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Tips for Brides

There are so many important things to think about when planning your big day… The venue, the dress, the hair, the shoes, the jewelry, the cake, the band, ahhh the list goes on and on!! (WHEW!) BUT The absolute most important choice when making the decisions of this momentous occasion, is… (drum roll please) having the perfect photographer!! Bet you didn’t see that one coming! : ) Even though all of the other details are extremely important… they will all be gone or stored away in a closet when it’s over. The ONLY thing you will have left are your wedding photos. And not only is choosing the right photographer so important… but so are a few other things that I wanted to share.

So keep reading…


Choosing the right time of day for when everything starts is so important because of lighting. Usually when the planning process begins, whether it will be light or dark outside doesn’t always occur to the bride. But this is such an important factor! Any good photographer will tell you that it is ALWAYS better to shoot with natural light then with a flash. That being said, the best time of day to get married is the afternoon/evening. At least a couple of hours before the sun sets. So after you’ve chosen your date, check to see what time the sun sets that time of year because you have to remember to keep daylight savings time in mind. The less I have to use a flash before, during and right after the ceremony, the better! And if you time it just right, the pictures we take of you and your groom right after you’re married will be incredible because we’ll catch the sun really low which creates the warmest, most peaceful mood in a photograph. It’s my absolute favorite time of day to shoot. Most receptions are held inside so by the time the sun is gone, it’s perfect to begin using the flash for all the fun partying. : )


What is this first look thing? Well… a lot of brides are now opting to see their groom RIGHT before the ceremony. I know you’re thinking WHAT!? The traditional thing to do has always been to allow your groom to see you for the first time when you walk down the aisle. However, a “first look” can be GREAT for a couple of reasons. First off, it takes off SO MUCH of the pressure and helps relieve you and him both of all those crazy nerves. The whole day of preparation can be so stressful and nerve-wrecking that sometimes you forget the whole reason of a wedding ceremony. The “first look” gives you each a chance to be reminded of why you’re getting married and what it’s all about… two people, two best friends, in love and ready to commit and share their lives together, forever. It really is a beautiful and intimate moment that is shared between only you, him and ME of course! No one else will be around… none of the guests, family or bridal party. Just us. And the second reason, which is also a VERY GOOD REASON, is because I will be able to capture an incredibly beautiful moment shared between you both that I’m sure you will cherish for a lifetime. We’ll still get photos of you together after the ceremony, but that look in his eyes won’t be quite as good as when he sees you for the first time in that gown!! Just think about it, k? ; )


A newlywed session is also sometimes called a “Day After” session. On the day of the wedding I am able to capture several photos of you and your groom. But it’s never quite enough for my taste! By the time you’ve said your vows and been pronounced husband and wife, you’re ready to hurry up and get to your reception and start celebrating! Not to mention, I always try to keep the time for “group photos” underneath 15-20 min. So by the time we’re done with family and bridal party photos, there isn’t a whole lot of time to get pictures with you and your hubby. A Newlywed session fixes that! We go on location somewhere and are able to take some very cool, and relaxed, untraditional photos of you both in your wedding attire. All the pressure and stress will be gone, and you will no longer be worried about messing up your gown. The shoot is typically done either the day after your wedding (your bouquet will still be fresh enough for the photos), or sometime right after you get back from your honeymoon. It pretty much wraps up YOUR incredible story and I highly recommend it to EVERY bride!