There is no "right" or "wrong" answer whether to take your family & wedding party photos before or after your wedding ceremony, but there is a right approach for you. Part One of Two: here are some pros I have found to taking family photos BEFORE the ceremony.
In the North East, the best weather prediction is that it may suddenly change! Now that we have entered the (Snowy) Spring Season, it’s important that you and your photographer do not solely rely on the best conditions to execute important photos. If you make a Plan B that is just as solid as your Plan A, it will relieve a lot of potential stress the day of.
If your photographer has not yet worked at the location of your wedding or event, then part of the planning with your photographer should consist of a site check - ideally, together. The more I learn and understand about where I am shooting, the more free I feel to think and plan ahead, both logistically and creatively.
I had the pleasure of working with the team of Ivy’s Simply Homemade at Kimberly and Brian’s wedding in Waterford, Connecticut. All of them - beit the staff on the floor or those in the kitchen, are just so PLEASANT and laid back! And their food was amazing and presented beautifully.
Our job as your photographer is to get our job done in any and every lighting and weather condition. Naturally curious, most photographers find that challenges inspire us, not hinder us. So while our client may feel stress about a sudden change of plans, we may actually feel sparked as we problem-solve; this mindset is common among us creatives, and luckily, exactly what you need on your wedding day or event. Let it rain!
There is a delicate balance between planning your event around the timing of your photos and planning the photography around the timeline of your event. After all, it’s not about the photography. It’s about having all of your friends and family together to celebrate love and life. That is the priority. How do you plan your day accordingly?
Times have changed over the 18 years I have been a wedding and event photographer. For a long time, the majority of my clients would expect an album – and often one for the parents and/or family members. Although the majority of my clients still feel the same, it’s no longer a given. So what’s changed? Based on my experience, I’d like to share what I believe are among the factors for this fairly recent shift and also to discuss when and why I believe wedding and event albums are important.
One of the most beautiful things about being a wedding and event photographer is the constant opportunity to see and document love. And many times, this love extends to those we have lost and miss. I’ve been touched by the beautiful tributes my clients have paid to their loved ones, and listing some of the most memorable for you to consider for your wedding or event.
My mom and I went together to the Boston Women's March For America. How awesome it was to experience history in the making on such a large scale. Top that off with the company of my own mom. A great day indeed.
PART 1 | Rosecliff, Newport, Rhode Island Rosecliff in Newport is one of my favorite wedding and event venues to photograph in Rhode Island. I’d compare the light and environment of Rosecliff to a thumbprint: no two days are alike, which is inspiring.
PART 2 | Completing Your Photography Search: Brief Technical Advice for the Non tech/creative If you don't know a lot about photography, how do you form the right questions? Here I will attempt to make some sense of the basics and help guide you in your next steps towards choosing the right wedding or event photographer.
PART 1 | Starting Your Photography Search: Deciphering Your Needs and How to View Websites I’m excited to share some advice for those seeking a wedding or event photographer. Part 1 will help guide your initial search; Part 2 will provide brief technical and creative advice for the non-technical/creative. Future Parts will provide the expertise of other types of vendors.
My New Year’s Resolution: to provide information that feels valuable to people who cherish their photographs: especially couples planning their wedding and parents wishing to document their growing families. I plan to do this about once per week.