You’ve got the outfit, the flowers are on order, and you’ve secured your food and date at Tribeca Rooftop + 360° in NYC. Now it’s time to select the photographer and prepare for your event photos, but not just any photographer will do. You need someone who can evoke the look and feel you’re going for. After all, these aren’t just pictures, but heirlooms you will hand down for generations.

Believe it or not, prepping for your event photography and booking your photographer actually takes a little legwork on your part, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are some tips for preparing yourself (and your venue!) for event photos.

Vet Your Photographer

Perhaps the easiest and most important way to select your photographer is to view photos they’ve taken of other events like yours. Do you like their style? Their use of filters? Do you prefer posed photos or photojournalistic-style photos? Or is there something you like that you can’t quite put your finger on? No matter the reason, make sure you’re a fan before you put down a deposit, because no matter how in-demand a photographer is, if they don’t evoke the right emotions in you, you most likely won’t be satisfied with your photos.

Another great tip for selecting a photographer? See if they’ve photographed your venue before? This can show you creative shots they’ve taken with the space, how they’ve worked with the lighting, and even simply that they know where they’re going on your big day!

Check the Lighting

You don’t need to be a lighting expert to know if a venue has bad lighting, or to want good lighting for your special day. That’s why it’s helpful to find a venue with good lighting, or with an in-house audio visual team that can help you design a lighting scheme that will cast your photos in the best lighting possible. It may be best to coordinate with your photographer on this endeavor, so that they can advise you and the AV team on what kind of lighting should be for the best lighting outcome possible. At Tribeca Rooftop + 360° in NYC, we have our own in-house audio visual team, AV Workshop, who is intimately familiar with our layout and can help you design the perfect lighting for your event.

Hair and Makeup

Planning your hair and makeup for your big day is fun! But you also want to look good in your photos, so it’s important to make good decisions when choosing your look. Sometimes sparkly or heavy makeup doesn’t translate well, and trendy looks can look dated in photos years down the road. Coordinate with your wedding photographer about which types of makeup photograph best, and make sure your makeup and hair stylists know that you will be photographed in either natural light or which type of artificial lighting you will be using. This will allow them to find the perfect type of makeup to enhance your beauty without making your makeup be too obvious in your photos.

For a special event venue that’s always ready for its closeup, please contact Tribeca Rooftop + 360° today!