Engagement Session Advice – Preparing Your Groom

Preparing Your Groom

If you’re a bride that is a little anxious about how your groom is going to react to this whole “picture” thing, you’re not alone. I receive so many emails from brides who are worried that their groom won’t be into it and I have great news for you…you both are more photogenic than you think! My couples are constantly surprised when discovering their hidden modeling skills and my most common response from grooms is, “That wasn’t as bad as I thought! It was actually fun.” Yes! Mission accomplished! When the groom says that taking pictures was FUN, I know I have done my job well! Your engagement session is supposed to be fun and relaxed, not forced or awkward. As you prepare for your shoot, there are a few things that you can do to help your groom know what to expect.

First of all, I highly recommend sitting down with your man and showing him 2-3 of your favorite engagement sessions that I have photographed. Spend some time together scrolling through a few blog posts, which will allow him to gauge what his expectations should be as far as what to wear and what the photos will look like.

I also recommend that you allow for plenty of time to get to your shoot! There is nothing worse than when a couple shows up late, and they have been arguing in the car. That is definitely going to put your groom in a bad mood! Last but not least, remember to have patience with him, and don’t assume that he’s not going to have a good time…I think you’ll be surprised how much you will both enjoy your session!

If you’re one of my brides and grooms, you can find this information, as well as SO much more in the magazine that I send you when you book! It literally goes through everything you need to know to make your wedding day photography a success!

Wedding Timeline – The Getting Ready

Wedding Timeline – The Getting Ready Portion of Your Day

It’s the morning of your wedding! Hopefully all of the little details are taken care of and you’re relaxing with your best friends while your hair is being done. If certain items haven’t been checked off of the to-do list, it’s time to hand them over to someone else. Delegation is a key part of a stress-free wedding day. I know it’s hard to hand over the decorating duties and all of the last minute things that need to be done, but it really is important to relax the morning of your wedding. The rest of the day is going to be fast-paced and filled with a lot of emotions! Take advantage of this down time. There are a few things to consider about the “getting ready” portion of the day. Do you want to share a “first look” with your dad or any other person who plays a huge role in your life?

Will you and your groom be exchanging gifts during this time? If so, who would you like to deliver them? Are there certain women in your life who would appreciate seeing you get into your gown? Some brides want very few people around for this moment. Other brides love having aunts and grandmas present! It’s totally up to you! A few other things to consider…. as you get ready to put your dress on, refrain from putting any jewelry on. I love shooting all of those final steps once you’re in your gown! Speaking of the gown, if it’s on a plastic hanger, try to make a note to bring a wooden hanger along for picture sake. If you forget, no big deal!

If you’ve booked your wedding with me, you can find all these suggestions plus so many more in your Wedding Day Guide magazine that I sent you!