Post # 1
My fiance was talking to one of his co-workers the other day, and the guy was telling him that when his parents got married, they did all of their group/family photos in a studio the day before.
At first I thought this was a silly idea (have everyone dress up twice?? wear my dress before I walk down the aisle??) but the more I thought about it, the more it sounds like a great idea. It would be fun to hang out with everyone the day before (afternoon prior to the rehearsal/dinner) and I would ensure that we get all the shots we want.
Also, it would give us time to enjoy the day without worrying about getting the “perfect” shots.
What do you ladies think about this idea? Has anyone else done this?
Post # 3
I don’t think it is a terrible idea if you want more “posed” shots. For me, I don’t want many posed shots at all. I just want a photographer to capture the moments of the day, from beautiful to ridiculous. But it would make sense if you wanted to get those out of the way and spend time enjoying your wedding day!
Post # 4
I think it just depends on what you are going for. Personally, it is not my style. When I think “studio”, I just picture my aunt’s wedding pictures, which were very 80s :-p But there are definitely some positives to doing that the day before. And if you are ok with the posed pictures with a standard background (again, not my thing, but certainly ok if it is your thing) then I say go for it!
Post # 5
I should probably add – we will be having the same photographer taking pictures all day at the wedding & reception. The studio would just be in addition to the day-of pictures. I was originally planning to do the posed group shots right outside the church after the ceremony or during the cocktail hour, so this would essentially just replace those shots. The rest would still be captured spontaneously.
Post # 6
We are doing some shots ahead of time as well, but we are doing them outside, not in a studio.
Post # 7
I think this is a great idea and I’m actually doing it for a client this summer as well. They want to spend the day with their guests and not take hours out of their actual wedding day for photos. We are also doing them outside at a location the couple picked that just isn’t accessible on the actual wedding day. We love having the time to be able to get those creative group portraits that we love with out the stress and time structure of the wedding day. Day on the wedding day we purely focus on candid images and the B+G don’t have to worry about taking the time out for portraits.
This can also be accomplished with a first look session before the ceremony you would just start your day a few hours earlier.
Good luck and I’m definitely interested in hearing which direction you go.