Fine Art Photography

February 17th, 2015

Get to Know Your Photographer

selecting wedding photographer hieu pham photography dc md vaWhile deciding on a photographer, you may have met once or twice to discuss ideas, packages, prices, and style, but you may not have gone too far beyond that. It’s not likely that you will spend a lot of time with your photographer prior to the wedding, so the time you do have will be important.

The wedding day will be bustling with activity, maybe even stressful at times, so establishing a comfort level with the person who will be capturing everything from the behind-the-scenes moments to the public declaration of vows, will put everyone at ease. A little familiarity will go a long way. Start by discussing the following:

-Communicate you ideas, desires, and plans ahead of time. Waiting until the last minute to explain the specifics of your vision for the day will leave everyone feeling rushed and unsure of the plan.

-Make a list of the details of the wedding day that excite you the most and share these with the photographer. Is it the flowers, food, favors, centerpieces, handmade crafts, gifts, or jewelry that set the day apart as your wedding? Hearing which details are important to you will help set the focus.

-Ask the photographer for tips and ideas to help the day be as organized as possible with the wedding party, guests, and ideal times to capture specific moments. Work through a plan to make sure you get the photos you envision in the midst of the hustle and bustle, and then trust the photographer’s experience and knowledge.

-Discuss your desire to take engagement photos or to schedule a bridal session before the wedding. You’ll naturally be more comfortable if your wedding day isn’t the first day you’ve worked with the photographer.

Getting to know your photographer, communicating your desires, and scheduling an engagement or bridal session will help put everyone at ease when the wedding day arrives. Get to know the person who you’ve invited to share in this special day! You’ll feel more at ease, be able to relax, enjoy the day, and have photos that reflect your wedding day just as you envisioned they would.

February 2nd, 2015

engagement session checklist


Your leisurely days of dating & chatting have turned to focused conversations around planning, researching, and choosing the special details that will set the stage for the moment you say “I do.” One of the first items on your list is scheduling your engagement photo session.

What a better way to kick off this season than with photos that will capture the glow of your early days as an engaged couple, document the anticipation of your new life together, and break the ice as you get to know your photographer.

You’ve probably found your share of checklists for an engagement session, but if not, here’s a recap.

1. What locations are significant to you? A café, area of town, park, or scenic location? What’s your rainy day plan? What time of day best suits these locations? Will there be crowds or events happening that will make the location unsuitable?

2. How can the photos best reflect you as a couple? Will a formal, traditional, casual, or contemporary feel best capture your personalities and style?

3. What colors will you and your fiancé wear that will coordinate but not be obviously matching? If you will be at multiple locations, will a change of clothes be necessary to fit the surroundings?

4. Are there certain props, signs, poses, or locations that you want to incorporate into the photos? How much time is allotted for what you would like to accomplish?

5. Is your ring sparkling clean? Do you want a manicure? Certainly a new diamond is going to make its way into your photos!

To summarize, look your best, choose a location that has a story, and think about the details that will make the photos unique to you. All of these details aside, what can really make or break a session is time. Not the amount of time you have with the photographer, but time you and your fiancé have together.

Often, the first moments of the session can feel awkward, unnatural, and forced. This is no surprise considering you probably will be rushing around several hours getting ready, packing a change of clothes and any props, coordinating schedules, fighting traffic, finding parking, and racing to be on time to meet the photographer.

It is not going to be easy for anyone to connect, relax, and enjoy the day with a rushed few hours leading up to the session. Consider how to plan your day a little differently, prepare the night before, plan your route and even schedule in time to talk, relax, walk around the location, grab coffee or lunch ahead of time, and use the day to focus on each other and the moments you are about to capture.

These photos are not simply an item to check off a to-do list, but moments to cherish together. They will tell part of your story. A beautiful story that is just beginning.