THE BRIDE AND GROOM'S GUIDE
Planning your wedding
MY TIPS FOR ENJOYING THE DAY
AND HAVE BEAUTIFUL PICTURES
Planning a wedding is not an easy task and it can even become overwhelming.
I have made this list with useful tips that I have developed in my experience as a wedding photographer. I promise that by the end of this article, you will feel much more relaxed knowing what to expect and how to prepare yourself to get the most out of your wedding photos!
DO AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION
The engagement session has several advantages: Firstly, it will allow you to feel more at ease in front of the camera. You will be less surprised about the way I work and we will have created a complicity before the big day.
Secondly, it is a more personalised and less solemn photo session. Crazy, wise, eccentric, in Paris, on a beach... it's a photo session that reflects you. It's also an opportunity to take photos that you can use for your invitations, your guest book, your thank you notes or to include in your wedding album.
LET'S LOOK AT THE TIMELINE OF THE DAY
From my experience, I have a very good idea of what works best and how much time to spend on certain tasks.
If, for example, the preparations are not well organized, you will be late. Being late and stressed is the last thing you want.
This is a very important moment of your wedding, if everyone is stressed it will show on the pictures.
GET READY IN A TIDY ROOM
Do your preparations in a tidy room, ideally rent a nice RBNB where everyone can gather the night before.
The photos of the preparations highlight the atmosphere before the wedding. The beauty of the bride but also of the witnesses, the growing emotion of the mother when her daughter passes her dress. The photos of details are also important like the photos of the engagement ring, the stationery, the lace of the dress...
- get ready in a fairly tidy room with lots of natural light coming in.
- do your hair and makeup in front of a large window whenever possible
- turn off artificial lights and televisions
- make sure everyone is properly dressed, even the hair and makeup artist
- put away unnecessary items (bags, bottles, suitcases, laundry, etc.) in a separate room or in the closet
HAVE A SECULAR CEREMONY
The secular ceremony and the hupa are very beautiful moments that make very nice pictures
Choose as much as possible to place the arch against the light or in the shade. Ideally do not do these ceremonies at 2pm but rather around 5pm for a question of quality of light.
Inform your guests during the announcements not to stand up during the ceremony and not to use their smartphones. It would be a shame to see a phone haire of honor rather than the head of the guests!
You can also ask the officiant to make an announcement before the ceremony.
INQUIRE ABOUT PHOTO RESTRICTIONS INSIDE THE CHURCH
Ask about the rules at the ceremony. All venues are different, some restrict where photos can be taken and even when they are allowed.
Some churches allow flash photography, others do not. Is it allowed to go upstairs to take pictures of the organ and the ceremony from above?
I always go see the priest before the ceremony to make sure we are on the same page.
Let's organize together the exit of the church to have a beautiful photo of your exit under the rose petals or other. Find out what is allowed or not
MAKE A CHEKLIST OF GROUP PHOTOS
This is a moment that should not last forever but should satisfy everyone. For this to be effective, we start with a photo of everyone, then with the help of a checklist we start the small groups. Designate in advance one of your relatives who will be in charge of gathering the people when the time comes.
During the cocktail I take pictures of more spontaneous groups.
WHEN TO DO YOUR COUPLE SESSION?
The best time is about an hour before sunset, during the "golden hour", or an hour after sunset, during the "blue hour".
I strongly recommend that you organize your schedule so that you can disappear with your photographer for 30 minutes during these times.
It is the guarantee of very beautiful photos.
If possible, ask the reception venue beforehand to get an idea of the surroundings. A field, a beautiful tree, a point of view ...?
It's really worth the effort!
DO NOT USE COLORED LIGHTS DURING YOUR FIRST DANCE
This could cover your faces with unsightly colored spots. So ask your DJ not to use lasers at this time.
Lasers can be very harmful to the eye's retina and even more harmful to the camera's sensors. It is preferable not to use them and to prefer beautiful lights (spotlights).
If the whole wedding takes place outside, make your entrance by doing your first dance after the couple's session. If you can add candles on the tables and hanging garlands, it is even better!
ENJOY YOUR DAY!
After all, that's what this day is all about. It's one of the most important moments of your life, so make the most of it! The more relaxed you are and the more fun you have, the more natural and easy your wedding photos will be. This is your moment and I want to capture you just being you, showing your personality, because you are unique and so is your wedding.
PRINT YOUR PHOTOS
All my collections include an album, you have no choice! For me, it is a nonsense to keep photos on your computer. We don't print our photos anymore and that's a shame. Yet everyone remembers the pleasure of browsing through old family photos. By printing your album you connect through the generations and pass on your history.
I advise you of course to save your photos digitally on at least two hard drives and if you have the possibility on a cloud.