July 4, 2023

Planning for Picture Perfect Wedding Photos | Saratoga Springs, NY

Picture Perfect Wedding Photos:

One of the questions I get asked the most by my wedding clients is “How do we make sure we get the best possible wedding photos?” Aside from making sure you hire a professional wedding photographer, there are a few common sense things you can do to ensure you get picture perfect wedding photos.   I am happy to share with you some of my tips and tricks for planning for your wedding photos below:

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Professional hair and makeup make a huge difference! Hair by Angela Barnes. Makeup by Carina Scott.

Hair and Makeup:  I always think that hiring a professional stylist who works specifically on weddings for your wedding day is a great idea.  Not only do they know how to make you look your best for the camera, they are also familiar with the typical timeline for a wedding day.  They understand the importance of being on time, which translates into less stress for you.  We also highly recommend that you do a trial hair and makeup with your stylist for your wedding look so there are no surprises the day of the wedding.

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Hiring Professional Hair and Makeup Stylists goes a long way to creating picture perfect Wedding photos.  They are great even for the littlest bridal party members.

Touch Up Kit:  A touch up kit is a great thing to have.  Many of the professional stylists I work with provide one for our brides.  They usually include some extra hairpins, small can of hairspray, lipstick, mascara/eyeliner, eye shadow and blush.  I also highly recommend bringing a toothbrush and floss and a small sewing kit for any wardrobe emergencies.

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Proper scheduling allows you time to create beautiful portraits without stress.

Timeline:  I can’t stress enough how important it is to schedule enough time for each section of the day.  We work with all of our brides on this important item so they will be able to relax and enjoy their day.  It is important to not only have enough time but to have a start time and end time so everyone is on the same page.  Also, we recommend our clients build some time into each section in case they start to run late.

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Walking in to Yaddo Garden . Not everything needs to be super posed.

Couples Photos:  If outdoor photos are important to you, we always suggest you schedule your couples photos during the “Golden Hour” if at all possible.  This is the hour before sunset and the light is gorgeous.  If that is not possible, we will work around that.  As professionals we can handle most difficult situations without a blip.  As long as we have open shade and appropriate equipment, it should be a no brainer.  Be sure to allocate enough time to get amazing photos.

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Couples Photos are a huge part of Wedding Photography–make sure you are allotting enough time.
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Photos in the reception space, or in this case a dining igloo, are always a great option.

Schedule Time Alone in the Ballroom (or Tent):  We love getting some romantic shots of our couples in the ballroom or reception area before the guests are allowed in to the room.  And if you have spent months planning your event, we know you will appreciate them too.

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Night Shots–what is not to love?

Night Shots:  Night shots can be really fun as well as beautiful.  You get to sneak away together and have a little quiet time while we create some romantic photos under the stars.

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Sparkler Exits are so fun!

Sparkler Exit:  Sparkler Exits are really fun and they make a great last page in your album!  Just make sure you purchase the longer variety.  And having several people available to light them is key.  Also, this may sound silly, but be sure your venue knows you want to do this well in advance.  Some venues have restrictions about this type of activity.

We hope you found this post on planning your wedding photos useful.  For more Wedding Planning Tips, may we suggest this post on Wedding Planning?

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What a wonderful list of ways to help couples capture the absolute best photos from their wedding day!

I love all of these tips! As a bride, I would have loved having these tips from my Wedding Photographer!

Wow, what a wonderful representation of the whole wedding day! Love the alone time suggestion. Wedding days are so busy, couples forget that important part.

This is a must-read for all engaged couples if they’re hoping to have amazing wedding pictures! Only seasoned wedding photographers will know these tips and be able to create the perfect wedding photos!

This is great advice to every couple who are planning their picture-perfect wedding!

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We love all of our Wedding Photography couples and want them to look like the very best version of themselves in their photos–which is why we think the planning process is so important!