Portland ME Wedding Photographer ; Tips for your wedding day ; Linda Barry Photography

I was a bride once. I get it! Planning a wedding can be super stressful, and you want everything to be absolutely perfect! I had no idea how to plan a wedding, and no idea how I was going to get everything done in just three months. Here is what I did know – I wanted beautiful photographs that would capture every moment of my day.

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My wedding photos are easily one of my most prized possessions! This photo ^^ right there, is a photo of me getting ready on my wedding day. My photographer (I’ll actually be teaming up with her this year for weddings!) did a phenomenal job during our wedding, and I often look back at them and get all emotional, haha. I made sure that on my wedding day there was enough time to get photos of each part of the day.

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Your wedding photographs are going to tell the story of your day, and even just a year later when the details are fuzzy, your photos are going to take you back and make your day come alive again. If wedding photographs are important to you, and you want gorgeous photos like you see when you’re searching for wedding ideas on Pinterest, it’s really important that you allow enough time  to do so!

Here are some tips to keep in mind when you’re planning out your wedding day:

Where are you getting ready?

I cannot encourage you enough to get ready with your ladies (and the groom and the groomsmen) in a room that has a lot of natural light! The more windows, the better! Indoor lighting can be really icky, and natural light just adds so much to a photo! I think it highlights all the smiles, tears, nerves, and emotions that come with getting ready to say “I do!” Do you want photos of the groom and groomsmen getting ready? Are there any first looks taking place with family members here?

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Do you want a first look?

A first look is when I arrange a very private, intimate, time for the bride and groom to see each other for the first time before the wedding. The emotions are incredible, and we can get started with the bride and groom photos before the ceremony, as well as all the bridal party photos! I can say with confidence, that this does not take away from the “first look” during the ceremony. If you do not want a first lookthat is OKAY!!! This is YOUR day and it’s important that you get what you want out of it! Don’t let any photographer bully you into doing a first look for the sake of time, because being happy is what is most important on your wedding day. But really, think about it. After all, this day is about the two of you, and in just a year or two, you’re going to want to see those photos of you two more than any other photos.

How much time have you set aside for the formal photos after the ceremony?

It’s really important that you set aside an hour after the ceremony for the formal portraits of the families and bridal party. The most important part of this hour is the time we get to spend capturing the snuggles, kisses, and excitement between the two of you as a newly married couple. Again, if you want those gorgeous, intimate, love photos that you see when you’re surfing on the internet, it’s important that you set aside some time!

What is most important to you?

What are the most important things that you want to get out of your wedding day? Is it the photos? Time with your family?

I know there is a lot more to think about when it comes to planning a wedding, especially with thinking about all the things you need to do for THE day, but these are just some pointers to get you started and headed in a good direction!

For all the brides that I take care of, we set up a consultation meeting about two weeks to a month before your wedding that really gets into the details about what is important for you on your day. We set up a schedule for the day based on your needs and priorities (and make sure we know when everything is happening, and where it all goes down!), that way we get everything you want on one of the biggest days of your life! You are in good hands when you book with me 🙂

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Portland, ME Wedding Photographer ; Megan & Eric Become Mr. & Mrs. ; Linda Barry Photography

At the end of January, I had the absolute pleasure of second shooting with a photographer who I’ve been working with on various things over the past year or so. Unfortunately, this was her last wedding that she’ll be shooting at 😦

I went to high school with Megan and Eric, although we were in different grade (thus, different worlds), so shooting at this wedding definitely felt like a reunion 🙂 Their winter wedding was simply stunning! The centerpieces were gorgeous, the cupcakes and cakes were beautiful, and the whole set up was just very intimate and romantic – especially with a fire going in the fireplace! Megan and Eric got married at Bangor Baptist Church, and had their reception at the Bangor Motor Inn Banquet & Conference Center.

Well, let’s get to the good stuff – the photos!

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Portland ME Wedding Photographer, Linda Barry Photography, Winter Wedding

The cupcakes were courtesy of Cupcakes by Taylor

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Such a beautiful dress!

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I LOVED the lace and buttons!

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It’s not a wedding without some ring shots!

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Tiara or no tiara? That IS the question!

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Love this moment 🙂

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I’m an absolute sucker for sunsets!

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These two boys were absolutely adorable! It was so much fun watching them run around!

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He reminds me of my nephew so much!

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Her speech was so incredibly funny!

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Megan & Eric, I wish you many many years of happiness and love! Congratulations!!

Mr. & Mrs; Getting Ready; Linda Barry Photography; Portland ME Wedding Photographer

About a week prior to December 29, 2012, I received a phone call from one of my best friends inviting us to their wedding that would be taking place in just seven days! Their original date was for 2013, but they wanted to push it up, and of course I would be there to support them in any way! Dubes (she will always be “Dubes” even though she’s now a Stefanilo!) asked me if I would take photos of her getting ready until the photographer they hired could show up, and of course I said YES. I was SO excited, and honored, that I was able to do this for her. It gave me my first taste in wedding photography, especially since moving to the Portland area, and I’m so grateful for the beautiful opportunity!

Their wedding was straight from a fairy tale — absolutely beautiful, magical, and full of love and happiness! I’m so happy they finally got their happily ever after! I don’t know any couple who deserved it more.  The chapel in which they married was probably the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen, and their reception was very classy and SO well done! I adored their themes of famous couples for each table (Cory and Topanga, Ricky and Lucy, etc) with candles and shells as their centerpieces.  The DJ was fabulous and played excellent music, which kept the majority of the wedding guests dancing up until the last song! I am super stoked that we started the tradition of doing our routine to “She Bangs” at our weddings, and can’t wait to do it three more times in the future 🙂 I cannot gush enough about this wedding and how phenomenal it was!

Take a look at my first time ever doing any kind of wedding photography!

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BEAUTIFUL morning!

BEAUTIFUL morning!

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I adored her hairdresser!

I adored her hairdresser!

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I'm pretty sure this moment is when I absolutely fell in love with wedding photography.

I’m pretty sure this moment is when I absolutely fell in love with wedding photography.

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The gorgeous bride!!

The gorgeous bride!!

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I am beyond excited, and feel so much more confident, going into my 2013 weddings after this incredible experience 🙂

 

❤ Linda

10 things I learned about wedding photography; Linda Barry Photography; Portland, ME Photographer

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For those of you who follow me on facebook know that I had my first experience with weddings last weekend. My best friend finally got married to the love of her life, but the wedding ended up being on short notice so I did photos of her getting ready until her photographer arrived. So, here are the ten things I learned on that day, and since then.

#1. Wedding dresses are WAY harder to photograph than they look.

#2. It is mind boggling how someone else’s flash at the ceremony or reception can completely destroy a photo. I stayed out the photographer’s way – Melissa Curran Photography – as soon as she arrived, but at the reception I took a few photos just off to the side. I had my camera on continuous shutter the few times I took it out, and each time, at least two photos were destroyed by the harsh blue flash from someone else.

#3. Bringing a list of “must-have” shots was super helpful. It also helped ease my mind that I wouldn’t forget anything!

#4. After posting a photo of mine for feedback in the Photography Awesomesauce Winter Photo Challenge on facebook, I learned that you can buy a beautiful hanger to bring with you so that you don’t have to have the cheap-o plastic hangers in photos with such a beautiful dress! I totally plan on making this purchase within the next week.

#5. There are SO many fun little details you can take photos of.

#6. It takes a ton of patience to be a wedding photographer, because naturally, all the friends and family want those same photos.

#7. For me, taking photos of the cake was easier than I anticipated.

#8. Think outside of the box when it comes to taking photos of the bride getting her hair and make-up done. I didn’t want to have a bunch of photos that were exactly the same, thus the photo at the top of this post! Which, I would like to add, I am SO proud of! 🙂 (and looks much sharper when you’ve clicked on the image)

#9. The simpler the better, when it comes to photos. Having too much stuff all jammed into one can really turn you off to a photo.

#10. Don’t be afraid to take charge during photo time when it comes to being the wedding photographer, despite the competition. After all, you are the one the bride and groom are paying to capture their incredibly special day!

Overall, I am very pleased with my first attempt at wedding photography, and I cannot wait to keep learning! 2013 is going to be such a fabulous year. I am second shooting at three weddings, and am the primary shooter at six! I’m so excited to share my progress with you as the year goes on 🙂

Linda 🙂