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The Essential Wedding Day Kit For Photographers

March 29, 2016


Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer Nicki Metcalf Photography_0564

If you read my post last week you’ll remember we talked about the Essential Wedding Day Kit for Brides. Today, I have pulled everything out from my kit  that is going to help YOU out to give your clients the most gorgeous pictures! These items will also help you in tricky situations where your mind goes blank. *Eh hem* you know photographers, those times where you can’t find a spot to lay the details or hang the dress?? I got some answers for you!

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SCISSORS – Sometimes you need to cut stuff! Scissors are perfect for cutting some greenery to add to your invitation suite!

WOODEN HANGER – Wooden hangers are much classier then metal hangers so always have some on hand. I normally bring a set so I have them if I want to hang the bridesmaids dresses too.

For Photographers Wedding Essential Kit Nicki Metcalf Photo Richmond Virginia Wedding PhotographerCOMMAND HOOK – This guy is a life saver!! This will save you so much time when looking for a place to hang the dress. No place to hang a dress, MAKE A PLACE. BOOM.

SILK RIBBON – This is great for tying the invitation suite together and creating leading lines in your images.

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CLOTH – It is so darn hard to find something to lay the invitation suite on, am I right? A neutral cloth,  or same color palette as your bride’s colors is awesome to have on hand!

CLIFF BARS – You will, I REPEAT, you WILL get hungry. Always keep some extra yum yums in your bag for you or your second shooter. You can’t do your best unless your are fueled!

WATER BOTTLES – Holy moly HYDRATE! Yes, as photographers, we are constantly going. You need this. – No really. This is not in the picture but we don’t buy these unless it’s the wedding day.

My kit is always growing! I would love to hear what you have in your kit! With these items in your Essential Wedding Day Kit you are bound to get gorgeous pictures!!



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I see the beauty in imperfect things. As a Christ-follower, faith is central to my life, work, and connections. I am fueled by joy, known for my bubbly and sunny disposition, and always with a warm hug. Imperfect beauty inspires my love for all things vintage, abstract art, and real love stories. I love moments full of grit and emotion; life off the beaten path; stunning views along the shore; and the juxtaposition of New York grunge and laid back Cali-vibe. 

As a mother of two, I am very familiar with how quickly life’s most important moments fly by too quickly. I will calmly and seamlessly guide you through frames that will endure. I strive to capture your memories with one-of-a-kind images full of meaning. I cannot wait to connect with you! 

I bring all of these elements to my time with my couples. With over a decade of experience in the industry, I know how to gently guide you through poses that are natural and beautiful. The transition into this sentence doesn’t make sense. Throughout your day, you will feel the love from those there to celebrate
 you two. 
When I’m not photographing weddings, I enjoy long walks in the neighborhood with my husband, my kiddos Tuxie and Sunny, and my labradoodle Hokie.. Also, I am a huge dog-lover! I’m pretty sure heaven is full of dogs. I can’t wait to connect with you, and yes, your pup is always welcome here! 


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