WEDDING PLANNING CAN BE STRESSFUL AND OVERWHELMING AT TIMES. HERE ARE SOME INSIGHTS FROM MY PAST EXPERIENCES IN PLANNING MY OWN WEDDING AND HELPING OTHERS PLAN THEIRS:
- Include your photographer in the wedding planning process. All of my packages include a planning session with me before your wedding day. I will ask questions about your timeline, details, family members and wedding party. It's important for me to know all of this ahead of time in order to plan a shot list and a strategy for the day so I know exactly where to be and when to be there to capture those precious moments!
- Do your research. Have an idea of what you are looking for in wedding portraits and communicate that with me. Do you like posed shots or candid shots? Vintage edits or a more classic look? Pinterest is a great place to get inspired!
- Communicate the plan with your wedding party and family. Make sure everyone knows where to be and when for photos and to show up 10 - 15 minutes early. We will have a shot list to insure we don't miss anyone!
- Book an engagement session before your wedding day. This is extremely important because it gives us a chance to get to know each other and become comfortable together. Being in front of the camera is intimidating for most people and I am often posing you and getting personal pretty quickly. If the first time we meet is at your wedding, you risk feeling awkward or shy, which shows in the photos. An engagement session allows us to loosen up and become comfortable with each other first, so when your wedding day comes your photos will have natural smiles and we can all have fun!
- Tell me the story of how you met and how you got engaged. It helps me to get a feel for your history together and tell your story through your photos.
- Know when to relinquish control. You plan and plan and plan and plan and plan and then the day comes so quickly and ends before you know it. We will have all the final details figured out at least a week before your big day, at which point you should stop thinking about the photography and leave it up to me. After all, you are paying me to do my job and trusting me to do it well. On the day of your wedding, I want you to enjoy your day and soak in every moment.