How to Prepare for Rain on Your Wedding Day | Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer & Cinematographer

No bride wants to think about this on her wedding day, but almost every bride does… RAIN! Some of the most beautiful photos can be taken on a rainy wedding day. Trust us!

Almost 10 years ago when we got married, it rained the morning of our wedding. Although we don’t have any pretty rainy wedding day portraits from our day to share with you, we can share our experience of documenting weddings in the rain.

We must say, we’ve learned to be prepared! Even if there is a 30% chance of rain on your wedding day, we will make sure we have umbrellas and other useful items to keep us dry and protected. Here are some helpful tips in order to prepare you for a rainy wedding day.

• BUY CLEAR UMBRELLAS FOR YOU AND YOUR BRIDAL PARTY
We will have a couple of clear umbrellas for you and your groom, and sometimes your venue may even have a few umbrellas to cover your bridal party. If the forecast calls for lots of rain, be sure to buy a few clear umbrellas. These can be found at Target.

• STAY POSITIVE
We realize that’s easier said than done, but we can’t control mother nature, so we might as well make the best out of the situation and be HAPPY! If we are prepared as we possibly can be, there is no need to stress or worry about the rain. Your photos will still be BEAUTIFUL!

• INDOOR LOCATIONS & OUTDOOR COVERED LOCATIONS
If your venue has lots of natural light coming through the windows, we can most likely stay inside for most of the portraits. However, if there is a covered porch or even a parking garage close by, we will use that location and stay outdoors.

• TRUST YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
If rain is going to be a part of your wedding day, it will be a part of your STORY. Allow us to get creative and trust in us to make the calls.2018-01-24_0001.jpg 2018-01-24_0004.jpg2018-01-24_0003.jpgIf it does rain on your wedding day, maybe you can do what Courtney & Jared did. They waited through the storm and eventually it cleared up and was sunny & gorgeous!2018-01-24_0005.jpgWe hope these tips will put you at ease if there is rain in the forecast for your wedding day.

Getting married in 2018 or 2019? Let’s chat. Coffee & donuts are on us! We can’t wait to hear all about your love story and what your dream wedding looks like!

Hugs,
Tracey & Brandon

Email: contact@traceykrickphotography.com | Phone: (717) 422-6857

5 Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer

You’re engaged to the love of your life (CONGRATS!), and now the wedding planning begins! This is the day you’ve been dreaming of your whole life, so you want everything to be perfect. Wedding planning should be enjoyable for the most part, but we know that’s not always the case. Hiring a team of professional wedding vendors can be an extreme task, but we’re here to make that a little less overwhelming and more fun for you.

Here are 5 questions that you should be prepared to ask a wedding photographer that you’re interested in working with.

#1. Do you have testimonials given by past brides that I can read? May I contact them?
You want to know what a photographic experience is like with the photographer you’re interested in hiring and working with for both your engagement session and wedding day. Most photographers have testimonials displayed right on their websites, or on their profiles with The Knot or WeddingWire. You want to hear all about a bride and groom’s connection to the photographer, how they performed, what their work is like, if they meet deadlines, etc. Even ask the photographer for names and contact info. of brides they’ve worked with so that you can speak to them over the phone.

#2. How many weddings do you shoot per month? How many total weddings have you shot all together?
You would like to hire a wedding photographer that responds to your emails and questions right away and who gives you the attention you deserve. If a wedding photographer is shooting practically every weekend of the year, that’s one busy schedule with tons of brides who are seeking their attention, too! Some photographers limit the amount of weddings they take on each year so that they are able to answer questions, help with the wedding day timeline, give advice, and so on. You also want to consider the number of weddings they shoot each month as that affects when your images will be delivered to you. Ask the wedding photographer how many weddings they have under their belt. Do you want a seasoned photographer who has shot for years and has tons of experience, or do you want a new photographer just getting started in the wedding industry, but has a heart of gold and a passion for the business? There are certainly pros and cons to both, and more often than not, budget plays a role in this decision. Think about this super important investment when talking with the photographer.

#3. May I see a full wedding gallery?
Social media shares the wedding day highlights. Blog posts are super helpful, but they do not show every single image that a wedding photographer delivers to their couple. Ask to see an entire wedding gallery. This will show you the getting ready shots, the bridal party, first look, family formals, the ceremony, and the reception. What do their photos look like when they shoot mid-day in full sun? If you’re having an indoor reception, you’ll want to see what their experience is in working with off-camera lighting or flash. Think about the parts of a wedding day that you want captured the most, look at their work, and make sure you love what you see!

#4. Do you have back-up equipment?
Ask the wedding photographer for a list of their equipment, and make sure they have more than one camera and a variety of lenses to suit any scenario.

#5. Have you ever worked at my wedding venue/site before?
It’s important for the wedding photographer that you’re working with to be familiar with your wedding location. They’ll know right where the perfect spots are for portraits, will know the rules of the venue, and will have already worked with the venue staff. If they haven’t worked at your wedding location before, that’s okay! Ask them if they’d be willing to take a trip to your venue a month before your wedding day, or see if they can arrive an hour early the day of your wedding.

Not only do you deserve beautiful images, you also deserve an amazing photographic experience. Be sure to do your homework and think of other questions to ask in addition to these five.

Photography is a huge part of your wedding day. You leave your reception with your spouse and your pictures… that’s it! Ask these five questions and you’ll be sure to find a great wedding photographer who delivers exactly what you want.

How to Prepare for Your Engagement Session | Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

With busy season approaching, I wanted to share some tips on how to best prepare for your engagement session. Even if you don’t have a session booked with me, you’ll still benefit from this vital information. 🙂

Your engagement session is a time to celebrate you and your fiancé and this very special season in your lives! The photos from this session will make for some great Save-the-Date cards as well as a beautiful display to be shown off at your wedding and reception. So, how do you prepare for an engagement session? Here are some tips I’d love to share with you!

Tip #1. Clean your ring!
That pretty ring of yours deserves to sparkle and shine. Cleaning it will ensure the most beautiful photos. I use a macro lens for ring shots, so any tiny little speck of dirt will show.For Insta-3.jpg

Tip #2. Plan your outfits!
Pick outfits that reflect your personalities. Have more than one outfit for a variety of different looks. Coordinate, but don’t match. When there is too much of one hue in a shot, everything sort of blends together and nothing stands out. AK L&A.jpg

Tip #3. Browse the blog!
Look at other engagement sessions I’ve photographed for ideas on posing, outfits, and how my couples interact. This will make you both feel at ease and better prepared for what’s to come!Jen + Greg-58.jpg

Tip #4. Choose a location!
If you have a location that’s special to you both (somewhere you had your first date, or another precious memory you share), please let me/your photographer know. If you don’t have any ideas of where to go, then we’ll get an idea of what your style is like and search for the best options.Skye + Sean-5.jpg

Tip #5. Consider the time of your session!
Sunrise and sunset are the two best times of the day to hold your session. Why? Because of that dreamy, romantic light! The best light truly comes during these two times. Also, think about the crowds in the evening. Hardly anyone will be up and out & about during sunrise, so if you’re an early-bird, let’s shoot then!Jenna + Kody-11.jpg

I’d love for you to share this blog post with your engaged friends and family members! In the comments, please feel free to ask questions, or tell me about your proposal story! I love meeting new friends, and I’d love for you to consider having TKP document this special time in your lives. Get in touch: 717.422.6857 or email contact@traceykrickphotography.com.

What to Wear to Your Engagement Session | Tips from Tracey Krick Photography

The engagement session is such a great way to celebrate you becoming husband & wife, and to get all of your family and friends excited for your wedding day! The photos from your session make beautiful gifts as well as being used for your save-the-dates. Here are some helpful tips to get you better prepared for your session.For Insta-2.jpg#1. Pick clothes that reflect your personalities! Normally we’d all want to pick something fancy and something that we’ll most likely not ever wear on a typical day. That’s usually a big mistake! If it doesn’t reflect who you are as a couple, don’t wear it. Sure, you don’t want to show up to your session wearing sweatpants and a hoodie, but you want to feel comfortable while looking your absolute best. Maggie + Eddie-6.jpg#2. Choose clothes that you feel comfortable in! This tip is twofold. Yes, you should totally choose clothes that are literally comfortable to wear, but at the same time, you need to choose outfits that make you look your best. Be sure that whatever you end up wearing gives you the confidence you need to strut your stuff in front of the camera!Anna + Ian-43.jpg#3. Choose clothes that compliment each other! If you’re rocking your favorite little black dress, then your fiance probably shouldn’t bust out his ripped jeans and Bob’s Burger t-shirt. Similarly, you both probably want to stay away from wearing busy patterns. Plan early and try out your favorite picks the day before the engagement session.K&K L&A.jpg#4. Embrace layers! One quick and super easy way to give yourself multiple looks with only one outfit is to incorporate layering into your style for the day. And whatever layers you end up taking off, like a sweater or a hat, can be used as cute props for the engagement session.Sara & Andy.jpg#5. Keep the season in mind! It seems pretty obvious that you shouldn’t wear a sundress in the middle of winter, or a peacoat when it’s 90 degrees outside, but I wouldn’t mention it if I hadn’t seen it happen. So check the forecast, prepare, and work with the weather that you’ve got. If you end up really having your heart set on a particular season, then schedule your engagement session for that time rather than fake it. Trust me, you can always tell when the environment and the outfit selections don’t mesh.For Insta-4.jpg#6. Consider the landscape! If your session is in the woods and you’re going for a rustic feel, you’ll look out of place wearing your little black dress and stilettos. Similarly, if you’re doing an urban engagement shoot, put together a sophisticated look rather than wearing something that’s too laid back. For beach sessions, something bright will be a nice pop of color against the sand and water, but if you go for neutrals, you’ll be drowned out. In an urban shoot with a lot going on in the background, you’ll end up blending in if you wear a busy pattern. Instead, choose a solid to ensure that you stand out!

I hope these tips will make you feel confident not just for your engagement session, but for every day life! And, if you are interested in using these tips for an engagement session, I’d love to chat! Coffee & donuts are on me! I can’t wait to hear all about your love story and what your dream wedding looks like!

Hugs,
Tracey

Email: contact@traceykrickphotography.com | Phone: (717) 422-6857

Tips for Preparing Your Bridal Party | Tracey Krick Photography

Most weddings I’ve photographed have 4+ bridesmaids and groomsmen as well as a flower girl and a ring bearer. In order to prepare your bridal party for your wedding day, here are a few tips I recommend that you follow and relay to your girls & guys. walter-bridal-party1. Most people who accept the honorable role of BRIDESMAID or GROOMSMEN know what to expect, but occasionally there are a few that don’t because they haven’t actually been in a wedding before. Make sure you share the photography timeline that I help you plan with them. Email it to them the week before your wedding day and have them save it to their phone so they can follow it accordingly. They’ll know what to expect and approximately how long they’ll be asked to stay for photos.

2. In my experience, it’s usually the guys who want to head straight to the party and skip the photos. Prepare them for what’s to come and tell them that if they behave for photos, you’ll feed them for a week. Haha! Bribery works with them, I promise. 😉

3. Make sure your bridesmaids and both mom’s keep their dresses hanging in a safe place to ensure there are no wrinkles for photos. If wrinkles do appear, bring a steamer and have them get rid of those awful things!

4. I’ve said this before, but I want to reiterate the fact that you must keep your getting ready space CLEAN! Nothing ruins a photo quite like trash, tons of bags, clothing, etc. does. Put all of those things in a separate room or in the corner of the room you’re in to ensure that they do not appear in your photos. I thank you in advance for doing this!

5. Buy your bridesmaids and groomsmen a nice gift to say that you love them and to show your appreciation. Give your MOH and BM an extra special gift so they’ll take great care of you on your wedding day. (They should already know to do this, but still.)Zeigler bridal party.jpgAnd, an extra tip would be to schedule your bridal party photos with your flower girl(s) and ring bearer(s) FIRST. Most FGs and RBs tend to be quite young, and they’re really not interested in photos and just want to play. We’ll get them done in 10 minutes or under, so they’ll be extra happy and you’ll be stress-free.

Happy Planning! 🙂

Tips for Preparing Your Groom | Tracey Krick Photography

If you’re worrying about your guy acting grumpy or not looking forward to your engagement session or photos at your wedding, you’re not alone. This is a completely normal feeling. It’s pretty typical of men to NOT want to have their picture taken. (Am I right, guys?!) So, please stop worrying because I have some GREAT news for you!

I am constantly surprising my couples by discovering their hidden modeling skills and my most common response by TK Grooms is “Wow. That wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought! It was actually really enjoyable!” YES! My mission is totally accomplished! When the groom says that taking pictures was FUN, I can pat myself on the back because I have done my job well! Your engagement session is supposed to be fun and memorable; not uncomfortable or awkward. As you prepare for your session, here are a few things you can do to help your groom know what to expect.

First of all, I highly recommend sitting down with your guy and showing him the TKP blog. Pick a few of your favorite engagement sessions I have photographed. Write down what you liked about these sessions. As you spend some time together scrolling through blog posts, this will allow him to gauge what his expectations should be. I also recommend that you allow for plenty of time to get to your shoot! Pick out your outfits the week before and give yourselves more than enough time to get ready. There is nothing worse than when a couple shows up late and they have been arguing in the car for the last half hour! That is definitely going to put your groom in a bad mood. Last but not least, remember to have patience with him and don’t assume that he’s not going to have a good time. I think you’ll be very surprised how much you’ll both enjoy your session with me!

You can be sure that your groom will then have fun at your wedding. We’ll be spending LOTS of time together on that very special day, and the engagement session allows us to get to know each other better. It also gives you plenty of practice in front of the camera. You’ll be pros by the time your wedding rolls around! 😉2017-01-27_0001

5 More Tips for Ensuring Beautiful Photos on Your Wedding Day | Tracey Krick Photography

Last year around this time I blogged about some helpful tips to ensure beautiful photos on your wedding day. As wedding season soon approaches, and wedding plans are almost fully accomplished for some brides, I wanted to share some more helpful tips on ensuring BEAUTIFUL photos on your wedding day. These are just a few tips that I include in my correspondence to TKP brides two months prior to their wedding day. This information will help any bride no matter what stage of planning they are in.

Enjoy! 🙂

Tip #1: Clean Your Ring
That pretty ring of yours deserves to shine it’s brightest! Cleaning your ring just before your wedding day will make a world of difference in your photos, I promise. Check with your jeweler to see which method of cleaning is safest for your diamond, and enjoy that SPARKLE! Kornhaus Wedding-19.jpg

Tip #2: Invest in a Pretty Hanger
Just like your ring deserves to shine it’s brightest, your beautiful wedding gown deserves to be displayed and hung on a pretty hanger! It can either be simple in design or be made out of wood and have your name created out of wire underneath the structural part of the hanger. If you can, spend that extra money and buy pretty hangers for your bridesmaids, too. The photos will make it worth the investment.Johnson Wedding-21.jpg

Tip #3: Book a Manicure
Who honestly doesn’t enjoy getting pampered? One way to relax before your wedding day is to book a manicure. You’ll leave the nail salon feeling so much better and ready for what’s to come. Plus, your nails will look great! Gardner Wedding-2.jpg

Tip #4: Add Lush Greens and Florals to your Centerpieces
Nowadays there are so many options for your table centerpieces; it’s almost overwhelming. Adding lush greenery and florals that go along with your color scheme will make the setting look so dreamy and romantic.Nalewak Wedding-49.jpg

Tip #5: Break in your Wedding Shoes
It’s so important to break in new shoes to help ease the discomfort that a new pair of shoes can cause! Spend some time walking around in your wedding shoes (on a clean surface, of course). You’ll be surprised at what this can do! After all, a comfortable bride is a photogenic bride. Gunderman Wedding-21.jpg

I would love to hear your love story and your plans for a perfect wedding day. Email me at contact@traceykrickphotography.com to set up your complimentary consultation. I’m so excited to hear from you!