Kayla is exactly who I would imagine that Kyle would spend the rest of his life with. She is calm, caring to everyone around her, funny, slow to anger, and she's also athletic...which was a must if anyone was going to marry Kyle. Kayla has also changed Kyle in many ways. None are bad, I will say that right now! She just seemed to open up his shell in a way that I never saw growing up. It's almost like Kayla helped Kyle find the best of everything in life. Without a doubt, this is a marriage that I believe in 100% and if my tears during the first look, ceremony, and first dance weren't an indicator- then I don't know what is.Read More
I can honestly say that I waited for this wedding to come for five years. I first met Emily, the bride, when her and I got jobs together at a local coffee shop. She was a junior in high school and was seeing a boy named Andrew. Emily always had crazy colored hair; that's actually one of my fondest memories of first meeting her. The other found memory was watching Emily and Andrew grow closer and closer as the years passed. Everyone who saw those two together knew that more likely than not we'd be seeing them standing at the alter together one day- and we were all right!Read More
As I wrap up Kyle and Kylee's wedding album, I couldn't help but jump on here and share a couple highlights from their wedding day! They were married in the gorgeous St. Stanislaus church in Lewiston, Idaho. We were able to sneak away for a few quiet moments to capture their portraits and then they partied the night away with their closest family and friends.Read More
Antonio and Chelan were married in Lewiston, Idaho this May. Click inside to read more about their love story and see some highlights from their wedding.Read More
McCall wedding photographer, Brie Thomason, photographed this snowy editorial in the winter in McCall. This shoot was published in Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine.Read More
As a Boise wedding photographer I love to give my couples insider information on what creates the best images on their wedding day. This blog specifically focuses on the getting ready images.Read More
Boise wedding photographer, Brie Thomason, traveled to Lewiston to photograph Zach and Kaylee's gorgeous Lindsay Creek Vineyard wedding.Read More
This beautiful shoot took place in a very small town outside of Mountain Home, Idaho called Pine. I had fallen in love with the location when my husband and I were up exploring the mountains one day. I felt so inspired by the river, that I knew someday I was going to do a photoshoot there. As a Boise Wedding Photographer, I am always watching the surroundings for what could be a great location for a shoot. I love to have many options for my clients to choose from for locations.
This shoot was such a fun project for me. I had a vision in my head and an inspiration mood board, but I was still extremely challenged about how I was going to make it all come to life. I met Kimi and Gabe, my models for the shoot, at a coffee shop in Boise. I was the creep who gave them a business card and asked them if they'd ever want to do a photo shoot with me. I saw their chemistry while getting coffee and knew that they would be so fun to photograph- and they were! These two were so madly in love, they made my job ridiculously easy!
We were racing the rain, which is never fun! We knew it was supposed to be a rainy day, according to the forecast, but we saw that a little bit of a break was coming in the morning and we wanted to take advantage of it! It stayed dry until I was finishing up my very last roll! Granted, I probably would have kept photographing them forever. They were just too fun to capture!
A great team of local Boise wedding vendors came together for this shoot! Please check out their information and websites below:
Gown: Wedding Gowns by Daci
Florals: Just so. Event Floral
Hair: Meagan Caudelle
Makeup: Ashlynn Cseh
Calligraphy: Inkling Calligraphy
Cake: Flour Child Boise
Chris + Shanae// Still Water Hollow Wedding// Boise Wedding Photographer
Chris and Shanae were the type of couple that reminded me why I am as passionate about my job as I am. The entire day was full of nothing but love and respect for every person that attended the wedding. In fact, during their consultation before the wedding they talked strongly about how excited they were to see all their guests and expressed their stress about how much they wanted them to have fun...and fun they had! In fact, after we all choked back tears from their ceremony and toasts, we all spent the day laughing and smiling ear-to-ear.
Some details you should look for in this wedding: Shanae hand stitched Chris his hankie, Chris got a little emotional when his gorgeous bride came down the aisle, and the guest book for the wedding was vintage post cards collected by Shanae's grandparent's during their life's travels. This day was full of little details that made an amazing overall wedding. I was so honored to be a part of Chris and Shanae's wedding!
Venue: Still Water Hollow
Flowers: Antique Vase
Makeup: Kristi W. of Kristi's Couture Style
Hair: Kristy G of TraK's Hair Salon
Dress: Margene's Bridal
Wedding Day Coordinator: Megan Worden
Catering: Kurt Wallin
Officiant: Scott Shaw
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!
Zach & MacKenzie met at the age of 13 in Susanville, California and continued to fall deeper and deeper in love until they pronounced their devotion as husband and wife at the Fourth Street Gardens in Emmett, Idaho! Zach and MacKenzie were one of those couples who were always destined to get married. In fact, several people at the wedding uttered the words, "I always knew you two would get married!" Zach wrote the sweetest message about his wife MacKenzie and I felt like the only way to accurately describe the love that these two share is to show you all what he wrote. He said:
"The funny thing about being in love is that no matter how long you've had time to grow, how much you've changed as a person, or how long it's been since you've seen each other, you still melt at the sight of the person you love. It's like the flip of a switch and suddenly I'm thirteen years old again, head over heels for MacKenzie. It's a feeling that I'm blessed to have to because I get to fall in love with MacKenzie more and more every single day for the rest of my life. MacKenzie is truly something special to me. Gosh, she is beautiful. It may have taken me years to grow up understand how much this woman means to me, but here we are. Crazy for each other and ready to spend the rest of our lives devoted to each other."
On their wedding day it was cold and rainy, but Zach and MacKenzie never let it bother them! They smiled and laughed and shrugged it off like it was no big deal at all! Little did they know, but having rainy skies is actually my dream as a photographer! The light is literally a dream when it is overcast and I was so excited!
I hope you all enjoy seeing the story of Zach and MacKenzie and you can follow along with our fun day of dancing in the rain!
Venue: Fourth Street Gardens
Deejay: Sound Wave Events
Hair: Ashley Harbart
Makeup: Divas & Dolls
Florals: Just So. Event Floral
Photographer: Brie Thomason Photography
Videography: Blue Chip Media
How to Get the Best Getting Ready Images at Your Wedding
Getting ready images are a perfect way to start the narrative of your wedding day. So many really great moments are happening and good lighting can help capture them in a more elegant way. It is my goal as a wedding photographer to give my couples all the tools they need to get the best possible photos. Please consider these tips for how to get the best getting ready images.
The most ideal lighting situation would be a room with large windows that have enough natural light that we would not need to use overhead lights. Another ideal factor would be that the room would have interesting decorations and mirrors, which both add a lot of character to your photos. Hotel rooms can sometimes be great and can at other times be very difficult. Watch out for rooms that have awkward signs, poorly placed air conditioning units, and questionable carpet choices.
If getting ready images are important to you, please consider looking into cool bed and breakfast spaces or search AirBNB for a house that you could rent for the day. These spaces typically offer a lot of great visual interest that set your wedding apart from others.
Another important aspect of your wedding image collection will be happening during the getting ready portion of your day, and that is your detail shots. I will be photographing your dress, shoes, veil, and any other details that you have prepared for me while I am taking your getting ready images. The location for these images is very important. As the wedding photographer, I sometimes ask my brides to go with me to a location that I have scouted to do some of the more intimate moments, such as putting on the dress, putting on the jewelry, or makeup touchups.
The next photos you will see are from the exact same wedding where the bride was getting ready at a hotel. We took her dress, shoes, and veil and went to capture the detail shots, but we were just not loving what we had for options of where to hang the dress. The lead photographer and I asked if she wouldn't mind taking her dress to the venue with her and putting it on once she got there, rather than getting in her dress at the hotel room. The location and lighting transformed the photos from good to great.
I hope that these examples and tips help you during the planning process of your wedding! I know there is so much to think about and plan, but if the images from your wedding are one of your top priorities than these tips are extremely valuable! You've invested so much time and money into your wedding and it is my goal to showcase that as best as possible. If you have any questions or would like some advice please send me a message in the contact form!
Brie Thomason Photography is an Idaho based photographer traveling worldwide to capture weddings. Brie focuses on the candid moments as she captures raw emotions and details that make up the full story of the 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!
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.
Advice from an Idaho Wedding Photographer
One of my favorite things as an Idaho wedding photographer is seeing the emotion that comes out on a wedding day. I love seeing the groom grin the biggest he has even grinned, or see a tear falling down his cheek; or the bride having "her moment". Whether or not my couple chooses to do a first look is 100% their decision. However, I will offer my experience and advice because if getting great photographs is one of your top priorities, then you should know what a photographer needs to make that happen.
The tradition of not seeing your bride before the wedding came from the time when arranged marriages were custom. The groom had never met his bride, the marriages were a business deal between families where a bride typically married into a rich family that owned land. Father of the brides feared if the groom saw the bride before the wedding, and wasn’t attracted to her, he wouldn’t marry her. Which would be of detriment to the brides family. That also explains why brides wear a veil until the last minute. While an arranged marriage isn’t as popular as it once was, some brides still opt to keep with tradition.
I want the decision to do a first look, or not to do a first look, to be a decision that you and your fiancé make just between the two of you. This is your wedding day, and no one should persuade you to do something that you don't want to do; but (there's always a but, isn't there?) I told you that I was going to offer my advice and now I'm going to.
By choosing to do a first look you can:
-Ease the jitters! I often suggest that when doing your first look you do it without an audience. It is just the two of you and me. That way, all the pent up emotion and nerves that you have can just come out and you won't be embarrassed or shy because of an audience. When my husband and I got married, our first look was the time that we shared a private prayer together and that prayer is one of my favorite parts of my entire wedding day. If we wouldn't have done a first look I don't know when we would have been able to share in that prayer.
-Get a true reaction! Just like I mentioned in the point above, by doing a first look alone you can get a true reaction for the both of you. Sometimes grooms get stage fright and don't let their true reaction of seeing you come out when they are in front of everyone. When you are alone that true reaction can come out!
-It allows more time for photos! Your wedding day will FLY by- I promise! I just don't want our time to take photos to also fly by. I need to make sure that we have adequate time to capture couples photos, family portraits, and everything in between. If you choose to do a first look, we can take all the wedding party photos and even some of your family portraits before the ceremony. This will allow you to go almost immediately into your reception and eat (yay for food!) and not make your guests wait an hour after the ceremony for photos. I will still steal you away for a little during sunset, but you won't be missing your entire reception.
Now, if you decide not to do a first look, that is totally fine! Remember, this is your day! I will always work around your plans as your Idaho wedding photographer! We will just need to change your schedule a little more to get the most out of the time that we have. Another thing that you might want to consider is finding ways to bring even more emotion into your day. Here are some ideas:
-Write each other heartfelt letters. By writing each other a letter you can share your feelings about each other and about your big day on something that you can keep forever. If you are comfortable with it, I will have you guys read your letters aloud privately so that I can capture the emotion that you feel while reading it.
-Write your own vows. While my husband and I did do a first look, my husband's emotion didn't come out until he was reading his handwritten vows to me. About halfway through he had to stop reading and take a deep breath. That moment kills me!
-Have family portraits be as organized as possible! As your Idaho wedding photographer, I require you to provide me a list of who you want in family portraits. I will work personally with you to make this list. However, you will still want let all of your family know ahead of time that they are going to be in a family portrait and need to be ready for their turn at location X. This might sound a little strict and bossy, but family portraits can be a daunting and frustrating task for everyone if it is not done in a semi organized way.
-Have a planned cocktail hour. If you are not doing a first look we will need a little more time to take your family portraits, whole group shots of your wedding party, and couples portraits. A 45 minute cocktail hour after your ceremony will allow us more time to get these photos done and not make your guests just sit and wait. Some guests will be hungry and we don't want them to become hangry (hungry and angry!) so if your budget allows, try to offer some hors d’oeuvres for your guests during cocktail hour.
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Planning Your Wedding Photography Timeline
As an Idaho wedding photographer I love to help my future brides plan their wedding timeline! While the topic of wedding timeline is something that my brides and I do together in great detail before their wedding, I would love to scratch the surface and help any bride planning her wedding! Here are my tips for creating a wedding timeline:
- Choose an appropriate ceremony time- Should you get married at 1pm or 6pm? There is so much to consider! First, you should think about how long it will take you to get ready. Per bridesmaid it takes around one hour to get ready with full hair and full makeup. If you have seven bridesmaids, one bride, and one mother of the bride that would be nine hours of getting ready time! Granted, you can hire multiple hair stylists and makeup artists to work together so that two or more women can be getting ready at one time. Still, you will need to plan a good 3-5 hours of hair and makeup time, so if you have your ceremony at 1pm will be looking at starting to get ready at 7am. The next thing to consider is what food you are planning on serving. Are you serving a full dinner? Appetizers? Dessert bar? Whatever food you are planning to serve can be a good help in picking a ceremony time.
- Lighting- Another thing to consider when choosing a ceremony time is the lighting. The best lighting for outdoor photography is 1 hour before sunset and the most harsh, undesired lighting is around noon in the summer. If you are having an outdoor ceremony in June, you might want to steer away from a ceremony at noon because the lighting will be very harsh and have a lot of shadows. My personal suggestion would be to push the ceremony start time back as late as possible. Starting your ceremony at 3pm would allow the sun to begin to drop to one side and have fewer harsh shadows. We will always be able to find good lighting when doing portraits, but for your actual ceremony it is difficult to change the lighting.
- Appropriate time for portraits- Whether you choose to take your bridal party and couples portraits before the ceremony or after, it is important to leave appropriate time so that we can capture your portraits stress free! I am a fairly quick photographer, but it is still nice to have enough time that we are not rushing. On average, plan for 30-45 minutes per group for photos. I.e. groom and groomsman 30 mins, bride and bridesmaids 30 mins, bride and groom first look 30 mins, entire wedding party 45 minutes.
Here is a great sample timeline that I found on A Practical Wedding:
- 10:00am—Hair and Makeup/Getting ready
- 12:00–2:00pm—Most vendors arrive for setup
- 2:00pm—Wedding party and family photos start
- 3:30pm—Doors open/Guests begin to arrive/Pre-ceremony music starts
- 4:00pm—Invite time
- 4:15pm—Ceremony starts
- 4:35pm—Ceremony ends
- 4:40pm—Cocktail hour starts
- 5:45pm—Move guests into dinner
- 6:00pm—Buffet opens/Dinner served
- 6:20pm—All guests have food
- 7:30pm—First dance
- 7:35pm—General dancing music starts
- 8:00pm—Second set of pre-sunset portraits
- 9:45pm—Last call
- 9:55pm—Music off
- 10:00pm—Guests depart
- 11:00pm—Breakdown done, all staff departs
As an Idaho wedding photographer, I started out trying all different genres- family, maternity, newborn, seniors, engagements, and weddings. I wanted to find what would fit my style and challenge my creativity the most. While I loved something about every genre, there was something so addicting to me about weddings! The love and connection that happens at weddings is something that cannot be duplicated in any other session. I should also mention that I am obsessed with all the small details that a wedding includes- the shoes, veil, jewelry, decorations, and flowers. Ahh! They just get to me.
Once I discovered my passion was in weddings, I spent the next year honing in on my style. I learned a lot about myself, my gear, and how to channel my visions into the wedding, but still capture the couple exactly as they are! It's my goal to have my couples look at their wedding album and see themselves exactly as they are- just maybe a little more glamoured up! This is why I have classified myself as a Fine Art photographer. The Knot describes a Fine Art photographer as:
Fine Art: Though it's similar to documentary photography, this style gives the shooter greater artistic license to infuse their particular point of view and style into your photographs. So while the shots reflect reality, it's the photographer's reality. The photos are dramatic and gorgeous, but are—or look as though they were—shot on film with a grainier, dreamier, more muted appearance. Usually the object (or couple) is in focus and the background appears to blur. Motion also looks very natural in this style of photography. The few wedding photographers in the world who shoot only on film tend to fall into this category, and typically they shoot in black and white, though some will do a mix of both. That said, a photographer using a digital camera can still capture this style with the right gear and camera lens. And some photographers will alternate between digital and film. Not all photographers who take a fine-art approach shoot portraits, so if it's really important to your mom to have posed family shots, look for someone who does both, or consider hiring a second shooter for the portrait sessions.
Did you know I am what is called a hybrid shooter? I shoot both film and digital! When I shoot digital, I edit in a way to imitate film as closely as possible. Why do I do this? In my opinion, film has a look that is unbeatable! I love the subtle grain that film creates and the colors are just almost too good to be true. So why don't I shoot film all of the time? Weddings are extremely fast paced and full of a lot of different lighting situations. Due to all of the complications that could potentially slow me down, I have decided to shoot 75% digital at weddings and shoot film for moments like bridal portraits, photos of when the couple and I are alone, and a few getting ready details.
So what does all of this mean for you?
If you are looking for an Idaho wedding photographer you have a lot of things to consider. The photos from your wedding are going to be a part of your life forever. You should choose a style that fits exactly what you are looking for. If that is not me, I will understand! I just want you to get the most from your experience.
So is my style the right fit for you? If so, let's get in touch! I would love to talk more and see if we are a good fit!