TIMELINE FACTS & INFO
YESSS! that actual DAY is happening so soon! so i have put together a few facts and tips to help you understand how i work my part of your day. some of this may or may not apply to you because it will depend on what you have included in your contract. but feel free to check it out anyway! and as always PLEASE throw any questions you have my way!
MY SHORT & SWEET ANSWER...
i have covered over 300 weddings to date and i kind of have this photo thing down! so trust me to capture your day my way...after all that is why you chose me in the first place. if you are curious as to WHY i wont work from a list...this article explains it perfectly!
ok lovely bride to be...these can be some of my favorite photos from your day! and yours too! where are you planning to put on that fab, so much time went into choosing & perfect gown, on? hopefully you have an option for it to be a space worthy of that dress and you! my wish list would be lots of natural light and no clutter...that less is more approach. of course what i do at this time of day depends on your coverage but here is a simple list of things i like to photograph at that time.
*a few quick shots with you & your crew relaxing BEFORE you get dressed
*have your gown un bagged and on the hanger you want it photographed on
*shoes, veil, flowers, jewelry and invitation suite pretty please!
*you getting into your gown!
if you have my assistant in your contract, AND your groom is in the same location you are, she would go to him for a few relaxed photos with his guys. (if your wedding is local to the Peoria Il area, she will drive to where he is getting ready)
we would ask that he be ready for the most part, just add his tie and put on shoes when she arrives.
if you have hired only me for your day, we would need to chat to see if there will be time for me to do these.
JUST BE YOU!
do not worry about ‘what to do’ while getting ready...just get ready and i will do the rest. no need to look at the camera unless i ask you to...this part of your day is storytelling ...not posing.
we cover the entire ceremony from the procession to your formal exit as HUSBAND & WIFE! i know that should go without saying but i have had couples question this!
yes OF COURSE we do family photos! but because it is a wedding with a planned schedule...not a 'family photo shoot', i move these along very efficiently. this part of the day should take no longer than 15 or 20 minutes. as explained in the info you received when you first contacted me, i include a list of groups for family photos which are listed below.
anything beyond this list...WE ARE HAPPY TO DO FOR YOU but will incur an extra charge due to extra work and post processing. please let me know what you need and i will get you a quote. this fee must be paid with your final balance due.
typically i start with the brides family & do the following groups
BRIDE & GROOM ARE BOTH in every photo with -
*grandparents, parents, siblings, & extended family
(both your moms side and your dads side ...step parents too if it applies)
*grandparents, parents & siblings
(both your moms side and your dads side)
*parents & siblings
i will capture photos of you and your family throughout the day in more of a candid way... rather than all posed photos. so you will see a few pics of you and your mom and you and your dad etc.
again, i will do a few during the getting ready part of your day, but the bulk of these photos are done all at once....but depends on your planned timeline.
we will do a few at the altar after the ceremony as well.
the following groups are included...
*entire wedding party incl. ushers, flowers girls, ring bearer
*bride with her girls as a group
*bride with each bridesmaid
*groom with his guys as a group
*groom with each groomsmen
my style of wedding party photos is more traditional & simple. i do the standard group shots & individuals FIRST and then ask you to do a couple celebration shots...just a couple fun and relaxed shots with your friends and DONE!
OUTDOOR LOCATIONS ARE PREFERRED & LOOK BEST WITH ALL SKIN TONES.
CONSIDER THAT OPTION IF YOU HAVE IT AVAILABLE TO YOU!
BE SURE TO LET ALL FAMILY MEMBERS KNOW YOU WANT THEM IN YOUR FAMILY PHOTOS, AHEAD OF TIME. THIS WILL HELP KEEP THINGS MOVING AFTER YOUR CEREMONY.
AT THE BARE MINIMUM, I NEED 30 MINUTES WITH THE TWO OF YOU ALONE. MY PREFERENCE IS AN HOUR IF YOU CAN ALLOW FOR IT. AND THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE TRAVEL TIME SO ALLOW FOR THAT AS WELL WHEN YOU ARE THINKING THROUGH YOUR TIMELINE.
I LIKE TO GO TO AN ALTERNATE LOCATION (different from your ceremony if you are married in a church for example) FOR YOUR M&M PHOTOS...I TRY TO CHOOSE LOCATIONS THAT SUIT MY STYLE OF WORK...
WOODS, FIELDS, MEADOWS.
TYPICALLY WE WILL GO TO ONE VERSATILE LOCATION, TO cut back on traveling time & to KEEP THIS PART LESS HECTIC & MORE RELAXED.
HOPEFULLY YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION WITH ME, AND IF SO YOU ARE PROS NOW!
IF NOT, NO WORRIES! I GOT YOU!
JUST BE YOU AND I WILL DO WHAT I DO AND WE WILL CREATE DREAMY PHOTOS!
don't take your eyes off one another, keep holding hands and each other and enjoy this SOMEWHAT alone time on your wedding day!
A FEW LOGISTICAL DETAILS TO THINK THROUGH....
are you planning a FIRST LOOK?
where do you want to do that? do you want me to decide that? i will happily!
how will you get to your FIRST LOOK ? transportation for that is the thing my couples forget most!
you will want your flowers although you don't want them in hand when you see HANDSOME...you want to be handsfree for holding him!
i will help you plan the rest, but think about just how you would like to see your love for the first time on your wedding...make it as special as it should be.
the pros to first looks... you get to hold each other, tears, kissing, chatting, alone time, more photo time typically. all things you cant do at the altar. well ...actually it is your wedding so you could if you wanted too! lol!
THE PHOTO TIME YOU SPEND WITH ME IS ALSO ABOUT THE ONLY CHANCE YOU HAVE FOR QUIET ALONE TIME WITH YOUR LOVE ON YOUR WEDDING DAY! PLAN TO INCLUDE ENOUGH TIME TO ALLOW YOURSELVES TO JUST BE TOGETHER.
if you are having a cocktail hour...i TRY to plan our time so that you can be there for part of it if not all of it. this is a great time to greet a good portion of your guests if not all of them. it is during this time that i would be taking photos of your reception decor. otherwise i do cover those types of photos during the reception too!
coverage for your party...we will hammer this out once you have sent your question form back to me.
but with hourly coverage, your reception timeline should be well thought out.
you still want to have photos of your cake cutting and formal dances...as well as a few fun dancing shots with family & friends.
one way to accomplish this? IMMEDIATELY following your announcement in... cut that cake then follow it up with your first dances! all eyes are on you and every guest gets to see these traditions! too many times i have seen guests miss the first dance or cake cutting because it was done later in the evening. some guests had left after dinner...especially the elderly. some guests may be in the bathroom or socializing in the lounge area.
the other advantage is you know i will be there to cover it. it also frees you up to do nothing but socialize and tear up the dance floor with all your family & friends, for the rest of the evening.
your DJ or band or wedding planner may have different thoughts on this, but IF you want to be sure you have photos of these traditions please let them know YOU & I have a plan and they need to help us out, by going along with it. make sure your dj in particular, knows AHEAD of time, that you have photography for a limited time...and that he cant delay the dances until later in the evening. this is going to be different for each wedding like i said, and we will chat about your particular timeline.
OK! thats it from me for now lovelies! please let me know what questions you have if any and i cant wait to hatch our plan for your big day!