Tuesday, February 9, 2016

15 Detail Shots Not To Miss On Your Wedding Day | Wedding Wednesday | Phoenix Wedding Photographer

When I was planning my wedding a few years ago, (way before I even dreamed of becoming a photographer!) I didn't quite understand what wedding photography was really about. That sounds pretty ridiculous when you say it like that, but here's what was going on in my head. I thought that I would just hire someone to take my engagement pictures to hopefully make me look gorgeous (of course, that's what everyone wants right?), document my ceremony, and then get some photos of dancing and the cake at the reception. That's all I thought I wanted. Just to document what happened during the day, make me look awesome and ........show it on Facebook. (Oh, I'm so embarrassed for saying that!)

As I've become a wedding photographer, my attitude and thoughts have shifted a lot! Now my opinion has changed. It's not all just about documenting the day. It's about telling the story of the day and making it special and specific to that couple. From capturing the excitement and joy of the bride as she's getting her hair and makeup done, the bridesmaids' giddiness as they dress the bride, the nerves of the groom, the first look where they see each other the first time, and so on and so forth. The photographer has so much control over the feel of those images and the story they tell about the day!

One things I feel that's often overlooked is the importance of capturing the little details. Those are a big part of the story!  A LOT of thought goes into planning the wedding day....(I was so tired of planning by the time I got married, haha) The things the bride is wearing are significant! Whether it be family heirlooms, a heart cut-out from her dad's shirt hand stitched by the bride into the dress (true story), the earrings that the bride spent forever searching for, or the invitations that took so much effort to put together. If the things the bride is wearing aren't heirlooms already, they will be.

The details are the perfect start to beginning the story of the day. Those photos will became priceless to their children. Ever wonder what kind of perfume grandma wore on her wedding day? Wanted to see the watch grandpa wore? Well, if you haven't yet, you just did :) I personally love looking at my parent's and in-laws wedding pictures. I wish there were more to look at!

So, when you're wedding comes along, just remember to schedule your photographer about 45 minutes to an hour to photograph the details. If you have them ready for him/her when you get there that's an extra bonus on your part because 1. You won't have stress on the wedding day searching for them or forgetting any and 2. Your photographer will have more time to get creative and display your details in the most amazing way possible!

For me, I usually do the details first. It's what gets my creative juices flowing for the day. I love that portion of the day!

Well, so....details, details, details. What kinds of things should you leave out for your photographer to capture? These are the main ones, but there's always room for other special details. :)

1. The Rings--all of them, wedding bands, engagement ring, the Groom's ring.
2. Jewelry--Any necklaces, bracelets, or earrings that might be worn by the bride or have significant importance to the family.
3. Special hair pieces
4. Something old, new, borrowed, and blue if you choose to have those
5. Perfume
6. Invitations--everything that's included, even the envelopes!
7. The bouquet
8. The DRESS!!
9. A Bridesmaid's dress
10. The veil
11. The shoes! Don't forget those!
12. Any heirlooms, special gifts, or important things to the bride
13. The Groom's shoes
14. Groom's cologne
15. Ring box

Last but not least! If you really want to score big points with your photographer, ask your florist if they can spare a few flowers to give to the photographer. Those can add amazing touches to the detail shots!

 I hope this was helpful!

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