Pre-Wedding Questionnaire | Ashley Benham Photography | Memphis Tennessee Wedding + Portrait Photographer
Lastly, a few quick things to keep in mind to ensure the whole wedding day goes as smoothly as possible!
- When the Make-Up Artist arrives, make sure she sets up with lots of room nearest the biggest and nicest window in the room you’re getting ready in. It’s really awkward for me to ask them to move when I arrive if they’ve set up in a corner somewhere in unflattering light!
- If you want me to photograph your amazing dress get it out of its bag. Hang it up somewhere proudly in the room. From a wardrobe, in a window bay, wherever you like, we can always move it but show it off!
- Bring a non-plastic hanger for your dress shot!
- If you want me to photograph any other details such as shoes or jewelry please have them ready and put to one side.
- Clear the room of any clutter, especially if you’re getting ready at home rather than a hotel room. Anything that you wouldn’t want to be seen in the photographs (plastic bags, giant teddy bears, clothes over the bed etc). I can’t photoshop these things out afterwards sorry!
- In order to get the best pictures possible during bridal preparations the bigger, the lighter the room and the less clutter the better.
- No body glitter or shiny lip gloss! They look terrible in photographs.
- Make sure a bridesmaid or your coordinator has a safety kit in case you need something. Some good things for the kit to contain are stain removal (‘Tide To-Go’ pens are awesome), tampons, small scissors, mini sewing kit, hairspray, safety pins, bobby pins, energy bars, gum, q-tips, band aids, deodorant, makeup remover and Advil..to name a few.
- PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE have an unplugged wedding! Please instruct your guests to keep phones and tablets and cameras put AWAY during the ceremony! You hired us for a reason! We are professionals and these bright screens and Uncle Bob stepping in the aisle can be distracting things in our shot.
- Couples should think about their kiss when they say ‘i do’. It’s hard to edit an all tongue kiss. Eww! Make it a good “church kiss” and don’t forget to hold it for a few seconds at least. I have had couples that kiss so fast that I get a shot right before and right after, because the kiss is actually faster than my cameras burst rate!
- Photographers need to eat when you do. We can’t photograph people eating (not very flattering!). But if your servers say they won’t feed us until AFTER the guests then we don’t get to eat because that’s when the bride & groom (you guys!) are finished and the action starts up again. Pretty please give instructions to the caterer to feed the photographers at the same time as the wedding party, NOT after the last guest!
- Instruct your DJ to communicate with the photographer during the reception. It’s best if they let us know BEFORE they start the cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc., so we can be prepared for these shots. Your aunt Pam might have dragged us into another room and is having us take pictures of your second cousins twice removed while something important is happening on the dance floor. And then we will miss it. And you’ll be upset. And so will we!