Wedding Paps 101

One of the wedding vendors that I was most particular about was our photographer. These photos are forever, and capture every single memory made during your wedding. That’s freaking important! Being on the tight budget that we are, I was panicked that we wouldn’t be able to afford a super awesome photographer. WRONG. After hours of digging through The Knot I found the most spectacular photographer: Alyssa, the owner of Blue Locket Studios. First the name of her business caught my eye, because duh it’s the cutest, then her photos totally hooked me. It was love at first sight.

When I emailed Alyssa she asked if we could meet at a local coffee shop that I had never been to. That was sign #2 that it was meant to be. For those of you who are new around here I’m a sucker for all things locally owned and all things coffee. Alyssa was so sweet and I knew right away I wanted her at our wedding.

Flash back to a year before. Max and I were newly engaged with no photographer. We were so excited to start the whole process that we asked Max’s dad who is a whiz with a camera to shoot our engagement photos! We had a blast. We went to a spot in one of our favorite towns on a GORGEOUS fall day. We walked along the river and took photos as we found the prettiest spots. It was super easy and laid back, and the photos came out beautifully.

Alyssa contacted me wanting to do an engagement shoot with us herself! I was super excited to do a shoot with a pro, but I was also wicked nervous because I am literally the most awkward human alive. So here are a few of my tips and tricks for being natural in front of the camera!


  1. Take direction from your photographer. They are pros for a reason. Alyssa gave us awesome instructions on how to stand and what angles worked best for us. It took a lot of the guess work out of it.
  2. Research locations. The first location with Max’s dad was an easy one. We were all up in Conway, NH on a fam vaca and it all just sort of fell into place. Alyssa sent me a list of her favorite spots to shoot and I looked up all the photos of the locations online. We chose the location that had the most features that we really loved: the beach, walking paths, and gorgeous rock walls. I mean, come on.
  3. Choose outfits that you are comfortable in. It’s uncomfortable enough as it is, you don’t want to be wearing something that you’re picking and pulling at. I picked my favorite jeans and my favorite sweater (for shoot 1) and my favorite flowy Free People top (for shoot 2) with an added layer because it was FREEZING. Like 40 degrees freezing. I also wore the same boots in each shoot because I knew I could stand in weird places and still be comfortable.
  4. Communicate with your photographer. Tell them about yourself, and get to know them a little bit. The more comfortable you are with your photographer the more natural you will look in the photos!
  5. DO AN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT. This is an absolute perfect time to build a connection with your photographer so that they can capture your big day in the most magical way. We got incredibly lucky with Alyssa… she fully understands what we like and how to get us laughing. She also showed a heck of a lot of patients because Max and I are absolutely goofs.


If anyone is in the New England area and need a photographer, contact my homegirl, Alyssa. She is truly amazing!

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