As the wedding day approaches I wanted to share a few tips to consider before the wedding day professionals arrives to capture your day.These are designed to make our work fast and efficient, reduce interruptions, and generally keep you happy!

  1. Make sure the “getting ready” locations are cleaned prior to the photographer/videographer arrival to optimize our time taking photo/video.
  2. Make sure the dress is hanging from a wooden hanger, not a plastic one.
  3. Ladies – Stage your jewelry, the rings, shoes, dress, gifts, accessories, etc. before the photographer/videographer’s arrive. Gentlemen – Stage your shoes, boutonnieres, ties, cufflinks, blazer, suits, etc. before the photographer/videographer’s arrive
  4. Open the curtains and let in as much indirect natural light into the “getting ready” room as possible. Also use a tall chair for hair and makeup and position the chairs facing the largest window available. Furthermore when I arrive may turn off other light sources with competing color tones (i.e Tungsten lamps) in an effort to get the best looking image.
  5. Hand a copy of your stationary (save the dates, invitations, rsvp cards, envelopes & other cute elements) to your photographer/videographer when they arrive at the beginning of the day.
  6. Possibly consider having an “unplugged” ceremony so no one takes photos on their phones or tablets blocking the views of the photographer/videographer’s cameras. This is also good to force people to “live in the moment” with you. Check out my Blog post for help with this.
  7. After the ceremony have the officiant or MC/DJ announce the location of family portraits and cocktail hour.
  8. If you haven’t already, come up with a list of possible locations for photos for the couple, family portraits & wedding party photos.
  9. The photographers/videographers have to eat at the same exact time so that you can ensure uninterrupted photographic coverage of your event. You must confirm this with your catering that each photographer/videographer will receive a hot complete meal {protein, vegetable, & carb} with 15 minutes of uninterrupted rest.
  10. Remember that weddings are often if not always behind schedule and you can always make up time during the reception – so don’t sweat the small stuff!