This page is for our couples that already booked us.
We are super simple, we know what we are doing and for the most part you can tell us what time to arrive and that's all it takes. But if you complete this page, it will make your wedding day A LOT easier. We will get back to you if we have any questions.
Before the wedding please:
1. Complete the "Pre-wedding Form" (to be completed anytime up to 3 weeks before the wedding) 2. Create a close family group portrait list 3. Read the "Suggestions"
All parts can be found on this page.
Close family group portrait list
We do not require a shot list for the wedding. The only list from you that does help a lot (since the photographer does not know your family, and every family is different) is the combination of people for the close-family photos that you want during the family photoshoot part. For example:
Bride: Sofie Groom: John
Sofie + John and John's parents Sofie + John and Sofie's parents Sofie + John and uncle Joe and his wife Sofie + John and John's grandparents Sofie + John and Sofie's grandparents etc etc etc... you get the point.
Make a list like this and have it with you or give it to a bridesmaid/groomsman (or anybody) that knows the family. Don't worry if its a short list, especially if you have a small wedding. The names can be called out as the photographer takes photos. This will turn a 45 minute process into a 15-20 minute process for you. That way there is no stress during this photoshoot, you don't have to think while it happens... and you don't miss anyone!
You can also upload the list if you'd like.
Suggestions (data gathered from years and years of experience)
1. Your wedding is a day of celebration of your love for someone. Have fun and enjoy your friends and family! The best wedding galleries come from the most fun and remember to trust the photographer about photography during the day-of, not family member, not the DJ, not the planner, not the venue when they tell you where photos should be done; no one but the photographer when it comes to photography.
2. While planning, if you have any questions about how long a certain photoshoot or part of a wedding would take with the photographer, ask us! don't ask the DJ, the planner, the florist, the venue people, etc. You'd be surprised how different every photography company works.
3. A shot-list is totally not required. Actually, by experience, if you give a wedding photographer a long shot-list, the photographer will focus on trying to get those shots instead of capturing moments as they happen, yielding to missed moments. Obviously, if you want any particular photos, let the photographer know! but you don't have to worry about coming up with anything, we have done this hundreds of times honestly. Have fun and let the photographer do his/her thing!
4. Tell the DJ/Venue not to put any colored lighting beams on you during the first dance or any official parent-dances, or simply ever, if possible.. If the DJ wants to beam a purple light on you to "make things interesting ", you will look purple in your photos, not interesting. We leave this up to you.
5. Obviously do whatever you want! But try to sleep the night before. We know how much most of you want to party the night before, but a lot of stress and mis-emotions during the wedding day will come from lack of sleep. Also, you don't have to wake up at 4 am to do your make-up, if make-up takes 2 hours and your ceremony is at 5pm. Sleep, sleep, sleep!
6. Don't be hangry! eat. Have snacks. We know how hard it is to eat during your wedding day. Not being hungry the entire day makes a world of a difference.
7. If you had enough photos in your day and don't want more photos, tell the photographer you had enough, it's totally fine. Communication is the key!
8. Don't forget photographers do not read minds. We know how to document weddings, we will provide tons of photos and you don't have to worry about a single thing. But if you want a photo of the yellow cat sitting on top of the fridge in the attic, make sure you communicate it. Communicate any photos out of the ordinary that you want.
9. If you absolutely loved your service, don't forget to tip! wedding photography is an art but also a service. Totally not required and we don't care if you don't.
10. If your wedding takes place until night time, take advantage of the last part of sunset lighting, the twilight time. Google sunset during your wedding day, plan to shoot at the last part of sunset for at least 15 minutes, include this in your timeline, even if you already did photos during the day. *Ask your photographer the day-of, sometimes this is not necessary if it was good lighting all day, for example if it was cloudy and grey all day.