James Linkowitz Photography - Richmond,Virginia Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer
James Linkowitz is a Wedding & Family Photographer, based in Richmond Virginia, capturing the moments of love and families

Wedding Guide



I vow to always show up with my A game for you but let's be honest, we all need a little help. With some teamwork, this is how we can really take your wedding photos to the next level. 

I've created this guidebook to help share the information that I think makes a world of a difference, but remember the most important rule..... there are no rules. Shake it up and make the day yours. Are you cutting the cake because you want to, or because that's what the venue said you're supposed to do at 8:00pm? If a certain tradition doesn't resonate with you, scrap it. White dress, high heels, beef or fish? Is this what’s important?

Just make it YOU.




Consider this when choosing the location you'll get ready in. There's not much that can be done to make a dark dirty basement look beautiful.
Pick a place that has lots of space, light and minimal clutter (this goes for the guys too)! White walls and light colors work wonders. Think about the room as a blank canvas for this portion of the day. 


Lighting, lighting, lighting.

If you can, have your makeup artist set you up in front of a window. There's nothing more flattering than soft, natural light coming in through a window.

Think about what's around you where you're getting ready and remove ALL of the clutter. 




This is what it's all about. The part of the day that everything is revolved around. Time to make it official! 

I'll dive into more detailed timelines below but if you're getting married outdoors, try to avoid a mid-day ceremony where the sun is beaming down from directly above. Sweat, harsh shadows and squinting - let's avoid all that.
Golden hour is your best friend, it's those last few hours before the sun sets. Everything glows and the light hits your face just right - it's nature’s way of airbrushing you.

Going Un-Plugged

What do you want to see when you're walking down the aisle? The faces of everyone you love, not 50 iPhones and iPads held in the air. A guest leaning into the aisle to catch their own shot can really take away from that photo of your dad walking you in. 

Hard truth - A sign alone doesn't really cut it anymore. In our technology driven age, I've found that we really have to be extra bold in reminding guests to tuck their phones away. 

Have your officiant let them know that the photographer will share all the professional images with them (of course!)  It's a beautiful thing to see a full room totally connected to the ceremony - and disconnected from their screens - promise! 



Sure, it's great when it's needed, but it's my feeling that flash takes away from the ambience of a room. I want your photos to honestly represent how that moment looked through your eyes and how it felt to be there. They key to this is using only the light that is naturally available.

This is where you can help me! Make Italian String Lights (sometimes called Bistro Lights) your best friend. Candles too. I think I would die of happiness if I walked in and saw a head table just decked out in candles. Want to win my eternal love? Now you know the key!  

Light your room up with a warm, natural glow - the more the better!



At the end of the day, it's about the two of you and your guests. It's about celebrating your love and commitment to each other and maybe throwing one hell of a party.

Ask yourself, are you copying Pinterest boards or following the cookie-cutter bridal magazine checklist? What decisions are you making because someone told you that was 'the norm'. Forget the norm.

Kick your shoes off, switch it up, break some traditions and create new ones. 

I can't wait to capture it all for you.