Making sure everything is in place.

As a professional photographer with many more weddings under my belt than I can count, if I can give one piece of advice to a bride or groom to be it is: do your formal images with the family before the ceremony and always plan for the first look with your future partner. 

I believe it also gives your makeup team to touch up any waterworks that may or may not have happened throughout the first look.  

Most people do not witness this because a first look is a very private and beautiful moment. I have to tell you there are times it makes me tear up and I don't wear makeup. 

Having many of your portrait taken before the ceremony gives you and your partner much more  freedom throughout the reception and it eases your anxiety having pictures with family for the abum. 

The most important day of your life is going to happen and you want to look your best.  When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes. The camera is only a copy and a permanent save of the image. 

Dariusz Terepka 


Making sure your color stays with you.

You are probably at the point where you have seen some disastrous mishaps to brides during their wedding and you definitely are trying to plan accordingly.  Out of all the things you plan please be sure to plan food for you and your partner. There has been many times where I as the photographer noticed the bride is feeling weak, had food brought to her so we can avoid any mishaps. 

 Ask your cater  to pack away food for you (the cocktail hour food) because likely you’ll have absolutely no time to eat any of it. And trust me: You’ll be starving when you get back to the hotel at the end of the night.

There are many people involved in that day and all you have to think of is yourself because the day is completely yours. From my experience I see most brides care about everyone else and they forget about themselves. I promise you’ll have many other days to worry about everyone else so do yourself a favor, think “This is my day and I am the one that needs to be happy and confortable today”. 

Knowing your best side.

When at a wedding and taking group pictures, it’s more than likely that you’ve been asked  to switch places with someone because “that’s not their good side” or “I dont like myself on that side”. 

That happens often and as a photographer I understand the psychology behind it.  All brides to be should figure it out what side they like themselves the most on, looking at each side of my face in the mirror (and, of course, take numerous selfies) this way you are more likely to be happy with your images. With that said some people will feel that they look the same on both sides, and that is very common to people that have symmetry to their face.

Now, no one has complete symmetry to them but once you know the good side you’ll always “put your best side forward”. Everyone has one eye a bit smaller or a cheek a bit thinner. In most people the differences are barely noticeable, so why do we care about our “good” side anyway? Unconsciously we always want to show our best side to the world because as researchers and scientists believe that facial characteristics can reveal personality traits to observers, a study published in Psychological Science discovered that humans make lasting judgements about a person’s character after being exposed to a face for only 100 milliseconds. Yes, we all want to be fair and not judge a book by its cover by nature our brains are wired to do so.  The most important thing is that at the very end when the proofs come in you want to have 

amazing images you are proud to show and remember how beautiful you are on the most important day of your life. 

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