Top Tips for Awesome Wedding Photos
#1 - FIND THE LIGHT.
Photography is all about light, both the quality and the amount of it available. Natural light is awesome, so shoot outside whenever you can. When shooting indoors, choose locations with big windows that let in lots of natural light.
Avoid fluorescent lights whenever possible, because sometimes they can cause strange skin tones.
#2 - MAKE A TIMELINE.
Great photography takes time! Before the wedding day, work with your photographer to create a timeline for the wedding day, making sure you leave some wiggle room in case things run late. This will make sure you have enough time for the events that are most important to you on your wedding day without feeling rushed because your hair appointment went late, or you forgot to leave time to eat lunch.
#3 - MAKE AN EMERGENCY KIT.
Because you never know when you might need some emergency items on the wedding day!
A few ideas to get you started: needle and thread, touch up items for hair and makeup, granola bars, straws (so the bride doesn't mess up her lipstick), deodorant, stain remover pen, baby powder, sunscreen, tissues, hand warmers for winter weddings, medicine for headaches or upset stomach, lint roller, and of course breath mints or gum.
#4 - CONSIDER HAVING A FIRST LOOK.
Seeing each other before the ceremony is a very effective way to make sure you have enough time for photos on your wedding day. After the first look, you can finish most of your bridal party and bride + groom portraits before the ceremony, which means your guests won't have to wait long for you to arrive at the reception!
The first look is a very special event between the bride and groom. Pick a gorgeous spot and you will create an amazing, intimate moment between the two of you that will be treasured forever. Images from the First Look are always crowd favorites!
#5 - SHOW OFF YOUR IMAGES.
The best way to display your images is with beautiful, tangible products you can display throughout your home and office. Think about what color of leather album you might want for your coffee table, or how many canvas prints you want hanging in your living room, or what size framed print you want sitting on your office desk.
Set aside some of your photography budget for these products, or even create a registry for photography products to make sure you get what you really want!
#6 - TAKE CARE OF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER.
Wedding days are long and can be tough for everyone, including your photographer. It's super nice when clients provide a seat AND a meal at the reception, because sometimes that's the first time your photographer will get to sit down all day!
#7 - THINK ABOUT WHERE YOU'RE GETTING READY.
Big windows that let in lots of natural light are awesome for prep photos. Set the hair and makeup chairs facing the window(s) for lots of beautiful window light.
Also try to avoid clutter as much as possible. If you're getting ready in a hotel room, try to stash most of your stuff in another room or somewhere that won't be visible in photos. Great photographers can do a lot to make a room look better, but we can't hide everything!
#8 - ASK YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER FOR INPUT.
When you hire an experienced, professional wedding photographer, you should trust their input on the wedding day, including the timeline, flow of events, etc. Unless you are a fellow wedding professional, your wedding photographer likely has experienced more weddings than you have! As such, they will have lots of input about what things work well and what things might not.
#9 - PLAN FOR BAD WEATHER.
As much as we don't want to admit it, bad weather is always a possibility during a wedding. Rain, snow or wind are all things that can seriously affect your wedding photography, if you don't have a plan. Keep your eyes on the weather leading up the wedding. Consider purchasing matching shawls or blankets for the bridesmaids in case it's cold or windy - trust me, brides and bridesmaids can get grumpy SUPER fast when it's chilly outside 😃 If it looks like rain, you might purchase a set of umbrellas for the party (make sure they match or look good together!) so you'll at least be able to tolerate some light rain.
In the event of a downpour, you should probably plan a backup indoor or covered location for the portrait session. And if it's hot, keep bottled water or even personal "spritzer" fans handy to help stay cool.
#10 - TRUST YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER'S CREATIVE VISION.
Just like you don't tell your auto mechanic how to fix your car, you should trust your wedding photographer to create amazing images similar to what you see on their website.
Pinterest is great for getting ideas and being inspired, but please, please, PLEASE don't just give your photographer a Pinterest board and tell them to create those images. You hired your photographer to CREATE image and ideas, not RE-CREATE someone's else's idea! Your photographer will be able to create their best possible work if they are able to work within their own creative vision and style during your wedding.
#11 - HAVE FUN AND BE ROMANTIC.
This might seem obvious, but you'd be surprised how often brides and grooms can get so overwhelmed with all the details of the wedding day that they forget how fun it is to get married. Seriously, don't be a Debbie Downer - especially not if you want your wedding photos to be awesome! If you're relaxed, and having fun, that will show in your images.
During the portrait session, pull out every romantic trick in your playbook. Dance spontaneously. Whisper sweet nothings. Snuggle in close. Be cute together. If you do these things, amazing photos are guaranteed!
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