February 23, 2012

5 Tips for Great Wedding Portraits

As the rainy, cold days of winter give way to spring and summer, brides everywhere are making plans for their perfect, one of a kind wedding day. From wedding traditions like something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue to location weddings, every bride wants the moments captured in portraits. The big day can get a bit hectic, so we like to make sure our brides are ready long before the limo arrives at the church and long after the last piece is cake is eaten.

1. Location, location, location

We love doing on-location shots from engagement portraits to bridal portraits, we’re game for the trip. The key to location shots is planning. From weather considerations to checking with property owners, we’ll be glad to help you work out the details to get the shot you’re looking for in your wedding portraits. Talk to us in our first consultation about portrait locations outside of the wedding or reception where you’d like to hold a session. We’ll work with you to get the details right.

2. Make a list and check it twice

In the months leading up to the wedding, you’ll want to create a list of formal portraits you want to make sure we capture as well as some reception and less formal shots you’d like to see. We can start you out with some ideas, but if you’ve seen group portraits from other events or have a unique group you’d like to capture, let us know. We also suggest asking a family friend who knows most of both sides of the wedding party to help us keep track of which portraits we’ve covered. It’s a great way to utilize Great-Aunt Beatrice and make sure your group shots don’t get lost in the wedding day hustle.

3. Schedule Plenty of Time

We love to capture the first long looks the bride and groom share in a peaceful, quiet atmosphere before the hectic day takes control. We suggest the bride and groom plan to begin pictures at least 30 minutes before the rest of the wedding party is ready to go. They can finish the touches on hair and make-up while you share some uninterrupted time together for portrait you’ll treasure later.

4. Bring Lots of Samples

If you’ve seen wedding portraits you loved (and even some you didn’t love so much) bring a few with you to your first consultation. Show us the look you’re after, talk to us about your style and let us help you plan for portraits you’ll cherish through the years to come. Sometimes it’s hard to explain exactly what camera angles you love and what group shots you really can live without, but pictures help us understand you wants even better.

As you walk through the wedding planning process, we’d love to help you capture this beautiful day in portraits you’ll display throughout your home, share with your children and cherish throughout your life. Call us for a consultation to talk about dates, time expectations and wedding packages.

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