What to wear
#1 Do not match, coordinate instead
Matching clothes for a photo session is out. Coordinating colours really bring the wardrobe together.
#2 Be comfortable in what you’re wearing
If you don’t feel comfortable in what you’re wearing, it may show in the photos.
#3 Express your own personal style
Makeup, hair, accessories – just be you!
#4 Plan outfits
It’s the easiest to start with 1 outfit you really love and build from there. Lay everyone’s outfits out on the bed.
This will give you a good idea if everything goes well together. Play around till you’re completely happy.
#5 Add an accessory
Why not add a hat or scarf? Have a little fun with accessories. It’s easy to create a second look with only accessories.
#6 Layers for winter
Especially during winter times – layers! Blankets, jerseys and all things cosy. This gives great dimension and depth.
#7 Flowy dresses for summer
A pretty flowing dress can make amazing photos, plus any woman looks good in a maxi dress.
#8 Keep the location in mind and dress according
Think about the colours of the location. If the location is going to be very green – do not wear too much green. Think about the feel you want to create.
Examples: Formal city session or a casual family picnic.
#9 Wear those heals!
‘Dem heals! – they can make you feel and look super sexy. If you feel the part, you’re sure to look the part.
Take along a pair of flats for walking in between locations if you want.
#10 Add patterns, but don’t overdo it
Patterns can be a great base to coordinate wardrobe colours from.
Just be careful to not overdo it. 1 or 2 pattern items are sure to be enough.
#11 Play around with textures
Denim, cotton, lace etc. Play around and see what goes well together. Textures can also express your personality.
#12 Kids – stay away from characters & fluorescents
Barney the purple dinosaur may love everyone and we’d love to love him back in the family photo session… But he won’t do a photo any justice.
Keep it simple. A pop of colour is always great, just stay clear of fluorescent colours.
#13 Just be yourself and HAVE FUN!
Just have fun and be who you are! That’s when the truly beautiful photos are captured.
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss
So it’s time to plan your wedding day timeline. So many things to think about!
Firstly – for the photos, it’s very important to consider sunset time! Especially during the winter months when sunset is earlier – make sure to set the ceremony time at least 2,5 hours before sunset.
The same won’t necessarily apply for summer weddings. Many venues have a closing down time at 00:00 and you have to pay extra to continue the party. Some venues don’t even have an extra time option, so only starting the reception at 20:00 just won’t work. After all – the reception is the best part where all the nerves have settled down for the two of you, and you can relax.
It’s always a good idea to give a little more time for preparing for the ceremony. The last thing you want is to feel rushed and anxious on your wedding day.
Prepare yourself for a possible glitch and don’t freak out when something goes wrong! This is all part of your wedding story and may just make for a more epic tale to tell one day.
This is just a basic timeline with two photographers:
Bridal hair starts
Photographer – venue & decor shots
Photographer arrives at bride
Bridesmaids get dressed followed by bride getting dressed
The second photographer arrives at groom
Groom starts getting ready
Bridal and bridesmaids portraits
Groom and groomsmen portraits
Groom arrives at church to welcome guests
Family portraits followed by bridal party photos along with the bridal party
The second photographer takes photos of guests and canapés
Bridal couple session
The second photographer can come along to get other angles or stay with guests – your choice
Bridal couple enters the reception
Welcome and speeches
Dinner is served
Garter and bouquet toss
Photographer service ends
It’s been a long day and an early start for us, and we need to get back home safely.