Finding a location for photos whether it’s an engagement session or wedding formals can be trickier than anticipated. With so many different options and things like the ever changing weather to consider, where do you start planning?
THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCATION
Regardless of your style, your chosen location will dictate the feeling of your photos. Images in front of a large colourful mural will feel playful, whereas images on a neutral background can feel more minimal and modern. Also keep in mind locations that are meaningful or reflect your personalities, because nothing is better than having friends and family say, “that is so them to have their photos taken at _____________” when they view your images.
KEEP COHESION IN MIND
Years later, it’s always lovely to immerse yourself and feel as if you’re reliving your wedding day all over again. One factor that aids in this feeling is cohesion.
If your ceremony and reception are out in the countryside, having formals within the same setting will keep the theme consistent. Alternatively, if your ceremony is taking place in a church featuring neoclassic architecture, formals in an urban center may complement well. While these are good ideas to keep in mind, feel free to break all the rules and do what feels right.
PLACES AND ACTIVITIES WITH MEANING
Whether it’s the coffee shop where you first met or the spot where your proposal happened, revisiting these spots can add another layer of sentiment. Maybe instead of a special location, it’s an activity you both love to do: it could be in the outdoors hiking, or perhaps time spent in the kitchen, whichever it may be, finding ways to incorporate your personality and quirks will add complexity and deeper meaning to your images.
- If you’re set on a location but dealing with unpredictable weather, plan to bring umbrellas (clear is best) or coverlets for your bridesmaids.
- Colour schemes and attire will also play a factor in the photos, you don’t want your bridal party to get lost in the scenery
(example: green bridesmaid dresses in a location filled with greenery).
- Consider any timeline restrictions on your wedding day and remember to include driving time from location to location in your schedule!