TEMPLE WEDDING GUIDE
I've been doing weddings for a LONG time, and I've picked up tons of tips and tricks along the way. You've probably never done any of this before, or even thought about some of the logistics, right? It gets a lot more complicated and confusing the more you dive in! I'm here for you to help guide you and make sure you have the least amount of stress possible. I want you to have bomb photos, and to do that I want to give you ALL my tips and tricks to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. The best thing you can do for your wedding day is to plan the details out well ahead of time, and then relax and enjoy the day while you trust your vendors to bring it all to life. I've got your back, please relax and trust me! Let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to refer back to this guide as often as you'd like!
IT ALL STARTS WITH LIGHT!
The key to beautiful portraits is always always always light. Here in Arizona, we get harsh, bright sun 300 days a year, so it's really important that we plan ahead and assume it will most likely be a sunny, bright day and schedule your timeline around it! The light naturally gets softer and more flattering the closer you are to sunrise and sunset, with noon (when the sun is directly above us!) being the harshest, worst light for photography. If you want those pretty, glowy photos that I specialize in, we have to plan for it. I recommend looking up the sunset time for your date, and keeping that time in mind as you plan your day. If you need any help at all with the logistics, I’m happy to help you!
DON'T panic if it ends up being a cloudy or rainy day. Clouds actually help with photography - they are like giant softboxes covering the sun and making beautiful, even light all day long AND they can also create the most beautiful, moody sunset skies that I'm obsessed with. Absolutely have a backup rain plan with your venue, but know that rain can also create beautiful, unique photos and memories that people will talk about for years. The best thing you can do is just relax and let the day happen!
-what time, how long, best time for the lighting
I'm kind of a pro at wrangling family members and making this stressful part - not so stressful. We want to keep this as short and sweet as possible! The best time for family and bridal party portraits is before the ceremony. Everyone is ready to go and no one will miss any cocktail hour or reception time. If we are not doing a first look, we will still get as many group photos done before hand as possible, and save the photos you both need to be in together for after the ceremony.
I typically stick to immediate family (parents/step-parents, siblings/spouses/kids) and grandparents for formal group photos. I recommend keeping any extended family shots short - these are the hardest people to wrangle and it ends up taking a ton of time!
We will work together on a family portrait list that I will have with me to make sure I get everything you need. I will need about 30 minutes for family portraits (15 minutes each side) if we are able to stick to the standard immediate family. Plan on more time if you want to include any extended family groups!
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I'M HERE FOR YOU GUYS! Email me if you are feeling lost, have any questions, or need my opinion about something. I am here for you every step of the way!