Preparation Tips for Wedding Photo Sessions
Being well prepared for your photo session can make the difference between average and fabulous photos. Follow these easy tips and you’ll be well on your way to looking your absolute best.
Mindset: Relax and Have fun! I will help you with posing, so there’s no pressure on you.
Preparation - You will have met with your photographer and created a wish list and timeline.
Arrival:Early arrival is always good. We will take the first picture at your scheduled time. People showing up late means you lose camera time, and we don’t want that. The timeline does allow some extra time. This buffer helps with things like restroom breaks, wardrobe adjustments, weather (to much sun, or drizzle), things out of our control. This is to worked into the schedule to avoid any stresses on your most important day.
Make sure everyone knows the start time and to be dressed ready to go. This includes flowers, boutineers, sunglasses. Be sure to secure cell phones and purses as they are not needed during photos
Shoes: I cannot say it loudly enough. Wear heels! Whether pumps or boots, dressy or casual, plain or sassy, heels really make you stand out and look glamorous.
• Flats can also work well if you mix them with the right outfit.
• We will not photograph you in flip-flops. Yes, they’re comfy and we all love them, but they don’t photograph well.
Hair: Although we try to help with hair, it is hard to know what your hair “is supposed to look like.” Make sure you like the look or let the photographer know your preferences. Better yet, bring your best friend with you for the session and he or she can help. Hair style is ultimately YOUR responsibility. Any hair changes during the session should be quick and simple so you have as much camera time as possible.
• Bring hair spray, clips, pins, and whatever else is needed to keep your hair out of your eyes if it’s windy. Also bring a brush and mirror for quick hair touch-ups.
• Do not make drastic changes to your hairstyle right before your photo session. This could add unneeded drama to your life.
• Makeup that is well done is one of the best preparations you can make for your session. It will even out skin tones and help give your photos that extra pop for a model-like look. Even if you don’t normally wear makeup or wear very little, take the time to do it well and your photos will look their best.
• Makeup Should only be slightly heavier than normal. Mascara should be clean and not clumpy. Avoid makeup with an SPF because it tends to create a shine. Summer shine can be controlled by using translucent powder that knocks out shine without adding additional color.
• Closeups are taken so pay special attention to your makeup.
• Tanning is not necessary, in fact it can take away from your photos. If you choose to tan, don’t overdo it. We don’t want you looking orange and leathery.
• Complexion: Makeup helps a lot here, but I do retouch your photos, so please don’t be concerned about minor breakouts. I have you covered! If your acne is more severe, you’re still okay. We had bad acne is high school and understand! We’re happy to help you out with some extra retouching.
• Keep it simple. Big, shiny jewelry can distract from the important subject, you. If you have different jewelry for different outfits, you might put each set of jewelry in a plastic baggie and hang it on the hanger with that outfit.
• All that being said, the proper jewelry can really complement your outfit. It’s nice to have a variety to choose from and it doesn’t hurt to bring numerous options with you.
Props: They’re great! You are invited to bring props that help show who you are, I will bring some as well. Samples of items that I have:
• Plain white wood sign that we can impose your date, name etc.
• Signs with a variety of sayings, Thank, You, Here comes the Bride, Our Love Story.
• I also have other props that fit themes, just let me know your theme and I'll check my collection.
• Meaningful items, obviously your ring, but anything else that is of significant importance, maybe framed photos of your parents that you can hold.
Assistant: • An assistant, Friend or Parent is welcome and often can be a help.
Weather: • Don’t worry about clouds because they even out the light and make for ideal shooting conditions. But falling rain is an issue and we will have to reschedule. We will try to contact you first, but please call me at 651-366-7637. if you have any doubts or concerns.
Braces: • If desired, we can remove braces in Photoshop for an extra charge. Otherwise, try not to worry about them. Give a natural smile and enjoy yourself. A good smile with braces is far better than the awkward smile that comes when you try to hide them.
Undergarments: • Please make sure the colors of your undergarment coordinate well with your outfits and don’t show through your clothing. If you need a strapless, please bring one to your session. Tucking or moving straps will not always work or give the most pleasing look. Check ahead of time to ensure that undergarments don’t leave unpleasing lines underneath your clothing.
Finger & Toe Nails: • If you paint your nails, make sure they’re done well for your session. Chipped nail paint will show and distract from you. Avoid bright colors that will distract from you and may not work with all your outfits. Instead, opt for basic or natural tones.
Pinterest: • Create a engagement board of images, poses, and ideas. This will help me better meet your expectations. Word of caution, it can be very easy to be swept away with all the ideas. Remember to be authentic to yourselves as a couple.
Draft Wedding Timeline
This is a rough 8-hour schedule that I use, however it is a ‘starting point’.
• 11:30-12:00 First Pictures, dress, accessories
• 12:00-12:15 Groom Prep
• 12:15-12:30 Bride Prep
• 12:30-12:50 Couple 1st look
• 2:50- 1:10 Bride Wedding Party
• 1:10- 1:30 Groom Wedding Party
• 1:30- 1:50 Entire Wedding Party
• 1:50- 2:05 Bride Family
• 2:05- 2:15 Extended Family
• 2:15- 2:30 Groom Family
• 3:00- 3:30 Ceremony
• 3:30- 5:30 Extra Location Pictures
• 5:30- 7:30 Reception