“Untouched” Table Shots Tips + Tricks | for Brides

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I don’t know about you guys, but the past few days have been absolutely dreary around here… in terms of the weather I mean!  The blog has also been looking a little bit dreary too.  It’s winter-y and icy-looking and today, I am mixing it up!  Enjoy a pop of color!  Anyway, that long ramble had absolutely nothing to do with today’s topic, but I think I’ve explained myself enough.

Today’s tips and trick’s post is about setting aside time for “Untouched” table shots.  First, I should explain myself… what I mean by “Untouched” is that I want to grab shots of the reception and all of its details without Aunt Kathy’s massive purse  and Uncle Phil’s oversized jacket clogging up the table.  This is something that a lot of people don’t actually consider when making their timeline, but giving me ten minutes before cocktail hour ends to grab a large wide shot of the reception room as your first walk in, and capturing all of the details is so important, and here’s why:

  • I try to capture your day in the most honest way possible, but I also want to make sure that I am telling the parts of the story that you may miss!  Chances are that you and your groom will not get an opportunity to see the whole reception set-up before you’re announced.  You won’t see the place cards that you worked so hard on lined up perfectly, or the tables’s place-settings all in a row!  I want to capture all of your hard work for you so that you get the chance to see how amazing it looks!
  • If you would love to have your wedding published, then allowing me to have time to capture your details perfectly is an important factor!  Editors want images of things that will be “re-pinned” and will provide inspiration for other brides and grooms!  Think to when you were pinning for your wedding… did you pin mostly gorgeous details or bride and groom portraits?  Most likely, the things you implemented as a part of your day were details
  • This is also SUPER important for your album spreads!! You want to have simple and gorgeous photos of your details for the album spread, again without water bottles, phones, or purses all over the tables!

Simple solutions: 1. Keep the reception area closed off to guests until after I have the opportunity to shoot the area.  2.  Add a few extra minutes into your timeline to allow you to catch the tail-end of cocktail hour and me to sneak into the reception area!!

I hope this helped all you brides who are busy planning!  Happy Thursday!

Posted:

December 4, 2014

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  1. rachel says:

    love this post! it is so perfect!

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