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Guest Post: Taylor Golden on Getting In Sync with Your Wedding Photographer

This week, super-talented Houston wedding photographer Taylor Golden returns to the blog, with expert tips on what to expect from your photographer on your wedding day, and how to make the most of your photographer relationship, at your wedding…and beyond!


Photos: Taylor Golden Photography

The Wedding Day

For the wedding day, most couples need 8-12 hours of coverage. Of course, every event is different, so be sure to work with your photographer and planner on your timeline. I typically suggest to my couples that they plan to have photography coverage start at about three hours before the ceremony to document the bride and groom getting ready. If the couple is doing a “first look,” then coverage typically starts five hours before the ceremony.

I like to break the day into five sections

  • Bride Prep (1-1.5 hours)
  • Groom Prep (1-1.5 hours)
  • Ceremony (1-1.5 hours, includes family formals)
  • Creatives (bridal party and bride/groom alone- 1.5 hours)
  • Reception (3 hours)

Once the reception starts, you’ll typically need coverage for about 3 hours to document all of the important moments, including the cutting of the cake, dances, bouquet toss, etc. If you’re planning a dramatic exit, you’ll want to hire your photographer to stay through the very end of the wedding, as that image will be a great way to conclude your wedding album.

Beyond the Big Day

After the glitz and glam are over, life does not end…I promise! You’ll be busy picking out pictures for your wedding album and decorating your home, but beyond that, most of you will start a family.

Many photographers offer continuing programs; I call mine “Client for Life,” and I offer couples the opportunity to purchase a one-time package that covers all their sessions, to document their growing family.

If you had a good experience with your photographer, this should be a natural extension as you will already be comfortable working together and know exactly what to expect. This is one of my favorite parts of my job—I get to document the happiest times in people’s lives and become a part of their family as they grow!

Thinking about everything involved in the months leading up to and years after a wedding can be daunting. The key is to hire a professional you trust and whose work you love, and to consider what is most important to you for your pictures. From there you should be able to consult with your photographer on what you want and then enjoy the beautiful journey of life you are on!


Photos: Taylor Golden Photography

Multi-international-award-winning photographer Taylor Golden counts politicians, professional athletes and celebrities among her clientele. Newly returned to Houston after a long Midwest hiatus, Golden is HOT on the wedding scene. Find out more about Taylor Golden Photography & check out her gorgeous pix right here.

Fall 2016 I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

WOW, what a show! Our Fall I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston was one for the record books. We would like to thank our adorable couples and stylish guests for attending Houston’s only luxury wedding event of the season, and we want to thank our incredibly talented vendors for putting on an incredible show!

If you missed the Soiree or just want to relive last week’s extraordinary event, check out these gorgeous images from our official show photographer, D. Jones Photography!


Photo: D. Jones Photography | Flowers & Decor: Todd Events

From the moment our lovely guests set foot in The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, they found themselves surrounded by the event styling of A-list wedding consultants A Day to Remember and Kat Creech Events.


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Planners: Kat Creech Events & A Day To Remember

Couples in search of talented wedding photographers found much to love, from D. Jones Photography, Adam Nyholt, Civic Photos, Lindsay Elizabeth Photography, MD Turner Photography and Taylor Golden Photography.


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top Left: Adam Nyholt Photographer | Top Right: Civic Photos | Bottom Left: MD Turner Photography | Bottom Middle: Taylor Golden Photography | Bottom Right: Lindsay Elizabeth Photography

Our brides were oohing-and-aahing over stunning couture gowns from top Houston bridal salons Mia Bridal Couture, Houston Bridal Gallery, Weddings by Debbie, Parvani Vida Bridal and Formal, and chic accessories and custom children’s wedding wear from alterations expert and atelier MW Couture.


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top Left: Mia Bridal Couture | Bottom Left: Weddings by Debbie | Top Right: MW Couture | Middle Right: Houston Bridal Gallery | Bottom Right: Parvani Vida Bridal and Formal

Couples and their guests alike were mesmerized by stunning tablescapes and floral displays from Todd Events, EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design and Plants N’ Petals.


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top Left: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design | Bottom Left: Plants N’ Petals | Right: Todd Events

The fantasyscape didn’t stop there. There were more amazing floral arrangements and wedding reception table designs by Darryl & Co., LBL Event Rentals & Design, Haute Flowers & Events and Balushka Paper Floral Artistry.


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top Left: Darryl & Co. | Bottom Left: Haute Flowers & Events | Top Right: LBL Event Rentals & Design | Bottom Right: Balushka Paper Floral Artistry

Our couples also had the chance to chat with top Houston wedding videographers Danielson Cinema and MD Turner Photography!


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Left: Danielson Cinema | Right: MD Turner Photography

Invitations? Absolutely. Bella Dia Stationery, Bering’s and Isabella Invitations presented so many magnificent wedding invitation designs, couples had a tough time settling on just one!


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top: Bella Dia Stationery | Bottom Left: Bering’s | Bottom Right: Isabella Invitations

If you had a sweet tooth that evening, your craving was fulfilled by Jackson and Company, Susie’s Cakes & Confections and Dessert Gallery Bakery + Cafe’s scrumptious cakes and divine desserts.


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Left: Jackson and Company | Top Right: Susie’s Cakes & Confections | Bottom Right: Dessert Gallery Bakery + Cafe

For diamond dazzle, guests needed look no further than Zadok Jewelers, Nazar’s Fine Jewelry, Loggins Jewelers, Eklektic Jewelry Studio and Lewis Jewelers.


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top Left: Zadok Jewelers | Top Middle: Nazar’s Fine Jewelry | Top Right: Lewis Jewelers | Bottom Left: Loggins Jewelers | Bottom Right: Eklektic Jewelry Studio

Houston bridal beauty experts Nyoka Gregory Beauty, Marilyn Monroe Spas, Kax Salon and Naturally Glam by Rae Michele treated our lovely guests to luxury beauty treatments and on-the-spot makeovers!


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top Left: Nyoka Gregory Beauty | Top Right Photo: Civic Photos, Kax Salon & Kax Tanning Souffle | Bottom Left: Marilyn Monroe Spas – The Woodlands | Bottom Right: Naturally Glam by Rae Michele

And, of course, because this was the I Do! Wedding Soiree, gourmet eats were on the menu, courtesy of elite caterers Cafe Natalie Catering and Jackson and Company.


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Left: Cafe Natalie Catering | Right: Jackson and Company

Pianist and composer  Scott Graham started the night by serenading us with well-loved melodies, and Lewis Grell of LG Entertainment kept the party going strong with his killer beats and suave MC skills. Danny Ray and The Acoustic Production also showcased their renowned musical offerings…and a super cool display of musical instruments!


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Left: LG Entertainment | Top Right: Scott Graham Piano | Bottom Right: Danny Ray and The Acoustic Production

We mean it when we say there’s something for everyone at the I Do! Soiree. Couples in search of a beautiful destination wedding and honeymoon locale fell in love with O Weddings by Oasis Hotels & Resorts, and those seeking must-have items to add to their registry were wowed by Bering’s fabulous collection.


Photos: D. Jones Photography | Top: O Weddings by Oasis Hotels & Resorts | Bottom: Bering’s

Got a monogram idea that you want to project on your big day? Take a look at how Bright Star Productions showed off our very own logos!


Photo: D. Jones Photography | Weddings in Houston Logos: Bright Star Productions | Flowers & Decor: Todd Events

We would like to thank The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for hosting the I Do! Wedding Soiree, and for inspiring couples on the hunt for a truly exclusive, and artful, wedding venue! Want to see more pics? Check us out on Facebook and Instagram. And stay tuned for details on our next I Do! Wedding Soiree, coming in early Spring, 2017!


Photo: D. Jones Photography | Venue: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Buy I Do! Soiree Tix & WIN a $400 Engagement Shoot with Taylor Golden Photography


Are you ready for the wedding event of the season? You’ll get to experience couture bridal gowns, ooh-and-aah over statement wedding decor, indulge in gourmet bites, and meet with Houston’s A-list wedding vendors while you sip fine bubbly, at the I Do! Wedding Soiree on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. If you haven’t snagged your tickets yet, NOW is the time to get ‘em! Why? One lucky couple that purchases their I Do! tickets by 11:59 p.m. TONIGHT, Thursday, Sept. 8, will WIN a $400-value engagement shoot with one of the very best in the wedding-photography business, Taylor Golden! So, what are you waiting for? Get your tickets NOW, and you could score yourself a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have the glow of your pre-wedding bliss captured by a consummate pro (and super nice person, as it turns out!). Oh, and once those I Do! tickets are gone…they’re gone. Good luck, and we can’t wait to see YOU and your boo at I Do!


Photos: Taylor Golden Photography

Guest Post: Taylor Golden on Photo Sessions Before and Beyond the Big Day


Photo: Taylor Golden Photography

Planning a wedding is a process that typically starts anywhere from three to 18 months before the big day. There’s a lot that goes into the main event itself, but there are plenty of other wedding-related elements that you should consider when thinking about your wedding photography. After all, this is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion—don’t you owe it to yourselves to capture all of the magic and beauty surrounding it?

The Engagement Session

Your “wedding” photography typically starts with your engagement session. I advise my couples to complete their engagement session at least six months before the wedding, to give them time to use and enjoy the images to the fullest—for instance, as part of their save-the-date announcements.

The engagement session also is a great time to get to know your photographer better, and get used to their style of shooting so that the wedding day flows more smoothly, and you comfortable throughout the day.

You’ll typically print one or two large portraits from your wedding. Using engagement photos to balance out these wedding photos ensures that the photographic artwork you display in your home captures you and your spouse in a range of locations, poses and outfits.

And speaking of that range…when it comes your engagement shoot, I say the more diversity the better! Something I like to do for my couples is shoot their session in another city. It’s particularly great when we can incorporate a city that is meaningful to them personally, such as where they got engaged, where they love to vacation, etc.

The Bridal Session

The bridal session gives you a chance to get beautiful bridal portraits, regardless of how hectic, chaotic…or stormy…your wedding day may be. It is, in essence, a fall back to ensure that you get everything you want in photos of you, and possibly your groom, on your wedding day. There are two ways to do this session.

1. Before the wedding with the bride alone. This is typically more traditional and the purpose is to get a beautiful portrait of the bride to display at the reception. You’ll want to do this about three months before the wedding.

2. After the wedding, with both the bride and groom. This is my favorite option because it allows us to get creative and do something really unique. This can be done the day after the wedding or a year after the wedding—there is really no time restraint. However I recommend doing it no later than three months after, as life tends to get in the way. This session may also be done in another city to create diversity in your images. Say you always wanted pictures of you and your husband, horseback on a beach…this is your chance, and will result in beautiful imagery for your home, and allow you to wear the dress of your dreams for your wedding, after your wedding, when you don’t have to worry about getting it a little…roughed up.

Happy wedding wishes, Houston couples!

Multi-international-award-winning photographer Taylor Golden counts politicians, professional athletes and celebrities among her clientele. Newly returned to Houston after a long Midwest hiatus, Golden is HOT on the wedding scene. Find out more about Taylor Golden Photography & check out her gorgeous pix right here.


Photo: Taylor Golden Photography

Guest Post: Pro Photographer Taylor Golden on 7 Must-Have Wedding Day Photos

Guest Post: Pro Photographer Taylor Golden on 7 Must-Have Wedding Day Photos

Photo: Taylor Golden Photography

Your wedding day will come and go…FAST. And your wedding photos and wedding video are the only ways you’ll be able to look back and reminisce. Plus, planning a wedding is basically a full-time job, not to mention that it’s more than likely this will be your first time putting a wedding together, so it can be difficult to predetermine what moments or images are going to be important to you.

Aside from the standard “first” shots—your first kiss, first dance, etc.—this is a day for gathering family members and dear friends. Having so many loved ones in one place, at one time, all beautifully done up and turned out, happens…almost never. So make sure you take full advantage of the occasion by capturing the most important people in your life in photographs to cherish.

Here are my 7 must-have wedding photos of the wedding couple, family and friends, to help you prepare for your big day. Oh—and one more thing: When selecting a wedding photographer, make sure she or he has ample experience in photographing each of the elements below. You can do this by asking to see at least a couple of weddings the photographer has shot, to make sure their talent and capabilities are consistent. And now, it’s time to smile…

1. Family Formals

This may seem pretty basic, but these classic family wedding portraits are also incredibly important. Remember, your wedding is likely to be an activity-filled day, and you may not be actually be around your family members all that much. These family photos may be the only pictures you have with your nearest and dearest, so you’ll want to make sure you take a family photo with anyone that is important to you.

It’s also important to select a photographer that is comfortable and experienced in a variety of different lighting scenarios. Family formals typically happen immediately following the ceremony, and if that ceremony happens to be in a church, the lighting may be extremely dim and poor quality—for photos, that is.

When selecting a photographer, be sure to look at that photographer’s examples of family wedding formals to see if you like the posing, lighting and composition the photographer offers. It also helps to create a list of the different family groupings you want to document. Your planner or maid of honor can assist during this part of the day by calling out people’s names for each picture, grouping them, and crossing them off your list once the photo has been shot, to ensure you don’t miss anyone!

2. Individual Spouse Portraits

Surprisingly enough, these individual portraits are often overlooked by many couples and photographers. There are a few variations of each portrait you’ll want to consider. For each portrait, you should have a close-up, a mid-waist, a full shot and an artistic shot. Diversity is key, so you’ll also want to include a mix of expressions, such as looking at the camera vs. looking away, and maybe some shots with movement, such as twirling the dress, or straightening the bowtie. It’s up to you!

3. Family Candids

These unposed, joyful shots are some of my favorites. As I mentioned previously, pictures with your family on the day of the wedding are sometimes hard to come by. For this reason alone, I always suggest that my clients have their immediate family with them while they are primping and getting ready for the big day. This is a great time to capture candid family moments that show more personality, and are often more emotional than family formals. I’ve also seen some fun parents join the bridal party for pictures on location—again another great opportunity to capture some unique and candid images with your family.

4. Wedding Party

There are many variations for this category. They may include:

  • The entire wedding party together
  • Groomsmen together
  • Bridesmaids together
  • Bride one-on-one with each bridesmaid
  • Groom one-on-one with each groomsmen

To optimize these photos, I encourage my wedding parties to have fun and be themselves. Showcasing the group’s energy and personalities are what will make your wedding party photos unique.

5. Couple Together Close Up

Of course you will want some full-length photos of you and your spouse, but don’t forget about the close ups! Think of the 5×7 frames you’ll want to fill. Have your photographer focus on your gorgeous face, hair, makeup, jewelry…and the mega-watt smile you’ll be sporting on the happiest day of your life!

6. Bride and Groom Artwork

I like to give my couples artwork rather than photos for their home. What I mean by this is a dramatic image that incorporates nature, architecture and stylization. The couple themselves may only fill 1/8th of the image; my goal here is that when people walk into your home they say, “Wow what an amazing piece of art! Oh, wait, this is your wedding??” Many couples don’t care to have their faces plastered, larger than life, all over their walls. By creating a piece of artwork, I provide my couple with the story of their day without their appearing vain or self absorbed.

7. Bride and Groom Candid

This is all about your personalities. If you are anxious and stiff on your wedding day, it will show in your pictures. I tell my couples to escape into each other. Be yourself with your new husband or wife; laugh, kiss, do what comes naturally to you! It also helps to have two photographers on hand to do this, so that the primary shooter can focus on getting the must-have and more difficult posed images, while the second shooter can “stalk” the couple for special candid moments!

Multi-international-award-winning photographer Taylor Golden counts politicians, professional athletes and celebrities among her clientele. Newly returned to Houston after a long Midwest hiatus, Golden is HOT on the wedding scene. Find out more about Taylor Golden Photography & check out her gorgeous pix right here!

Guest Post: Pro Photographer Taylor Golden on 7 Must-Have Wedding Day Photos

Photo: Taylor Golden Photography