First Look Portraits
I recommend (do not insist) our Cabo wedding couples have their portraits completed before the ceremony. The most common reasons I like couples to do this, is so that they won’t have to miss their cocktail hour and time with their guests. Additionally, your hair and make-up will still look the very best. The reason I call it a “First Look” Portrait is because I photograph you seeing each other for the first time on the wedding day. I work with my brides and grooms to make it special so that you can have a moment alone to take the moment in to the fullest. I photograph the moment in such a way as to capture all of the emotion, without getting in the way. Most couples do this alone, with me, then I spend about 20 minutes doing formals. After I’m finished with the couple, the wedding party and parents join us. Then we are off to the ceremony! You can enjoy the day without having to worry about the time for formals.
If you are a traditionalist and don’t want to see your fiancé before the wedding, we understand and will work within the time-frame we are allotted.
Remind your parents and members of the wedding party to try to relax and be candid in front of the camera, and even ham it up if you want! Look through bridal and fashion magazines to inspire some ideas. The only difference between you and those models is that they have had more time to practice in front of the camera. When I am doing portraits, focus on my camera (not other people’s cameras) and enjoy the moment. During the rest of the wedding day, there is no need to stop and pose for the camera unless you want to: some of our best work is candid, and you may not even be aware of me taking your picture.
I cannot stress enough the importance of having a good “Contact Person”. Please choose someone who knows who is in the wedding party, and is aware of the schedule of the day. Usually a bridesmaid is the best person for this task. The contact person should not be you or one of your parents. Your “Contact Person” should be prepared to help gather anyone missing for a group portrait, remind people not to distract the bride and groom during the portrait session, notify us of last-minute schedule changes or surprises that the Bride & Groom have in store for the guests.
Many of the best images are of you getting dressed. I photograph in a tasteful and respectful manner- so don’t be shy. Please make sure to put away all nicknacks or distracting objects that are in the room as I promise you, you will not want these objects to show up in the photos. It would be ideal if you could have your make up and hair done near a window or other area where there is natural light. We will get some of the most special photos during these moments. Same instructions for the grooms room!
Matte-finish make-up works well for black and white photographs. Shimmery make-up may appear white or silver in black and white photos. Many brides opt for a more subtle ‘clean face’ makeup style in order to give the photographs a more timeless quality. Carry powder for a shine removing touch-up before the portraits. I recommend that you hire a professional make-up artist- they will be most skilled and experienced at concealing shine, under-eye circles, and creating a look that can last all day.
Sun Exposure in Cabo
Probably the MOST IMPORTANT tip! Please be VERY careful in the sun in the days and weeks leading up to your wedding day. Tan lines are nearly impossible to retouch and are not included in the artistic editing service that we provide. If you have bad tan lines that you request us to retouch, we will do so at a per hour fee. Please be very careful. Tan lines or a burnt face can just ruin a wedding photo.
Many of your family and friends will be taking pictures during your wedding day. They are welcome to observe the portrait session, as long as they don’t disrupt my work. I usually find a great place to do your portraits away from where the guests are: they will distract you. The more photographers there are, the more likely it is that someone will be looking away from my camera in your portraits. Please be advised that the portrait session always takes longer when there are spectators and “guest photographers”. I also recommend that you ask your guests to be considerate and not post pictures on Facebook or other social media sites until YOU post your pictures. You should have control of what photos are posted of your very important day.
Time to Eat
The best time for the photographer to eat is when you are eating. After all, you don’t want pictures of yourselves with your mouths full! Please ask the catering staff to serve the photographer at the same time as you. Also, please let them know that I will be working with you all day, and a complete meal would be great.