7 Tips Your Wedding Photographer Wants You to Know

I had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie at a Boston Bloggers event a couple months back. She is a super talented photographer and has some excellent advice, enjoy!


Concord MA Watertown MA Wedding Photography Stephanie Rita Photo_0017Maybe you only have 44.7 days left until your wedding, or maybe you JUST got engaged and are in the beginning stages of getting ready for your wedding! My biggest tip when choosing a photographer is to make sure you love their photos AND their personality! They will be the one person you'll spend the most amount of time with on your wedding day! Even more than your spouse! Crazy right!

Once you hire a photographer, there are many little things you can do to help your photographer create those amazing shots on your big day. These tips ensure that photos will look clean and gorgeous! Cape Cod Buzzards Bay Wedding by Stephanie Rita Photo_0000

  • Most wedding gowns come on a standard white plastic hanger, which look good, but not the best. I suggest asking for (or gifting yourself) one of the personalized last name hangers or finding a cloth one that matches your wedding color scheme!
  • Clear your prep room of clutter! Pick one corner of the space where your girls/guys can leave their stuff. You’ll be happier if t-shirts, coffee cups and sneakers aren’t in your “getting into the dress” pictures.
  • Have your girls get into their bridesmaid dresses before you get into your gown. That way, when it’s time for you to get dressed, your ladies will look fabulous and the photos will look more put together!
  • If you and your fiance are planning to sit at a sweetheart table, make sure you can see past the flower arrangement or centerpiece on the table. If you can’t see past it, there’s a good chance your STURBRIDGE HOST HOTEL photography by Stephanie Rita Photo_0090photographer can’t see you, so keep it low!
  • When the officiant pronounces you "husband and wife", hold your first kiss for longer than 2 seconds! Regular kisses are so quick that sometimes it IS possible for your photographer to miss it! Count to 5! Make out a little! Don't be shy, you're married now!
  • Well before your wedding day, make a list of important family photos and pick a ‘point person’: someone who knows who is who, and knows the time/place of the photos! Family pictures will go faster and smoother if you aren’t all running around trying to find Uncle Bob!
  • And just because I love them: White string lights, lanterns or votives give a really nice ambience to your reception space and your photos! Just saying!!

KEENE NH Wedding - New Hampshire Wedding Photography - photography by Stephanie Rita Photo_0024There you have it! A few useful tips to help your photographer create the best photos they possibly can! We all thank you in advance :)

Stephanie of Stephanie Rita Photography, based in Boston, MA

www.stephanieritaphoto.com @stephanie_ritak @stephanie_rita

Tips on How to Pick a Wedding Venue

IMG_0328 Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. Some have been dreaming of this day since they could remember. As a bride-to-be and going thru the wedding planning process myself I wish someone told me certain things that I want to share with you. Even if you are single I hope this helps you plan your future big day!

Congratulations if you are engaged! I bet is was the most magical moment. I am also sure that you can't wait to start planning. I myself couldn't wait to start and begun to look at venues a few weeks after being engaged. I had the man now I needed the venue and a date! Here are a few helpful hints if you are looking for a venue.

  1. Have a Conversation with your Partner

Like I stated prior most women have been planning their day since they were little girls. (Not me because I was a tom boy and preoccupied playing in mud) Although this is one of the most important days in your life so is true for your partner. First I would decide on a theme that represents you and your relationship. During this conversation I would also discuss the budget, how big would you like your wedding, destination or not, and when would you like to have it.

2. ResearchWIL0070

Research! Get on your computer and do your research. Look for places that represents your theme and is with in your budget. We looked at 5 venues before making our decision and that was enough for me. Researching before booking visits is important. The last thing you want to do is go see the venue of your dreams out of your price range. Throughout my research I found that most venues had their pricing accessible online and if they didn't they were out of our price range.

3. Visit

After doing your research I would narrow your list and book appointments to visit your potential venues. I think that 5 is a good number but definitely no more than 10. You don't want to get overwhelm yourself. We broke our visits up into 2 weekends. We visited 2 venues one Saturday and 3 the following weekend. The most visits I would book in a day is 2, 3 was a little overwhelming for me but if you can handle more, you go girl! Also decide who you want to bring to your appointments, we brought the mums but maybe you want it to be just the two of you. This is all about you & your honey.

4. Make a Decision

WIL0111Once you have seen all the venues compare them. We knew our venue was it the moment we met the owner of the establishment. She wasn't pushy, was down to earth, and knew what she was talking about. The price was right and it fit our personalities, it felt right the moment we walked in. When you know, you know-right? Once you make that decision it is like a weight is lifted! Then the rest of the planning can begin.

I hope this helps! Stay tuned for more to come.

Happy Planning xo

Just a little note

IMG_4569 Hello friends! Long time, no post. There are certain times that one finds life getting in the way. Since my last post, some amazing things have happened. First of which was  beginning my new employment opportunity in the fashion industry. I have been learning a lot and it has been a wonderful experience which I hope to share with you along the way. A week after starting my new venture I got engaged! It was such a pleasant surprise. As you could imagine, starting a new career, on top of planning a wedding, could drive anyone mad. Now that I have settled into my job and the wedding planning has calmed down, I am ready to produce more helpful fashion advice! I am here to help you establish a wardrobe fit for your body and personality. I am not here by any means to tell you what to wear. I am here to inspire you to be the best you can be!

Now this wouldn't be Fashology without talking fashion! Here is a little peak of my engagement pictures with Ricky. I wanted to wear something that represented my personality; feminine yet playful. The tank top is from Marshalls and the tulle skirt is from Tobi, completing the ensemble with Converse Chuck Taylors.

Stay tuned for lots of fun to come! In the meantime keep up with us on social media!

Tweet tweet @fashology101

Instagram @_fashology

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fashology101

Stay Sassy xo