Think about light

We love to shoot with available light, rather than using a flash or setting up lights. Natural light is best — especially window light. Areas with large windows make for nice, warm pictures.

Overcast days are not the end of the world. In fact, these days are great because they provide even light. The clouds create a soft glow over your entire scene.

Early morning or late afternoon weddings are best, especially if your event will be outdoors. The light is lower in the sky and is generally much warmer. When planning our own photo shoots, we often refer to the almanac to determine the exact sunrise or sunset time so we can use the best available light.

Give your setting maximum impact

When choosing a location for engagement or bridal portraits, get creative! Think about places you and your fiancé enjoy being together — perhaps the forest or the beach or a favorite place in the community where you live. A meaningful background can only add to the happy memories your portraits will preserve.

If you’re having an evening ceremony, it’s very nice to have the sun set behind or slightly off to one side of the couple. The sky will be beautifully colored and the photographer has the option of creating silhouette images of the couple. Allowing the sun to set to one side of the ceremony can create a beautiful depth for your photographs. Long shadows can create very interesting images.

For indoor weddings, large windows are a wonderful asset. If they are covered with thin white curtains, they will create very romantic, soft light in the middle of the day. Stained glass can also be used for beautiful effect.

Consider adding small white lights or candles to your décor to provide added drama or mood to your reception or ceremony. The photographer can use those lights to create interesting effects in your images. Candles or lights are great for indoor or outdoor settings, but be sure to factor in the wind if your event will be outdoors.

A videographer’s light can be wonderful if it is not kept on all the time. At a reception during a first dance or cake cutting it can create a “spotlight” that helps highlight special moments.

Look your best

If you’re being photographed with your fiancé(e), give a bit of thought to what you’ll wear. Choose clothing that fits well and is comfortable, so you can be relaxed and confident for your photos. You don’t have to wear matching outfits, but be sure the colors or patterns don’t clash. You may want to steer clear of large, bold patterns unless you’re going for a very specific look. After you’ve chosen a location — in the studio, at your home, or outdoors — your photographer may have further suggestions for colors that will look best.

Images from your wedding events should capture the very best natural you. Don’t feel as if you need to change your hair or makeup dramatically for your portrait session or wedding event. Apply your makeup as you normally would, or perhaps with slightly darker tones, and it will show up just fine in the photographs. Consider bringing your cosmetics with you to your portrait session in case you need a touch up.

Give us a heads-up

We want to capture all the special moments and memories of your wedding day, so please include us as much as possible in your plans. Are you wearing your fiancé’s grandmother’s ring? Was your gown originally your mother’s? Will there be three generations of your family present at the ceremony? Are there special rituals or family traditions that will be part of your day? What is your favorite aspect of the wedding day? Let us know these special details so we can pay extra attention to capturing them.

By the same token, knowing the general timeline of your ceremony and reception will help us be in the right place at the right time to make the best images. When will you cut the cake? Will there be a formal first dance at the reception? How are you making your departure?