01Aug

It’s Also The Parents’ Big Day

By, August 01, 2017

Many of us on the True Photography team have kids. Someday, they will get married – possibly to other “True” kids, who knows :) Whoever they wind up with, their wedding day will be amazing! It will be so much fun for us to experience the wedding from an entirely new perspective. Not as a wedding photographer, or bride or groom, but as a parent!

With this in mind, as photographers, we make sure it is a very special day for the parents as well. We are mindful to capture raw emotions, interactions with family and guests, and that iconic family portrait that will end up lovingly displayed at home. Here are some favorite examples of these special moments from recent weddings.

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Looking for more “related” images? Check out our full gallery of family wedding photos captured by our studio

14Jul

Stress-Free Family Portraits

By, July 14, 2017

During the wedding planning process, you may likely wonder how to successfully prepare for family photos. With the right formula, family photos can be a smooth process, no matter how big your family is!

Our process often starts with a large group photo, with both sides of the family together. Then, we gradually break it down into smaller and smaller groups, so people can leave as their picture is taken. This method ensures that everyone is photographed. As the crowd is narrowed down, we are able to capture more intimate groupings, such as grandparents, parents and siblings. Of course we understand that every family is different, so we will get to know your family dynamics before the big day.

To be efficient, we suggest designating someone to take charge of each side of the family. That way, everyone relevant is kept within reach, and no one accidentally wanders off to the cocktail hour ;) The smoother the family photos, the more time you have for romantic couples photos, and fun memorable shots with your bridal party.

Both the groom and bride's side of the family come together for a full family photo
A groom and his bride pose with the groom's family.
Parents and siblings of the bride pose with the groom.
Mother and father take a photo with their daughter and her groom.
A young bride poses with her mom.
A bride's sisters play her bridesmaids for a day
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Before the wedding day, the key is to make sure the family knows exactly when they are needed, and where to be. You can have a perfect list, but if Uncle Joe doesn’t show up on time, then the rest of the family is stuck waiting around for him. This can take time away from other creative photos later. As long as everyone is ready to go, we will be very fast and efficient, and make sure everyone is captured looking great!

Check out more family wedding portraits photographed by our studio.

23Jun

Get Ready to Get Ready | Pre-Ceremony Tips

By, June 23, 2017

To ensure a nice flow throughout the wedding day, it is vital to start the day off right. The more we can accomplish before the ceremony, the more time we will have later to get creative with pictures of the two of you. By being prepared for us, and knowing what to expect, it helps us capture amazing photos for you!

When we first arrive, it is very important that the bride and everyone in the room be hair and makeup ready. We always suggest asking your bridal party and stylists to be finished 15-20 minutes earlier than necessary. The last thing you want to have to do is wait for a person in your bridal party! Only the bride should be putting on finishing make-up touches at this time. The groom and groomsmen should be nearly fully dressed. It will also be a good idea to put your bridal party to work to ensure the room is nice and tidy, as many photos will take place in the getting-ready area.

As you will see below, the “getting ready” portion of the wedding day is a time for many unforgettable photos. The ideal amount of photo time for this part of the day is 1.5-2 hours. If you are doing a first look, typically 2.5 hours is suggested. To maximize photo time, we designate one photographer for each spouse, which enables more coverage during this time period.

Here is a list of what to expect during the getting ready portion of your day, in chronological order:

1. Detail Photos – For the bride, this includes photos of the dress before it is put on, shoes, jewelry, florals, gifts and even invitation suites. Its a good idea to have these items ready when we arrive. For the groom this may include shoes, gifts, boutonnieres etc.

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Details photo of Wedding Invitiation Suite
Groom shoes and tie
Hanging wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses
Bride earrings macro shot
Hanging dress and Louboutin Shoes
Wedding dress and shoes at Rancho Valencia
Wedding invitation Suite
Detail photo of Valentino wedding shoes
Details shot of Bridal Style
Groom style at a destination wedding
Colorful red pink wedding shoes
Salvatore Ferragamo Wedding Groom Shoes

2. Candid Getting Ready Photos – For a bride, these include photos of finishing make-up touches, photos in special outfits before the dresses are on and of course putting on the dress. Putting on the dress photos occur about 20 minutes after we arrive, and typically take about 10 minutes, with the understanding that some dresses take longer than others to put on. While these shots are occurring, all of the bridesmaids and immediate family (ex. mother of the bride) should be fully dressed and ready to go.Rather than photographing a bride actually putting the dress, on we typically photograph the final lace up / zip up, along with bridesmaids/family helping with the finishing touches like shoes and jewelry. For a groom, we may photograph moments like friends/family helping with the suit, putting on shoes, and overall fun with the group.

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Getting ready photo at the Machester Grand Hyatt

3. Individual and Group Portraits Next, we will photograph some formal and stylized shots of the wedding couple in the room, and around the property. This is also the time for fun and formal  portraits with each individual bridesmaid /groomsman, along with full group shots. Including family members is optional at this point, as there is usually time (after the ceremony) specifically set aside for family photos.

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Stylized portraits of bride and groom
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Groomsmen being silly before the wedding ceremony
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Glamor photos of stunning brides

4. More Photos! Additional photo opportunities may take place throughout the getting ready portion, such as a gift exchange, a no-look meeting with each other, or even a first look with the Bride’s father. These can make for some unforgettable images. Then, before the ceremony, it’s a good idea to schedule in a 15 minute break. This allows you to decompress, and to get ready for the big moment.

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With all of this said, it’s important to remember that a wedding is a live event! Even when things don’t go exactly as planned, it is important to be adaptable. Embrace the excitement of the day, and we’ll be right there to capture amazing photos :)

Check out more unforgettable getting ready wedding images.