It can be overwhelming to plan a wedding and when a bride begins the process it’s so important to start organized. I’m a wedding photographer now, but when I was a bride I knew nothing about planning a wedding event. As a photographer, there are a few tips I’d point out to get the best outcome of the big event and the most fabulous photographs.
I, also, highly recommend the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony for a private moment followed by one-on-one photo time. This is often referred to as, “the first look.” Once the ceremony is underway, celebrating often takes it’s own course, which cuts into photography time. If a bride and groom are worried about seeing each other pre-ceremony because it’s against tradition they should know many brides say they still felt so special with their father walking them down the aisle after seeing each other first. Most of the posed and formal portraits were out of the way and the photographer was able to photograph in a more journalistic style from the ceremony through the end of the event. I’ve, personally, had nothing but good responses from brides on their wedding day as a result of taking the first look.
Finding the perfect photographer can be challenging. After getting referrals from wedding coordinators and, often, friends, I’d encourage
couples to go to bridal shows and meet photographers and review their portfolios. Most people can get a good feel for how the photographer interacts with clients and their style of photography at such an event. However, if a couple is having a difficult time choosing a photographer it may be a good idea to schedule an engagement session with their first choice before the photographer is officially hired. If the outcome is desirable, the couple can rest assured they’ve made a good choice.
Aubrey currently resides in Baltimore, but is a native of Texas and has done numerous shoots in the Austin area. For more information from Aubrey, or to view more of her work you can visit her website: