3-4 Hours Prior: Hair/Makeup - I suggest hiring a hair/makeup artist because it takes a huge load off having someone else style you up. They will also set the makeup specifically for long-wear and lighting-type (indoor/outdoor/stage/rain). Plus, it’s nice to have the time to clear your head, make a few last-minute phone calls, and let yourself be pampered a bit. My favorite local artist is Ashli Danielle, whose portfolio and contact information can be found here: http://ashlidanielle.com/
2.5-3 Hours Prior: Photographer Arrival - I usually arrive during hair/makeup to scout the sites for optimal lighting, meet family members, and go over last-minute details for the day. I may also start taking pictures of the dress, shoes, reception favors, pre-ceremony setup, and then begin photographing the groom (and groomsmen/ring bearers).
2 Hours Prior: Bridal Party Photography – From this point forward, I become a constant presence and help provide guidance and support throughout the events of the day. When styled and ready, I’ll begin taking the bride's pictures, then bring in the bridesmaids and flower girls. I also suggest taking pictures with the groom BEFORE the wedding (called The First Look). Some like to wait until after the ceremony, but I think it’s just as magical to have that special, quiet time together before the craziness, interruptions, and any smudges from kissing/crying that tend to happen during the ceremony.
Ceremony (30-60 mins) - I quietly duck around from all angles and usually use no flash (to avoid distraction). Immediately following the bride and groom's exit down the aisle, I’ll have them meet me at the beginning of the receiving line, where family can give quick hugs and kisses before departing for the reception. I try to photograph each person as they pass through but some move very quickly (so I can’t guarantee I’ll get everyone). I like photographing the receiving line because I can usually snap a picture of each of the guests by this point (which is nice if guests leave early or my services are not required for the reception).
Bride, Groom and Family Pictures (30-60 mins) - This happens immediately following the ceremony. We start with the full family, then break into groom’s family, then bride’s family (sending them off to the reception after they’ve been photographed), then small pairings, until we get down to the bridge and groom. I invite guests to take pictures of the bridal party at the reception but not while I’m shooting because it’s too distracting for the bride and groom and takes up valuable time.
Reception - With so many guests and family members bringing their digital cameras these days, it’s almost never an issue getting enough pictures of every moment at your reception, so I usually suggest to brides to use those extra dollars and invest them into their wedding favors, deserts, or music, instead.
Photo Gallery - Your custom online photo-viewing gallery and slideshow will be available within 2-3 weeks of the wedding date. It will contain all image proofs from your wedding (that can be posted to Facebook, shared via email, etc). Once you share the gallery link, you and your guests can then individually purchase any prints, negatives, thank you cards, frames or other products, directly from the gallery (which will ship directly from my lab and takes 3-7 days). These proofs have a watermark on them that is removed once digital negatives, prints, or other products are ordered.
You have the date picked, your dress envisioned, the colors in mind, the guest list considered.. but then there's the cake, music, favors, centerpieces, food, location, transportation, decor - whew! The list goes on! Since so much detail goes into planning your perfect day, I like to offer a timeline of my services to lighten the load a little and provide some guidance.
Keep in mind, this is a general proposal and can be fully modified to your specific requests. If your wedding is already scheduled, check out Wedding Photo USA's forum, "Looking Your Best For Your Wedding Photography" that has a terrific list of tips, tricks and suggestions that come from industry professionals and is continually updated. I will also work closely with you in the days leading up to your event to ensure you have the perfect photographic experience (though I can't promise the same for the band, the food, the uncles, or any other standard wedding conundrums). :)
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Portrait Piggy Bank (Wedding Registry)
The Portrait Piggy Bank is a fun addition to your wedding registry! It is an account that wedding guests deposit money into that goes toward your wedding photography costs. Guests love this option because it makes finding the perfect wedding gift simple (no shopping, wrapping, transportation required) and can be done online in a few seconds. Piggy Bank registry cards can be dropped into announcements and invitations, and include a link to your gallery page where they can deposit their gift. On the day of the wedding, there will also be a physical Portrait Piggy Bank with deposit notes and envelopes that guests can drop their gifts into.
One of my most popular sessions are pin-up and boudoir. These very demure, sassy, gorgeous portraits are the perfect gift for the groom that you can present to him in any form - leather book, playing cards, calendar, etc - on your wedding date or honeymoon. This is a phenomenal treat for both him AND you as a keepsake showcase of your beautiful self.
Enjoy a complimentary engagement photo shoot, complete with shareable web images and online gallery, when you book either the Silver Lining or Platinum package (details below). Perfect for capturing portraits to enclose in engagement announcements, save-the-date cards and wedding invitations.
A (Typical) Wedding Day with Genevieve Ruth
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