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TAYLOR KAMINSKY PHOTOGRAPHY

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Love,
Taylor + Casey

I'm so honored that you've trusted us with capturing your wedding day! We are looking forward to celebrating with you and getting to know you better over the next several months.

In the mean time, this guide is designed to help you create a wedding day that leads itself to the best photos possible! This will walk you through everything from timelines to details to family photos.

Thank you again for choosing to work with us and feel free reach out at any point during the planning process!

A NOTE ABOUT THIS GUIDE

WELCOME

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DETAILS

BONUS: EXTRA FLOWERS 

I love getting to capture all the special details you've curated for your wedding day.

Details are one of the first things I'll photograph when I arrive on your wedding day so it's great if you have all these items in one place that morning. The list below is a great starting point if you're not sure what to include! 

ENGAGEMENT + WEDDING bands (& if you have a pretty ring box!)

I once had a bride bring her grandmother's handkerchief. This is completely optional - but if you have something sentimental you'd like styled with your details, I love including family heirlooms in your detail shots.

groom detail checklist

SENTIMENTAL KEEPSAKES

FULL SET WITH invite, ENVELOPES + STAMPS & ANY OTHER PAPER STATIONARY YOU MAY HAVE (LIKE PROGRAM CARDS, ETC)

SHOES
VEIL
BOUQUET
HAIR PIECES
JEWELRY
VOW BOOK

His shoes
Socks
Cuff Links
Tie or Bow Tie
Pocket Square
Boutonnière
Vows Book
Rings

ANYTHING ELSE SPECIAL OR SENTIMENTAL.

I'd LOVE TO HAVE A FEW CUTS OF THE FLORALS YOU'LL BE USING THROUGHOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY. IF YOUR FLORIST WILL SUPPLY A SMALL BUCKET OF EXTRA PIECES I CAN INCORPORATE THOSE IN YOUR DETAIL SHOTS.

bride detail checklist

Dress & Hanger
Rings & Ring Box

(IF THEY'RE SPECIAL)

wedding day

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INVITATION SUITE 

THE RINGS

Soak your ring in warm water with dishwashing soap for 20 to 40 minutes. Then gently brush the stone with a soft toothbrush, rinse and repeat if needed.

I love capturing the detail of your rings up close. If possible, try to have your engagement ring cleaned or clean it yourself.

To clean at home:

01. A FIRST LOOK GIVES YOU QUIET MOMENT ALONE

Wedding days go by in a blur. As soon as the day begins there is so much to do and so many people to see. Doing a first look will give the two of you a moment alone (with a camera shooting from afar) to soak it all in and think through what the day means to you.

02. MORE TIME FOR PICTURES & YOUR RECEPTION

When you have a first look, we can take pictures of the two of you, the bridal party, and some family pictures before the ceremony even begins. This makes the day less rushed and allows us to take more pictures too!
Once you're married, we won't need as much time set aside for photos and you can get to your cocktail hour and reception sooner!

03. POSSIBLY AVOID bad WEATHER

If there's bad weather on the forecast, a first look gives you the option to get pictures done earlier in the day and possibly avoid being stuck in the rain!

First look

WONDERING IF A FIRST LOOK IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

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First look or not, the first time you see each other on your wedding day will be special.

04. get out all your tears without the audience

A first look give both of you a moment to cry without the audience of all your wedding guests. You can get all your tears out knowing you'll have time to freshen up before pictures too.

It's a special moment when you see your other half for the first time on your wedding day. It'a a moment worth remembering whether you do a first look or wait for an amazing reveal as you walk down the aisle.

If you're wondering whether or not to do a first look on your wedding day, here are some ideas to consider.

"I love her. and that's the beginning and the end of everything."

- F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

WEDDING DAY TIMELINE

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EXAMPLE TIMELINE

EXAMPLE TIMELINE

BUILDING THE PERFECT

with a 

first look

no first look

traditional

Whether you choose to do a first look or the traditional (not seeing each other until the bride walks down the aisle), we'll work with you to create the perfect wedding day schedule. Take a look at the examples below to get a general idea of when to plan for photos on your wedding day.

12:00 pm

COVERAGE BEGINS & DETAIL SHOTS

12:45 pm

BRIDE GETS DRESSED + FIRST LOOK WITH DAD

1:00 pm

BRIDAL PORTRAITS + BRIDES AND BRIDESMAID PORTRAITS

1:30 pm

GROOM'S FINAL PREPARATIONS & DETAILS

2:00 pm

GROOM + GROOMSMEN PORTRAITS

2:30 pm

FIRST LOOK PORTRAITS

3:15 pm

BRIDAL PARTY PHOTOS

4:00 pm

HIDE BRIDE AWAY

4:30 pm

ceremony detail shots

5:00 pm

ceremony begins

5:30 pm

family photos + cocktail hour

6:00 pm

candid cocktail hour photos

6:15 pm

photograph reception area + details

6:30 pm

reception begins

6:40 pm

grand entrance + first dance

6:45 pm

dinner is served

7:15 pm

toasts

7:30 pm

CAKE CUTTING, PARENT DANCES + MORE dancing

8:00 pm

exit photos + coverage ends

with a 

first look timeline example

CLOSE TIMELINE

FIRST LOOK

1:00 PM

COVERAGE BEGINS & DETAIL SHOTS

2:00 PM

BRIDE GETS DRESSED + FIRST LOOK WITH DAD

2:30 PM

BRIDAL PORTRAITS + BRIDES AND BRIDESMAID PORTRAITS

3:00 PM

GROOM'S FINAL PREPARATIONS & DETAILS

3:30 PM

GROOM + GROOMSMEN PORTRAITS

4:30 pm

PHOTOGRAPH GUESTS ENTERING CEREMONY

5:00 pm

ceremony begins

5:30 pm

family photos + cocktail hour

5:45 PM

BRIDAL PARTY PHOTOS

6:10 pm

BRIDE + GROOM PORTRAITS

6:45 pm

PHOTOGRAPH RECEPTION AREA

7:00 PM

RECEPTION BEGINS

7:10 PM

GRAND ENTRANCE + FIRST DANCE

7:15 pm

DINNER IS SERVED

8:00 PM

CAKE CUTTING, parents dances, + more dancing

9:00 PM

exit photos + coverage ends

without a first look

traditional timeline example

CLOSE TIMELINE

Traditional

4:00 PM

PHOTOGRAPH CEREMONY SITE

"You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known - and even that is an understatement."

- F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

FAMILY PORTRAITS

A FEW HELPFUL TIPS + TRICKS

crowd management

It's great if you can assign a friend or family member to help make sure we have everyone we need for family photos. This person should know who everyone on the photo list is but not be in too many photos themselves.

KEEP YOUR FAMILY IN THE LOOP

It makes the whole process of family photos faster when everyone in them knows what to expect. Let your family members (or anyone else who will be in a photo) to stick around as soon as the ceremony ends so that we don't have to take extra time finding everyone who's walked away.

short + sweet

Family photos aren't anyone's favorite part of a wedding day and we try to take them as efficiently as possible. With that said, keep in mind that every grouping typically takes 2-3 minutes to pose. We want to make sure we get all the family photos that need to be taken without cutting into your cocktail hour or reception too much!

create a list

We'll ask you for a list of family picture groupings a few weeks before the day of your wedding. Please make sure you list everyone's first name so that we know who to call for when we're grouping people together for a photo.

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sample family photos lists

BRIDE'S GRANDPARENTS

BRIDE'S IMMEDIATE FAMILY + GRANDPARENTS

BRIDE'S IMMEDIATE FAMILY

BRIDE'S SIBLINGS

BRIDE'S PARENTS

GROOM'S GRANDPARENTS

GROOM'S IMMEDIATE FAMILY + GRANDPARENTS

GROOM'S IMMEDIATE FAMILY

GROOM'S SIBLINGS

GROOM'S PARENTS

THE BRIDE + GROOM WITH...

bride's mom

bride's dad

bride's mom + dad

bride's siblings

THE BRIDE WITH...

GROOM'S mom

GROOM'S dad

GROOM'S mom + dad

GROOM'S siblings

THE GROOM WITH...

RECEPTION + GRAND EXIT

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RECEPTION

During your reception, I will be taking photos of the speeches and dancing as well as candid shots of your guests. I will always be available to grab a photo of you with a group of guests that may have not been in a planned group photo. I love being your personal paparazzi!

Grand exits

Grand exits are such a fun bookend to your day! They typically consist of a human tunnel along with sparklers, bubbles, glow sticks or something else to celebrate with! 
It is helpful if you can designate a few people attending your reception to help organize people into two lines and distribute whatever they will holding.
If you're up for it, I like to have couples run through the tunnel twice to make sure we get that amazing send off photo!

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory."

- Dr. suess

IMAGE DELIVERY

IN A CURATED ONLINE GALLERY

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HOW IT WORKS

One of my favorite parts of the wedding experience is delivering your beautiful gallery of images! When your photos are edited and ready, you'll receive a link to your online gallery. This is a URL where you will have access to all of your images at high resolution. You can scroll through, view, and download them at any time. You'll also be able to share this link with friends and family so they can relive your best day with you!

Thank you for trusting us to capture your special day! If you need to contact me at any point during the planning process, feel free to shoot me an email!

THANK YOU

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