Proper arrangement need to be made with the church. The church needs
to be opened & air-conditioned before the start time. Allow enough
time for the photographer to set up his equipment before shooting.
The church also needs to know the amount of time needed after the
ceremony to do portraits. People in the background turning off the
lights, cleaning, and taking down decorations while portraits are
being taken does not work.
out special requests ahead of time & inform photographer of any
changes in times or places as soon as they occur. Make sure
sure the photographer is aware of any special ceremonies, and when
they might happen.
Make sure everyone knows the schedule. If someone is late, it will
cause important pictures to be missed or rushed.
The better organized you are in planning for specific picture times
during the day, the more time you'll have to relax and enjoy your
special day with loved ones.
guys should pick their tuxes up as soon as they are allowed to and try
them on! Make sure they fit properly. This includes the shirts and
the photographer of any sensitive situations such as step parents,
divorced parents, or recently deceased grandparents.
Hairdressers have probably caused more brides to be late than any other
than any other reason. Make sure your hairdresser knows the time we
need the photography to start, not the ceremony which is several hours
later. It is a good idea to have more than one hairdresser if there
are several bridesmaids.
hair designs may be very elegant but long hair strands or curls covering
your eyes can cast shadows on your face and look terrible in pictures.
If you have very young children in your wedding party, an adult other
than those in the bridal party should be available to supervise the
sure the limo driver knows the schedule, both before and after the
ceremony. It is important they donít schedule another job too soon after
Everyone in the wedding party
should bring sunglasses to the wedding for use in the photos.
Avoid choosing flowers with
long spikes, they are hard to photograph and can intrude into portraits.
Pure white bouquets do not shoot well; the bouquet should have a little
color in it.
Men will often stand with feet
shoulder width apart and hands clasped in the front of the body.
When the groomsmen (or ushers) are standing at the altar, they
should stand feet slightly apart, hands at sides, and try not to
Brides should walk down the
aisle slowly, head up, bouquet tipped slightly forward. Don't stare at
the floor and walk solemnly.
Abstain from alcohol until the
portraits are taken or the album will be filled with intoxicated smiles
and bloodshot eyes.
Table shots are not recommend at the reception as they are usually not
the most favorable picture for the subjects. A lot of the time people
will be in the middle the meal and have food in their mouth or plates
piled up with food. We recommend an announcement be made by the DJ to
come over to a backdrop, allowing the portrait done under better
Your nervousness will diminish
as the day unfolds, and by the end of the day you won't want to regret
having been in the background of your own wedding. It is a celebration!
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