You’re planning your dream wedding, putting extensive care and effort into every minor detail. After all, it’s going to be a day to remember for the rest of your life. But years from the wedding, all that remains are the moments, emotions, and memories captured by your photo and video team. Aside from hiring a professional photographer, there are numerous steps you can take as a bride to guarantee incredible photos. From incorporating a first look to picking that long flowy veil in the bridal shop, we’ve narrowed down the top wedding photography tips you should follow as a bride.


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It is crucial that you create a timeline for your wedding day, something your wedding planner can assist you with organizing. There should be an estimated start and end time for hair, makeup, reception setup, etc. Within that timeline should include all your photo sessions such as the first look, bridal party photos, and couple’s session. 

For cinematography, write a note

If you are getting a cinematography package for your wedding. We are planning to use your voices reading a note for the intro of the video, so it is a great idea to write a short message to each other, and exchange them the day before, explaining your feelings as you prepare to start your new life together as husband and wife. Read the note during the getting ready part of the day. It makes the video so much better!

Minimize Your locations

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You will have a more fun and relax day with better photos if you don't have to travel a lot from location from location.

In order to maximize photo time, we recommend minimizing the number of photo shoot locations. A hotel or home close to the venue to get ready, and a single location for ceremony and reception is ideal. A good photographer should be able to make almost any location work. Even if you don’t love the background options of your venue, trust in the creative abilities of your photographer.

Schedule The Couples Session During The Best Lighting

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If you booked your venue because of the spectacular view of the ocean or the gorgeous vines in the winery, it’s essential to schedule your couple’s session before sunset. We only need 5 five minutes!. The romantic hues during Golden Hour make it our favorite time of day to capture the new Mr. and Mrs. 

Plan Enough Time for Hair & Make-up

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Delays with hair and makeup can set the whole day behind. Plan to finish the process well ahead of schedule, too often do we see brides rushing because of unexpected delays.

You should have your makeup done or almost done when the photographer comes. We can always recreate a few make up shots if we need. The bride shouldn’t be the last of the group to get her make-up.  It's your day, so be the first one if possible. Also. Keep the area near the window free of trash, bags, snacks, etc. This will be where the bride will be putting on her dress.

Extra tip: Avoid tan lines and red spots on you skin, they are very hard and expensive to remove in post production.

Wear a Veil

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There is something about putting on that wispy piece of fabric that makes you finally feel like a bride. That beautiful long veil makes for some of the best pictures, this is why we encourage brides to choose a long veil on their wedding day. The veil can be incorporated in numerous ways during bridal portraits and the couples session.

Incorporate a First Look Session

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One of the most memorable events of a wedding day is when the bride and groom see each other. Suddenly all the jitters and anticipation fades away and just the two get the chance to enjoy this remarkable moment. The first look makes for some of the most heartfelt video scenes and photos, a tradition you can’t forget on your wedding day.

Schedule Time In Your Ballroom

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This is when you finally get to see the reception you’ve been dreaming about for months. It’s a great opportunity for your photographer to capture a genuine reaction, as well as a quick couple’s session. This is the perfect moment to capture photos on the dance floor and throughout the reception area without wandering guests in the background.

Include A Sneak Away Session after dinner

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The beauty of twinkling stars and dark skies makes for a great photo backdrop. The Sneak Away session lasts from5 to 10 minutes and is typically scheduled during your reception and after dinner.  The night sky adds a touch of romance and gives your photographer the opportunity to create dramatic images with the help of lighting.

Create A Mood Board

In order to deliver personalized photography and videography, it is important for your photographers and videographers to understand your personalities, preferences, and relationship. To help your creative team get to know you, it is best to create a moodboard. This mood board is created on a website or app like Pinterest, where you can save images that you like and even images you don’t like. This is a way for you to visually communicate the style of photos you love for your engagement and/or wedding day photos.

Incorporate A Sparkler Exit

You’ve planned your grand entrance, but have you thought about a grand exit? Sparkler exits are a great way to end a day of celebrations. Not only are sparkler exits unique and exciting, but it makes for stunning photos. We’ve seen nothing but smiles from guests as they send off the newlyweds. Although many venues allow the sparkler exit, others may not. Confetti, bubbles, and flower petals are alternative options to include in your grand exit and will still look great in photos.

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