Natural Light! Window light is ideal, preferably artificial lighting will be off - this will also be helpful for your makeup artist too.
My style for photographing this portion of the day tends to sway to the needs of clients on an individual basis. I prefer to have more of a 'fly on the wall' approach, and capture natural and candid moments. Pre-wedding hours are packed with emotion & excitement, which make for the kind of story-telling I love, it's also a great time to photograph small details around the property.
My approach, documentary meets posed photography.
Microphones are a-ok however the big black mic-stand tends to be a bit distracting, and it isn't the most attractive feature.
If possible have your officiant either use a hand-held mic, or a lapel mic.
(Above is a mic-stand, to the left a lapel mic.)
It's not a huge deal either way, just a small detail that I'm certain I notice far more than others.
When it comes to setting aside time for your couple portraits here are my suggestions for length, and best times out of the day. Prioritized, 3 = the very best, 2 = a must do 1 = still amazing.
1. Pre-Ceremony, if we decide to do a "first-look", this will be the first time slot for portraits. (15-20 minutes)
2. Post-Ceremony, right after you walk down the aisle your energy will be the strongest, you'll be beaming. Making it the second best time-slot of the day for portraits. (15-20 minutes)
3. Sunset + Twilight, not only is this the best light of the day for pictures, it's also the perfect moment for you two to sneak away and have a little time to take it all in. (25-35 minutes)
For the couple above, (Claire and Aaron). It was simply a walk around the property where their wedding was held and let me tell you, it was beautiful..
It can be anywhere that has struck you. Also I'm happy (and would love to), help you brainstorm and scout out the property anytime!
There's no happier moment (from my perspective) than when a couple is headed back down the aisle together. This is must-do, a quick 15-min. session.
This is the perfect time to wander together. (Depending on your venue of course) this time is all about you two having a moment to truly embrace one another, and express anything and everything, I'll just be quietly documenting.
More on Sunset +Twilight, If we only have time to fit in one couple photo session into your timeline, this one is definitely it.
Reception lighting can be tricky!
Here are a couple ideas/tips that I've learned along the way.
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