I really enjoy the Before the ceremony pictures of the Bride. Watching the fun, drama, excitement… that is going on all around is exhilarating! The air is literally buzzing with energy. (And i’m in the middle of it, shooting, moving, helping, laughing, Literally swept up in the emotion of the Bride and her family.) With everything going on, As a photographer (aka: creative visual story teller) it’s easy to get overwhelmed with what to shoot. I already have a mental list, there are definite basics that a photographer HAS TO GET, and depending on the client, if they have specific requests, a written list that I keep in a small pocket notebook.
If you are on a tight schedule, the last thing you want to do is slow down the brides progress, so the absolute FIRST THING I take is a photo of the wedding gown and veil. (which includes the basic vertical, horizontal and detailed/close up shot) Then from there photos of the shoes, jewelry, flowers, rings grouped together and separate, straight and artistic. Then once the key detail shots are completed that gives me the freedom to go back and capture the candid moments of the Bride finishing up her make-up/hair, brides maids helping out and the parents of the Bride as well as fun shots of the room, the Bride getting dressed and additional detail shots that the Bride may like to have.
Because you can never have too many pictures if you have time take as many as you can and don’t forget to add a touch of your artistry!