FREQUENTLY ASKED WEDDING QUESTIONS
+ WHAT TIME SHOULD WE START PHOTOS?
After shooting weddings for 12 years my biggest piece of advice is to plan your day in a way that allows you to enjoy it. I cannot stress enough that time flies so quickly on a wedding day and most things take longer than they may seem. Just to give you an example, it seems like it would take about one minute to put on a wedding dress – you just step in and zip up! In reality it usually takes more like 15 minutes. Since it’s such a special part of the day it’s really nice to be able to soak that time in without rushing through emotional moments with your family and friends who are helping you get ready.
I suggest beginning photo coverage at least 4 hours before your ceremony and allowing time in your schedule for things that may come up. No matter how amazing and talented your vendor team is, no matter how thoughtfully planned your schedule or well-intentioned every single person is, there is no way to anticipate things like a sweet moment with a family member that we don’t want to rush, a photo request that might take some extra coordinating in the moment, weather, a surprise that brings tears of joy, etc. These things take time and we want you to be able to enjoy these genuine moments and not have to rush or worry if something pops up.
SAMPLE PHOTO TIMELINE
Detail photos & getting ready candids
Couple, Wedding party & family portraits
-Detail photos of ceremony & reception setup
-Downtime for wedding party & family as guests arrive
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
I am a documentary-style photographer, meaning I take more of a fly-on-the-wall approach to most of the day, capturing lots of candids and details. I do give direction to keep people comfortable, but I try to make things as natural as possible so your photos reflect your specific wedding and personalities. I want you to feel like you're reliving your day when you look back at your photos. To read more about my shooting style, hop over to my "approach" page.
WHICH LIGHTING IS BEST FOR PHOTOS?
I suggest doing as much as possible in natural light (whether that’s outside or indoors near a big window). Natural light is pretty and flattering, and it allows us to shoot without flashes. This helps us capture more of an accurate image of the way the scene actually looked at the time. Flash is great for dark receptions when everyone is dancing the night away, but I try to keep it more natural the rest of the day.
DO WE NEED TO COMPILE A SHOT LIST?
I typically photograph the day as it naturally unfolds, which helps tell the story of your specific day. That being said I also want to make sure we get the photos you have in mind that might require a little more direction. I like to have a family shot list to make sure we cover the groupings that are important to you, and I send a questionnaire about a month before the wedding where you can input your list, other photo ideas and info about the day.
DO YOU RECOMMEND DOING A FIRST LOOK?
I think you should do what feels best for you. There are some advantages to a first look, my favorite being that you get to spend your wedding day together. It also seems to help calm nerves and you get to have time to soak that moment in when you first see each other (while still having a really amazing moment when you see each other at the ceremony). If you decide on waiting to see each other, I recommend leaving enough daylight after your ceremony so your portraits aren’t in the dark.