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Helpful Tips For Working With A New York City Elopement Photographer

Helpful Tips For Working With A New York City Elopement Photographer

New York is bustling, hustling and buzzing. It can be overwhelming to tie the knot in one of the densest metropolitans on Earth, especially if you’re not acquainted with the area. But, if you’ve hired a New York City elopement photographer, they can be an incredible resource not only for any preliminary questions you may have, but on your big day as well. Trusting your elopement photographer to help navigate the city and to find the best locations to adventure to will pay off once you see the beautiful memories they’ve captured in the city that never sleeps.

Navigating NYC

The first thing you need to know about New York City is that it takes far longer to get anywhere than you may estimate. Even if Google maps tells you it will be an hour to get somewhere, that doesn’t include walking time to get there, train delays, alternate routes you may have to take, traffic and a number of other factors. We suggest you leave at least a half hour earlier than you think you should to get anywhere; it’ll take the stress out of arriving late for your big day! Ask your New York City elopement photographer where the best location to meet will be. Chances are, they’ll have a handful of landmarks to guide you to your meeting point, that way you don’t end up getting lost (or going in circles). 

Bring Proper Footwear

Even if you have a driver or rent a personal car, you’ll still be walking a lot of places. If you’re considering heels or some other shoe that may not be the most comfortable, bring a pair of flats or a shoe that won’t irritate your feet. Chat with your New York City elopement photographer to see just how much walking you’ll be doing so you can come prepared on the big day. We suggest bringing a small canvas bag or backpack with you on your wedding day to place anything else that you may need with you, such as your wallet, your phone, or a shawl if the weather calls for chillier temps. If you have guests, task them with being in charge of holding your valuables, that way, you have one less thing to think about. 

The Hours You Book Includes Travel Time

Not every elopement photographer is the same, but as a general rule, the amount of time you’ve hired them for includes the amount of time it takes to travel from one spot to the next. If you’re eager to hit multiple places in New York City for images, look up distances online to get an idea of just how much traveling you’ll be doing. If you’re dying for images at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Central Park and The New York City public Library, that’s going to a big chunk of time out of your day to get to each location. Discuss the notable landmarks or places in New York City that you really want to visit with your photographer, that way he or she can give you a head’s up as to what’s possible within the time frame you have them booked for.

Think About The Sunlight

Please keep in mind that in New York City, sunlight shifts and changes with the season. In the summer, you can have great lighting up until 7 pm, but in the winter, you can lose light by 4 pm. The city skyline is incredibly beautiful, but tall buildings tend to block sunrise and sunset more than it would if you were somewhere with open land. Ask your New York City elopement photographer when the most optimal time for lighting is on your ceremony date. Chances are, they can steer you in the right direction and help you choose a ceremony time that allows for dreamy, warm lighting.

Article written by karen norian
Karen Norian is a writer, editor, and content strategist. Her work has been featured in many publications, including INSIDER, Travel & Leisure magazine, and Elite Daily. Her work as a wedding photographer has led her to Simply Eloped, where she has been working since early 2019.
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