JZ STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY
Wedding day Prep ideas
1. Create A Mood Board
In order to deliver personalized photography, it is important for your photographers and videographers to understand your personalities, preferences, and relationship. To help me to get to know you, it is best to create a moldboard like in Pinterest or email to me, where you can save images that you like and even images you don’t like. This is a way for you to visually communicate the style of photos you love for your engagement and/or wedding day photos.
2. Schedule Enough Time For Each Section Of The Day
It is crucial that you create a timeline for your wedding day, something your wedding planner can assist you with organizing. There should be an estimated start and end time for hair, makeup, reception setup, etc. Within that timeline should include all your photo sessions such as the first look, bridal party photos, and couple’s session. Not sure how much photo time you’ll need for each section of the day? Click here for a detailed photo timeline.
3. Minimize Your locations
In order to maximize photo time on your wedding day, we recommend minimizing the number of photo shoot locations. You don’t want to spend more time traveling from point A to point B than actually taking pictures. A great photographer should be able to make almost any location work.
4. Plan Enough Time for Hair & Make-up
Delays with hair and makeup can set the whole day behind. Plan to finish the process well ahead of schedule, too often do we see brides rushing because of unexpected delays. Many great hair and makeup artists will create a schedule to follow during wedding preparations. I will typically ask for one hour in order to document final touch-ups, detail shots, and candid moments with your closest friends and family.
5. Wear a Long Veil if possible
There is something about putting on that wispy piece of fabric that makes you finally feel like a bride. That beautiful long veil makes for some of the best pictures, this is why we encourage brides to choose a long veil on their wedding day. The veil can be incorporated in numerous ways during bridal portraits and the couples session.
6. Include Toss Items
Whether it’s in your group photos, during your getting ready with bridesmaids, first dance or your grand exit, toss items add that extra touch to your photos. Confetti, flower petals, paper planes the list can go on and on! These pictures radiate bliss, excitement and results in genuine smiles and laughter from you and your guests.
7. Schedule The Wedding party photos Session During The Best Lighting
If you booked your venue because of the spectacular view of the ocean or the gorgeous vines in the winery, it’s essential to schedule your couple’s session 30-45 minutes before sunset. The romantic hues during Golden Hour make it our favorite time of day to capture the new Mr. and Mrs.
8. Schedule time for a quick couples photo session at golden hour.
9. Schedule Time In Your Ballroom
This is when you finally get to see the reception you’ve been dreaming about for months. It’s a great opportunity for your photographer to capture a genuine reaction, as well as a quick couple’s session. This is the perfect moment to capture photos on the dance floor and throughout the reception area without wandering guests in the background
10. Allow your photographer to guide and direct you to the best locations and light.
11. Trust your photographer's creativity