I am so honoured you have chosen Take A Little Paws Photography to capture your day. Here is some information, tips and advice to make your day just run a little bit more smoothly.
Firstly, if you need any help setting up a timeline or to know how to plan times for certain events please do not hesitate to ask!
This is your day and I want to capture it how you want it so please make sure to let me know of any changes that are made as soon as possible.
*If your photographer is booked for more than four hours, an extra plate must be provided for the photographer during meal time. It is best that the photographers table gets called at the same time as a the wedding party. This way the photographer eats when the wedding party eats (no one wants pictures of themselves with their mouthes full of food), then if the speeches and toasts begin before everyone is finished eating the photographer is ready and able to capture those moments.
Because I am only one photographer if you would like both the groom and the brides reaction when bride is walking down the aisle, please ensure the bride walks slowly so I can turn between bride and groom as needed. Also please ask bridal party to walk slowly down the aisle this way I can ensure I can get multiple images of each member of the bridal party.
Please make sure you or one of your most vocal bridal party members makes everyone aware that they are not to be taking any photos or distracting people while your photographer is taking pictures. This prevents awkward eye shifts, or distracted subjects in the photos.
Many people are going unplugged during their wedding ceremonies informing guests that they have hired a photographer and ask that guests do not take images with cameras, cell phones or tablets. This is for several reasons, 1st because I do charge an extra $15 per image that I am asked to edit out a phone, selfie stick, tablet and video recorder (unless you have hired a videographer purposefully). This ensures beautifully captured images without the distraction of technology. This also allows the bridal couple to be the first people to release images of their special day.
If you have guests who really want to take images please let me know and once I am finished taking pictures I will give them 3 seconds where they can get their snap. You would be surprised how many times I have tripped over guests when I have had to back up to get a different shot because they are standing behind my shoulder taking pictures. This can make the formal images take a lot longer and it is often hot, so we want to move smoothly through each pose to ensure the best use of the time and space we have.
It is a good idea to ask one of your bridal party to carry water and a snack (granola bars are great). Often the bride and groom don't have much time to think let alone hydrate so making sure one of your bridal party is assigned this task. A dry cloth is also great if the weather is going to be hot, having something wipe sweat away can help keep everyone a little more comfortable. For dryer weather chapstick is also wonderful.
When you are looking for ideal places for your formal images, please take into consideration time of day and best lighting. If you are having a middle of the day photo session the sun will be high. You will want a very shaded area not only to prevent heat stroke (if in the middle of summer) but also because when the sun is high it causes people to squint, and have harsh shadows casted on their faces. If you haven't set on times yet and want your images to have best light please ask and I can help direct you to most ideal times of day for light. (Great lighting makes for the most magical intimate images).
Also for anyone you want to be in the pictures who wears glasses make sure they bring a back up pair of glasses that are not polarizing.
Please do not hesitate with any questions.
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