Wedding Guide

     The guide to amazing imagery and a smooth wedding

 

COLORS

Colors to wear to your session(s) or incorporate into your wedding:

WHITES – whites & creams

LIGHT BLUES – baby blues & pastel blues

BLUSHES –  light pink, nudes, & peaches

NEUTRALS – beiges, tans, & light earthy tones

 

Bright, bold colors like crimson red, royal blue, burgundy, bright orange, dark purple, etc are fine for your wedding colors but please avoid wearing these colors to an engagement session. Instead, wear the lighter, pastel versions of those colors.

 

When in doubt wear white and light blue.

COLOR SCHEME

THE BIG SECRET TO MY WORK

Just like creating a color scheme for outfits, interior design, or graphic design, creating a color scheme for the actual content of the photo or video shot is just as important. That means couples should blend in with background/location we choose. Really! Check out the photo examples above.

Biggest wedding mistake: Fake (silk/wooden/etc) flowers instead of real flowers! It looks tacky (google tacky wedding floral) and also does not photograph well. 

FINE ART

Fine art means that not just the imagery is beautiful, but the CONTENT matches the editing style.

For engagements, try choosing a max of two colors and then dressing both you and your fiancé in a monochrome outfit of those two colors only. Here are engagement outfits, color schemes, and mens suits ideas: www.bransonmaxwell.com/outfit-ideas-and-wedding-colors

ENGAGEMENTS

When: As soon as you would like to take them. Usually a couple weeks or months after booking with me.

Where: If you haven’t already, visit my location guide here.

What to expect: My engagement sessions are around a 1 hour in length. My turnaround editing time is 2 weeks.

ESSENTIAL TIPS

1. Most of my couples wear whites and light blues to their engagement session.

2. Be on time or early. We are often shooting the very last hour or two of sunlight.

3. Crest teeth whitening strips from Walmart do wonders in as little as 1 or 2 weeks and make smiles that much more bright.

4. If you want a romantic look then wear something long and flowy.

BRIDALS/FIRST LOOK VIDEOS

When: Whenever your dress is ready or on your wedding day.

Where: If this session will be before the wedding visit my location guide here.

What to expect: My bridal/formal sessions are around a 1 hour in length. My first look videos come with a 1-2 minute edited video. My turnaround editing  time for each is 2 weeks.

ESSENTIAL TIPS

1. Bring a bouquet. It will give you something to do with your hands and give me twice as many posing variations to work with. This is my most important tip.

2. Work with industry professionals. Hiring an experienced and talented stylist, florist, and hair and make-up artist is crucial to looking your best. See my recommended vendors here.

3. Bring a friend or sibling (just one) if you would like them to adjust your hair, makeup, veil, or dress train during the session. It allows me to better focus on the photography or videography aspect.

4. Don’t forget your wedding rings.

5. If you are interested in making your session super “magazine worthy” check out how to stylize your session here.

WEDDING COVERAGE

GETTING READY COVERAGE

When: One hour will be needed to capture the details/invitations/jewelry and one hour will be needed to capture the getting ready “final touches” (I.e lipstick, getting dress on, hugging mom, etc).

Where: If accessible a bright, open, beautiful space with plenty of window light and no clutter. The groom getting ready if he is in a nearby room or location.

What to expect: The first hour your special items, invitations, and details will be arranged like in the example photo. The second hour will be shots of you getting your hair and makeup done, zipping up your dress, putting on veil etc. For videography coverage only we need only the later hour.

ESSENTIAL TIPS

BRING FOR DETAIL SHOTS (photography only): invitations (envelope, stationary, ribbon, etc), rings, ring boxes, perfume, cologne, grooms tie, cufflinks, brides shoes, dress hanger, necklace, ear rings, small wedding gifts, vow books, bouquet, or anything else you would like detail photos of.

CEREMONY

When: Plan the ceremony at least a few hours before sunset so the family photos and wedding party photos can still be in sunlight. The more daylight that is incorporated into your day (even the reception) the better.

Where: Hopefully outside. Shade is great for nice, even lighting if possible. Have the guests face west so the ceremony scene is backlit (meaning the sun is behind you if I/the guests are facing you).

What to expect: Candid shots so be in the moment. Shots will be taken while moving up close and far away to get the full story without stopping in front of any individual guests for too long.

ESSENTIAL TIPS

1. Have an unplugged ceremony. Tell your guests to refrain from using their phones to take photos/videos because a bunch of iPhone screens can ruin a beautiful ceremony scene. It also allows your guests to be in the moment while the shots are being taken for them.

2. Look directly at each other, not the officiant so your guests and camera can see your faces.

3. Have your maid of honor fix your train and veil once you step up to place.

4. Have the groomsmen stand with the left hand grabbing their right wrist. Have the bridesmaids stand with their bouquets level.

5. Tell the officiant ahead of time to take a giant step out right before the kiss shot.

6. Plan 30 minutes for family shots, 30 minutes for bridesmaids/groomsmen shots, and 30 minutes for couples portraits (unless you booked a full bridal/formals session, then plan 75 minutes for the couples portraits).

7. Also include at least a 30 minute break or cushion just in case things run behind.

TEMPLE COVERAGE (FOR LDS WEDDINGS)

When: Typically the earlier in the day the better. Plan on exiting the temple 1 hour after your sealing start time (90% of couples come out exactly 1 hour after). Then plan 1.5 hours total for family shots, bridesmaids/groomsmen shots, and shots of just you and your fiancé.

Where: All shots after the exit will most likely be on a stair case in front of the temple or somewhere with good lighting (shade).

What to expect: Lots of posing and direction for these shots.

ESSENTIAL TIPS

1. Tell your guests to not take photos with their cell phones. Let them be in the moment while professional shots are done.

2. Don’t open those temple doors without the camera pointing at you.

3. Each open your own door simultaneously or use the automatic button.

4. Dangle your bouquet down so you don’t cover your face when you kiss.

5. Bubbles look great for the exit photos/video.

6. Approach your family and hug them. Your family will be organized for family photos whenever you are done and ready. 

RECEPTION

When: There is no hour limitation for reception coverage. Just keep in mind you are guaranteed the same amount of photos and/or video length regardless if your coverage is a 2 hour reception full of cake cutting, traditions, and first dance, or if your reception is 2 hours of those mentioned traditions and 4 hours of dancing. The more coverage of dancing you would like the fewer your wedding photos gallery/video will focus on the other traditions and more on the dancing.

What to expect: Candid shots.

ESSENTIAL TIPS

1. Don’t form a receiving line to greet your guests. This is the biggest mistake you can make on a day that should be about celebration, not people pleasing.

2. Enjoy your reception. Eat your cake. Dance.

3. Be in the moment for father/daughter and your first dance together. Small talk during dancing will show in your imagery so just embrace each other and dance.

4. Cut your cake like the example shown above. One hand over the other and bodies cuddled together. Smile. Kiss after feeding each other.

5. Any disco lights or neon lights your DJ has on will show up in your imagery.

THE MOST 

IMPORTANT THING

    This is YOUR wedding and it is about you and your love. Please enjoy your day, take time for just you and your fiancé, & embrace the moments. You are completely covered in any color scheme, lighting situation, or weather condition.

Dance. Celebrate. Love.