Having been a part of numerous weddings, I have seen firsthand what can make or break a great wedding photo. While the main magic happens through the lens, there are a few things that you, as the couple, can consider to ensure your wedding photos come out amazing.
Let's dive right in, shall we?
Savor The First Kiss
The first kiss as a married couple is one of the most memorable moments of any wedding. It's a declaration of your love, and it's a moment that will be cherished forever. But here's the thing: it's a fleeting moment. So, my tip for you is to let your first kiss last at least 5 seconds. Not only does it allow your guests to cheer, but it also gives your photographer ample time to capture a great series of shots. By holding the kiss, we can ensure we get the perfect one for your wedding album. Remember, it's your moment – savor it!
Invest In A Beautiful Bouquet
When it comes to wedding decor and accessories, your bouquet deserves special attention. Don't be tempted to go cheap on this! A well-crafted bouquet doesn't just add to the bride's beauty but also enhances her dress and the overall aesthetic of the wedding. It acts as a beautiful prop that brings an additional layer of elegance to your photographs. I recommend finding a talented florist and giving them the artistic freedom to create a stunning arrangement that complements your wedding day colors. Trust me, the impact of a beautiful bouquet on your photos is well worth the investment.
Avoid Clutter In Your Space
The backdrop is an unsung hero in photography. A clean, uncluttered space accentuates the subjects (that's you!) and helps create more captivating photos. Therefore, take time to clean up the rooms where the wedding preparations and celebrations will take place before the photographers arrive. You'd be surprised how a misplaced water bottle or a cluttered table can distract from an otherwise perfect picture. A neat room lets us focus on what's truly important: capturing your joy and love without any distracting elements.
Plan Your Timeline
One of the best ways to ensure that your wedding photos turn out amazing is to plan your day well. A well-planned timeline allows for plenty of time to capture both posed and candid shots without anyone feeling rushed. Make sure to communicate your timeline with your photographer to ensure they know when and where they'll need to be to capture those key moments.
Consider the Lighting
Lighting plays a crucial role in photography. Natural light is generally the most flattering, so try to schedule your photoshoot during the day, if possible. For indoor settings, ensure there's ample light for the photographer to work with. Communicate with your venue to understand their lighting situation, and discuss this with your photographer to plan accordingly.
Include A First Look Session
Having a first look photo session can be a great way to capture intimate and emotional reactions. This is usually done before the ceremony, with only the couple and the photographer present. These photographs can be a beautiful addition to your wedding album, capturing raw emotions before the whirlwind of the ceremony.
If you want more information on a first look, check out our other blog on Five Fantastic Reasons to Include a 'First Look' in Your Wedding
Respect the Craft, Not the Clock
It might be tempting to squeeze in as many photo opportunities as possible into a tight timeline, after all, you want to capture every single moment, right? But here's the thing: Quality trumps quantity when it comes to wedding photography. Overstuffing your schedule can lead to unnecessary stress and potentially compromise the overall quality of the images.
Instead, grant your photographer the space and time to thoughtfully set up each shot. Leveraging their skills and techniques, they can turn every captured moment into a stunning visual narrative. Remember, each photograph is a work of art, and art can't be rushed. Trust in the process and allow your photographer the room to deliver the exceptional results you hired them for.
Trust Your Photographer
Lastly, and most importantly, trust your photographer. You’ve hired them because of their expertise, so allow them the freedom to guide you and make recommendations. They know how to make you look your best and how to capture the joy and love that you'll be feeling on your wedding day.
Your wedding day will be one of the most memorable days of your life, and these tips can help ensure that your photos reflect the beauty and happiness of the day. As always, we at Chris Withers Photography are ready and eager to help make your day extra special!
Remember, your wedding day is a reflection of you and your partner. Every little detail counts, and these tips are designed to help ensure that your wedding pictures are as beautiful and as memorable as the day itself.
And if you need help in creating those magical moments or want someone who knows how to capture them, don't hesitate to get in touch with us here at Chris Withers Photography. After all, our goal is to make your special day last a lifetime!
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