pre wedding photos

My Wedding Prep

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Waking up on the day of a wedding is a lot like waking up for a big road trip. Is everything packed? Are the batteries charged? Do we have snacks on snack? How many water bottles should we bring?

I am one week away from my first 2017 Wedding and I am anticipating this season more than I have any season before this. Last winter, I took a lot of time to focus on my goals, my work, and my methods, and myself. Let's face it, I needed a refresh, and I needed to be re-inspired. Thank goodness for Hawaii!

This year, I'm ready to show up and create unforgettable images for my clients. But this starts well before the ceremony even begins! It starts at home the night before the wedding. 

I prepare for a wedding by making sure to charge all my batteries, from my cameras and light meter, to my iPhone and laptop. I want to make sure when I show up, I have two full days of battery life, in case anything happens. I print off any printable materials I might need, such as timelines, family photo lists, and shot lists for personal reference. I add each paper to my bag, and to Jem's bag, and have two backups in the car for any emergency, or other vendor's reference. 

Next, I make sure my lenses have been wiped down and checked for quality. I attach a 50mm lens to each of our cameras, and close it off with a lens cap. These are set down in our gear pile next to our gear bags. Next, I pack up the lighting equipment (used mainly for indoor receptions and low light situations), add new batteries, and stack it in a neat pile next to my cameras. Once the gear has been set, I take the last few hours of the afternoon to rest and recharge for the busy day ahead. I will make a full dinner, and check in with my couple to send them big hugs in advance.

The morning of the wedding, Jem and I like to take our time so we aren't stressed out prior to our work day. We eat a big breakfast, take a walk outside, and triple check everything we need is packed up and ready to be loaded in the car. Depending on the wedding location and time, we will usually head towards the wedding location around lunchtime and eat nearby. This ensures we aren't late or stuck in any accidents or traffic! On the way to the venue, we will usually stop off for coffee or tea at a cafe to get our last dose of caffeine of the day. 

About 30 minutes before our scheduled start time, we arrive early to check our gear, say hello to the couple and the vendors, as well as take out last walk around the venue (sans gear), to do our final map of where we would like to take photos of for the day. This is incredibly helpful in case of any unforeseeable mishap, including the weather!

That's basically it! The most important thing to us when prepping for a wedding day, besides making sure gear is in check, is making sure we are showing up happy and inspired! The worst way to arrive at a wedding, is grouchy, unsure, or nervous. We do our best to get everything in order the night before so we can use our free time to enjoy the anticipation of the amazing work we get to do. 

Three Reasons to Have an Outdoor Wedding in Oregon this Summer


In Oregon, having an outdoor wedding can feel like an iffy situation. The majority of the summer is beautiful, warm, and dry, perfect conditions for a wedding! However, you might still feel unsettled and choose an indoor space instead. Although there are a variety of beautiful spaces you can find inside, I have three reasons why choosing to have an outdoor ceremony will give you more opportunities for beautiful wedding photos and help create your perfect wedding. 

1 - They're More Scenic 

No matter if your idea of scenic is a lush green field, a view of Mount Hood, or an overlook of on of Oregon's luxury vineyards, outdoor venues can provide you with many options to create a stunning backdrop behind your I Do's. There will be many photo opportunities with family, friends, and your wedding party to create gorgeous formal photos that will be hung on your mantels for years to come. 

2 - More space for Guests to Roam

By default, most outdoor venues are more spacious, lending your guests more opportunities to roam and socialize. While we are taking formals of the family during cocktail hour, your guests will take a walk through the field, find shelter underneath a tree, or play any lawn games you might have set up for them. One of the anxieties of wedding planning is keeping the guests entertained. When the weather is beautiful, and there is space to wander, your guests will be delighted to soak in the sun while sipping on wine.

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3 - Gorgeous Light & Timeless Imagery

Film craves good light. The majority of professional film stocks prefer sunshine and open skies over the indoors. That's not to say it's impossible to capture moments on film indoors, but it is significantly easier outside. Your details will look brighter, and your images will seem timeless through the color and capture on film. During sunset, you will have one last quick moment for photos. The way the sun will hit your dress and kiss your cheek will far beat any photos you can take together. This moment alone will pay its weight in gold. 

 

 

So now, you ask what happens if it rains during my wedding? The majority of venues already have a spare indoor space you can use for dining and most often use this space as a backup for bad weather. Some venues have tents prepared, and you always will have an option to rent them on your own if bad weather is approaching. If the rain is light, like it often is in the summer, offering guests slick black umbrellas or asking them to bring their own will create a beautiful and classic look to your otherwise rained out wedding day. 

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Due to the popularity of outdoor venues, they often book out 8-12 months in advance. If you don't want to commit to a longer engagement, try seeking venues outside the typical Portland radius, or ask a planner or photographer if they have any recommendations.