One of the things I don’t get to do much once I’m in my busiest shooting season is share anything other than sessions! Don’t get me wrong, those are some of the BEST posts! 🙂 But when I have multiple engagements & weddings within the same week, it doesn’t leave much room for other topics. Now that it’s a little colder outside, I’m not shooting quite that much and have time to dedicate to education and bridal tips again! Woo!
Last week on Instagram I shared a little about this, and then I did something fun… I opened the topic up to you! I could share my tips and recommendations for weddings and how to make them look dreamy all day, but I wanted to hear what questions YOU had! I even included a little Starbucks gift card as a gift to someone who commented with a question, because I kind of love gift-giving and I’ll take any excuse to do it 🙂
I shared my responses to questions on Instagram stories, but I also want to share them here, where they won’t be missed and/or disappear after 24 hours. Part of my hope for this blog is that couples can continue using it as a resource whenever they need. I will definitely do this again and will share answers the following week. Here are last week’s questions & answers!
Q: What part of the wedding day is your favorite to photograph?
A: I love my time with the bride and groom because these are the portraits hat get framed, put up on walls in their home, and that become part of their lifelong story! Also, bridal details, because they’re always so beautiful and unique and are such an important part of the wedding day!
Q: What do you recommend timeline-wise if you really don’t want a first look?
A: I understand and respect every couple’s wish on if they want a first look or not! As a general rule, here is what I recommend for the amount of time you’ll need for each part of the day:
Preceremony/getting ready: 1.5 hours
Bride and groom portraits: 30 minutes (or more if possible!)
Bridal party portraits: 30-40 minutes
Family Formals: 30 minutes
The preceremony/getting ready images will be the only ones before the ceremony. Everything else will take place directly after. Also, don’t fall victim to a ceremony time that is too early! It’s better to make it a little later so that your portraits fall at a time when the light is dreamy and not too harsh. For example, if you have a 2:00pm ceremony in July, your portraits will be sometime around 2:30-3:00pm when the light is really, really bright (not good!). Instead, try a 5:00pm ceremony! It sounds late, but just trust me!
Q: How do you choose a wedding planner?
A: Such a great question! There are so many amazing planners out there that will do a fantastic job with your day. For me, it would come down to the one I have the best connection with. Someone that feels like a really good friend and has a personality that fits with yours!
Q: Looking back on your own wedding, is there anything that you would do differently now that you work in the industry?
A: SO MANY THINGS! I loved our day, but I’ve just learned a lot. I would NOT skip the getting ready and bridal detail photos, because I now really wish I had those to look back on. I would also do a first look, for all the reasons explained HERE. Also, I was way too hot in my dress so I would chose on with fewer layers.
Q: What’s a unique/fun/different event or detail you’ve seen at one of your couple’s weddings?
A: A breakfast buffet! And everyone LOVED it! Also, someone else had a surprise musical guest from a famous band, and juggling! Amazing!
Q: How do you try to set yourself apart from the many other wedding photographers?
A: Love this! There are so many other talented photographers out there. They all do gorgeous work and can shoot a wedding beautifully. That’s why comparing and competing has never been my strategy. I shoot in a way that is joyful and timeless, but I don’t think that’s the only reason my couples choose me. Sharing myself, my life, getting to know my couples, creating a personal connection… I want people to feel like I’m more than just a random girl who shows up to take pretty photos. Trust and connection… I think that’s where my success has come from and what allows me to continue serving my couples in the best way possible.
Q: In your experience, which flowers photograph best? Which are your favorite?
A: I personally love anything super light, large, and very fluffy! Blush peonies and white roses are a dream.
That’s it! I can’t wait to do this again!