Throughout your wedding day, lighting is probably one of the most important factors when it comes to having stunning photos. I’m sure you’ve heard someone say before that photography literally means “writing with light” and this couldn’t be further from the truth. Light determines the quality, look, and feel of your photos. From your getting ready location, the start time of you ceremony, and how you light your reception, lighting plays  a HUGE role. If you would like photos that reflect what you see from us whether it be our website or social media, following the tips below will ensure that we give you just that!


In your wedding planning process, you will likely ask yourself some of these questions:

  • How long will it take for me to get dressed?
  • How do I know how long makeup and hair will take?
  • How long will our portraits or first look be?

The list seems never-ending. Don’t worry, you can count on me to help answer any questions you may have. Oftentimes when a wedding runs behind its because of something unexpected happening at the very start of the day – delays on hair and makeup, someone running late, vows not written on time and so forth. This is why it is extremely important that when putting together your timeline, you consider these possible delays and give yourself enough wiggle room to breathe incase things run behind. I truly love when my couples ask for my input and share their timeline with me early in the planning process. If we discuss this early enough, we will often find areas in the planning that can be reconsidered or tweaked.

A few weeks prior to your wedding, I will be putting together a timeline for you based on the details provided. If you’ve hired a wedding coordinator, the first timeline draft will most likely come from them. I have found in my wedding photography experience that hiring a wedding planner is a plus for many reasons. One of them being they ensure that the getting ready portion of the day has finished ahead of time because they successfully factor in all of the potential delays. Please feel free to put them in touch with us from the very beginning so that we can work together to craft the perfect timeline.

In regards to your portraits, it is important to know ahead of time whether you would like them taken outdoors during natural daylight. Knowing this early on will also help determine how the rest of the day will look like.

With ALL OF THIS being said, just remember that even though I’ve listed some “key” factors that will influence the quality of your photos, it’s essential to note that the BEST advice of all is to stay present and in the moment throughout every moving part of the day. I know it is easier said than done but I promise it will be worth it. This is what Patrick and I will be constantly reminding you to do as it’s something we truly believe in and stand for. Keep in mind that when you look back on your photos for years to come, you’ll want to be taken back to all the positive, happy, and heart-warming feelings of that day, not the worrisome and negative ones. 

If you have questions or concerns about timeline or any other detail of your wedding day please feel free to reach out to us at any point. Anything we can do to make your planning easier will be our absolute pleasure!