FOR THE BIG DAY
TASKS TO CHALK OFF IN ADVANCE
Schedule a bridal portrait
in advance of the ceremony date
There’s an incredible amount of pressure on the wedding
day to tick off everything on the to-do list and everything
longer than you think. You want the photographer to have all
the time he or she needs to pose you, work with the light and
your sweet spot. While you may get lucky and have all of this
come together on your ceremony day, if at all possible schedule
this important shot another day.
Purchase disposable cameras
for the tables
Disposable cameras decorated with a wedding theme are cheap
and easy to find. Either ask your photographer to provide them
develop them!) or buy them yourself. Your photographer can’t
be everywhere at once, so even if you toss 80% of what comes out
of the disposables, you’ll probably get some great keepers
that make the nominal expense worthwhile. Don’t wait
til the last minute, however. Order in advance!
Create your posing list at least one week in advance
You’ve probably got at least a few posed photographs
with key wedding party members or family members that you’ll
want. Make sure you get this list to the photographer in advance
of the Big Day!
Add thirty seconds per person to the amount of time it
will take just to organize a picture
realize you and your guests want to get to or get
on with the celebration, but give your photographer as much
time as you can
to position people for these once in a lifetime shots.
Request your guests’ emails
on the invitation reply so you can easily share your online
proofs with them
you’re indifferent as to who looks at your proofs,
make sure your photographer provides adequate access encryption.
Send your wedding day plan of events to the photographer
Include all the details from the moments the bride first begins
hair or make-up, to the grand departure at the very end. It
helps the photographer to know what to expect, especially during
the ceremony, so he or she can locate the optimal shooting
Be sure to include the
ceremony location contact information
Send the photographer the name and contact information of the
person in charge of the ceremony location so that he or she
talk to the source about lighting rules. Some venues allow
flash and/or extra lighting while others don’t. Once
the photographer finds out what the rules are, he or she should
have a discussion
with you about the implication of the lighting options.
If you have a logistics
coordinator, tell your photographer
Many event locations have a coordinator who keeps
the event sequence rolling. You’ll get better pictures
when your photographer is in the loop and is in place when
begin than when he or she is rushing to catch up.
Plan the photography sequence
with your photographer
If you’re willing to see your future spouse before the
ceremony, get as many group photos as possible out of the way
If not, at least get wedding party and family photos on each
side done in advance.
If it suits you, allow
your photographer to spend a good amount of time with the
bride in the final stages of preparation
If you haven’t purchased a full day of photography, I urge
you to skew the amount of time with your shooter to the time before
the ceremony rather than the reception. I say this because some
of the most intimate, touching images come out of the last few
moments of the bride’s preparation and interaction with
her mother and bridesmaids.
no coincidence that this section is short. All the hard work
takes place in advance
so you can kick off your shoes and shake a little on this day!
NEVER GET PHOTOGRAPHED WITH A DRINK
IN YOUR HAND
No matter how thirsty you are or how great your party mood
is, if you’re posing for a group shot, put the drink
down or hide it behind your back.
Brides – Keep up your lip
color and a bit of gloss
It’s easy to forget about your lip color, but it
goes fast when you’re drinking and nibbling. If you start
out with a touch of color and a bit of shine, remember to refresh
your lip look regularly.
Plan, relax and enjoy
Above all else, I want you to enjoy and remember this
day with joy in your heart and peace in your soul.
If there’s anything else you think I should add to this
list, please let me know. I wish you love, contentment and
to the special people in your life not just on your wedding
day, but for all the days to come.
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