As a top wedding photographer in San Jose, my customers always asks me about what they could do on their part to ensure that they will have lovely wedding photographs. Here are a couple of hints I have shared with them:
Picking a place for the photo shoot
In a normal wedding, creative and formal portraits are shot a few hours between the end of the service and start of the reception. Thus, you need make the majority of the time you’ve got for your creative portraits with your photographer. To ensure you get the pictures you desire, explore out some places before you meet with your photographer. Have a notion of what setting you’d like your photographs to have (i.e. urban setting or natural setting) and the particular places you’d like to go to. Don’t forget to supply this advice to your photographer.
If at all possible, try selecting a place which has significance to your partner and you personally. Places where you have shared your first kiss, your first date, or where you had the proposal are perfect! So much more emotion will be brought out to your pictures once you have your photo shoot at these places.
Select a place that’s within 15 minutes drive from your wedding ceremony and reception site. Don’t forget, excessive driving time will cut the photo shoot time.
When choosing the place, remember to account for the time it requires for parking your vehicle and the walking (in heels) time as well, to your chosen picturesque place. There’s nothing worse than having to cut at places for your San Jose wedding photos or be an hour late due to the scheduling problems with your reception.
Choosing a photographer
Besides the budget, the most crucial idea is the character of the photographer. Select a photographer that you could have a connection and have a great laugh with! There is not a thing worse than having a photographer where your styles don’t mesh nicely. This could cause awkwardness during the photo shoot where your facial expression will turn out uneasy and stiff.
Groundwork for wedding.
Slumber: Get enough sleep (8 hours minimum) the night prior to your wedding day to prevent weary eyes in your wedding photos in San Jose.
Hair: Don’t use any shimmery or glittery hair gel / spray because sparkles will wind up looking like dandruff in your hair and turn white in photographs.
Cosmetics: A professionally trained makeup artist should be aware of this, but regular “day” cosmetics application isn’t exactly the same as the one used for photography or glamour photo shoots. When you’re doing your own make up, please add some dimension to your face with a blush, bronzer, and highlight powder — there are “how to” guides on the internet that will help you attain this look. Or you can even head to your local MAC store where the staff will demonstrate what’s appropriate for your bone structure, and how and where to apply these things. Please practice your make up a number of times prior to your wedding day.
Facials: Lots of brides like to get treatment for their skin for their wedding. Ensure that you schedule your facial spa session at least 2 weeks before the wedding. That way, if anything bad happens such as allergies or over exfoliation, your skin will have time to recover back to normal before the wedding day.
Dress: A bustle is quite easy. Be sure to have a bustle and/or a loop sewn in for you to hold the dress train up with your hands. Occasionally, bridesmaids forget to do their “responsibility”.
Tide Pencil: This handy little pencil can remove spots that are bound to occur on a white dress. Be sure to follow the directions of the tide pencil before you use it, and make sure that the tide pencil leaves only an inconspicuous spot on your dress.
Food & Water: Things have a tendency to get very active during the wedding, and before you are aware of it, you might have skipped lunch or breakfast. Bring some water and easy bites to keep you hydrated and your energy levels up so you may relish your day beautifully!
The wedding day
Cologne/deodorant: Before putting on the dress, it may stain your dress. It is best to be careful and have an alternative.
Walking down the aisle: You have to remember to walk down the aisle one at a time, and to walk slowly so that your photographer can shoot multiple photographs, just in case you blink. During the walk, have a look at your visitors, have a look at the bridegroom, avoid taking a look at the camera or the flooring, and just relish your day.
Have fun, relax and revel in your day! Take time for everyone and consider this ‘your’ day.