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Things to Do Before Your Photographer Arrives

So you’re planning your wedding and getting down to the details of how the day will progress. Where you decide to get ready is often overlooked, but can make or break a portion of your wedding photos. I’ve compiled a few tips to ensure your getting ready photos are as flawless as the rest of your wedding.

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Getting Ready

Lighting – When it comes to photography, lighting is everything! Natural window light allows for the best photos. If the space does not have enough natural light, get creative with artificial lamps, candles, string lights, and lanterns, etc.

Location – An ideal spot would be a home or inn with natural light and pretty decor. We want to set the mood and theme right away. Consider AirBnB over dark hotel rooms.

Attire – Because the bride typically puts the dress on within the last 15-30 minutes, keep in mind that a good portion of photos will feature you in a pre-wedding outfit.

The Dress – A nice wooden or custom metal hanger to hang your dress on is always a nice touch. Much prettier than the white plastic one it came with in the bag.

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Happy wedding day!

Ceremony Tips

Ask your officiant to center you in the aisle. An officiant that steps to the side before announcing the kiss is always best! Keep walking when you walk out of the ceremony, we want to capture the whole moment!

Ask the coordinator to not follow right out behind you. Too often they end up in a picture that would be better if it was just the two of you.

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Reception Tips

Soft, romantic lighting is the best, such as Christmas lights, rope lights, hanging bulbs, paper lanterns, lights in trees, Mason jars with candles inside.

If you hire a DJ that is using a strobe light or laser lights, inform your photographer because it creates a few issues regarding color and exposure of the photographs. Ask the DJ to not use these colored lights during the first dances like Father-Daughter, Mother-Son, etc…

Ask the band/DJ to bring a wireless mic. During the toasts if the person is able to stand near you or in front of you it makes for a better picture, and it is much more personal.

Trust your photographer, that’s why you hired them!

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