Weddings have become more and more customized, detailed, and time consuming. In my totally biased, not so humble opinion, we have to acknowledge the role social media has played in contributing to the hyper-aware bride. This bride not only wants her day to be perfect because she's been dreaming about it her whole life, but because she can now share her day with the world via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (to only name a few). Gone are the days when a wedding photographer was just hired to make sure Uncle Bob didn't blink in the family shot on the altar after the ceremony. Now, the demands on a photographer include multiple set-ups for portraits of the bride, groom, bride and groom, wedding party, families...Don't forget to get those precious detail shots of the ceremony and reception spaces before guests arrive...Oh, and lots of candid shots that capture moments like the ones seen on Pinterest.
My goal is to create a photography timeline so that the photographer can capture as many of those happy memories and dazzling details as possible. Photographers have come up with a couple of creative solutions that you may want to consider for your big day:
THE FIRST LOOK - The First Look is when the bride and groom share a private moment before the ceremony. The photographer is there usually to capture it in somewhat of a paparazzi style so as not to intrude. More and more photographers are making a case for the First Look. Those that are fans of it say that it helps the couple relax and allows them to take pictures together before the ceremony thus alleviating some of the time crunch that can occur afterward.
THE DAY AFTER - The Day After is not as common as The First Look, but it is gaining in popularity. The Day After is a special session just for the bride and groom who usually re-dress in their wedding attire, but in an undone sort of way. For instance, the bride may wear her hair down versus the updo she sported for the wedding. The groom could choose to leave his tie untied. They could both go barefoot. The photographer should still take posed shots of the couple on the day of the wedding, but may not feel as pressured to fit everything in knowing some can be reserved for the next day.
Whether you choose to incorporate these special sessions into the mix or stick with a more traditional approach, to ensure the best photograph you should relax and enjoy each moment.