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Photography Series | Wedding Photography Recap

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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This past month our wedding photographers Megan McGreevy and Sarah Casile have shared some useful ideas and great tips for your upcoming wedding photography.

Go-To Person

You should be able to enjoy your special day without having your wedding photographers trying to get in touch with you. Assign someone you trust and who knows specific details about what is going on during the day to be your go-to person. You will want to have a go-to person for both the bride and groom. This person should preferably be someone that can stay in contact via text and will stay relatively sober throughout the day.

First Looks

First look photos are a newer trend that is a great way to capture more emotional and intimate photos. Couples simply want to enjoy the powerful moment when they see each other for the first time. Some people still believe it is bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the ceremony. If you are a superstitious person or simply a traditionalist then the first look is not for you.

Time Expectations

If you are planning on taking photos at more than one location, be sure they are close to each other or you have a lot of time available before your reception. When you take into account distance and traffic you may end up eating into far more time than you thought you would. Instead, try choosing one location you adore the most and let your photographers maximize that one location.

Engagement Session

An engagement session is a more relaxed photo shoot. The couple gets photos taken to use for save the date cards, wedding website, or even display at the reception! Another great reason to do an engagement session is getting a preview of how things will actually go on your wedding day.

Be sure to visit our webpage for more wedding photography images. If you are interested in working with either Sarah or Megan please be sure to check availability for your wedding date here. We would love to document your special day and help you make memories!

Stop back next month for a new Wenning’s Wedding Tip Wednesday Topic!

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Photography Series | Engagement Session

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An engagement session is a more relaxed photo shoot. The couple gets photos taken to use for save the date cards, wedding website, or even display at the reception! Another great reason to do an engagement session is getting a preview of how things will actually go on your wedding day. You’ll also get a preview of what it’ll feel like in front of the camera. It goes without saying that you will be spending a lot of time with your photographer on your wedding day. This gives you a chance to get to know your photographer and share with them the vision you want captured for your wedding day!

Timeline

Your engagement session should be scheduled approximately 8 months before your actual wedding date. This usually falls somewhere around 2 months before the Save the Date cards go out. When you schedule, your photographer will tell you how much time they’ll need to edit the images before returning them. If you’re creating save the date cards or just want to use some of the images at the reception, you will have enough time to design everything.

Packages

Typically an engagement session package includes a 2-hour session. Your contract may include unlimited locations, however, bare in mind that you have to account for travel time as well. Try planning for 2 locations that are close to each other so that you can maximize your time. Expect your engagement session package to run around $400 for the 2-hour session. There may be some add-on services you can take advantage of. Check with your photographer to see if they have anything additional that you may be interested in.

Stop back next week for a recap of the great wedding photography tips Megan and Sarah shared with us!

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Photography Series | Time Expectations

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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When you hear someone say unlimited is included in any wedding package your imagination starts to run wild! Most wedding photography packages include unlimited locations but realistically, is there enough time to visit multiple locations?

If you are planning on taking photos at more than one location, be sure they are close to each other or you have a lot of time available before your reception. When you take into account distance and traffic you may end up eating into far more time than you thought you would. Also, depending on the season and the time of day you may end up running short on daylight.

Instead, try choosing one location for your wedding photography. Choose the location you adore the most and let your photographers maximize that one location. They can get some memorable portraits that make it seem like you were at multiple locations just by using their imagination! By going this route, you will set your timeline up for success and won’t keep your guests waiting too long while you get that must have shot.

Be sure to stop back next week for more wedding photography tips for your upcoming big day!

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Photography Series | First Look Photos

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First look photos are a newer trend that has resulted in some amazing images! There are many reasons why you would, or why you wouldn’t, want to have a first look with your fiancé. Some couples still believe it is bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the ceremony. Other couples simply want to enjoy the emotional moment when the couple sees each other for the first time. Either way, here are a few pros and cons you may want to consider before deciding if this is for you.

Pros

Weather or not you decide on doing a first look will be completely up to you. Some people still believe it is bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the ceremony. Other couples absolutely love the idea of a first look to capture more emotional and intimate photos. First looks are also a great idea for winter weddings where you want to have all of your photos complete before the ceremony while there is still daylight. This is also a great way for you to get more images of your special day!

Cons

Some couples opt to decide to wait until the church doors open and just meet at the alter instead! Everyone is overwhelmed with emotion, especially the groom, and the photographers are able to grab some great shots. Another reason couples said they didn’t do a first look was so they could include their wedding rings in photos. If you are a superstitious person or simply a traditionalist then the first look is not for you.

Reimagined First Look

If you aren’t sold on doing a first look an alternate is for the bride-to-be to have a first look with her father. This is a great variation since many couples want to have the church doors open and see the bride for the first time. But for a father seeing his daughter on her wedding day can also be an emotional moment. If you have a first look with your father you are still capturing a very special moment shared between the bride and her first true love. If you go this route you still get to be given to your soon to be husband and aren’t breaking the tradition of your groom seeing you before the ceremony!

Stop back next week to see more wedding photography tips for your upcoming wedding!

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Photography Series | Go-To Person

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It goes without saying that you will be kind of busy during your wedding day. You should be able to enjoy your special day without having your wedding photographers trying to get in touch with you. Assign someone you trust and who knows specific details about what is going on during the day to be your go-to person. You will want to have a go-to person for both the bride and groom. This person should preferably be someone that can stay in contact via text and will stay relatively sober throughout the day.

There are certain shots your photographers will need to have in order to complete your album so staying in contact during the different stages is both essential and tedious. Why bother yourself with trying to maintain order and communication with various vendors? By designating someone to take on this task you will be able to enjoy everything about your wedding day. Your photography staff will be able to text or call the go-to person to see where the bride is while getting ready. Is makeup done, will she be getting into her dress soon? This will also come in handy when traveling from the church to the photography site. Once everyone has arrived at the reception that go-to person will have completed their tasks and can now enjoy the evening along with everyone else.

Take a peek at some wedding photos from Sarah and Megan here. Stop back next week for more wedding planning tips!