Wedding Day Photography Tips
When it comes to planning your love fest, there is a ton of preparation and thought that goes into every detail. In years to come all you will have to look back on are the photos and videos that you have of your day.
Here are ten great tips for planning out your day so that things run smoothly and your photographer can create amazing images for you.
1 | Create a mood board of images you love
I want to know all about the style that you love and any images that would be really special to you both. Obviously you have hired me as you like my style but I also love to see what you both have in mind so I can get to know you and your personalities a little better.
The best way to create a mood-board is on Pinterest. I will create a board and send you an invite to it so you can start pinning! If you don’t want to use Pinterest, you can always email me a collection of images that you love that embody the style and feel of the images you would like me to create.
2 | Create a timeline of your day
One of the biggest things to planning out a successful day is having a great timeline in place so that everyone involved in your day is on the same page about when and where things are happening.
The timeline will also need to include time for each photography component of the day, such as hair and makeup, the first look, the family photos, the bridal photos at the arranged location and the couples session.
I have compiled a photography timeline guide for you so you have a better idea of what time is needed throughout your wedding day so your photographer can capture each element of the day really well. VIEW THE TIMELINE GUIDE HERE.
3 | Choosing a location for your bridal and couples session
When choosing a location for your bridal and couples session (which generally always takes place after your ceremony and before your reception), I suggest minimising your locations.
If you have a beautiful wedding venue, then there will likely be some amazing locations on site that we can go to take photos. If you have another location in mind, be mindful of how long it will take to travel there and return to your reception as we don’t want to be travelling long distances when we could be taking beautiful images!
I would suggest choosing one location off-site and at that location we can speak about the variety of photo opportunities that will be available there. Even if the background does not seem amazing, I can certainly get creative and work with any location that we’re at.
If it’s raining, the plans for the location images may change. It’s always worth checking if your venue offers clear umbrellas that can be used during the photos after the ceremony.
When it comes to creating beautiful images, light is key! The most magical time of the day is golden hour and the hour or two leading up to it. (Golden hour is when the sun is setting and you get amazing golden hues throughout the sky and the sun peeking just over the horizon).
When you’re planning out your schedule, I would highly suggest scheduling in the bridal location photos and then the couples session as close to golden hour as possible so we can create photos in this exquisite light.
4 | Hire great vendors so your day runs smoothly
The people that you have involved in making your day happen, can be the difference between a smooth running day and one that becomes really stressful.
If your flowers don’t turn up or your makeup artist shows up an hour late or you hire someone that is really difficult to work with, it can totally throw the day out.
I suggest really doing your research when you hire someone. Check out their work, their reviews and have conversations before your big day to smooth out everything and get a feel for how they will be to work with.
If you have a wedding planner, they are likely to have some great vendor recommendations for you or preferred suppliers that work with your venue on a regular basis.
5 | Think about adding in a first look before your ceremony
If you haven’t considered having a first look on your wedding day and you want to, then I would totally encourage you to do it! It’s such a special moment when you see each other for the first time and it’s an opportunity to capture some beautiful heartfelt images and to take a few intimate moments together before the ceremony begins.