As a photographer I find engagement photos so important. It's a great way to get to know your photographer, and get comfortable in front of the camera. I love to get to work with you before your wedding day. Being able to go over poses, see what works, what doesn't, with you in a more relaxed setting than your wedding day is such a helpful thing. A pose that works for one couple, often won't work for the next. Often times I'll have a bride pick up on a pose she loved, or one that she didn't like, after looking at the engagement photos.
I know that often it just doesn't work out schedule wise to do engagement photos.... but if you can do them, I highly recommend it!
It’s so important to have plan and an outline for the day. Make sure to talk with all the vendors to come up with the best schedule. It’s also important
for all the vendors to be on the same page as to when things are happening
and how much time they will take. Most likely this is the first time planning
the timeline of a wedding, don’t be afraid to ask your vendors what they
feel works best...if they’ve been around the wedding game for any amount of
time they will have some ideas! And having a schedule and everyone on the same page will ensure that things go as smoothly as possible. But when it comes to the wedding day, don’t stress about every little moment, trust the day to unfold as naturally as possible. I’ve seen too many brides spend their
amazing wedding day stressed about every little detail, when the truth is, most
of the guest won’t know the difference. It's your big day...don't spend it worrying, you don't want to look back and only remember the things that didn't go quite as planned.
Two of the best scheduling tips I can give you from the hundreds of weddings I've been at.... 1. get the wedding guest on the
dance floor asap! Guest tend to duck out early if they feel like they have
the chance, but if you get your guest on to the dance floor as soon as
possible , they will be having fun and wanting to dance the night away!
2. If the day allows it... plan on taking 10-15 mins (I always aim for sunset) two sneak away and do a few photos of the two of you...if not for the photos alone...but for the chance to spend a few moments to take in your big day.
On your wedding day you will spend so much time with your photographer,
make sure it’s someone you get along with, mesh with. As much as you
want to make sure you love their photography style, make sure you like
their personality, and their work style.
The personalities you’ll be around all day can make or break your wedding.
If you are quiet and reserved, find someone who won't be overwhelming.
If you are relaxed and laid back, find a photographer that fits.
If you want someone who's not afraid to take charge and make
uncle bob cooperate for photos, find them.
There are lots of amazing photographers out there, knowing what
your day is going to require and finding a photographer who
fits will serve you so well on your wedding day.
If you are a bit of a goof and don't ever take yourself too seriously...hire me!
We all know a family member or friend who has a nice camera, and of course everyone has to get their start somewhere, but this is your big day, that is going to be chock full of amazing, emotional moments, it’s easy for family to get distracted by all the emotions, and for someone new to get overwhelmed
by all the requirements of the day. And are you willing to gamble your once in a lifetime moments?
You're best bet is always going to be putting your trust in someone who knows weddings, who not only knows how to get the best poses, lighting, and angles, but also knows how to make your day and photos go as smoothly and stress free as possible. Someone who has dedicated their time to learning the craft and skills of photography, someone who knows how to give directions, find the best lighting, pose you in the most flattering way. Great photos don't happen by luck...it takes years of shooting, learning, and dedication to the art of wedding photography.
Holly Kangas, mother, photographer, part time chef, and project runway winner wanna be!
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