Wild Rose Images
I would definitely recommend Wild Rose Images to any couple who is wanting their wedding pictures to be extra special. They were very professional and did an awesome job with our pictures. Thanks to them, we have beautiful albums to look at for years to come!
2. If possible do an engagement shoot! In my shooting experience I find that couples who had an engagement shoot were much more comfortable in front of the camera and with the photographer on the actual wedding day. Many photographers include engagement shoots in their packages. If one is not included find out how much it is to add on. In the long run your photos on your wedding day will be better and faster!
3. Consider doing bridal portraits before the ceremony. Even if the bride and groom do not want to see each other before the wedding, many of the formal photographs of the groom and his family, groomsmen together, bride and her family, and bride and bridesmaids together, can be taken giving more time after the ceremony for photos of bride and groom alone!
4. Limit the amount of family photographs taken. When completing formal photographs only have immediate family in the photographs. The more extended family that is in the photographs, the more time you take away from images of the two of you. If extended family wants to be in a picture grab the photographer at the reception.
5. Give the photographer the names of the bride and grooms immediate family members to be in photographs. List their name and how they are related. Don’t forget to identify half and step-siblings (and who their parents are).
6. Create a timeline of your wedding. Plan to be completely ready at least 1 hour before the ceremony and 1 ½ - 2 hours if photos are being taken before the ceremony. Be sure that all hair and make up appointments are able to be completed at least 1-2 hours before the ceremony start time. Tell family members to be early and ready for family photographs.
7. Consider lighting conditions. For the autumn/winter weddings it can get dark as early as 4:30 pm. Flash photography is not as flattering for formal photographs. The best time for photography is sunrise and the last two hours before sunset. The ideal time for wedding portraiture is to have the ceremony end one hour before sunset. Also keep in mind that outdoor ceremonies mid-day can create harsh lighting situations. If having a mid-day outdoor ceremony, try to find a ceremony site that is shaded, this way you don’t have harsh shadows on your face and your guest are not sweltering in the sun.
8. For receptions be sure that there is ample ambient lighting whether indoors or outdoors. Often during the dancing guest want the lights to be turned down, making the photographs look like the guest are in a black hole. If you are able to have the walls lit with colors or dance floor lights it makes for a great background. Many DJ’s offer lighting packages or you can go to a lighting company and rent your own lights.
9. Consider hiring a make-up artist for lessons or to do your make-up on your wedding day. After all you want to look your best!