in publications such at Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides and Style Me
Pretty. She is a joy to be around, and with her warm personality and
laid back vibe she puts any bride at ease. Much more wisdom and
photography expertise from Suzy can be found in her new book, Weddings: From Snapshots to Great Shots.
Here are Suzy’s Five Quick Planning Tips with a focus on her specialty of photography:
more than just their images. You will be
spending most of your wedding day with this person… do you genuinely like
her? Will you feel relaxed with this
person in your presence on the big
day? Think about your family and guests,
also. Is this someone you can envision
having a conversation with your grandmother, or with Uncle Harry, the amateur photographer in the family who
loves to “talk shop”? You want your
wedding photographer to enhance your experience of the day (and that of your
guests), not detract from it!
the light when timing the ceremony. People are drawn to the idea of a sunset ceremony,
but the reality is that you will get many more beautiful, natural-light shots
if you schedule the ceremony a couple hours before sunset. That way, there will still be lots of
gorgeous light for the post-ceremony formals as well as cocktail hour candids
and romantic portraits of the two of you.
with your photographer during the planning process. An
experienced shooter knows the importance of planning ahead for the day’s
photography and will communicate with you and your planner, if you have one, to
gather the information she needs to coordinate the shot list, schedule, and so
forth. Be responsive to her requests and
suggestions so that she’ll have what she needs to plan appropriately.
reality is that the day flows much more smoothly when the couple sees one
another in advance of the ceremony. I
find that my couples are so much more relaxed, and we can then get many, if not
all, of the “formal” family and wedding party portraits out of the way – so
that after the ceremony, everyone can simply head to cocktail hour. I always work with clients to ensure that the
moment of seeing one another is a beautiful, special one – it just happens to
take place before the ceremony!
sure you understand what happens after the wedding. Find out
about the album process, options, and costs so that there are no surprises
after the fact. There are countless
decisions to be made – what album type?
What cover material? What images
to include? It can be quite daunting,
and you should make sure your photographer is willing to assist you as much as
you need. And make sure the actual
design of the albums suit your taste. Your photographer should be interested in
helping you create something elegant and classic that will stand the test of
time — not look dated in ten years.