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Wedding Series: What is a pre-event consult?

What to Expect in Our Pre-Event Consult

A pre-event consult is set in place so that we get an opportunity to meet and talk about your wedding and expectations before the big day arrives. We will talk about your timeline and how your schedule is planned, decide when we are going to do the family formals and if you are having a first look, what time we need to arrive, when we will be leaving, where we will meet, and all of the other important details we need to know. 

Wedding Series: Photographer Wedding Terminology 101

A Client’s Guide to Wedding Photographer Terms

As photographers, we use a lot of terminology that you may not understand. This article is to help you get to know some of our terms in regard to your wedding photography.

Wedding Series: What we capture on your big day

Wedding Coverage

We are with you from the time you start getting ready for big day into the night of your reception. We cover Getting Ready, Ceremony and Reception, Family and Bridal Party Portraits, Wedding Day Details, and all of the Special Moments throughout your day. 

Now that you are Engaged: PDA is OK!

PDA in Your Engagement Session

Engagement sessions are about love and romance and the chemistry between the engaged couple eagerly awaiting their wedding. It’s only natural that with love comes PDA. That’s right, folks: public displays of affection. 

Wedding Series: Tips for getting ready for your wedding day

How to Look Your Best on Your Wedding Day

We’re here today to talk about wedding day prep. Here are some tips to help you look and feel your best.

Now that you are Engaged: 6 ideas for preparing the perfect engagement session

Ideas for Planning Your Engagement Session

If you want your pictures to really showcase your love story, we have some ideas to help you plan the perfect engagement session. Let us help you prepare for your session by sending us over the answers to the following questions:

Wedding Series: Do I really need a professional makeup artist?

Should I Hire a MUA for My Wedding Day?

You’ve made a big investment in photography (and possibly videography as well) to help capture your big day. You want to make sure you absolutely look your best. Although, I’m sure you do a very nice job on your everyday makeup, I strongly recommend looking into hiring a makeup artist. 

Now that you are Engaged: How to mentally prepare your fiancé for your session to get him to cooperate

Preparing Your Fiancé for Your Session

Are you stressing out about your upcoming engagement session? Not sure if your fiancé is going to enjoy it or want to participate? Check out these tips for helping get him to cooperate:

Now that you are Engaged: Let Us Capture Your Proposal!

Proposal Photo Services Available

Did you know that SmartShot Photography offers proposal photo services? That’s right! We will come to your proposal and photograph the whole event for you! Don’t worry, we’ll be discreet – she’ll never even know we are there until after she says yes and you tell her we are there. You may not know this, but photographers are also trained in the art of being spies. 

Wedding Series: The Benefits of having an Unplugged Wedding

Hampton, VA, Historic Post Office Wedding

Hampton, VA, Historic Post Office Wedding

What is an unplugged wedding?

An unplugged wedding is where you ask your guests to turn off their phones, cameras, tablets, and other mobile devices during your ceremony. 


What are the benefits?

  • There are many benefits to having an unplugged wedding. 

  • When guests use their own cameras, there are many ways that this affects the photography that you’re actually paying for. Guests oftentimes are taking photos at the same time we are, and their flashes interfere with our cameras, leaving you blown out completely (and unsalvageable) or having weird shadows or lighting throughout the photos. 

  • Guest cameras can leave a red or green dot from their focusing mechanisms. These will show up in our images. 

  • If guests don’t turn off the noise on their cameras, they could be very loud when taking the photos. This can be very distracting to you and your guests. 

  • Speaking of distracting – let’s talk about iPads and other tablets used to take photos. They are HUGE and are very distracting. If we are taking a wide photo of your ceremony, your eyes go straight to the tablet and completely ignore the beautiful couple exchanging vows. 

  • Guests will often get in the aisle or stand in front of the professional photographers, blocking their shot. Sometimes, it’s too late for us to be able to get them to move, and we certainly don’t want to upset your guests by making them move. 

  • During family formals, guests will often stand around photographers to get shots of their own, which can create harsh lighting if they use their flash. Even if they don’t use their flash, it causes the group to constantly be looking around, leaving wandering eyes. It’s hard for the photographer to get a good photo with everyone looking at the camera when there are multiple people taking photos around you. 

  • Most importantly, if your guests are taking photos, they are not fully able to enjoy the moment. They are absent and distracted by their picture taking and posting. 

Tamika & Boochie, Historic Post Office Wedding

Tamika & Boochie, Historic Post Office Wedding

We highly recommend having your wedding unplugged, but respect your wishes if you choose not to. If you have any questions concerning this or how to unplug your wedding, feel free to contact us and we can chat.