I've been meaning to post this blog forever, so many of my brides have questions about some tips that are helpful for the big day! So here are three simple ways that can make taking pictures go A LOT smoother on your big day!
1. the first look:
One of the first things I always recommend to my brides is the first look. Not only does this take time out of the crazy day for the bride and groom to have a moment of solitude before the wedding, it's also incredibly romantic and intimate! I personally had a first look with my husband, and I don't regret a thing. It was this special moment just between us (and the photographers lol). I remember it was so quiet all I could hear was my footsteps and breath as I walked down the aisle, when he turned around we were the only two people in the world. I love that the bride and groom can experience a moment like this before walking into a room with hundreds of people. Not only does it create some wiggle room for pictures, it is also so incredibly romantic. A moment for you and your future spouse to breathe and just take each other in in the midst of a crazy day. Uncle Billy and aunt Joanne won't have to wait forever to get family pictures taken, they can just go straight from the ceremony to the reception. It makes the day run so smoothly!
2. plan for rain:
No one likes to think that it could rain on their big day, but it's always best to plan for everything! If the big day is coming up and it looks like the forecast isn't happy with you, buy some clear umbrellas! They're such a cute addition to wedding photos! Not to mention, cloudy days can make for some of the sweetest shots (even lighting -- hello 😍). These are some shots from Leila's bridal session, we shot in light rain! You can't see it, but her sweet sister is holding an umbrella over her!
3. the faux exit:
This is my absolute favorite thing to capture. Instead of waiting until the end of the night when the crowd is sparse and the light is gone, I love to capture a faux exit with the bridal party and immediate family! It's a great way to get the glamorous shots without having to worry about lighting, crowd control, and grabbing the perfect shot with only one chance! The faux exit creates an opportunity for your closest friends to have fun and send you off (to the reception!).