What to Consider for Your Wedding Day: Special Picture Requests | Arden Photography

More often than not, couples depend on their photographer’s expertise when picture time comes around on their wedding day. Poses, who’s photographed with who, location, and time of day are a few of the many things photographers take into consideration when directing their photographs to make sure that the day goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

But what happens when you trust your photographer’s routine, yet you want to make sure they capture a specific moment during your special day? You ask, of course. Special picture requests are not uncommon, and they are also a way to give your wedding memories a unique and personable vibe.

Now you’re probably wondering, “What could be considered a special picture request?”

Well, as mentioned earlier, most photographers have a routine or timeline they follow for weddings. Getting ready photos; pre-ceremony photos that include the first look (if you’re into that), bridal party, groom’s party, and immediate family pictures; ceremony photos; post-ceremony photos if you didn’t do a first look (or just want more couple portraits) that can also include friend and family group shots; and, lastly, reception photos.

Photographers usually do the basics of formal posing of the bride and groom while incorporating family and friends to record who was a part of the celebration, as well as detail shots of the floral arrangements, invitations, food, jewelry… you know, the works.

If you have something in mind that doesn’t fall into the realm of the aforementioned categories, that's when you request for a special picture.

Examples of special picture requests are listed below to give you an idea of what might take your wedding photographs to the next level; and as said earlier, if it’s not mentioned… just ask. We want to make your day as special as you have always dreamed it to be.

  • A location that the photographer and you didn’t previously discuss

  • Personal trinkets

  • Relics of deceased family members

  • Specific poses

    • Silly, high-fashion, meaningful, etc.

  • Specific people

    • Those that might fall outside of immediate/close family and the bridal/groom’s party

  • A specific act

    • Usually asked when the act is outside of “normal” wedding routine

  • A specific setting

    • Sunsets, fireworks, snow, etc.

What to Consider for Your Wedding Day: Weather | Arden Photography

We all know weather in Alabama is bipolar to the nth degree. So, here is a list of considerations you should make for your special day, whether in Bama or not, to make sure it remains special and stress-free.

  • Temperature

    • Hot, cold, in between, make sure you know the general whereabouts of where the temperature is going to be on your special day so that you can plan accordingly on beauty and attire.

    • Small, portable fans are a mindful consideration just in case you're stuck outside taking pictures in the heat.

    • Blankets and shawls on hand are also something to consider to walk around with during the cooler degrees.

  • Rain/Snow… any type of precipitation

    • Have a backup plan for possible rainouts. Most weddings are not events to postpone, so if having a tent readily available is an option, make sure you have them on speed-dial.

  • Hydration

    • It is SO important to stay hydrated during your wedding day. Regardless if it’s hot or cold outside, water will keep any medical issues from occurring and it will keep you feeling fresh all day.

  • H&MU

    • Hair and makeup can be a huge issue if there is imminent weather on the way. Make sure your styles are weather-appropriate, and even have a possible backup. There are many products that are on the market to keep you looking and feeling your best, just ask your stylist what they recommend.

    • Argan and morroccan oil can prevent and reduce frizz.

    • Setting spray and waterproof makeup can keep your face in place all day.

  • Attire

    • Make sure your attire is temperature-appropriate for the time of year your wedding is scheduled for. There is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable for a day that you are supposed to remember fondly.

    • If you want a short-sleeve dress during cooler weather, maybe opt for a fur shawl to place over yourself during downtime. Plus, they make for beautiful, classy pictures.

  • Guests

    • If you know there is a significant weather change on your wedding day, make sure to let your guests know so they know how to dress accordingly and schedule how they will arrive easier. They’ll surely be thanking you for your consideration.

Met Gala 2019 Recap | Best Dressed | Arden Photography

This year’s Met Gala “Camp: Notes on Fashion” was co-hosted by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele. If you’re unfamiliar with the term ‘camp’ it is defined as “an aesthetic style and sensibility that regards something as appealing because of its bad taste and ironic value.” This means more was more, and the eclectic style choices our favorite celebs made gave us mixed emotions of awe, wonder, and down-right shock. From Disney-inspired chic to the guests doing their own rendition of their celebrity aspirations to Las Vegas showgirl to the nth degree, I was not disappointed with the “lewks” that graced the 2019 Met Gala’s highly-esteemed red-carpet staircase. In no apparent order, here’s a few of my by-far faves that showed up and showed out at Monday’s event.

Lily Collins in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture (inspired by Priscilla Presley)

Lily Collins in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture (inspired by Priscilla Presley)

Candace Swanepoel in Atelier Prabal Gurung

Candace Swanepoel in Atelier Prabal Gurung

Kendall Jenner in Versace

Kendall Jenner in Versace

Ciara in Peter Dundas (inspired by Diana Ross)

Ciara in Peter Dundas (inspired by Diana Ross)

Emily Ratajkowski in Peter Dundas (inspired by Cher)

Emily Ratajkowski in Peter Dundas (inspired by Cher)

Céline Dion in Oscar de la Renta and Fred Leighton jewelry

Céline Dion in Oscar de la Renta and Fred Leighton jewelry

Madelaine Petsch in Jean Paul Gaultier

Madelaine Petsch in Jean Paul Gaultier

Florence Welch in Gucci

Florence Welch in Gucci

Bella Hadid in Moschino

Bella Hadid in Moschino

Kacey Musgraves in Moschino (inspired by Barbie)

Kacey Musgraves in Moschino (inspired by Barbie)

Gemma Chan in Tom Ford wearing Forevermark jewelry

Gemma Chan in Tom Ford wearing Forevermark jewelry

Saoirse Ronan in Gucci

Saoirse Ronan in Gucci

2019 Oscars Best Dressed | Arden Photography

The anticipation that builds for the Oscars isn’t only to see which of your favorite actors is going to win an award of a lifetime, it’s a cat walk of the simple, avant-garde, and down-right out of the ordinary. This years annual event showcased sleekly-designed gowns, spring-time colors galore, and metallics that would make any disco ball jealous. We also had our occasional androgynous ‘fit that fully exemplified that any one can pull off any style as long as you have the confidence to wear it. Here’s a few of my favorite picks from last weekend’s Oscars. Maybe it’ll give you the unknown inspiration you’ve been longing for.

Regina King in Oscar de la Renta

Regina King in Oscar de la Renta

Ashley Graham in Zac Posen

Ashley Graham in Zac Posen

Kiki Layne in Versace

Kiki Layne in Versace

Lady Gaga in Alexander McQueen

Lady Gaga in Alexander McQueen

Amandla Stenberg in Miu Miu

Amandla Stenberg in Miu Miu

Brie Larson in Celine

Brie Larson in Celine

Elsie Fisher in Thom Browne

Elsie Fisher in Thom Browne

Laura Herrier in Louis Vuitton

Laura Herrier in Louis Vuitton

Jennifer Lopez in Tom Ford

Jennifer Lopez in Tom Ford

Charlize Theron in Dior haute couture

Charlize Theron in Dior haute couture

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The White Room 2015 Bridal Fashion Show

When you walk in to The White Room, you are overwhelmed with the urge to start planning a wedding wherein you get to don every gorgeous dress they have hanging in the elegant salon. It is such a beautiful studio with the most lavish and dazzling gowns a bride could dream of; not to mention the outstanding women who are devoted to every bride that sashays through their door.

The White Room Bridal Salon is hosting a Bridal Fashion Show on January 23, 2015. Doors open at 6:15pm, and you do not want to miss this. The newest 2015 collections from some of the most prestigious designers on the market will be headlining this event. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door. To purchase online please visit: thewhiteroombridalshow2015.eventbrite.com

2014 Maestro's Ball: Arden Photography

Alabama Symphony Orchestra held its annual Maestro's Ball. The gala fundraising event is ASO's largest, and the proceeds benefit the programs they offer for education, creation, and outreach. Accompanying the event is music performed by the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra, and then a concert led by Conductor Christopher Confessore, followed by an elegant dinner and champagne. 

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Hope Gala: Arden Photography

The American Cancer Society of Birmingham hosted its 34th annual Hope Gala. It is an event that aids in fundraising for local cancer centers and also honors a Birmingham family that has been affected by cancer. This year's event celebrated the life of local artist, Toni Tully. Her family donated three original works of art to the auction that was held to raise funds. Many other local vendors and artists also supported the event by donating items of their own. Dinner, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and dancing accompanied the evening. There was much hope to be had at The Hope Gala.