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Welcome to: 8 Ways to Feel More Relaxed in Front of Your Wedding Photographer’s Camera! I’m sure we all know someone who is just a natural in front of a camera (I’m not one of those people and I’m a Photographer, haha!) but if you’ve been getting a sinking feeling in your stomach every time […]
October 8, 2019
September 9, 2019
I’m sure we all know someone who is just a natural in front of a camera but if you’ve been getting a sinking feeling in your stomach every time you think about being in front of a photographer on your wedding day, know that you’re not alone.
Naturally, you want your wedding photos to look amazing and the more relaxed you are, the better your photos will turn out.
Here are a few tips that will have you breathing easy on the day of your wedding!
Always meet your photographer in person.
Always try to meet your photographer in person! You may love a photographer’s style but if your personalities aren’t a good match, you’re not going to feel as comfortable as you want to on your wedding day. If you’re planning from another state and can’t make an actual meeting, opt for Facetime, Skype or a phone call!
Schedule an engagement shoot.
The best way to get more comfortable in front of the camera is to schedule an engagement shoot with your wedding photographer. This way you will have a better idea of what to do and how your photographer works by the time your wedding day arrives.
In the months leading up to your wedding, keep the lines of communication open with your photographer. If you think of a shot you really want or make a change to your timeline, be sure to let your photographer know so that you are both on the same page on your wedding day.
Keep the focus on your partner.
When you start taking photos, cut everything and everyone else out and just focus on them. Your husband or wife is the person you feel the most relaxed around, so focus on that if you’re feeling nervous.
Schedule enough time.
Running out of time will make anyone anxious so schedule in enough time for your couple shots! We never want to rush such a special time!!
If you hate not knowing what to do with your hands, keep your bouquet or a pretty prop close by so that you can incorporate it into your photos. But have no fear, I do not like the “what do I do with my hands” look of panic so I try to answer that question BEFORE it comes up!
There’s something so special about seeing a bride in her wedding gown for the first time, especially when her hair and makeup look perfect and she’s ready to marry the person of her dreams. Brides are always glowing in those moments and it makes for the most beautiful photos. If you want to incorporate some […]
September 2, 2019
August 26, 2019
A well thought out wedding photography timeline can really make a massive difference for your entire wedding day!
Mapping out your timeline ahead of time means that your day will run a lot smoother and your photographer will have enough time to get all the shots he/she needs. There are a lot of moments and people to take into consideration when planning the timeline for your big day but the extra effort will be well worth it in the end, I promise!
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you plan the timing of your special day!
Start with a basic outline
Before you start getting into the specific details, jot down the most important parts of your day such as getting ready, the ceremony, family and couples photos as well as the reception. Once you have divided your day into larger chunks, you can start breaking them down into more detailed time slots.
Will there be a first look?
First looks between couples have become a popular way to start the day. If you and your future husband or wife has decided on a first look, remember to factor this into your timeline before the ceremony.
Consider the size of your bridal party
How many bridesmaids you have will play a role in your timeline since you will need to consider how long it will take to do everyone’s hair and makeup and still take photos together. Don’t forget to include mom as well as your new mother-in-law.
Will the reception and ceremony be held at the same venue?
If you and your bridal party will be traveling to a separate venue for the ceremony, keep this in mind when planning your wedding photography timeline. Also, if your photographer won’t be working with an assistant, remember that he/she will need time to head to the venue to take photos before you arrive. Again, if you will be taking your couple shots at the reception venue, factor this travel time into your planning.
Consider the size of your family
If you and your future spouse have a large family, remember to add some additional time for family photos, especially since it can always take some extra time to get everyone together, to begin with.
We’ve also found that the best way to plan your wedding photography timeline is to work backward starting with when you would ideally want to exit. From there, you can slowly plan out the finer details such as your first dance and couple shots, all the way through to when you first start getting ready.