a photographers guide to timing, lighting and storytelling
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These are so much fun- but they require more planning and timing than you might think. You will need to designate 2-3 people to hand out sparklers and organize a long, narrow tunnel. Make sure you purchase the kind that burn for a long time. Also, keep in mind that it’s best to move slowly through the tunnel enjoying and soaking up every second. If the sparklers last long enough, I might have you go through multiple times. If you anticipate that many of your guests might be drinking a lot at your reception, you may want to reconsider using sparklers–accidents with sparklers happen frequently.
Your wedding party doesn’t have to be equal amounts of men/women. In fact, if there are wedding traditions you don’t feel connected to, don’t feel pressured to do them. Your photos will look great regardless of if your parties are balanced. Also- don’t be afraid to have friend who are of the opposite sex stand on your side! Whatever floats your boat and makes you feel most loved.
If you want to eat, sit, walk, and dance at your wedding make sure you remember this when you are buying your dress. If you need help walking in your dress, that makes photos and moving around difficult. A few tips while trying on dresses; try sitting, moving your arms back and forth and make sure that at least two people know how to bustle your train. If you’re greatly afraid of bugs and your wedding is outdoors, avoid layers of netting as you’ll leave your reception with a nice collection of bugs between the layers of your dress.
I know it might seem scary – but reading your vows can be incredibly special and memorable. I’ve had couples who were too nervous to read their vows in front of all of their guests still write them and then read them during their first look. It makes for a great moment between the two of you and allows you to really tell each other how you feel in private while not having to speak a ton at your ceremony.
I am 100% on board if you want photos with your pet on your wedding day. Bring your dog, bring your cat – heck bring your goldfish. Just make sure that you have a friend who has volunteered to be the “Dogfather” who can help get your pet to you and away from you.
I absolutely love wedding videos. I think they are so important and such an awesome additional aspect to document your day. However, make sure they have a similar artistic vision as your photographer. Let them know your expectations as far as the ceremony goes. Is it okay for them to step in front of the parents? Is it okay for them to walk down the aisle with the bride? I’ve seen many couples get offended by the videographers purely because of miscommunication. I feel really strongly about this. I would love to talk to you more in person if you have any questions. My favorite videographers are: Forrest bound Films, Glory Visuals and of course my hubby, Josh!