I'm at a time in my life right now where it is EXTREMELY common to look at my Facebook or Instagram feed and see every other person getting engaged! That's mainly because of my age range - I'm right in that age range of when people typically get married. Because of that, I have so many friends who are wedding planning, just had their wedding, or just got engaged. This is great because I get to chat with them all of the time and ask them what they loved and didn't love about their photographers!
Time and time again, I hear the same thing from my friends. They'll say, "Honestly, I wish my photographer would have gotten more bride + groom portraits of us. We have plenty of the bridal party, but there aren't many of just the two of us"! Right there, that's when I grit my teeth. I wish that photographer would've known what I do because I always make sure to get bride + groom portraits and A LOT of them at that. However, there are a few certain tricks to making sure this happens. If you are a bride and you are planning your wedding day, a way to make sure you get as many bride + groom portraits as possible are to follow these four simple rules:
- Go over your timeline with me before your wedding! Please don't do it the day before - I would MUCH prefer at least a week or two before the wedding day so I'll have some time to plan.
- Have an intimate First Look! First looks set aside time for the bride and groom to have a special moment together before the ceremony where they can relax with each other and prepare for the craziness of the rest of the day. Believe it or not, when brides & grooms have first look, that reaction that the Groom has when he sees her walk down the aisle is a THOUSAND times better! I'll talk more about that in a blog post of its own, otherwise I'll go on a tangent here.
Okay, but seriously - wouldn't YOU want amazing First Look reaction photos like this?! I know I will for SURE!
- Have sunset portraits!! AHHH!! If there is something you should do on your wedding day, it is this. Sunset portraits give you amazing lighting and you get romantic and soft photos that capture the emotion of the entire day. Just in 20 MINUTES! So you aren't even gone from your reception long at all!! Could it get any better?! And THESE sunset portraits right here should be reason enough to convince you to make time for your own!! AHH!
- Have an actual hour for cocktail hour! For some reason, last year was the YEAR for people to cut their cocktail hours down to 30 minutes and they regretted that SO much! That means you're literally cutting down the time for family formals (which are always first), bridal party, and bride + groom portraits in half! If I have an hour for this time, you will still have cocktail hour captured by my second shooter and you will have SO many amazing portraits because I will have the time I need!! YAY!!
I hope these images and this advice provided you reason enough to make sure that you put enough time into your wedding day so you can get amazing images like these!!