for Brides - (eBook only)

(this book is NOT an advertisement for my photography services)

Brides Guide Book

For most couples, finding the right photographer is a LARGE part of the wedding planning process. You know that aside from the rings, the pictures are all you’ll have left after the wedding is over. As you join together to become a new family, these images become the first record in your family history. The skill and style of the photographer you choose will determine how those memories are captured. And the scary part – for both the couple and the photographer – is that there are no second chances. Your wedding photographer has one chance to get it right and make it look beautiful – which means you’ve got only one chance to choose someone you can trust with that responsibility.

This book is designed as a quick read that you should be able to complete from cover to cover in about an hour. But don’t let the size fool you, this little book is truly packed with information that will help you run your wedding (at least the photography part of it) as if you’ve done this hundreds of times.

In these pages, I’ll attempt to share the experience I’ve gained working as the photographer for over 300 couples in the US, and 58 destination weddings outside the Continental US. These took place in Jamaica, Mexico, the Bahamas, Aruba, Hawaii, Barbados, Tortola, St. John, St. Thomas, St. Lucia, The Dominican Republic, Greece, Italy, Fiji, Tahiti, Mauritius and Hong Kong. That experience and insight into the inner workings of the wedding industry, is what you now hold in your hands.

Table of Contents

1. Shopping Photographers

  • Search Methods
  • Portfolio Review Tips
  • Shopping Priorities
  • How much should it cost?
  • Styles of work
  • Final Products Offered
  • Two Business Models
  • The Motivation Factor
  • Interviewing Your Photographer
  • Red Flags
  • Questions to Ask

2. Contracts, Copyright and Insurance

  • Main Points to Cover in a Contract
  • Contract sample
  • About Model Releases
  • Standard Copyright Types
  • Insurance

3. Technical Things a Bride Should Know

  • RAW Format
  • Camera Types
  • Film vs. Digital
  • Retouching Options
  • Creating the Dream

4. Scheduling Your Wedding for Photography

  • When to start taking pictures
  • Shot lists
  • Magic Hour: Creative Portrait Time
  • Couple Only Weddings
  • A Photographer’s Ideal Schedule

5. Extra Photo shoots

  • Fashion Shoot
  • Trash the Dress
  • Wedding Party Adventures
  • Couple Only Adventure Shoots

6. Staging your wedding for photography

  • Outdoor Ceremony Arrangement
  • Indoor Ceremony
  • North Facing Dressing Rooms
  • The Getaway Vehicle
  • Leaving the Scene: rice, flowers, confetti, or sparklers
  • Cutting the Cake
  • Dance Hall Lighting

7. Working With Your Photographer

  • Posing
  • Kissing
  • Candids
  • Rings
  • Toasting
  • Where to Seat Your photographer at Dinner
  • Dancing to the Camera

8. Destination Weddings

  • Prices to Expect
  • Finding someone
  • Travel Arrangements
  • All-Inclusive Hotel Packages
  • Shoot the Rehearsal Dinner to Meet Everyone
  • Location Privacy

9. What to do With Your Images

  • Albums
  • Digital Video Slideshows
  • Pillows, Purses, Key chains, Stamps
  • Archival Materials
  • Print Shape
  • Sharpening
  • Image Manipulation and Retouching

10. Expectations


This book is the inside scoop on choosing, and working with a photographer. You’ll learn how to shop, what to look for, how much you should expect to pay, and how to arrange different aspects of your wedding so that you can do your part to get the absolute best images from your photographer. By the time you’re finished with this book, you’ll know what a realistic price is whether you’re shopping for a wedding in the US, or for a destination wedding in foreign lands. You’ll also learn about the many pitfalls like what to watch out for when you find a “cheap” hotel wedding package that seems a little too good to be true. This real life experience, shared by someone who’s been there hundreds of times, is something every new bride and groom desperately need. And while the information herein is geared towards choosing a photographer, you’ll also find information on things like scheduling the wedding, choosing a location, and hiring a videographer, all of which will be helpful in planning your wedding.


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