How Trene’ Forbes Prepares for a Wedding


Trene’ Forbes is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Baltimore, Maryland. She’s been photographing people and events since 2010 and she absolutely LOVES her job!! She has a passion for people, travel, and all things lovely, which allows her to create amazing photographs of people around the world. She says connecting with individuals is such a blessing, and it allows her to create portraits and images that carefully reflect the true personalities of her amazing clients. Many people describe her photos as clean and modern, and she’s also known for providing an unparalleled experience for couples and families. Read on to learn how Trene’ prepares for a wedding day!

As a wedding photographer preparing for a wedding starts the moment a client has booked with me. Preparing effectively helps me to stay on top of things in order to capture all the images that my clients will love and cherish after the wedding day is over.

Bridal Guide and Communication

I send my bridal guide to my clients as this helps them learn about me and my personality and style. Since they have already booked me, I just want them to see a detailed guide in assisting them with preparing for photographs, and what we can expect from each other before and during the wedding photography process. Communication is important keeping clients informed and assuring them I am available during this process.

Engagement Sessions

Engagement sessions are another way I prepare myself and the clients. I get to know them better during our session and it helps to relieve some anxiety before wedding day. A few weeks prior to the couple’s big day I send out a detailed questionnaire, which assists with timing of the wedding day and other bits of pertinent information. I encourage my brides and groom to work with a planner or day-of coordinator, and their timeline is incorporated into my workflow.

Final Logistics

Prior to the wedding the week of I check with the clients to go over any final logistics and recap the questionnaire and timeline. I use my client management software system 17 hats to record and document every step of the wedding process.

I prepare all my gear the night before this includes cleaning my camera sensors, lenses, charge all batteries, and prepare my styling kit that I use for bride and groom prep.

Prepare Mentally

The last thing that’s important for me is to prepare mentally. I never show up to a wedding with issues. This will have an impact on my workflow. Praying and asking God for an amazing day helps me to stay focused.

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