Yay! You booked me as your wedding photographer. Now what?
Wedding Consultations are a great way to get to know each other and to give me the information I will need to know about your wedding day. We will sign your contract and get your retainer fee paid. These are usually lots of fun and we will get to gush about all of your wedding details and your relationship!
If you are just to busy and would like to do things things over email, that is completely fine!
Planning your Engagement Photo Session
After you have signed your wedding contract it is time to start planning your engagement session. Now is the time to think of what kind of location you would like and what you want to wear. Most couples bring a dressier outfit and a more casual outfit. Feel free to bring several options. I have a list of location ides if you are just drawing a blank. We can pick out a spot together that will work perfectly for you. If you have a place that is special to the two of you, it would be awesome to consider doing some of your photos there.
If you didn't book a package with an engagement session, then I won't need anything from you until you have the wedding day timeline and specifics all ready to go.
Your Wedding Day
As a wedding photographer, I have been to a few weddings. :) Generally, they all have a similar flow. If you have any questions about the timeline of you wedding feel free to ask! It is very important that there is enough time to take all of the photos you want to document your day.
Some couples choose to do a "First Look" before the ceremony. This allows for us to get more photos of the bride and groom than you would have if you didn't do a first look. Either way is great. It is totally up to you as a couple. Each moment is special. Seeing each other as the bride walks down the aisle and seeing each other before the ceremony both have their own special feelings.
On your wedding day we will usually start with the "Getting ready" photos of the bride and her bridesmaids and then the grooms and groomsman. After that we either do a first look and pictures of the almost married couple or formal photos of the bridesmaids and bride and groomsman and groom.
Then it is time for your ceremony! I'll be up and around capturing the special memories on your wedding day. After your ceremony we will take family photos and bridal party photos and then photos of the newly married couple.
Depending on the type of wedding, the reception is next! All weddings are different but it his helpful to have an idea of shots that are most important to you. I will be capturing every little detail and every special moment on your wedding day up until the minute you leave the wedding as a newly married couple.
After the Wedding
You're all married! Now what!
I just can't help it, so I will be emailing you some of my favorite photos for you to enjoy or to post to share with your family and friends. A week or two after the wedding, your images will be done and ready for you to have forever! I will send them over an online gallery which you will have access to for ten years. You can download the full resolution images right off the gallery onto your computer.
I will start working on your wedding album if you ordered one! (highly recommend) Wedding albums are one of my favorite ways to print wedding pictures. After I get it created, I will send over the first draft to you via email and you will let me know of any changes you want made. After everything is finalized, I will send it to the printer and you will have it in 2-5 business days.
I love all of my brides and grooms and they all become cherished friends. It is so special photographing weddings and being apart of such a special occasion. I love seeing families being created.
One of the hardest parts about planning your family photo shoot is figuring out what to wear! It is definitely not a strong point for me when planning my own family photos because I am not good at fashion at all! My clients always seem to have the outfits figured out and looking the best possible! Here are a few suggestions of what to wear that photograph well.
I always recommend accessorising with headbands, bows, and jewelry for the little girls. This adds character to the children and helps show off their cute personalities. Accessories are great for moms as well. Layers photograph really well as well as some darling shoes and jewelry.
This may not be popular opinion, but I actually really like photographing people in prints! I thought that Natalies shirt looked really great especially at this location. It brought all of the colors together, was feminine and beautiful. I like it when one person is wearing a more busy print and the other outfits are solid. I also like coordinating prints which I will talk about later on in this blog post!
It is usually recommended to wear a solid color outfit, but adding textures or layers. I like that too! Either way, I think it photographs great. If everyone were wearing different prints that didn't coordinate well, thats where I would say to stay away from prints.
It looks really nice when men wear colored pants, trousers or slacks. Jeans look nice when you are going for a more casual look as well.
Dresses or Skirts
I love when women choose to wear a dress or a skirt. If you choose the right dress, it can be really flattering to any body type.
I love that Lisa is wearing a skirt and also has on a sweater. The layers photograph really well as well as her skirt with a print. I also love when men wear sweaters. It changes things up from the usual button up shirt or t-shirt. I definitely recommend avoiding t-shirts with logos on them.
Adding a Pop of Color
I love a good pop of color! That is a fun way to change up your family pictures from year to year. We took these photos in San Tan Valley and the pop of pink looks really good in this setting. I also love the tonal look with the boys and baby in different shades of blue. Blue is always a good choice!
I definitely couldn't have put together these outfits below and pulled it off! The mama of this family has a way with perfect family picture outfits. I love the different textures, colors, and patterns and also accessories. The girls have on dainty little headbands that aren't to distracting but still add a feminine and pretty touch. The boys have on ties that are different prints and different patterned shirts. I think this is a great idea if you can come up with the right combinations.
Light Colors and Jeans
I love light colors in photos! Creams and Whites photograph really well and look good good on most everyone. I also think wearing jeans in family photos can be really cute! I love how Molly accessorized with a darling belt and dainty necklace. She also tucked her shirt only in the front and it looks really flattering. I also love the simple prints on both of their shirts. Neither of them are distracting.
It's fun to change things up sometimes and dress more formal! This long dress is really flattering on Jera who is pregnant in this photo. Her daughter looks darling in a long lace dress with fancy sleeves. Wearing formal clothes can photograph really well. The men and boys can wear suits or shirts and ties. I love taking fancy family photos!
These are just some of the options for your next family photo shoot! Most importantly, wear something that makes you feel great. If you are a cowboy and feel great in a hat and wrangles, than wear that! If you feel good in jeans and a cute top, wear that! Be unique to your own family and tell the story of YOU.
I got to serve in the Young Women's program in my church and that is where I met beautiful Camilla. Camilla is heading off to Utah for College really soon! I was so happy I got to see her and chat with her the other day. She has a beautiful, tender soul and she loves her Savior so much. She is wise beyond her years and she is going to touch so many people through out her life. Something I like about the schools around here is that you can graduate from high school with a technical certificate. Camilla is a really good massage therapist! I can't wait to see where her journey takes her. Good luck at college Camilla!
Meet the cute Grigg Family! Jordan is Blake's cousin. The cute Grigg family lived in Arizona for a little while this past year and I got to take their family pictures! We went on a little adventure to Superstition Mountain and I may have taken them off roading and it may have been a little bit sketchy :| Luckily, they could handle it haha! Baby Stevie and Eliza got to go swimming with us once, and we got to have dinner with them. It was fun to hang out with them a little bit while they lived in Arizona for Jordan's internship. They are amazing, kind people and that baby is just as cute as it gets! Thanks for having me take your family pictures Jordan and Eliza!
The Zander Family moved to Arizona a year or so ago and Samantha founded me online and asked if I would take their family pictures. I loved learning more about them and their sweet family. Since their Family session in Phoenix, Arizona, I have gotten to go to the pool with the girls! We had fun chatting and playing in the water. This session was fun and the camera loves this family. They have beautiful smiles and beautiful personalities. They have been through a lot in their life and their strength was an inspiration to me.
Hi there. I'm Nicole. I'm a small town girl from Idaho who loves photography, my Savior and my family. You'll find me in the mountains with my camera around my neck begging my husband, "lets just take one more picture of your S'more." I love to blog about my photography sessions, family life and much more! Come read along.