Our job as your photographers is to capture the story of your wedding day as it unfolds. This story begins not at the ceremony but the moment you start getting ready, so here are a few tips we always give our clients that will help us get beautiful images of them as they prepare for their big day:

Keep The Rooms Clean

Keep both the bride’s and the groom’s room clean and have the room made by the hotel staff prior to the photo/video start time. This helps eliminate the possibility of having any obtrusive objects in the background or needing to take time away from our artistry to tidy up.  Also, a freshly made bed allows us to use it for fun poses like the ones you see below.

Have All the Details Ready

The bride should have all the details (dress, rings, shoes, etc.) in one spot. Having all of these items together allows for the photographer to easily photograph all of your important details in one place instead of having to gather the items from separate locations.

Use a Decorative or Custom Hanger

Have a nice hanger for the wedding dress so that your dress won’t have to be displayed on a less-than-beautiful, default plastic hanger. Many nice hotels have wooden hangers for us to use, but some don’t. It’s always better to be prepared if that dress shot is important to you.

Brides First for Hair and Makeup

For the brides, please have your hair and makeup done first to avoid the risk of running late. This is very important because if your hair and makeup are not finished on time, this will cut into your photography time and will decrease the amount of images we are able to shoot and deliver.

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Keep the Number of People Low

Too many people in the room can add stress to the day. Besides bridesmaids, a few immediate family members and your wedding vendors, everyone else should wait until later in the day to hang out with you.

Have Immediate Family Around

This is a great opportunity to get some intimate pictures with your parents or your siblings. This is also a great time to have a “first look” between the bride and her mother and father.

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Give us Enough Time

As you can see from our Ideal Wedding Timeline, we prefer to have around 1.5 hours of time for the details and prep.

About Lin & Jirsa

Creative. Clean. Different. We are a group of creatives in Orange County with a passion for storytelling. Founded in 2007, our studio has been recognized as the best wedding photographers in Los Angeles and Orange County by various publications, websites, and groups. We’d love to show you our studio in Orange County, California and walk you through our albums, canvases and other print photography products. We can also provide more information on our Wedding Videography and introduce you to our tea