HOW TO ROCK YOUR WEDDING DAY PHOTOS
PITTSBURGH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Your wedding day will literally fly by and your photos will give you the memory of all of the wonderful moments from the day. For those photos, I am here today to give you some tips to rock your wedding day photos. You have way too much going on the day of your wedding so I don’t want you to be worried about what things look like, how the photos are turning out, etc. Let me worry about that and simply enjoy the best day of your life.
WEDDING DAY TIMELINE
Stick to your timeline. I will work with you to create a photography timeline to cover the major events of the day. I discussed this in a past blog post about how I cover my weddings solo. If you want to hear more about that, click HERE. Your timeline is SUPER important and you want to stick to it. Once you get off track, you will often get rushed, feel rushed, and look rushed. I cannot Photoshop that out. I will help to keep you on time and will often give time checks to make sure we aren’t rushing at the last minute.
WEDDING DAY FAMILY FORMALS
Often times this is the time of the day that is not as enjoyable for couples. Family formal portraits typically will take place immediately following the ceremony and I build this into the timeline. These photos, while not as fun as your portraits with your bride or groom, they are super important to have. They also do not need to take up a lot of time. I have my couples make me group listings ahead of time and I follow the list the day of. The more efficient we are, the quicker we can have everyone photographed.
FIRST LOOK PHOTOS
Tradition is super important to couples and I always respect what my couples would like to do for the day of the wedding. If you wish to not see your future spouse prior to the ceremony, that is totally fine! It is my job, however, to give you options. I also talk about first look photos in a previous blog post. If you want to check it out, you can find it HERE. Anyways, back to the first look. A first look has many advantages and one that is always a favorite, is MORE TIME FOR PHOTOS! Having additional time before AND after the ceremony for portraits will not only give you more photos, but it will give you a variety of photos as well. It also helps with the timeline of the day and allows for less rushing with portraits after the ceremony.
CONSIDER ENGAGEMENT SESSION PHOTOS
Engagement photos will give you an opportunity to work with me prior to the wedding which often helps with making you more comfortable during your portraits. You’ll get a chance to see how I work, how I pose, and will give you an idea of how your day will go with me. This also gives the two of you some time in front of the camera before the wedding day. Unless you are models, you typically aren’t in front of a camera on a daily basis and so this can be a bit uncomfortable for some. Do not worry, though, if you opt out of engagement photos. Your wedding day photos will still be amazing. I will still coach you though everything and will ensure that your portraits turn out fantastic.
YOUR WEDDING DRESS
When shopping for that perfect dress, there are some things to take into consideration. If you are considering a winter wedding and want outdoor portraits, consider purchasing something fantastic to throw on immediately following the ceremony, whether this is a shawl, a fur coat, lace bolero, anything that will keep you slightly warmer and more comfortable. When you are getting fitted for your dress, move around in it, dance in it, sit in it, watch yourself in the mirror as you move around. Make sure the dress fits and feels comfortable. If you are wearing a strapless and parts of your back spill over and you are self-conscious about it, consider a different option. Trust me when I say this, you will immediately look at that in your photos and most likely will hate them. There are some things that I can fix in editing, but not all.
CANDID WEDDING PHOTOS
This is going to sound weird, but I really mean this: PRETEND I’M NOT THERE! I know I’m the lady with the camera and sometimes that camera in your face might be hard to ignore (I do make any and all effort to stay back as much as possible), but honestly pretend I’m not there, unless I tell you to look at me. Walking down the aisle …. look at your groom!! Immediately following the ceremony, during your recessional … look at each other or even your guests at times!! During your first dance … look at each other!! Catch my drift here? There will be plenty of times throughout the day where I will have you look at the camera, but if you don’t hear me talking to you, simply pretend I’m not there. Those candid moments will give you those raw, emotional photos that you will cherish forever.
Most importantly …. RELAX and ENJOY YOUR WEDDING DAY. Allow me to capture your day as it happens.