Ask the Expert- Bridal Photography

Today's expert topic is bridal photography.  I have the pleasure of working with Cynthia Kain on a wedding this spring.  The wedding was in Georgetown, Washington, DC at the gorgeous Four Season's Hotel. I had a chance to talk with Cynthia after and get her expert opinion on a few photography questions.

Photo Credit: Cynthia Kain

What normally ends up being the best shot?

For me, my favorite shot is usually one from my alone time with the bride and groom. Typically I take the bride and groom around the venue a bit away from the guests to allow the couple some privacy and time to relax and take a deep breath. I help them by giving a bit of direction and encouraging a lots of laughs..and within a few moments they're at ease and so full of love I'm able document their natural, raw emotion.

What is the most common photo brides forget to ask for?

My brides do not typically give me a "formal" shot list as we schedule a time to chat over any special details of the day I need to be on the look out for. My clients are comfortable with me to documenting their day as it unfolds, other than the few formal family portraits that is. I think one of the most common photos brides forget to ask for is a photo of their invitation suite. Brides spend so much time creating their gorgeous invitation suites...they work with a designer/paper company to figure out the design, fonts, colors, type of paper, etc. These invitations are a guests' first glimpse into what's to come and gets them excited for the big day :)

How far in advance do you like to be booked?

I don't really have a preference. If the couple and I hit it off and we're a great fit and I'm available on their date then I'm totally excited to document their wedding! There are those times inevitably when I do get bummed out when an awesome couple contact me and I'm already booked. On average I'd say most brides book me 8 - 14 months out, but I have had some book me as short as 3 months...and some have booked as far as 20 + months out.

What was the worst thing that has happened to you on a shot?

It's not photography related, but one of my brides lost her great grandmother's broach that had been in the family for over 100 years. We were never quite sure when it happened, but she noticed it in between her ceremony and reception. It broke my heart for her.

What suggestions do you have to make the day go smoother for you and the bride?

Have a consult with me 2 weeks before your wedding reviewing your schedule to come up with an outline of how the photos will go - and this allows me to think through my game plan and ensures that I know of all the little details the bride, groom and families have worked so hard on - I want to do my best to capture all their special moments. I have actually started making this a standard for all my brides - it allows them to go over everything one last time - and allows me to do my best work :)

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