As a wedding photographer based in beautiful Burlington, Vermont, I've had the privilege of witnessing countless love stories unfold against the backdrop of our state's stunning landscapes. Vermont, with its natural beauty and serene charm, is the perfect canvas for your love story. In this blog post, I'll share 10 valuable tips to help you prepare for your photoshoot in the Green Mountain State, ensuring that your special moments are captured in a timeless and organic style.
1. Location, Location, Location
Selecting the right location is the first step in creating a memorable photoshoot. Vermont offers a plethora of picturesque spots, from the tranquil shores of Lake Champlain to the rustic allure of covered bridges and the rolling hills of the countryside. Choose a location that resonates with your love story and the aesthetic you desire for your photos. Based out of the Burlington area, I have a long list of beautiful locations in the Burlington area and beyond that showcase the beauty of this state and the privacy and romance to be yourselves.
2. Timing is Everything
The magic of Vermont's landscape is often best captured during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset. The soft, warm light during these times adds a dreamy quality to your photographs. Plan your shoot accordingly to take advantage of these natural lighting opportunities.
3. Dress the Part
Select outfits that complement Vermont's natural beauty is an important part of preparation. Earthy tones, flowing fabrics, and classic attire often work wonders. Remember that comfort is key, as it allows you to move freely and express your love naturally. I recommend staying away from neons, flannel is awesome in moderation and want to encourage you to bring options!
4. Embrace the Seasons
Vermont's changing seasons offer unique backdrops for your photoshoot. Whether it's the vibrant foliage of fall, the pristine snowscapes of winter, or the blooming meadows of spring and summer, each season provides its own charm. Consider incorporating seasonal elements into your shoot for an extra touch of magic.
In my opinion every season in Vermont is beautiful. Depending on your vision, keeping an eye on the weather is important. Weather in Vermont is NEVER a guarantee, however, that’s part of the beauty! Leaning into magical sun rays, a terrific downpour or snow that won’t stop. Unpredictable weather events can make the photos and memories even more memorable.
5. Incorporate Personal Touches
Make your photoshoot truly personal by bringing meaningful items that tell your love story. These could be items that hold sentimental value or reflect shared interests. These personal touches add depth and authenticity to your photos.
6. Be Prepared for Vermont Weather
Vermont weather can be unpredictable, so it's essential to be prepared. Pack clothing layers to adapt to changing conditions, and consider having a backup plan for indoor locations or alternate dates in case of inclement weather.
7. Trust Your Photographer
TRUST THE PROCESS :) trusting your photographer is crucial for achieving candid and authentic shots. A strong rapport allows you to relax, be yourselves, and fully enjoy the experience. When you are looking for a photographer you should love their work, they should match your vibe and understand your vision. When you check those boxes you can ensure that your photographer will capture the essence of your love story.
8. Relax and Have Fun
The best photos often emerge when you're relaxed and having fun. Embrace the moment, laugh, and cherish each other's company. A relaxed atmosphere creates space for genuine, heartfelt moments that will be beautifully captured. I want to create a space that allows you to be yourself. All you need to do is show up and trust the process!
9. Capture the Candid Moments
Embracing a documentary style means valuing authentic, unposed moments. Don't be afraid to be yourselves and let your love shine through. These candid moments tell your unique story and create lasting memories. Don’t worry, I will be there to help guide you into places and moments that feel natural.
10. Create Lasting Memories
In the end, remember that your photoshoot in Vermont is a chapter in your love story. It's a way to freeze time and preserve the moments you hold dear. Cherish these photographs, display them proudly, and let them remind you of the love that brought you here.
I am thrilled at the opportunity to capture your love story against the breathtaking backdrop of Vermont. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your upcoming photoshoot further, please don't hesitate to reach out. I can't wait to create timeless, organic, and truly special memories with you.