Howdy, howdy! I’m Anthony Gauna (pronounced GOW-nuh). I’m a wedding and portrait photographer based in good ol’ San Antonio, TX that hand-crafts authentic photos for non-traditional folks. I’ve been photographing weddings since 2010 and love every bit of it. I’m also a husband, dad, and a beer and whiskey enthusiast. But enough about me, let’s talk about your photos!
First off, your photos are absolutely important. You’re going to have people you love coming from all over to come celebrate you both. I mean, think about that for a second. You both made decisions in your lives that led to meeting each other. And out of all the people in the world, you both decided that you wanted to wake up next to each other every morning and spend the rest of your lives together. That’s beautiful and powerful. Aside from that, a lot of time, hard work, and let’s be honest, money, goes into your wedding day. So, I want to share my most important tip with you - having great light means having great photos. Ok that’s it. Bye! Lol. Just kidding. Let me walk you through my easy process.
When it comes to wedding timelines, I believe there are 2 different types. The first type is the photo timeline. Basically, this is planning when to get those great photos in that great light. And the second type, is the detailed timeline. This is the timeline that the amazing Scarlet Rose team will help you with.
Now, here’s the great light, great photos secret… SUNSET!
When I help my couples plan their photo timeline, I ALWAYS recommend planning around sunset because that’s the softest light. This means, no ugly shadows on your faces. Plus, it gives a nice warm, glowing color to your photos.
So here’s my process:
Look up when sunset is supposed to be on your wedding day. Then, schedule backwards. Yep. Backwards. One hour from sunset is when you should schedule cocktail hour, formal photos, and portraits. This means, family, wedding party, and you two cuties. Then comes your ceremony. If it’s supposed to be 30 minutes, plan to start that 30 minutes before formal portraits. After that, continue to work backwards and fill in the rest. Or let the Scarlet Rose team do that for you. ;)
Here’s an example if sunset is at 7:30pm:
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Ceremony
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Formals & Portraits
I hope that makes sense and that it was helpful. If you want to get a good sense of what that soft sunset light looks like, feel free to crack open a beer and explore my website at https://anthonygaunaphoto.com. And if you love Instagram as much as I do and want to say hello, you can follow me at http://instagram.com/anthonygauna
Thank you so much to Scarlet Rose for inviting me to share my wedding day tip with you. You’re going to be in good hands with them!