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Guidelines for the session

Learn how to prepare before you session. The guidelines applies for wedding photo sessions from photography perspective.

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​Before the wedding:

 

First and foremost it is most special day for you, so relax, have fun, enjoy it, do not think about me as photographer so much. I will be there capturing you and your moments, I am there for you all the time. Focus on you! :) <3

Please inform me about your request upfront in good time, so I will be prepared and I will take care of the rest making sure I cover what you need, so you do not have to think about it too much once you have the wedding :) - Fill out this form that will help me to give you best experience and fulfill your wishes :)

  • Make sure everyone - especially you! gets a great night’s sleep and is well fed beforehand.

  • Avoid foods the day before your wedding that make you feel bloated (fast food, foods that are high in salt or fat or sugar). Trust me, being bloated is not going to make you feel pretty during your wedding, so try to take care of that :)

  • Make sure everything is all ready the day before so you aren’t stressing on your day, use help of others if needed, your family or wedding planner. The less is on your head - the better <3

  • Avoid strong sun and use sunblock if you are going out at the sun, to the beach or anywhere else few days before the event. You do not want to have sunburned skin on the wedding! 

  • It is really important to arrive on time. We are booking your session according to the planned ceremony and the session after to the light so we may be limited, especially sunsets or sunrises at the beach, it is very important to start on time. It's best to plan to arrive early. The sunsets in Costa Rica are very fast and once the sun is gone it is getting dark very fast and that will influence the photography. Otherwise any delay may impact the coverage of photography or lower the quality, or lower amount of pictures taken and delivered that photographer cannot be responsible for

 

How to Pose During Your Photo Session after the ceremony (ca. 30min session):

  • We will start with group, family and friends pictures first and then move to private just two of you session right after

  • I will be taking posed pictures, looking to the camera, as standard “traditional” portrait but I am also looking for a candid natural look

  • Moments over poses: after we get the poses out of the way, you don't have to look at the camera anymore. You totally can if you want, but it's not required. 

  • I will be guiding you and helping with poses for either posed and candid shots giving you some ideas if I see you need it, though I like to keep you as natural as possible. This way you look better, instead of forcing something you may not like or feel uncomfortable

  • No need to ‘Cheese’ the whole time! I’m aiming for natural interactions and unposed moments. I strive to capture and encourage authentic expressions. No more fake smiles! Help me create more candid shots by interacting.

  • Laugh, play, tickle, and snuggle. This is how we’ll capture the REAL moments. 

  • Not always everyone has to be looking at the camera. I would encourage gentlemen to NOT look at the camera. (they seem to prefer that, as well!), it helps them to pose naturally :)

  • When in doubt, just smile and look at your other half lovingly. 

  • Stand close together. Actually, as close as possible :) 

  • Always touching: be sure that your always touching. Whether it's a hug or snuggle, or just a tender hand on the shoulder. Make contact with your other half. This shows connections and love.

  • Relax, slow down, and don’t force anything. Don’t feel pressured to make everything perfect! Just be present with your other half and I’ll do the rest. And don’t stress

  • Expect me to move you around to different spots to capture images. The more variety we get, the bigger your gallery and the more great shots we have the opportunity to create together! 

  • I do my very best to make sure your candid pictures don’t look “posed.” Instead, I will give you a direction and tell you what to do and then you make it your own. I won’t be telling you exactly how to place your hands or exactly how to stand. My directions are often vague which leaves you free to be yourselves! Plus, I don’t need to tell you guys how to be a together, you’re already a pro at it!

  • Never. stop. moving. Seriously, the more movement you give me, the more pictures you are going to get. When I give you a direction and you stand still, you are going to get one shot from that pose. But if you take my direction and move around, you’ll get so much more variety. Don’t worry though, you’ll get the hang of it while we’re shooting! The only thing that can make it easier for me as photographer is rather slower movements than fast, but most importantly staying natural is the key

  • If you are uncomfortable in any of the poses or actions, stop and adjust. If you’re uncomfortable then the pictures look forced and we do not want that!

  • Be yourself! Remember, these are pictures of you so don’t try to be like that person from Pinterest. We will try a number of shots and not all of them will turn out and that’s okay. The ones that do turn out will be the most natural and beautiful versions of you and your family!

  • Have fun! This is so important that you and your other half (and the family/guests) to enjoy this experience because it will show up in your photos if someone just isn't having it. Relax and love each other <3

  • This time is about you and what makes you as a new marrige special. :)

What to Expect After Your Photo Session:

  • After your session, I will be working hard behind the scenes to cull the best photos (eliminating duplicates, blurs, and blinks) and editing to give them best natural look. Your gallery is typically ready within 10 working days of your session. 

  • You will get an online gallery to access through the link. The pictures will be available to download from the gallery for 7 days.

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