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Five Quick Tips from Lisa Lefkowitz, Fine Art Photographer

Wedding Planning Tips

I recently introduced a new feature on my blog called, “Five Quick Tips“. The idea behind this new feature is to ask wedding pros and people in the industry what their five quick tips are for brides (and grooms!) in planning their big day. There is so much good advice out there (and obviously countless blogs, books and websites) but I love the idea of boiling it down to a few, easily digestible tips.

I’m pleased to introduce our second tipper, uber-talented San Francisco wedding photographer, Lisa Lefkowitz! Lisa and I first worked together on a wedding in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. That gorgeous wedding was featured in Elegant Bride and on Style Me Pretty (see more links to the feature on my blog to the right of this post under “Amy’s Featured Weddings”). I recently asked Lisa what her Five Quick Tips for brides would be, and here’s what she had to say:

1. Have your bridesmaids tidy up your hotel suite before your photographer arrives. That way she
can get great images and won’t have to work around piles of clothes or spend her team’s time cleaning up to get the shots she needs.

2. Plan to leave the reception for 10-15 minutes right at sunset to do a mini portrait session. The light
will be gorgeous and you two will be relaxed after a few cocktails!

3. Walk slowly down that aisle to your groom during the ceremony processional — take the time to look around at all the people who are there for you as a couple; this will allow your photographer to get plenty of beautiful images of one of the most important moments of the day.

4. While it’s natural to want that dramatic moment of seeing each other for the first time to be the moment you walk down the aisle, meeting up before the ceremony gives your photographer much more leeway in the schedule to create amazing images for you. Getting the wedding party and family portraits out of the way before the ceremony frees up your photographer up to document the cocktail hour and just generally creates a wedding day schedule that gives her the time and space to make more creative images without as intense time pressure.

5.  In staging an outdoor ceremony, make sure to be conscious of the lighting at the time of day you’ll be getting married. Keep an eye out for evenly shaded areas, or plan the ceremony when the light will be lower in the sky, creating a soft glow. Bright sun is a photographer’s nightmare — we prefer even shade or soft late-afternoon light.  Also, make sure to choose a spot where you both are in the same kind of light, rather than having the bride in shade and the groom in sun. When in doubt, coordinate your photographer’s site visit with your planning so she can give you advice on the best location and timing options.

And a few more questions for Lisa:

What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
I loved that we had only 75 guests. It meant we got to talk to everyone, we could have better food as we weren’t feeding a ton of people, and everyone got a turn in the photobooth!

If you could change one thing about your wedding, what would it be?
While I enjoyed being a DIY bride (after all, I’m an artist, I had to make lots of stuff!) if I could do it over I would have tried to wrap up all the decor projects two weeks before the wedding, rather than stressing the night before.

Thank you Lisa for sharing your tips! Be sure to visit Lisa’s website here and her blog here.

If you’re interested in being featured in an upcoming “Five Quick Tips”, please email me at info AT amynichols DOT com

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