FLASH HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY
2019 WEDDING PREP GUIDE
First I would just like to say how happy I am to be documenting your wedding day!!!
This is such a special time in your life and a day that will be looked back on for generations. I know just how important these photos will be and I take so much care and pride in making sure you will LOVE your photos!
I am they type of person who likes to know what o expect and how to prep for things…So I made this guide for individuals like me :) Also, I believe preparation plays a big roll in keeping everything running nice and smooth.
We will also be having a phone and in-person chat to discus your overall vision for your day. I love to do that after you read through the guide so you can be ask any additional questions that were not covered in the guide.
I am so passionate about weddings, and feel so lucky that this is my profession. As a wedding photographer, I get to meet the most amazing couples and spend my days capturing beautiful moments and memories for them. I love getting to connect with and understand the vision of my couples so that I can do my best to have that reflect through their images.
On your wedding day, you can expect to have fun and enjoy the entire experience. We know weddings can be stressful at times, but rest assured that photography is not something you’ll need to worry about. You are in good hands, and we will work to capture all of the big - and small - things that you want to remember about your day.
My shooting style is what I like to refer to as “relaxed portraiture”I love to focus a lot on the natural moments. I will do posed shots during the family portraits and some of you together as a couple, but I think the sweetest shots are always the un-posed, raw emotions of the day. So please be your beautiful and authentic selves!
YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION
I love engagement sessions! I feel that having an engagement session is very important, as it allows us all to get to know each other before your big day. During your session, we’ll have an opportunity to learn more about you as a couple, and you two will also get to know us and experience shooting with us prior to the wedding day.
My shooting style is very relaxed and casual, so during your engagement session, we will simply start walking, and when something catches our eye, we will pop over and take some shots.
Don’t know how to pose? Don’t worry – we will help give direction so you don’t have to stress about that. Simply come with a good attitude, and be ready to have some fun!
A question we often here is “do you recommend that we do a first look?” This is something that has become increasingly popular, and first look images can be very special. Choosing to do, or not do, a first look is a personal decision, and it is up to each couple to decide if this is something you would like to do. I can say, however, that almost all of our couples do choose to do a first look, as they find it very beneficial.
Here are the top reasons why our couples choose to do a first look:
• It is a private, special moment between only you two, without hundreds of eyes watching.
• Seeing each other earlier in the day helps to release any stress, nerves, and anxiety before the ceremony.
• Your ‘walking down the aisle moment’ is still just as special and emotional, as a first look does not take away from that moment.
• A first look will allow for more time & locations for photos of you as a couple, and will allow you to enjoy more of your day with your guests.
*If you would like to do a parent first look, those are also incredibly sweet moments and beautiful images. Please let me know if this is something you are wanting to do.
A lot of our wedding couples ask us if we need a “shot list” for their wedding day. We understand that you have a lot of important things you want captured, but you can trust that we will capture all of those for you. The only “list” that we ask for is the family portrait list.
Beyond portraits, we will plan to capture all of the typical/standard shots throughout your wedding day – first kiss, first dance, groom with each groomsman, etc. However if there are any “special” shots that we should know about, beyond these traditional images, then you are welcome to let us know. For example, if you will have “something old” from your great grandma on the day of the wedding, please let me know so that we can be sure to capture a photo of that for you.
Every wedding is unique, so we will create a custom photography timeline that is tailored specifically to you. We will work together with you and go over the details of your event to provide you with the most efficient use of your time with us.
Here are some of the contributing factors and some things we will discuss as we are creating your photography timeline:
• Would you like some getting ready photos?
• Key Event Times – Mainly ceremony and reception start and end times.
• Are you doing a first look?
• When is the last big reception event? (Cake cutting, garter etc…)
If you already have a draft of a wedding event timeline, please send that over as soon as possible. We will review it and make sure that there is adequate time provided for your photography, and ensure that your wedding day is laid out in a smooth & efficient manner.
Portraits are certainly an important part of your wedding day, and we want to be sure that we capture all of the significant people in your life who will be present. As we mentioned, this is the only ‘list’ that we ask you to provide. Please reference our “Family Portrait List” form that we will send over in another email.
We ask for this list so that we can be as efficient as possible on the wedding day and not lose any valuable time by having to look for family members. Please send your list over to us no later than 2 weeks before the wedding.
Your wedding photography should never hinder your fun or take away from the experience of your wedding day. Every step along the way should be relaxing and stress-free for you.Our goal is to help you relax and have fun on your big day. We can assure you that you will enjoy the experience - so relax, be yourselves, and get ready for the best day of your lives!
THE LITTLE THINGS
We understand just how much time and effort you have put into making this day so special. We also know that sometimes the most memorable parts of a wedding day can be found in the little details. We will work to capture all of these special details that you have included in your day.
Here are a few specific things we wanted to mention about your details:
BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: Please have all of your “bridal details” in a spot ready for us during the getting ready shots. This includes anything special that you’ll want photos of – shoes, jewelry, garter, etc.
RECEPTION DETAILS: The best time to take detail shots of the room set-up is the 30 minutes or so before the ceremony is going to start. At this point we typically are done with all pre-ceremony shots and we will allow the bridal party a little time to chat with arriving guests, or just relax. So we ask that you please make sure to work with your coordinator or whoever is setting up the reception, so that it is ready to go at this time. Of course this only works if the reception site is at same location as the ceremony; if not, we will do the detail shots as soon as we get to the reception venue, during the cocktail hour.
VIEWING YOUR IMAGES
After your wedding day, we know that the next biggest question on your mind will be: “When do we get to see our photos?” You will receive your complete wedding gallery in just 4 weeks! We know you can’t wait to see your images, and we can’t wait to share them with you as well. We promise, it will be worth the wait.
• The day after the wedding, you will see a sneak peek posted on our Facebook page to get a glimpse into the awesomeness and hold you over until you return from your honeymoon.
• Once back from your honeymoon, we will be ready to lift your “back to the real world” spirits with your wedding being posted on our blog.
• We will then continually review the entire set of photos and edit each and every photo to perfection, in our signature classic & timeless photo edits before posting the final images into your gallery. Because I take time to individually edit and go through each image of your day, this can take anywhere from 5-8 weeks.
• When your gallery is ready, we will send you an email announcement with the website link and password to view and download your images. You will also have the option to order professional prints directly through your online gallery.
You will also be receiving a flash drive in the mail so you will always be able to easily access your images.
ALBUMS AND PRODUCTS
Without a doubt, the best way to enjoy your wedding images is through your custom, professionally-designed wedding album.
When you open your wedding album you will be taken right back through each moment of your big day, in a cohesive storytelling manner. We take the initial lead in designing your album so that you have nothing at all to stress about, and then you can simply review and make any revisions to the design to ensure it is designed to perfection.
These are not consumer-grade albums that can easily be damaged; your wedding images deserve the best, and that is what we provide. Our albums are hand-crafted and come with a lifetime manufacture warranty. Quite simply, our albums are made to last a lifetime, so that you can cherish and share your wedding story for generations to come!
In addition to albums, I also offer a variety of other products including, photo boxes, wall canvases, & metal, wood and acrylic wall art. I will happily go over all products in detail once you receive your gallery.
TREASURE THE MOMENTS
One thing we hear over and over from our clients is how quickly the wedding day flies by. You’ve spent months planning this day, and when it arrives, it often becomes a blur in the midst of all of the excitement.
Our encouragement to you is to try to stop and treasure the moments throughout the day. Enjoy each moment, and remember that we are there as your storytellers, to capture all of those things that you will want to look back on and remember. You can enjoy your day - we will tell your story.
PHOTOS FULL OF PHONES VS UNPLUGGED CEREMONY
Ok, I am about to get real and slightly firm with this one…in recent years this has become an issue big enough that it get’s it’s own category in this guide! I have had to maneuver around guests and their cell phones at many weddings. I have had shots blocked because of this issue and there is nothing I can do to fix those images. I have literally had to ask guest to move out of the isle so I can get shots the “first kiss”. It is not ideal and it make my job MUCH harder. You hired me to capture your day and while I understand that your guests are excited, its up to you to decide what is most important…My job is to deliver the best images I can and when I am having to work around the “uncle bob’s” and their phones, cameras and iPads it prevents me from doing my job well…It also looks terrible in photos!
I have had a number of couples have an “unplugged” ceremony and it is like a dream! I highly recommend considering this as an option for your ceremony.