Getting the best photos of your wedding day…

I was fortunate enough to have Anne Lee, as my wedding photographer.  Leading up to our wedding, Anne and I chatted back and forth, organized our engagement photo session in NYC, and discussed and planned the wedding day pretty much down to the minute.  It was so helpful that Anne had photographed many weddings prior to my wedding, and that Anne was super approachable and always available to listen, guide, and help.  Anne and Erin, my makeup artist, were my most responsive vendors.  I really appreciated this, as getting married can be stressful.  I think part of the reason why I enjoyed our day so much is because we worked hard to compile the best possible vendors we could find.  I can’t stress enough how important it is to love your vendors–making sure you feel comfortable telling them what you want and what you don’t want.  If you get a not so great feeling early on, it’s okay to explore other options and look into breaking your contract.  You only get one go at your big day, so make sure during all the planning it is exactly what YOU want!

One thing that Anne had me do prior to our wedding was to create a list of formal shots.  This was SO helpful.  It not only got us through formal shots and off to cocktail hour, but now over a month later, I have a variety of great pictures and formal shots.  She also asked me what details I planned to have at the wedding that I wanted to be photographed.  Planning these things ahead put me more at ease and I am pretty sure it gave her some guidance as to what we were looking for and hoping to have as a document of our day.

It seems silly to plan out all the pictures for the day, but when you look back on your pictures, I can promise you that you will be so happy that you took the time to do this somewhat simple task.  It was also a fun activity to do with Dan that wasn’t very stressful and actually kind of funny.  He thought some of the “details” I highlighted were awfully strange, but I know now he is glad that I noted those strange things.  One of my favorite things about Dan is his sense of humor, and his ability to make simple tasks funny.  I think laughter is the best medicine and I can only hope it will get us through all of life’s challenges and curve balls that are thrown at us.

If there are any other pointers that I can think of regarding pictures, I will definitely revisit this topic, otherwise take the time to plan your pics at least a month before your actual big day, and make it fun and/or funny.

Thanks for reading and have a fun day 🙂

Here is my picture of the day….

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This picture wasn’t exactly planned, but it is still one of my favorites…

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