Peaches with Honey
Dallas Fine Art Wedding Photographer
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Tips

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TIPS LEADING UP TO YOUR DAY 


PREPARATION

I leverage natural light because I want to capture the mood... the precise feeling of the moment without artificially altering it. I encourage my brides to plan for good light which in turn creates flattering photos. The more you plan the likelier you'll be blown away by the results.

+ dressing in a room with large windows (huge brownie points) 

+ windows should have enough light coming through to fill and light up entire room

+ while hotel rooms are lovely, don't under estimate the beauty of renting a home on Air BnB or getting ready at a bed and breakfast. Hotel rooms are usually filled with busy carpet choices, no smoking signs and a really orangey light. Finding an off the beaten path location might be exactly what you need to start the day off right!

If you're planning to prepare at a church, please take the time to visit the prep room in advance. Often times these rooms are windowless or classrooms with brightly colored walls (not to mention the mural of Noah's Ark in the background). The colored walls and windowless rooms run the risk of casting unflattering light, so planning in advance can help avoid this problem.

BRIDE & DETAILS

As you start the wedding day prep, there’s a good chance you’ll be getting your hair and makeup done when I arrive, so I don’t want to bother you with questions day-of. As a result, can you assign a bridesmaid to show me where the following items are:

Wedding dress, Wedding shoes, Garter, Jewelry, Purse, Perfume, Personalized hanger, Wedding invitation, Wedding rings Bouquet, Note/gift for the groom, Handkerchief, Sentimental items (if applicable) It might be easier for you to arrange these items in a corner of a room, so the bridesmaid can simply point me to them and you can rest assured everything will be documented. Lastly, as your bridesmaids are dressing, can you ask them to keep the room tidy and clean? I know it can be hard with so many people getting ready, but having a clean and open space for you to dress in would be ideal and ensure you get gorgeous photos as a result! I’ll be there to help on the wedding day, but if everyone works together, I have no doubt you’ll be very happy!

HAVE A POINT PERSON

Having a point person for each bride and groom helps me with the flow of the day. I don't have to bother you while you're enjoying your day. Also making sure your details are all in one place and your point person knows where it is can help make the detail shots happen in a timely fashion. That way me or my second photographer aren't wasting time looking for everything.


TIPS FOR YOUR BIG DAY

THE CEREMONY

Outdoor ceremonies are a photographer's dream to photograph, but if your ceremony will be between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm please ensure there is some form of shade. 

When is the best time to plan a ceremony? 
I'm glad you asked! 
Ceremony photos with the most favorable lighting is about 2-3 hours before sunset or before midday.

CEREMONY TIPS

Make sure to take it slow when coming down the aisle. Relax and take that moment in. When you are placing the rings on each others fingers, practice sliding it on with your hands underneath your partners hands. This way you don't cover up the actual ring when I zoom in to get that awesome ring shot. 

Also when you are officially marries (woohoo!) make sure to pause mid way down the aisle for that incredible kiss moment! Feel free to dip your bride guys!

OVERCAST

Some brides get worries or sad if the sun isn't out shining on their wedding day. BUT for us photographers we love it! it's our best kept secret for creating magical photos! Over cast days are actually the best lighting scenario when shooting..

SUNSET PORTRAITS 

If we're working together, there's a good chance you were attracted to the golden, soft light I leverage during sunset. If this is the type of light you prefer on your wedding day, you need to make time for portraits around sunset. Depending on the time of year you marry, these photos can be taken during cocktail hour ( in fall/winter ) or by slipping away for 20 minutes during the reception ( in spring/summer ) . Photos taken in an empty field or by the waters edge are the prettiest with 20 minutes left until sunset. If you're having an urban wedding which many of mine are downtown... ask the venue if you can go to the rooftop for some "on top of this world" kind of sunset photos! 

THE SUITES

Nothing can ruin a photograph more than a messy background. Make sure to have a designated place for all of your bridesmaids things when you're getting ready. AWAY from any windows. Also if your suite is small and dark you will want to consider getting that Air BnB I talked about earlier. This can add so much to your big day! Getting ready shots are best taken in clean well lit environments. 

PORTRAITS

If you're planning on having portraits taken outdoors between 10 am and 3 pm please make sure there is a space away from direct sunlight. Midday light is extremely harsh so having a location with wide open shade ( under a tree, awning or even beside a shaded building side ) would be ideal. Harsh lighting can cast dark shadows under your eyes and nose. It also doesn't help with squinting.


RECEPTION

Let’s keep this simple: the more lights you add, the better. Uplighting, pin lighting, Italian strung lights, candle light...all of it! The more light you add to a venue (indoors or outdoors), the higher chances a photographer can capture the exact feel of the evening. If it’s too dark, I rely heavily on my flash, which is fine, but doesn’t exactly document the environment as well as I’d like. Occasionally the DJ will provide lights for the dance floor, but please refrain from using them during the first dance as colored or moving lights can a effect a photo in the worst way (making skin appear purple or creating a blue light across a wedding dress? Yup...I’ve been there.).


BRIDE PREPARATION: 

When I arrive on a wedding day, the rest thing I do is say hello to the bride. The bride is usually getting her hair and makeup done at this time, so I walk to where she’s sitting, and give her a hug (I’m a hugger...hugs aren’t necessary, but they’re extra awesome). I then say the following: “I know you’re very busy at the moment, so I want to make this as easy as possible for you. In fact, I don’t want you to think of me while you’re getting ready, so just sit back and relax. The only thing I need from you is to point out someone who’ll help me assemble everything you want photographed. Things I need are the wedding dress, shoes, jewelry, invitations, garter, and anything else you want documented. As long as you know I’m getting the help I need, you can sit back and sip on champagne knowing you’re well taken care of!”

At this point, the bride usually refers me to her maid of honor. After meeting the maid of honor, I ask for help in gathering all the details for me. I do this because I don’t want to waste precious time digging through personal items of the bride when her friend can do that for me. As she’s gathering details, I set out documenting everything in a timely manner.

GROOM PREPARATION: 

When it comes to photographing the groom as he prepares for the wedding day, I maintain less is more. Whereas the bride and her bridesmaids enjoy being in front of the camera, the groom and his groomsmen prefer to be undisturbed for as long as possible. In light of this, I prefer to work

quickly, get the shots I need, then allow lots of time +

and space for guys to be guys (which usually yields the best candid photos!).


BRIDAL PARTY:

One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is when the bride and groom are surrounded by their closest friends. Their truest selves are revealed, and it’s the perfect opportunity to capture their love as a reaction of those who surround them. I work quickly to ensure everyone has a fun time, but I work closely with my second photographer to ensure we capture a mix of portraits and candids to diversify the wedding day portfolio.

FAMILY PHOTOS:

I like to get the older folks or people who may have difficulty standing for long periods of time and children photographed first that way they can get to the cocktail hour and kick back. 


SAVE TIME FOR

60 minutes - bride/groom prep (I'll be with the bride, my second shooter will be with the groom most of the time)

30 minutes - bridal party photos
30 minutes - family photos ( can take longer with extended family )
10 minutes - reception decor details
10 minutes - ceremony decor photos
20 minutes - detail shots (if shooting solo) 
30 minutes - photographer with bride and groom alone

NO FIRST LOOK? NO PROBLEM!

A lot of brides are worried they won't get enough time after the ceremony to do photographs because the sun will be setting shortly after. Soooo what I do is have the entire wedding party including bride and groom ready two hours before the ceremony begins. I use this time to photograph the groom, groomsmen, his immediate family, bride, bridesmaids and her immediate family. This way you just covered half of what typically gets shot after the ceremony leaving us with plenty of time after the ceremony to focus on the formals and shots with bride and groom together alone. I will usually get the bride and her photos done first, tuck her away before early bird guests start to show up then bring out the guys to do their photos.
If the sun starts to set fast after the ceremony I usually photograph extended family in the reception that way you two can get optimal day light together in your photographs.

 

SAMPLE TIMELINES

These timelines allow for optimal photographs in natural lighting! Natural lighting is one of the reasons you are attracted to my work :) So it is my job to help ensure
you get those well lit photographs. By getting ready earlier, this allows for you to get in most of the formals before the ceremony has even begun! This way you can move through after ceremony formals and the photos of just the two of you quickly so you can return to the celebration without keeping your guests waiting long. And lets be honest, you will be ready to celebrate!

8 HOUR COVERAGE WITH FIRST LOOK
2:00pm - Photographer arrival: Photographer photographs details like dress, shoes, jewelry, invitation, etc.
2:30pm - Bridesmaids get dressed hair and makeup touchups
2:45pm - Bride gets dress
2:55pm - Groom departs for First Look
3:00pm - Bride departs for First Look
3:10pm - First Look
3:40pm - Bridal party photos
4:10pm - Immediate family photos
4:30pm - Bride gets tucked away from early arriving guests
4:40pm - Photographers photograph Ceremony decor
4:55pm - Bridal party lines up for Ceremony
5:00pm - Ceremony
5:30pm - End of Ceremony: Guests head to cocktail hour
5:40pm - Extended family photos
5:55pm - Sunset photos of bride and groom (optional)
6:10pm - Photos commence
6:15pm - Photographers Reception decor and cocktail hour
6:30pm - Guests invited to enter Reception and find their seats
6:40pm - Grand Entrance
6:50pm - First Dance
7:00pm - Welcome Toast/Prayer
7:10pm - Dinner
7:45pm - Toasts
8:00pm - Father/Daughter, Mother/Son dances
8:10pm - Open dancing
9:15pm - Cake cutting
9:20pm - Bouquet/garter toss
9:30pm - Open dancing
10:00pm - Photographers leave

8 HOUR COVERAGE WITHOUT FIRST LOOK
2:15pm - Photographer arrival
2:30pm - Photographer photographs details like dress, shoes, jewelry, invitation, etc.
2:45pm - Bridesmaids get dressed
3:00pm - Bride gets dressed
3:20pm - Bride and bridesmaids leave for photos
3:30pm - Bride and bridesmaids photos
3:45pm - Bride’s immediate family photos
4:00pm - Groom and Groomsmen photos
4:15pm - Groom’s immediate family photos
4:30pm - Pre-ceremony photos finish
4:40pm - Photographers photograph Ceremony decor
4:55pm - Bridal party lines up for Ceremony
5:00pm - Ceremony
5:30pm - End of Ceremony / Guests head to cocktail hour
5:40pm - Family photos
6:00pm - Bridal Party photos
6:10pm - Bride and Groom photos
6:40pm - Photographers photograph Reception details
6:55pm - Guests invited to enter Reception and find their seats
7:05pm - Grand Entrance
7:10pm - First Dance
7:15pm - Welcome Toast/Prayer
7:20pm - Dinner
7:55pm - Toasts
8:15pm - Father/Daughter, Mother/Son dances
8:25pm - Open dancing
9:25pm - Cake cutting
9:30pm - Bouquet/garter toss
9:40pm - Open dancing
10:15pm - Photographers leave


6 HOUR COVERAGE WITHOUT FIRST LOOK
3:00pm - Photographer arrival
3:05pm - Photographer photographs details like dress, shoes, jewelry, invitation, etc.
3:15pm - Bridesmaids get dressed
3:20pm - Bride gets dressed
3:40pm - Bride and bridesmaids leave for photos
3:45pm - Bride and bridesmaids photos
4:00pm - Bride’s immediate family photos
4:05pm - Groom and Groomsmen photos
4:15pm - Groom’s immediate family photos
4:20pm - Pre-ceremony photos finish
4:25pm - Photographers photograph Ceremony decor
4:20pm - Bridal party lines up for Ceremony
4:30pm - Ceremony
5:00pm - End of Ceremony / Guests head to cocktail hour
5:10pm - Family photos
5:30pm - Bridal Party photos
6:45pm - Bride and Groom photos
7:10pm - Photographers photograph Reception details
7:15pm - Guests invited to enter Reception and find their seats
7:30pm - Grand Entrance
7:40pm - First Dance
7:50pm - Welcome Toast/Prayer
8:00pm - Dinner
8:35pm - Toasts
8:40PM - Father/Daughter, Mother/Son dances
8:45pm - Cake cutting
8:50pm - Open dancing (option)
8:50pm- Prepare faux farewell with all guests (option)
8:55pm - Faux farewell (option)
8:55pm - Open dancing
9:00pm - Photographers leave
 

6 HOUR COVERAGE WITH FIRST LOOK
3:00pm - Photographer arrival
3:00pm - Photographer photographs details like dress, shoes, jewelry, invitation, etc.
3:10pm - Bridesmaids get dressed
3:15pm - Bride gets dressed
3:30pm - Groom leaves for first look
3:40pm - Bride leaves for first look
3:45pm - First look
4:15pm - Bridal party photos
4:40pm - Immediate family photos
4:40pm - Bride gets tucked away from early arriving guests
4:40pm - Photographers photograph Ceremony decor
4:55pm - Bridal party lines up for Ceremony
5:00pm - Ceremony
5:30pm - End of Ceremony: Guests head to cocktail hour
5:40pm - Extended family photos
5:55pm - Sunset photos of bride and groom (optional)
6:10pm - Photos commence
6:15pm - Photographers Reception decor and cocktail hour
6:30pm - Guests invited to enter Reception and find their seats
6:40pm - Grand Entrance
6:50pm - First Dance
7:00pm - Welcome Toast/Prayer
7:10pm - Dinner
7:45pm - Toasts
8:00pm - Father/Daughter, Mother/Son dances
8:10pm - Open dancing
8:30pm - Cake cutting
8:45pm - Bouquet/garter toss
8:50pm - Open dancing (option)
8:50pm- Prepare faux farewell with all guests (option) -or- Bouquet/garter toss (option)
8:55pm - Faux farewell (option)
8:55pm - Open dancing
9:00pm - Photographers leave


WHEN IS A FIRST LOOK MOST BENEFICIAL?

Well the first look is most beneficial in the cooler months when the sun sets early. This is because you will be marrying when the sun is setting or once it's already set! Which means you will miss out on a lot of natural light photographs of the wedding but the two most important people of the day (bride and groom) will definitely be missing out if they don't do a first look prior to the sun setting. Why? Because all of the photographs that has attracted you to my work are in the daylight. Couples walking off into sun sets or well lit couples photos. 

During the warmer months it can offer you a much larger natural light gallery because the two of you have even longer together to slip away for ya'lls couples photos. A lot of my couples love that they can get day light and sunset photographs! 


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