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Tips From A Pro: How to Get More Portraits During Your Wedding

Hey I get it! Wedding days are busy! Believe me - no other vendor is there along side of you during the day longer than I am. So I see the hustle first hand and have a few tricks up my sleeve to help you gain more time in your day but also MORE portraits. Because, really, at the end of the day, what are you going to display and hang on your walls?

Portraits of YOU together!

So here's the scoop:

| Gather The Goods |

If possible, collect all of your details before I arrive so that I can begin quickly and have more time for some “getting ready” shots of you and your girls! This includes your full invitation suite, shoes, dress, jewelry, special items, and the rings! Keep all 3 rings with you and the Bride's details. We will style everything into your details and then we will deliver the rings to the person they need to be with.

| BRING the bouquet |

This is mostly a reminder to have your flowers and bouquets delivered to your getting ready location(s) and NOT the ceremony space. I can't tell you how many times we had to cram all of the separate bridesmaids/groomsmen photos all into what the "full bridal party" photos were supposed to be because no one had boutonnieres or bouquets so we could take those separate photos beforehand. This is now a tip that I share with all of my couples and it has saved us lots of time.

| Get Down with the Gown |

I have seen back of dress button malfunctions take up 30 minutes because there were no trial runs when getting into the gown. But also practice bustling your gown with your maid of honor or the person that will help you bustle it. I have also seen bustling take up to 30 minutes, because let's be real, that's a maze and something that's really hard to just spring on someone. All gowns bustle differently as well. Add a block of at least 10 minutes to get into gown and 10 minutes to bustle in your day.

| First Looks are love at First Sight |

This is the single biggest and easiest way to get more photos from your wedding day. On average, if you do a First Look you will be getting at least 30% more photos of the two of you. This is also a special time to be alone and be away from the hustle and bustle of the day. When you do a First Look I do not let anyone else in on it. This is the time for you two to be a couple, be vulnerable, and be together. We then can hop right into Bridal portraits and do those mostly all before the ceremony. We then still have all the time we had scheduled for portraits after the ceremony too!

Yay, for more portraits!!

| Get ready for photos BEFORE the ceremony |

This is a key tip to have more portrait time as the wedding couple. We do separate bridesmaids/groomsmen photos BEFORE the ceremony so that way we just have to do family formals, full bridal party, and wedding couple after the ceremony. If you don't do them before the ceremony you will need to add anywhere between 15-30 minutes (depending if you have a second photographer) into after ceremony portraits...all that time could have been for the wedding couple. During the separate bridal party photos before the ceremony I also make sure that immediate family is ready because at this point in the day is when we do separate photos like: Bride+mom, Bride+Dad, Bride+parents, Bride+siblings, Bride+parents+siblings. This also saves time during the family formals in the church or ceremony space.

| Schedule your portrait time first and everything else second |

If you want beautiful, timeless photos of you and you new spouse on your wedding day you need to plan for them. I cannot stress enough to build into the timeline enough time for you to spend with just your new bride or groom alone. This is when we can get genuine and real portraits. But we need the time. If there's only 10 minutes left, we can only get 10 minutes of photos and probably only 1 posing flow and spot. But if you build 30-45 minutes of portraits for just the wedding couple you will get so many gorgeous poses, portraits, moments, and spots in your final wedding gallery. You only have 1 day to do this and some of the most important photos of your life shouldn't feel rushed or pressured...this is your time to enjoy. So my tip is to create the time for the legacy you want to leave :)

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