“I hate taking photos! I always feel so awkward, and never know what to do!” Do not worry one bit, I have you covered. Whether you have the ability to own a room the second you walk into it or feel more at home on the sidelines, my goal is to capture you. ”I don’t know what to do with my hands!”
I pinky promise, it feels so natural on the wedding day (and I will absolutely let you know if something you are doing looks strange!) The joy you will feel will shine through every image.
Instead of working through a long list of “wedding poses”, and contorting you into strange scenarios where you could insert a different couple with no change to the end photograph, we work together to find what is right for you. Your portrait session will be a lot of finding the best possible light and letting you hang out in it.
It’s a few minutes to spend time with your partner and enjoy being married before being surrounded by people for the rest of the evening.
Locations – Keep in Mind
From airplane hangars to the park you walk through every weekend, to a hockey rink, to dive bars, and everything in between, let’s make beautiful images that tell the story of who you both are. All we need are you two, and some fantastic light. These portraits are an important part of your wedding day, where the heck do we take them? Consider a few things when setting up the location for your photos
Where do you imagine your portraits? Are you beach people or do you feel most at home in the city? Did you have the beautiful greenery of a park, or grandiose architecture in mind?
All of these things come into play when choosing the best spot. Keep in mind, the light at the location comes into play much more than the background. Some places look incredibly cool to the eye, but the camera sees it so very differently. Some spots look totally crazy from afar but come out spectacular due to the light. The image at the top right was taken on the top floor of a parking garage.
Consider the time it would actually take to travel to your portrait spot. Does Google say 15 minutes, but with traffic it takes 35? Is the time you have allotted for photographs enough to travel round trip and still have time left to take the pictures?
Whether you have a first look with ample time for portraits prior to the ceremony, or what I affectionately refer to as “the religious break” between a church ceremony and the reception, the proximity of your photo location is important. The right timing can make a huge difference in your final images and a more relaxed photo session.
If your wedding day involves travel (as many do), try to find locations along the way. If you are really set on a specific spot, make sure to leave enough buffer time to account for travel. Does your wedding day all happen at one location with cocktail hour for photographs? No problem! We can make beautiful images wherever we are.
Number of Locations
I know how exciting figuring out your wedding day plan can be, I remember how much fun my husband and I had setting everything up and watching it all come together. It’s so tempting to do a grand tour of the area with stops at all of the iconic spots, but too many locations can actually limit your photographs. I would recommend no more than 2 locations outside of your wedding venue. That will allow us enough time to get beautiful pictures without rushing around.
Some of the most iconic locations also tend to be the most crowded on a Saturday during wedding season. Instead of fighting multiple wedding parties for the best spots, we can figure out a location that is the same style or shows the space in different ways.
So many photo spots require a permit to photograph there. Please look into this before choosing a location. If you have any questions whether a location requires one, just ask. While I am happy to send over my insurance information, any permit fees are the responsibility of the client.