The setup

Plan to have a few feet extra space (6 ft or more is ideal!) between the altar and first few rows of chairs during your ceremony as well as a slightly wider aisle. We’ve found that most people don’t go over this with their coordinator. The extra space will make sure someone’s foot, of the top of their head, isn’t in your photos and will give us more space to capture different angles during the ceremony.

Similarly, ask officiant during your rehearsal to make sure you’re centered in the middle of your alter. It’s a small detail that makes a big difference for the photos!

The moment has arrived!! You’re finally ready, and now it’s time to smooch. Silly as it may seem, practice what type of kiss you’re going to do beforehand. Pause slightly longer than you would normally so we can capture a few extra shots. Don’t like PDA? We know some couples don’t want to make out in front of their families, that’s totally okay! All we need is 3-5 Mississippi’s.

What’s in a kiss

May I kiss you again?

After you make it down the aisle smooch your partner again! You’re likely ecstatic, let’s the emotion show and do whatever feels natural (toss the bouquet, jump for joy, etc.)!

We never say cheese

Start thinking about your shot list. We’ll send you a shot list questionnaire 4-6 weeks out from your wedding date. Your shot list should include the names of each person in every different photo set-up, along with their relationship to the bride or groom. This makes it easier for us to call out the shots cohesively and quickly. Plus, while we may struggle to remember a name, the relationship note will serve as an easy reminder.

We often get requests for family photos to be "really fast" right after the ceremony. Group shots should not be rushed! If you don't want to spend time on them (and who does?), we suggest trimming the list to the bare minimum. Smaller weddings may only require 20-30 minutes for group shots, while larger wedding parties and families may take longer than an hour. If you try to get a formal photo with every person attending the wedding, you'll end up posing for hours. Decide on the images that are most important to you. It’s also important to do this away from your other guests otherwise you’ll be bombarded with photo requests. Ultimately, in 20 years people will be looking at two photos: the one of you and your spouse and the one of your families.