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:

Picture Perfect Wedding Photos Saratoga Springs NY

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.

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.

Congress Park Winter Wedding Photo

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.

Yaddo Saratoga Picture Perfect Wedding Photos

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.

Queensbury Hotel Ballroom Wedding

I love taking wedding photos in a beautiful reception area like this ballroom at the Queensbury Hotel.

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.

Glens Falls Bride and Groom

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.

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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