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This is the Wedding Portrait Checklist I give to all my wedding clients:
On your wedding day you don’t want to have to worry about whether or not you have pictures of everything that you want pictures of. Her is a list of some photos you may want. The list is not complete, because every wedding is different, but it is a starting point. Start by checking of the images on the list you know you want. Then in the final section before to write in any other shots you can think of that are not included and return to your photographer at least one to two weeks before the wedding. In addition to this list we ask that you provide us with:
–Either a copy of the ceremony or a schedule of the ceremony that details specific highlights such as a reading by the groom’s sister or a unity candle ceremony. So we can make sure we are prepared to capture these moments and don’t run the chance of missing them.
–A schedule of events for the reception in the order they will be happening include even small details like a dollar dance or garter tossing.
–Location and contact info for the ceremony location, reception location and portrait location.
–Assign a member of your bridal part to be the “go get’em” (the person who knows who all of the people you want in your portraits are so they can go “Get ’em” so your portrait sessions move smoothly and no one is missed. Provide us with their name, phone and email so we can connect with them before the wedding and make sure they understand their task.
Wedding Photography Shots Before the Ceremony
___ Wedding dress lying over a chair
___ Zipping up or buttoning the wedding dress
___ Mother of the bride fastening the bride’s necklace
___ The bride’s garter
___ The bride’s veil
___ A close up of the bride’s shoes peeking out from under the dress
___ Bride looking into a mirror
___ Bride looking out window
___ Bride and bridesmaids putting on makeup
___ Bride pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father
___ Mother/father handing bride bouquet ___ Bride hugging parents
___ Bride touching up
___ Bride and parents leaving for ceremony
___ Groom tying tie
___ Groom looking into mirror
___ Groom looking out window
___ Groom pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father
___ Groom hugging parents
___ Bride and parents leaving for ceremony
Wedding Photography Shots At the Ceremony
___ Outside of ceremony site
___ Guests walking into ceremony site
___ Bride and father entering ceremony site
___ Parents being seated
___ Grandparents being seated
___ Maid of honor walking down the aisle
___ Bridesmaids walking down the aisle
___ Flower girl and ring bearer walking down aisle
___ Groom waiting for bride
___ Ceremony musicians
___ Altar or canopy during ceremony
___ Close up of bride, just before she makes her entrance
___ Bride and father walking down aisle
___ Groom seeing bride for first time
___ The back of bride and father walking down the aisle – with the groom waiting in the distance
___ Bride’s father and Bride hugging at end of aisle
___ Shot of the audience from the bride and groom’s point of view
___ The unity ceremony
___ Close up of bride and groom saying the vows
___ Wide shot of bride and groom saying the vows
___ Exchanging the rings
___ Close up of hands
___ The kiss
___ Bride & Groom walking up the aisle
___ Receiving line
___ Bride & Groom outside on steps
___ Guests throwing confetti/rose petals/birdseed
___ Bride & Groom hugging guests, laughing, getting congratulations
___ Bride & Groom getting in car
___ Bride & Groom in back seat
Posed Wedding Photography Before the Reception (These can also be taken before the ceremony)
___ Bride alone (full length)
___ Bride with Maid of Honor
___ Bride with bridesmaids
___ Groom with bridesmaids
___ Bride with parents
___ Bride & Groom together
___ Bride & Groom with parents
___ Bride & Groom with families
___ Bride & Groom with entire wedding party
___ Bride & Groom with flower girl and ringbearer
___ Groom with parents
___ Groom with best man
___ Groom with groomsmen
___ Bride with groomsmen
During the Reception (to help your photographer, you may wish to list these shots in the order they will happen at your reception)
___ Outside of reception site
___ Bride & Groom arriving
___ Bride & Groom greeting guests
___ Table centerpieces
___ Table setting
___ Bride & Groom’s table (head table)
___ Musicians or DJ
___ Guest book
___ Place card table
___ Closeup of bride and groom’s place card
___ Wedding cake
___ Groom’s cake
___ Gift table
___ Decorations (specify which _________________________)
___ A shot of bride & groom with guests at each table
___ Bride with college alums
___ Groom with college alums
___ The buffet or, if having table service, a dinner serving
___ Bride & Groom’s first dance
___ Bride & Father dancing
___ Groom & Mother dancing
___ Guests dancing
___ Bride & Groom cutting the cake
___ Bride & Groom feeding each other cake
___ Toasts (specify who is giving them: ____________________)
___ Bride & Groom drinking champagne
___ Signing the marriage license
___ Bride throwing bouquet
___ Groom retrieving garter
___ Groom tossing garter
___ Garter/Bouquet dance
___ The getaway car
___ Bride & Groom leaving party
___ Bride & Groom driving away
Guests the photographer shouldn’t miss: (provide your photographer with a seating chart so that he can easily identify them)
Other photos not included on the list. Be as thorough as possible. We don’t want to miss any of your special moments.
Your Wedding Check list Timeline
Nine Months prior to your Wedding or sooner
Celebrate/Announce your Engagement
___Have Engagement photos taken
___Pick a Date
___Hire Weddings Planner (trust me this makes your life way easier)
___Book ceremony location
___Book reception location
___Interview photographers (recommended to talk to at least 3)
___Book Photo booth
___Select wedding party and ask them to be in your wedding
___Choose your best man and maid/matron of honor and ask them to accept the honor
___Hire Band or DJ for reception and Ceremony
___Start your guest list
___Order dress and accessories
Six to Nine Months prior to your wedding
___Start planning your honeymoon (so much fun!)
___If you are honeymooning out of the country make sure your passports are up to date or order them now
___Meet with caterer to plan wedding menu
___Send out Save the Dates
___Choose braidesmaid’s and flower girl dresses and order them
___Create a wedding website so guests can stay informed and get psyched for your big day (include this information on your save the date)
___Select a hotel for out of town guests and book a block of rooms
___Make a reservation for a room for your wedding night
___Register for gifts (include this info on your save the dates and wedding website)
___Reserve any rental items, tables, chairs, tents etc)
Four to Six Months prior to your wedding
___Make honeymoon reservations
___Purchase gifts for bridal party
___Purchase final accessories for bridal ensemble
___Order/make your favors
___Purchase or reserve Tuxes for groom and groomsmen etc
___Plan the rehearsal dinner
___Book the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
___Meet with florist to discuss and finalize flowers
___Test cakes and order one
Two to four months prior to your wedding
___Get your marriage license
___Meet with officiant to plan your ceremony
___Create wedding programs
___Hire your make up artist and do make up trial
___Hire hair stylist and do hair style trial
___Purchase bride and groom gifts (ladies this is where I recommend a little black book of boudoir portraits/ men jewelry is nice *nudge, nudge*)
___Make “Welcome packets” for guests from out of town with little treats (hershey kisses and hugs are good) and some brochures of local attractions etc. Restaurant recommendations, schedule of events and maybe a nice bar of soup or sachet for freshening their suitcases etc)
___Make sure wedding day transportation is arranged, hire a limo, horse drawn arrange etc now if you plan to do that
___Complete your wedding photo wishlist (you can find one online or you can create your own you can even use pinterest)
___Purchase thank you gifts for parents
___Purchase your wedding rings
___Write your vows (if you’re doing that, though my husband did it the day of our wedding)
___Plan your ceremony music
___Complete the checklist from your DJ/Band about the songs you want played at the reception (ie. first dance, cake cutting, mother/son, father /daughter dances etc)
___Have a dress fitting
___Jack and Jill (if you are going to have one)
One to Two Months prior to your wedding
___Get your wedding license
___Print wedding programs
___Create seating chart
___Final dress fitting
___Pick up tuxes
___Pick up wedding rings
Two Weeks prior to your wedding
___Make up place cards
___Final head count and share this with all necessary vendors (venue, caterer, rentals, etc)
___Deliver finished lists to photographer, videographer, dj and wedding planner etc
___Break in your shoes!
___Make a schedule for the day with items needed and where to find them (ie if you have certain champagne glasses you want to use at the reception, where they are and who is responsible for making sure they get to your table before the reception, who has the rings, the order of events at your reception ie first dance, parent dances, bouquet toss, cake cutting. REMEMBER to schedule a cocktail hours so you can have a portrait session with your photographer with your bridal party and closest family members) Assign a member of the bridesmaids and one from the groomsmen to hold onto this list and make sure things are running smoothly
___Write toasts for your rehearsal dinner
One week prior to your wedding
___Pick up dress
___Pick up tuxes
___Confirm all reservations
___Organize your tips (wedding planner, dj, photographer, videographer, wait staff etc) put in envelopes and assign the allotting of these tips to a a member of the bridal party
___Make final payments to vendors
___Pack for honeymoon
___Finalize those detailed schedules and lists
___Confirm all of your vendors and your details
One Day Prior to your wedding
___Drop off welcome baskets to the hotel for out of town guests
___Rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
___Give gifts ot bridal party and parents
___Double check that assigned list holders have everything that they need
___Drop off any items to the venues or wedding planner
___Get a good night sleep (lol good luck with that one)
The Big Day
___Eat something (you might not get a chance all day so do it first thing in the morning)
___Hair and makeup
___Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
___Bride and brides maid portraits
___Groom and grooms men portraits
___If you are doing a reveal or portraits of the bride and groom NOT seeing each other before the ceremony
___Portraits of full bridal party
___Portraits with parents, siblings and grandparents (please limit it to that and any super close relationships so you can go get your party one and not leave your guests waiting forever)
___Party! (you did it you’re married!)
After the Honeymoon
___Make list of all the gifts and who gave them too you
___Begin writing Thank you’s
___You have 6 months to send out the thank yous before you are considered “rude” and “ungrateful” sorry thats the sad truth of it, just do it and get it over with lol
___Meet with photographer to see your wedding photos and collect your albums and prints etc
___Collect your video from your videographer
___Remember to send thank you notes to your vendors, we LOVE that stuff!!!!
___Write reviews for your vendors, we love that stuff too!
___And most importantly ENJOY MARRIED LIFE!!!
March 21— Business Head shot Sassy Saturday ($50 per person includes coupon book and 30 minute photo session)
March 28— Spring Mini Sessions (Fairytale Theme) ($25 per person, packages starting at $25)
THE STUDIO WILL BE CLOSED IN APRIL.
Jacki will be in Florida working with some of her Florida clients.
We are running a promotion for Mother’s Day.
Book a Mother/Daughter session for 2 ($290 includes hair and make up for both mother and daughter, $100 towards product, and a free gift for both choose between a gift from Premier Designs or Mary Kay, photo shoot is for ages 13 and up)
May 16— Mother/Daughter Sassy Saturday ($75 per person, includes a coupon book for each participant and 30 minute photo session)
We are running a promotion for Father’s Day
Book a Father/Daughter session for 2 ($240 includes hair and make up for daughter, $100 towards product, and a free gift of digital photo frame, photo shoot is for ages 13 and up)
June 6– Boudoir Sass Saturday ($75 per person includes coupon book and 30 minute photo session)
June 20– Couples Sassy Saturday ($75 per person includes coupon book and 30 minute photo session)
June 27– Building your acting/modeling portfolio lecture ($50 per person for 1 hour lecture and discussion with handouts and a gift voucher for a free head shot portrait session with $100 towards product)
July 11— Old Hollywood Sassy Saturday ($75 per person includes coupon book and 30 minute photo session)
July 25— Besties (Best Friends of the human variety only please) Sassy Saturday ($75 per person includes coupon book and 30 minute photo session)
July 26th— Summer Mini Sessions (Midsummer Night Theme) ($25 per person, packages starting at $25)
August 8-– Hazy Days of Summer Sassy Saturday ($75 per person includes coupon book and 30 minute photo session)
August 22— Business Head shots SASSY Saturday ($75 per person includes coupon book and 30 minute photo session)
August 24— Importance of Photography for Your Business Discussion and Networking event ($50 per person plus gift voucher for free head shots session with free low res image for social media use)
September 12— Beauty/Glamour Sassy Saturday ($75 per person includes coupon book and 30 minute photo session)
September 26— High School Senior Portraits/Graduation Sassy Saturday ($75 per person includes coupon book and 30 minute photo session)
September 13— High School Seniors Mini Sessions In Studio ($200per person includes 30 minute photo session and 1 image sized for yearbook and one 8×10)
September 20 & 27— High School Seniors Mini Sessions On Location TBD ($200per person includes 30 minute photo session and 1 image sized for yearbook and one 8×10)
We are running a promotion for High School Seniors
Book a Senior Portrait Session for 2 and save! ($290 includes hair and make up for both, $501 each towards product, and a free gift for both choose between a gift from Premier Designs or Mary Kay, and one digital image each sized for yearbook)
October 3— Boudoir Sassy Saturday ($75 per person includes coupon book and 30 minute photo session)
October 4-– Spooky Themed Mini Sessions ($25 per person, packages starting at $25)
October 17— Gatsby Sassy Saturday ($75 per person includes coupon book and 30 minute photo session)
We are running a promotion for Boudoir Sessions if you bring a friend
($290 includes hair and make up for both, $100 towards product each, and a free gift for both choose between a gift from Premier Designs or Mary Kay, photo shoot is for ages 18 and up)
November 7— Couples Sassy Saturday ($75 per person includes coupon book and 30 minute photo session)
November 21— Boudoir Sassy Saturday ($75 per person includes coupon book and 30 minute photo session)
November 29— Holiday Mini Sessions ($25 per person, packages starting at $25)
December 5— Old Hollywood Sassy Saturday ($75 per person includes coupon book and 30 minute photo session)
December 19— Business Head shots Sassy Saturday ($75 per person includes coupon book and 30 minute photo session)
December 20— Building your acting/modeling portfolio lecture ($50 per person for 1 hour lecture and discussion with handouts and a gift voucher for a free head shot portrait session with $100 towards product)
December 28— Open House. Come by and see what we have in store for 2016.
Sassy Saturday is such a unique and fun idea. This is certainly not a pitch, although why wouldn’t you? It’s a great way to get pampered (which every woman deserve, which YOU deserve!), receive wonderful themed photographs AND it fits in everyone’s budget. I recently had the pleasure of experience the first Sassy Saturday as a client and as intern.
January’s theme for Sassy Saturday was “boudoir.” Now, this is something I’m not comfortable being in front of the camera. I’d much rather prefer to be shooting than in a negligee – but I can’t stress enough how comfortable any woman would feel with Jacki behind the camera. Plus it was a good way to experience and gain knowledge on client perspective as well as for my internship! My experience was less formal but you get a coupon book that includes all different discounts at local shops and boutiques, majorly discounted professional photographs, a massage, make-up done on site plus a jewelry styling/items to wear in your shoot. It’s seriously a bargain to get all this for under $100!
The day seemed hectic but had a good flow to it. I spent most of it making sure everyone got what they needed, be it clients asking questions, Jacki needing a reflector holder or just being one step ahead. It was fun being surrounded by gorgeous women of all sizes. The studio space was yet again transformed from a tiny space to several different backdrops. We used the floor, what I call “the boards” – removable hard back drops with different colors – and several props to produce the gorgeous photos.
I really love the way boudoir translates when it is done properly! So often I see photographers who don’t translate class into their boudoir photos and it comes off mundane and even sometimes trashy. But you can really get beautiful classy photo’s and we do it right! All of our models were gorgeous in their boudoir wear, the jewelry consultant was a gem to work with and as always Caylin (who does hair/makeup also doubles as a model for Jacki) was fabulous. It’s funny how networking can seem like just hanging out!
One of the clients felt she wasn’t cut out for boudoir and was absolutely dead wrong. Her photos turned out to be some of my favorite from the day! We had a variety of strong beautiful women of all sizes and it just goes to show you that everyone has insecurities for every body type. It was very humbling but also showed me ways to make the client more comfortable that I wouldn’t have thought of! Keeping it light and a fun “all about you” atmosphere is the aim and it works well.
As a “client” I was so pleased! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it was a perfect way to show off for my future husband (even though we aren’t huge V-Day people, it was still fun!). I didn’t feel at all self-conscious with Jacki – even though I consider her a friend, I was a little nervous! But the room was full of laughs and smiles. Plus is there anything better than the feeling of having your heels in the air, your hair and make up done with your favorite nightie on? They were a big hit with my fiancee and classy enough that I could post some on Facebook – the illusion of nudity really brings up the glamour factor. I even showed my mom and the only shock factor was my bright pink hair! Sassy Saturday really is a wonderful event that every woman deserves to participate! Makes me wish I didn’t have to miss out on the Old Hollywood Theme!
On location shoots
We had a on-location shoot in CT recently and it was my first with Jacki. There was snow on the ground but it wasn’t too brisk out, which I think we were both thankful for. When we arrived to the client’s house, she and her dogs were very welcoming. It was a beautiful house in a really pretty area. I may be biased being an animal person, but the dogs were just adorable and so friendly. They kept bringing us toys while we were trying to work!
We set up the equipment, which was my first time with Jacki’s equipment that wasn’t practice. We were in the living room and had plenty of space, but it still felt small with everything set up and the furniture. For business head shots, we set up the black backdrop, the white back drop and used a blue one later on for family portraits. It’s amazing that such a simple back drop set up can translate so effectively on photos.
The client was such a sweet woman, who spoke with us about business and what type of organizations she was a part of. She was very confident, which translated into the photos very well. Before a shoot, Jacki talks with the client to figure out outfits/jewelry – as well as brings jewelry with her. I felt very secure and confident in helping style the client and jutting my opinion in here and there. It was a very casual but professional atmosphere. I think we went through four outfit changes total and it went very smoothly.
When Jacki is shooting, especially on location, my job is to be hyper vigilant of space and objects. I kept track of our things, as not to disturb the household and make sure we didn’t forget anything. On top of that, if Jacki needs something – a new memory card, a different lens, a back drop, the foot upper (we are both short ladies and require a step stool), etc., it is my job to know where it is. It is also a learning experience because I get to see in action the types of shoots, the professionalism for head shots/shoots, the styling process, the set up, etc. To me, that is just as important as expanding my knowledge of photography.
After the business portraits, we started the family portraits. This added fun to the shoot because the dogs got to be a part of the product! We did some inside shots and it was more difficult to get both dogs to look at the camera then I thought it would be. When one would look at you, the other would look away. It reminded me of doing school photo’s, especially with the younger kids. We moved outside and it was a little easier to keep their attention, especially since we had toys and treats now!
All in all, I learned a lot just from this one shoot and on-location are an interesting contrast to studio shoots. I enjoyed it and that’s why we do what we do, right? If you don’t love it, don’t do it. At least, that’s what they tell me!
By Intern Krystin
Christmas is a magical time of year! Christmas is a holiday that lasts all December long for some and it’s a way to escape the frigid New England weather for a bit. It is absolutely my favorite holiday. There’s so many things to love about Christmas – the neighborhoods lit up at night, big dinners with old and new family, the smell of cookies being baked, pretty dresses to wear to Grandma’s, decorating the tree with memories, all the snow, giving gifts to loved ones and getting your portrait taken with Father Christmas!
This year’s Father Christmas event went smoothly and was truly a fun time for everyone involved. We prepped the “green room” with white backdrops (to create a snowy look), hung snowflakes from the ceiling and even had a sleigh with a bag of presents! My favorite part of the set was a distressed barn window hung from the ceiling, partly as a partition for “indoor” and “outdoor” shots and as a prop to shoot through a snowy window. We even had volunteer elves to run between the office and shoot space!
We had the most adorable clients come in with their families. We aim to give the best experience while having fun and getting great Christmas photo’s to share with friends and families! Father Christmas shoots offer a variety of prints to choose from and you get to take a print home with you that day! I remember one little guy with the sweetest look on his face – him and his grandmother were so excited to have a print to take home with them! That’s really what Christmas is all about, bringing joy to others and I really feel that we were able to provide that at this years events.
We put so much hard work into Father Christmas, be it baking tons of cookies for the customers or peeling paint off the old window – we do it all to bring joy to the Christmas Season. The cards, ornaments and prints came out so great this year and I can’t wait to for Father Christmas next year!
Burning the magic midnight oil
By Intern Krystin
I wasn’t sure what to expect when we were setting up for the Ethereal photo shoot with the model, Marlene – even though Jacki had shown me pictures and styles of things she wanted to capture. I feel like what was captured was far more beautiful than some of the inspiration.
It was a cold night at the Studio but the laughter and inspiration kept us warm. Marlene is a naturally stunning young woman and I was excited to get this shoot going! The studio space utilizes multiple back drops in a small space to create a multitude of different outcomes. It’s really neat – you wouldn’t think that much beauty can come from such a small space but it is really diverse!
Our photo shoot started with a basic white/see through backdrop and Marlene in a stunning vintage lace gown. We then added hand cut butterflies that nestled around Marlene’s gorgeous smile. I may be bias because I helped make the butterflies, but it was my 2nd favorite part of the night (the first being glitter, but we’ll get to that). I love looking through the unedited photos because of the goofy faces Marlene makes but Jacki was able to capture great beauty in these shots!
After the hand cut butterflies, we moved on to these lifelike red butterflies that you could wire to clothing. The red was so vibrant against the lace dress and the white backdrop! It was stunning. At this point, we hadn’t made it very far down the shot list but our energy was still high! We had over 60 shots to get done and 4 or 5 shoots to finish in one night. We were work horses that night, but for good reason.
There was a fairy tale feeling in some of our next shots. Some of the props included flowers, crowns, apples and my favorite – Pixie! Pixie is Jacki’s chihuahua who loves to help out. When we broke out the red velvet robe, Pixie was the star of the show. She wanted to cuddle the robe and looked very adorable doing so! Marlene looked fabulous in the robe as well, but we all know Pixie is the star.
After the fairy tale world, we worked on some boudoir photos. This is really where the diversity of the studio shows since we used the floor, three hard backdrops (gray, brown & pink) and several lace/sheer backdrops all in a very tiny space! My favorite part of the boudoir shots were with the blue lace shawl/overlay. It was just as vibrant as the red butterflies and perfect against Marlene’s skin tone. You can certainly see the inspiration and appreciate the art in the final product. They are beautiful.
My favorite part of the night was the last shoot. Finally we got to play with glitter. At this point it was 2am, we were all having giggle fits, pixie was asleep and our stomachs were rumbling, but we were all too excited to shoot and get to play with glitter! As I said, Marlene is naturally gorgeous and when you add glitter, it only gets better! There was so much glitter everywhere, in our hair, clothes, mouths and all over Marlene. There was even gold leaf involved! This was my favorite part because of a) glitter but also b) that the shots we got were up close and personal. I love that they were intimate without being sexual. You really get a sense of intimacy and magic, which is oh so hard to capture.
I rolled into bed around 330am (well before Jacki and Marlene I’m sure), covered in glitter and still having a fit of giggles. Mostly though, with a sense of accomplishment that we conquered the shot list and completed at least 5 shoots of ethereal, fairy, magical and inspirational photos. It’s a time I won’t forget!