1. Schedule an Engagement Session. It is great practice and will help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera.
2. Do not drink the night before you have photos taken. Drinking dehydrates your skin and makes your eyes puffy.
3. Keep the bridal / groom prep areas neat and tidy. The background of your photos matter!
4. Choose getting ready rooms with lots of natural light. By having just a single window in the bridal prep area, I am able to create beautiful portraits with soft light. So the more windows, the better.
5. Wear something nice before getting on your gown. Bridesmaids and anyone helping you get dressed should be dressed and ready before you.
6. Plan your schedule around the sun, especially if your ceremony is out doors. Lighting is the most important element of good photos!
7. Have a First Look so that the majority of your couple photos and bridal party photos will be completed before the Ceremony begins. If you do not wish to have a First Look, plan 1.5 hours of photo time after the Ceremony for Family, Bridal party and Couple Portraits.
8. Have a cocktail hour. It ensures your photographer has time to take details of the room you’ve worked so hard on.
9. Put your wedding cake in a nice location free of distracting background elements.
10. Do not eat during the toasts. Chewing food doe not make for a flattering photograph.