially a photographer and video,everyone needs to work as a team!
DO work on the timeline with your photographer,keep in mind photography is light +composition. save the last half hr for just the two of you in the best light! Your guests will be fine,perhaps plan a cocktail hr for this time.I sometimes give a day after intimate session especially when it is a destination wedding, using the destination as a background, You get to wear your wedding clothes once again and will have the most awesome and unique photos of just the two of you!
If you have an outdoor ceremony be sure to have a backup in case of bad
Be sure your Maid of honor knows how to bustle your dress
Be sure to eat on your wedding day, it’s easy to forget or be too excited
but you don’t want to get run down or have low blood sugar!
MOST OF ALL Don’t stress out over little things! REMIND YOURSELF, ITS ABOUT THE MARRIAGE!!
Dreaming of a beach wedding? After twenty years of shooting beach weddings in Florida I have allot of helpful advice.
Do rent a house on or near the beach! I find that at the resorts you tend to feel like a number, not special at all and sometimes many other weddings going on the same day.There are so many gorgeous rentals on or near the beach..I have seen some houses that can accommodate your entire wedding party.
My favorite beaches in Florida are in Clearwater, Indian Rocks beach,Redington shores,St Pete Beach,Sarasota and St Augustine,just to name a few!
PLEASE stay away from the summer months, rainy season here in Florida are extremely hot,humid =uncomfortable.=it will probably rain.
Everyone seems to get married on Saturdays,try an off day a week day or Friday/Sunday.You might get a discount with some of your vendors also the best vendors are more likely to be available (I book up Saturdays as much as two yrs in advance)
Have everyone come to you,hair and makeup (highly recommend the air brush) do hire professionals dont have a friend or relative do your hair and makeup!
Timeline/Ceremony,I get asked this question allot”What time should I have the ceremony”? About two hrs before time of sunset. You want to have your beach ceremony when the sun is low in the sky,much more flattering light for your photographs.
Pastels look beautiful on the beach,do incorporate pastels in your flowers bridesmaids dresses etc