PITTSBURGH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
PHOTOGRAPHER TIP: PLAN AN IMAGE
There is nothing more rewarding as a photographer to create a really amazing image. That always had me thinking …. why not plan it? Planning for success is a great way to get motivation and maintain momentum. I do this in my every day business life, so why not do it the day of the wedding? So here is my big giant wedding day tip – plan an image.
With each and every one of my weddings, I plan out the day. Each day is pretty typical and standard. You have your bridal prep, groom prep, ceremony, family formals, portraits, reception. There are tons of details within each one of those groupings, but that is typically what you will find in each wedding day timeline. While going into each wedding with the A to Z plan in place, I still like to get creative and try different things. There is nothing more exciting than having the ability to be creative and capture something beautiful and different with each wedding. So with that, I always plan an image.
So let me explain this a bit more. My portrait time with my couple is my MOST favorite part of the day. It is the part of the day where they get to spend time with just each other – away from the hustle and bustle, and I get to capture all of the loving and romantic moments. I like to spend time with my couples leading up to the wedding and so I usually have a general idea of how each couple interacts. Some are more cuddly while others more reserved. Knowing this makes the portrait time much more fluid as well.
Next consider the location of the portraits. I take a lot of time planning the locations for this, especially if we won’t be holding portraits on the property of the reception venue. If you aren’t familiar with the property or location, take a visit out there to scout it out. If that can’t be done, Google Earth will now be your best friend. Look around the property. How can you create an image – or series of images – that will be different, creative, and beautiful? What is on the property? Are there beautiful flowers that can be used to frame the couple? Is there an awesome tree line that can be used? Planning even just ONE image – one pose – and executing it the day of the wedding, I promise you, it’ll light a creative fire under you and it will carry out throughout the rest of the day.