Answers to our most frequently asked ?’s
Do we need to give you a shot list?
No, please don’t 😉
After shooting hundreds of weddings I have a pretty good idea what to shoot at a wedding! I’ve seen the typical shot lists reccomended by blogs and planning websites, and they are actually counter-productive. The reason being, if I have a big checklist to follow throughout the day, I will likely miss the best moments that are happening naturally. Your wedding will be as unique as you are, and the pictures will reflect that.
My approach – is that basically anything and everything you do throughout the day (that is in view of my camera) and will make a good picture, will be photographed! If there is something unusual happening, or something especially meaningful, feel free to bring that up at our pre-wedding meeting, and I will do my best to capture it! But I don’t need a list telling me you want a picture of the first kiss, toasts, cutting of the cake… etc. I know those things are importrant 🙂
Can you help with the timeline?
Absolutely! Here is a sample photo timeline based on the typical 6 hr wedding coverage:
Tips for getting the best photos!
- keep it private, and ban anyone who might be difficult or stress you out in any way. This is your day, start it off in the best mood possible!
- Have bridesmaids ready and in their dresses before you, that way they will look good in the background of the photos, and will be able to help you in final preparations.
- For the most flattering photos, prep in a space with natural light & near windows.
- Eat something, have fun, enjoy this time with friends and family. DO NOT worry about logistics. Delegate that stuff to others, or the stress of it will show on your face in the pictures.
- Hair & Makeup often takes longer than everyone thinks. Tell your hair and makeup people you want to be ready at least 30min, even 60 min. before the real time you need to be ready. That pads the schedule, and if they finish early, you have extra time to relax and have some champagne with your wedding party or family, or we can start pictures early!
- Assign a member of the family who knows who everyone is, to help gather everyone for family photos.
- Don’t feel like you need to take a formal photo with every aunt, cousin, and so-and-so if you don’t want to. Most brides and grooms last about 30-45 minutes doing group photos before it starts to get stressful. It’s hard work being in every single photo! I like to do a big extended family shot with everyone so we get all the extended family in at least one shot, but beyond that I would try to limit who we do formal group pictures with. You can always do a quick selfie with people during cocktail hour and the reception.
Ceremony and Reception
- Have fun and enjoy yourself! Happy people look good in photos.
first look before or during ceremony?..
what family photos should we do?
- Bride &Groom w/ parents
- B&G w/ parents and siblings
- B&G w/ siblings
- B&G w/ extended family,
- B&G w/ both sets of parents
- Schedule family photos at the ceremony venue, and as close to the ceremony as possible. Typically 60-90 min. before the ceremony start time.
- Assign family member to wrangle everyone. It is much better for someone who everyone knows to be giving orders than the photographer…