Laura's Advice: Why You Should Print Your Pictures


“Don’t let you pictures grow up to be jpegs”

I think all photographers can agree, printing your images is one of the most important parts of having your pictures taken! Whether or not that is creating an album, a family yearbook, prints to hand on your walls or just a box of prints to look through, getting your images off of your computer is so important!

I read this quote somewhere and I believe that it says more than I could, I don’t have the source, but these are not my words :)

“I believe in the value of a printed photograph. I believe that a family’s memories should be preserved and passed down - reminisced over and treasured. I believe that photographs should be a part of our daily lives - a tangible reminder of a time that was precious and dear, and people that are loved and missed. I believe that our generation’s legacy is too important to trust to technology that will certainly become obsolete. I believe that photographers leave a legacy that will only be fully appreciated years from now.”

Friend, if you are reading this a want to start printing your photos, whether that be your wedding images or the ones you take on your phone of your dog (guilty!) Here’s my advice:

  • I would suggest using Artifact Uprising, they are a wonderful company to print through and create albums with.

  • Talk with your photographer! They would love to help you print your images

  • If you are one of my clients, you can order your prints directly through your online gallery!

Laura's Advice: Should You do a First Look?


I want to start by saying, your photographer should never, ever force you to do something you do not want to do on your wedding day. This should go without saying, but I have heard too many stories about photographers forcing opinions, posing, etc. on their couples. Remember it is your day, you get to decide what you will and will not be doing :)

With that being said, I get asked the question “should we do a First Look?” and here is my response, “it is completely up to you!” It is truly such a personal decision and there are a lot of factors that play into making this decision.

A few things to consider when making a decision:

  • Will it make you anxious to not see your groom before the ceremony?

  • How will the light be on your wedding day? Will it be dark outside when your ceremony is over?

  • Will you want a private moment with your groom before walking down the aisle?

  • Do you want to head straight to your reception after your ceremony? Get to mingle and enjoy cocktail hour with your guests?

Regardless of what you decide, the moment you see your groom, whether that is walking down the aisle, or during a private First Look, will be one of the sweetest moments of your entire day!


Laura's Advice: Your Wedding Timeline


Once you have selected your wedding venue, it is time to start planing the time frame of your day: your ceremony time, dinner time and exit time. As a wedding photographer your timeline is crucial to making sure the day runs smoothly and you get the most beautiful natural light photos possible. I always suggest to my brides to plan their ceremony time around the sunset, this allows for gorgeous light and portraits. This also maximizes the amount of film that will be able to be shot at your wedding. I have found that the best lighting for portraits is about 1.5-2 hours before the sun sets. So if the sun sets at 8 p.m. on your wedding day, I would start portraits between 6-6:30. So depending on how long the ceremony is, I would start it around 5:30!

Side note: if you don’t have the option to select your ceremony time due to a church or venue schedule, do not fret, your photographer will be able to work around any scheduling conflicts or constraints. Trust your photographer :)

When you are deciding when to start your coverage my rule of thumb that I tell all of my brides is, four hours before ceremony time if you are not doing a first look and five hours before ceremony time if you are doing a first look. This allows for details, getting ready, some bridal party and portraits to be taken. It also provides plenty of cushion time.

Always, always, always allocate more time than you think you need for everything. Something will run behind and you will be so grateful that you created the margin in your day for this to happen. Nothing is worse than a stressed out bride, so plan ahead for things to run behind, because they inevitably will.

These are just a few of my tips when planning your timeline. If you are working with a wedding planner, they will cover this all with you! However, if you have any questions about how I schedule or plan timelines for my couples, do not hesitate to reach out!