Bride and Groom Portraits
Getting photographed can be awkward at first. After a while though, you will loosen up and it will move from awkward to fun! And don't worry, I give a lot of pointers from behind the camera!
Engagement sessions are a great way to 'warm up' in front of the camera prior to the wedding day. They are by no means a requirement, but they give you a great idea as to what to expect come the wedding day.
Carving Out Time in the Day
If you are having a first look, we will do your bride and groom photos at that time. Your make up and your hair will be fresh and ready! I generally allow 30 minutes for portrait time on a wedding day(If you give me more time, I will gladly take it!!). In addition to doing portraits prior to the ceremony, there is a good chance that we will have around 15 minutes after the ceremony to take more sunset photos!
If you are not having a first look, then the portraits will be scheduled after family formal pictures (after the ceremony).
What to Expect
I think that it is important to have a mix of traditional photographs as well as 'lifestyle' photographs on your wedding day. I tend to lean more towards the lifestyle, candid, natural route. But, having a few pictures of the two of you looking straight into the camera is necessary. So, I be sure to incorporate those into your gallery as well.
If I could summarize the way I photograph my couples together it would be: Relaxed and natural, I want my clients to look like themselves and feel like themselves in their photographs.
I love incorporating the bride's veil into photographs, so if you are considering wearing a veil, do it! I'll also be using the bouquet in some of the photos as well as letting you go hands free (and passing the bouquet off to my second shooter). My second shooter will be getting the angles that I am not able to get and they will be using a different lens than I am to provide a different composition. This will add a lot of variety to your wedding gallery.