Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wedding Tip: #8

Consider doing all your posed, wedding party and family photography before the ceremony.

This will be multi-part simply because there are so many reasons to do your photography ahead of time.  Most think this is simply for the photographer, but it's mostly for the bride.  Sure, the photographer gets the benefit as well, but you'll see in the following list of reasons why we're just looking out for you.

First, I want to start by saying that doing all your photography before the wedding ceremony will in no way jeopardize your special first moments together.  In fact, my first reason to do the photographs ahead of time is that you can set up a first meeting that will be superior to the traditional one.  Let's take a look at the differences.

The traditional first meeting happens when you come down the aisle.  What's the problem here?  You're sharing your first meeting with 250-300 people.  You get to the end of the aisle and it's in the middle of your ceremony so you can't say anything to each other.  He can't comment on your dress or tell you how beautiful you look.

The first meeting that is set up before the ceremony can be much more emotional.  You can even set it up to be like the ceremony itself.  Put all involved in your ceremony in their places and walk down the aisle like it's the real thing.  Another option is to have this moment between just the bride and groom.  The bride comes in to a room where the groom has his back turned, she calls his name, and turns to see her for the first time.  Many great photographs have been taken during this moment because you are much more free to express yourselves alone than in front of 500-600 eyes.

To be continued...

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