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How can you breeze through the family formal images portion of your wedding day?
I'm back again with another informational post to help everyone who is actively planning their wedding! This week I want to talk about one of the simplest, yet important ways to help ease wedding day stress. Family formal images are some of the most important images from your wedding day! They might not be the images you "ooo" and "awe" about, but you will treasure them in years to come. For instance, the image from my wedding that makes me so grateful for is one of my late grandmother with me and my family. Having her at our wedding was one of the most important things to me, and having that image will always be a treasure.
Family formals have a tendency to cause stress for both the bride and groom and the family. I often describe it as "herding cats". Typically what happens during the wedding day is that family gets the opportunity to see one another for what could be the first time in a long time. Conversation flows, drinks flow, and attention spans are often very short. Couple this with a semi-tight schedule for these particular images, and you can see why the stress adds up. After 50+ weddings, I have learned how to handle this portion of the day quickly and efficiently, which is why I feel obligated to share some helpful advice!
First things first, organization is key. Like most things in life, the more organized you are, the less stress that will follow. When my clients are one month out from the wedding I ask them to make me a list of all the family formal images they want. I have a template that they follow to make it easier on them. Essentially, the template goes a little something like this:
Bride + Mom
Bride + Dad
Bride + Mom + Dad
Bride + Sister
Bride + Mom + Dad + Sister
And so forth....
As you can imagine, the list adds up quickly. I often warn my couples that it takes an average of 2 minutes per image. Sometimes we can cut this down, but it helps to budget for more time rather than not enough.
I have my couples prepare that list ahead of time so that I can print it and bring it with me. I then have my assistant help me by reading off the list and crossing off what images we have done. This helps us to A) get through the list quickly, and B) not forget anyone!
My biggest word of advice that I can offer you is to truly consider what images are most important to you. If you give me a five page list, I can make it happen, but we are going to have to compromise images in some other area. A five page list will take about one hour to complete. I suggest that if you are fine with it, we take some group images during your reception of some family groups that might not be quite as important as your immediate family (cousins, uncles, aunts, etc.) We often have some down time during dancing, and this is a great chance to grab some of those group images!
My second biggest advice that I pass onto my couples is to warn family ahead of time that A) they are in the images, B) where they need to meet, and C) what time we are meeting. I advise my couples to send a group message one day before the wedding with this information. It should look something like this:
"I'm so excited to see you all tomorrow at our wedding! I wanted to give you a heads up that I have included you in our family formal images. We are meeting at the ceremony venue at the front door at 2pm. Please arrive a little early, fully dressed, and ready for pictures at this time. My photographer will be running on a tight schedule to get all our images done before the wedding, so your timely arrival will help us greatly! I can't wait for tomorrow!"
The more specific that you are on time and location will help make things easier on everyone! I have had some groups who have taken to heart all of my advice and the family formals have run quick and smooth and we had extra time to go take more images of just the two of them, which was so exciting!
Lastly, there's one more thing that can help make these images go as smoothly as possible. Family members often like to take their own copies of the group images by using their phones, tablets, or cameras. I absolutely understand why they want to capture these sweet moments and have no problem with it. My only request is this: While I am taking the image, I need everyone's eyes on me and focused so that no one is looking away. Imagine that your aunt is behind me and to the right and your mom thinks she is taking the picture, so she looks over at your aunt, while the rest of you are looking at me. It can create more of a delay and be difficult for me to get everyone's attention on me. I would also hate to deliver you an important group image that has someone looking off into the distance, while everyone else is smiling at the camera. Allow me to take the image with everyone's fully undivided attention and then I will let whomever wants the image to step in my place and take their own. This way everyone gets a great image and we can keep on chugging along! Don't forget to remind family that they can get a professional quality image from you in digital or print format after the wedding day, so they do not need to stress too much about getting one on their phones (picking up what I'm putting down?? ).
I hope that this post sparked some ideas for you! As always, if you have any questions about my process as a wedding photographer, please just email me! If you are a current client of mine, we will be going over this in depth together as your wedding approaches!
You've probably heard me, or another photographer, mention how important that light is for images. George Eastman, the founder of Kodak, once said, "Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography." I have always used this quote as a guide for how I approach wedding photography. It is important for me to be able to know how to create great images regardless if it is sunny, raining, extremely bright, or hardly any light. I have taken courses upon courses just on light so that I know how to handle every possible situation. However, it should be noted that I do favor certain light over other light and that is why I am writing this blog post!Read More
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I'm sitting in my house literally snowed in right now! I always wondered what this would be like and now that it's actually happening I can report that it is very strange! All morning I didn't have internet and my phone was having to be used as an emergency hotspot at our coffee shop, so I spent all morning technology free AND snowed in at the same time! It shouldn't have been a big deal, but I cleaned the house and then felt a little lost.
I'm happy to report that the internet is back and my phone is back in hand, so my life can resume like normal! Sad, so sad, but so true. While I cuddle up in my blanket and watch cartoons with my nephew I figured it would be good time to share one of my favorite engagement sessions from this last summer!
I think it goes without saying that Suzannah and Kelly are one stunning couple! I was instantly excited and inspired when they stepped out of their car dressed in the outfits that they chose! Suzannah's dress is exactly what I would dream that my clients would choose for an outfit for an engagement session. The color was perfect for the location and her skin tone as well! I've had several clients ask where they can find a similar dress and I have found a similar one here.
I am so excited to photograph their Boise wedding this summer! We are going to have so much fun together!
Mike + Makayla //Fourth Street Gardens in Emmett Idaho //Boise Wedding Photographer
When I met Makayla I instantly knew that her wedding was going to be amazing. Her clothing style, verbal description of the wedding plans, and her personality were all exactly what I expect the perfect wedding to have!
I had the privilege of photographing Makayla a couple of times before the wedding and her and I just clicked perfectly. With Makayla being a photographer she understands my direction and posing and knows how to just react naturally in front of the camera. She also trusts my lead and knows that if I ask her to do something random that it's for a good reason.
Makayla also chose the perfect vendors for her wedding, which makes a huge difference on the total picture of the wedding! Her styling and coordination were on point, as Heidi from Ira and Lucy always does! Seriously check out Ira and Lucy to see her design and coordination for your own wedding! Her florals were to die for..I mean, peonies galore! Lemon Blossom Designs does an absolute amazing job in the Boise area!
Here is what Makayla had to say about her wedding:
As a bride who is also a professional photographer, I had seen hundreds of these "picture perfect" weddings by the time I was engaged. When the day came to start planning, I knew for the most part what I wanted in my dream wedding, I just needed to find the right people to make that dream come true! (And don't worry, my fiance was not forgotten- his only request was to get married to me, haha!)
My first tip for brides in the midst of planning right now:
Get a wedding coordinator.
Even though I had a bit of a head start in the planning process due to the fact that I knew lots of local wedding vendors and people in the industry, I could never have imagined how truly overwhelming it can all be! Just a couple months in, I realized that I there was no way that I wanted to do this alone (nor could I!) My fiance and I met with Heidi the owner of Ira and Lucy Wedding Planning and Design upon recommendation from our florist, and I am so thankful that we did. When we met her, she had this calming presence that I knew someone like me would need on our day. Being very type A and wanting to plan everything myself, I knew instantly that Heidi was probably the only other person in the world I would trust my whole wedding day to.
On the day of our wedding, I woke up knowing that everything was being taken care of. Not by myself, not by my family, but by a professional design/coordination team!
I literally cannot put into words how perfect our day was. How beautiful it looked, how it felt to see all that you had pictured come to life. Our photographer and her second shooter showed up early and were getting all the little details. Our videographer was seriously EVERYwhere, not missing a moment. The team at Ira and Lucy was setting up bright and early and making sure everything was running on schedule throughout the entire evening. Our DJ knew all the songs we wanted and did such an amazing job at keeping our guests entertained and the dance floor alive. And I was hanging out with my friends, family, and husband, not stressing, taking in every detail and not missing a single moment.
I think my favorite detail of the day was definitely our altar. I knew it would be incredible based on the sketches, but when I saw what Heidi and Laura had done with it I couldn't believe it. Blush draping on the sides with these amazing peony/vine floral pieces, and right in the middle was a wooden cross my fiance had put built and stained. A couple days before our wedding I was scurrying around trying to find something to drape over the cross, and at rehearsal Heidi told me not to worry about it. When I saw the beautiful greenery she and Laura had used to drape over it, that was really something that stood out to me. It seems silly, but that little detail just reminded me of how helpful having a coordinator was. it was just a weight off my shoulders to not have to worry about those little details and to see something that had been in my head come to life so perfectly.
All in all, my husband and I had the best night of our lives on our wedding day. Because we hired professionals to help us out, we were actually able to enjoy our big day and throw our friends and family basically just a huge awesome party. People couldn't stop raving about how gorgeous and fun it was, and really we couldn't take much credit! While it was inspired by my fiance and I, it only came to life because of our vendors.
After the wedding I honestly had post wedding blues. It was the best day of our life, and it was over! Then while my husband and I were on our honeymoon, we got a facebook notification that our wedding highlight video was up.
My second tip to brides-
Hire a videographer.
I know that not everyone can have a big budget for a wedding. I know that there are certain things that seem unnecessary. But let me tell you- watching our highlight video brought my husband and I to tears. It brought a flood of emotions from our big day. It was like watching a movie! There were moments that I couldn't believe our videographer had gotten because he was everywhere yet remained invisible all day! And when the time came for our wedding video to be released, our family and friends were all dumbfounded at how spectacular it was. As a photographer, I know that a picture speaks a thousand words. But there is something so special that a wedding video can bring you that a photograph never can. The sound of your husband's voice cracking as he reads his vows to you. The joyful laughter of your guests as the toasts are given. The crazy jam packed dance floor as your friends dance like idiots. I'm speaking up for the videographers now because I feel like they are always overlooked but please- seriously consider getting one and making it a priority!
Thank you to everyone who was apart of making Mike and I's day so perfect. Thank you to our families who helped us out to make our dream come true. Thank you to our vendors who took such great care of us. We weren't just another summer wedding to you guys- we were Mike and Makayla and it showed ! The love and care that went into making sure everything ran smoothly is something we will forever be grateful for.
Bridesmaids Hair- Kayla Hoff
DJ- Jeremy Wilson
Officiant- Bob Grove
Brie Thomason Photography is Boise wedding photographer who travels the world photographing gorgeous couples and perfect moments. If you are looking for a Boise wedding photographer please contact me here.
Hillcrest Country Club //Boise Wedding Photographer
Tom and Haley were one of those couples that photographers dream of! They were kind, organized, thought of every detail, and also ridiculously good looking! We met about a year in advance when I got the chance to take their fall engagement photographs. I fell in love with them during that session as we laughed together and explored a Kathryn Albertson Park in Boise, Idaho. I knew after taking their engagement photos that their wedding was going to be extremely special!
The weather that Saturday was literally perfect, the sun warmed our skin, but there were a few clouds to give us a break from the summer's early heat. The girls got ready at the gorgeous Grove Hotel in downtown Boise, which gave me the perfect setting for taking the getting ready shots- some of my favorite images to take during the day! However, I have to share a funny memory from the day! I had no idea that a comic convention was going on downtown, so I was extremely confused why there were so many people dressed up costumes running around- we're talking thousands of people! When I walked into the hotel, the lobby was literally PACKED full of Comic-Con characters and people looked at me like I was the strangest thing they've ever seen! I rode the elevator with a man in a full spandex body suit, Mario, and several other very interesting characters that I wish I knew the name for! Haley got a picture with Captain Hook, who was right outside our suite window! The memories are priceless!
The rest of the day went just as planned- peaceful, love filled, and tons of fun! The dancing at their wedding was some of the most fun I've ever witness as a photographer! I laughed and danced and joined in on the dance floor with them, capturing every crazy moment I saw happening! Tom and Haley both attended the University of Idaho, so there were several U of I fight song chants happening throughout the night! Overall, the wedding was a blast and every guest who attended left with full hearts and massive smiles on their faces!
Join the fun and follow along with Tom and Haley's gorgeous Boise wedding.
Photographer: Brie Thomason Photography
Second Photographer: Elizabeth Gleese
Venue: Hillcrest Country Club
Makeup: Kryssa Gough
Dress: Margene's Bridal
Flowers: Boise At It's Best
Brie Thomason Photography is a Boise wedding photographer based out of Mountain Home, Idaho. She serves the Treasure Valley, McCall, and Lewiston, Idaho, but is willing to travel anywhere a gorgeous wedding is happening! Message her today to set up an appointment.
Brie Thomason Photography // McCall Idaho Wedding Photographer Let's talk about major goosebumps here for a second! Brennan and Jess live in Canada and came up to McCall, Idaho for the Fourth of July. Brennan contacted me several months ago about him going to propose to Jess and he wanted to find a local photographer who could capture the moment! I felt so honored and so stoked to be that photographer! Because they weren't very familiar with the area, I suggested that Brennan take her up to Osprey Point inside of Payette National Park in McCall, Idaho. I sent him a few photos of the area and he thought that it would be perfect! What we didn't talk about would be the exact spot that he would drop down on one knee, but can we all agree that he nailed it? Yes, Brennan, you boss!
So how exactly did we pull this off? My husband and I pretended to be tourists. We took selfies, pictures of each other, snapchat videos, you name it. We were trying to hard to act normal, but keep watching them out of our peripherals. Thank goodness I brought my partner in crime because I wouldn't have been able to pretend as well as I did having him there! Having him there was also fun because he was able to snap chat and save the entire process so that I could share it with everyone and also send them the video too! So fun!
Guys, if you are considering hiring a photographer to photograph your proposal, do it! Don't even think twice. It is so fun to have these photographs forever and always be able to go back and see how it all went down. I would love to help you get something set up so please contact me if you would like to set something up!
Alexie and Jake are one of my favorite couples! I met them both in high school in Lewiston, Idaho and never thought that someday I would be their Lewiston wedding photographer! There is nothing that means more to me than getting to share in a couple's most important day. When I asked Alexie what her favorite thing about Jake was, she said his patience. It was amazing to see that play out on their wedding day. Jake was beyond patient with me as the photographer, and the entire wedding scene. He was grateful and kind to everyone and that was so special to see knowing that it was Alexie's favorite thing about him!
Alexie is kind of a badass, she has played hockey her entire life and is a local hockey coach! She is tougher than nails and yet, sweeter than anyone you've ever met! Her smile lights up the room and encourages everyone around her! You can see when she smiles at Jake just how much he appreciates that quality about her!
Another thing about Alexie and Jake that I love so much is that they both love to cruise just as much as my husband and I! In fact, they got engaged on a cruise ship! Jake packed the ring in his parent's camera case, and the way he tells the story he makes it sound like Alexie was a little confused by how protective Jake was being about the camera case getting on the ship safely! Of course she had no idea why he was being so protective over a camera, but I'm sure she was glad that the case made it safely!
I hope you enjoy seeing a preview of their day!
Brie Thomason Photography // McCall Idaho Wedding
Alison and Mike opted to have a small, intimate McCall Idaho wedding at the Shore Lodge and it was so dreamy! As a McCall, Idaho wedding photographer, I love nothing more than when people choose to have a destination wedding in McCall.
McCall provides the perfect background for your special day regardless of what season you choose to do your wedding. McCall is so unique because regardless of what season you choose to visit, there is beauty and always something to do! If it is summer, people often enjoy the lake and the sandy beaches, as well as the famous Ice Cream Alley. If you visit during the fall and spring, the trees and weather are so perfect that you will do anything you can to just be outside and enjoy the fresh air! People often enjoy hiking and exploring the Payette National Forest during those seasons. Winter might just be the most popular time to visit McCall due to the amazing skiing at Brundage Mountain Resort, and also the famous Winter Carnival that happens every January. As you can see, there is always something to do, which is why guests love visiting McCall for a destination wedding!
Now back to Mike and Alison! These two were seriously amazing to work with! Mike is a chiropractor in the Boise area and Alison is an Athletic Director at Northwest Nazarene University and together they are a power couple that is full of love! While they choose to have a smaller, more intimate wedding they didn't skimp on the fun and important details. Alison chose a gorgeous bouquet from Just so. Event Floral that I couldn't keep my eyes or camera off of! Another one of my favorite details of their day was when Mike sent iced tea to Alison's room the morning of the wedding because he knew it was her favorite. It was such a sweet sentiment and I had to capture it so that they can look back and remember it years from now.
I hope you enjoy seeing their sweet day!
Bre and Arich ventured out to the Bruneau Sand Dunes with me and we spent a couple of hours under the stormy skies of Idaho! As a Boise Idaho engagement photographer I love getting to capture the real moments that a couple shares during these intimate sessions. Engagement sessions are such a great way for a couple to get comfortable together in front of a camera before their wedding day! I love getting to spend a little time with my couples so that they can see how I direct and pose and they can be prepared for their wedding photos. Engagement sessions are so fun! They are so laid back and relaxed. We get to just go adventure together and capture all the love in between. Couples who are recently engaged have an energy that is unmatched and I love capturing it! I spend time capturing poses of the couple, detail shots of your bright new shiny ring, and also some individual shots.
As a McCall Idaho wedding photographer I have had several potential clients ask me about the gear that I use. Sometimes they ask because they want to know that I am coming to their wedding prepared with all the gear needed to capture their beautiful wedding. Other times they ask because they are interested in photography and want to know what gear I use to create the photos that I take. Either way, I am not shy when it comes to sharing my gear and I hope that it helps anyone who is interested! I have added some pictures of my gear and examples of how I use them in this post.
If you remember from an earlier post, I am a hybrid shooter which means I shoot both film and digital. During the day I primarily shoot on two cameras the Nikon D750 and the Nikon D610. When I do portraits and detail shots I will use my film cameras. I have two different film cameras, the Nikon F100 and Nikon FM2.
My favorite lens is the Sigma 35mm 1.4. I use this lens mostly on my D750 and use it to capture most of the wedding day. The 35mm lens is a normal-wide angle lens and allows me to capture the whole room without any zooming. This lens creates a strong sense of presence and place and helps capture the emotion that I desire to shoot as a photographer.
My other favorite lens is the Sigma 85mm 1.4. This lens is so dreamy! It is a short telephoto lens with an extremely flattering focal length! It is sharp and crisp. I use this lens when I need to get closer to the scene without moving closer physically and for portraits.
Now, my favorite part! Film! I typically shoot Kodak Portra films (160 and 400), which have a gorgeous grain that isn't too overwhelming. It handles shadows and light in a way that is unmatched. Film is typically softer than digital, but to me evokes even more emotion. I typically shoot both of my film cameras with 50mm 1.4 lenses. The FM2 is from the 1980's and is fully manual, so it is definitely harder to focus. The F100 allows me to use my current FX lenses on it, which means it focuses just like my digital SLR cameras.
You will notice I included a Lara Bar in my bag! This is not a joke! I always carry Lara Bar's around with me. The ingredients are dates, cashews, and other fruit- that is it! They are so delicious and always keep me going during a long wedding day.
Another thing shown in the picture is my Moneymaker strap from Hold Fast Gear. This camera strap allows me to hold two cameras at once and not have to use my hands! It has changed my life!
You can see my Nikon SB910 flash in the picture above, but I did not include the rest of my flash setup. I prefer to shoot natural light for most of your day, but I will bring out my flash setup for your reception and dancing photos. I have three strobes that communicate with my camera via transceivers.
The other thing not pictured is my bag! It takes a good, sturdy bag to hold all of my gear and I have found one that I think is perfect! I love my Jude bag from Kelly Moore Bag. It can be very heavy, but it holds every single thing I own! Okay, I lied, it does not hold my big flashes, but they came with their own bag so it holds nearly everything I own!
If you have any questions about my gear feel free and ask in the comments and I will reply back! Gear can be extremely intimidating if you are just getting started in photography. I remember the struggle of trying to decide what I wanted and what I needed and how I would use them to achieve the look I was aiming for.
Daniel and Yesii's Boise, Idaho wedding was one for the books! They had all my favorite things as a Boise Idaho wedding photographer: great location, great lighting, and wicked great emotion. Every photo seems to tell a story, and those are my favorite photographs as a wedding photographer! I love to tell stories and if a picture is worth a thousand words, then this wedding has millions! Have fun reading...I mean looking...same thing ,right? I was so blessed to get to shoot this wedding as second shooter under Kaye Murphy from Oh Kaye Love Photography. She is an amazing girl and she taught me so much during our wedding together! Daniel and Yessi's wedding was full of emotion and that is honestly one of my favorite things about being a Boise Idaho wedding photographer! Emotion captured in camera is so gorgeous! It is memories that will be cherished forever!
Brie Thomason Photography is a McCall, Lewiston, Treasure Valley, Sun Valley and Boise Idaho wedding photographer. She specializes in the big and little moments that happen during a wedding day, but focuses on the emotion and real candid moments. She shoots both film and digital and uses the two mediums to bring your wedding day to life! She is very interactive and will help with anything she can to make sure that your wedding photographs are everything you've ever wanted. Brie's couples are typically adventurous and outgoing, they are full of emotion and most importantly full of love! Does this sound like you? Contact Brie here.