It’s your wedding day, and you want to get the best wedding photos, but how do you do that? You have been planning for and dreaming of this day for years. And your loved ones are gathering to share in your celebration of love. The dance floor is waiting, the champagne is chilled – every little detail has been tended to, and now it’s time to walk down the aisle and join forces with your one true love.
So many beautiful moments will unfold on your perfect day. From your family and friends, the sweet cake, the music, his gentle touch, the smell of fresh flowers, to the tears in his eyes, capturing it all is a must. In this post, I give you seven tips to help you get the best wedding day photos.
So let’s get to it, shall we?
Getting the best wedding photos on your wedding day takes preparation, which starts with booking the best photographer. Nevertheless, hiring the best photographer does not guarantee to get the best pictures on your wedding day.
When you hire a wedding photographer, your participation in the photo creation process is paramount. There must be mutual cooperation between you and the photographer because everything you do and wear affects the aesthetic of the images. For example, the photographer will have no control over the types and quality of your clothes or the hairstyle and makeup you choose. Nor will a photographer have any control over the location you choose!
Your photographer can make recommendations, but it will be up to you to follow them. So here are some quick tips to help you to prepare for your wedding day photos:
That’s about it for the pre-wedding day photos! Just remember to lean on your team for help.
For the most part, your wedding day photography coverage will start when you and your bridal party are getting ready. Here are a few things to be aware of to ensure that you get the best getting-ready wedding photos.
Whew! Getting beautiful wedding photos sounds like a pain in you know what :). How will you find the time to ensure all these things happen? Don’t worry! Your attendants should have your back. If I can make any suggestions here, it would be to choose your bridesmaid and groomsmen very carefully. Choose people you can depend on and keep the lines of communication open.
Ok! So you are all done up and looking and feeling radiantly beautiful. Your man or woman looks dapper, and you are both ready for your Vogue cover shots. Not so fast!!! Hopefully, before you even get to this point, you have done an engagement photo session with your photographer and have been practicing some good posture. Being in front of the camera can feel awkward if you are not a pro model, trust me, I know. That was me some years ago!
But here is a little tip that will have you camera ready in a minute: Understand that the movements are minimal when you are in front of the camera. If your photographer said a little to the right, don’t take a step to the right. Try not to focus on the photographer and the camera. Instead, focus on living in the moment. Smell the flowers, feel his gentle touch, and fall in love all over again and again! Your photographer will work their magic, and you will fall in love whenever you see those photos.
There are two options after you are fully dressed and ready. Option one is to depart to the ceremony location to get married, and option two is to do a FIRST LOOK with your love. But here is the thing! If you genuinely want to get many incredible beautiful wedding photos, consider doing a FIRST LOOK!
There is a reason why many top wedding photographers highly recommend doing a first look! Here are a few of the benefits of having a first look:
These are only a few of the benefits of doing a first look. One thing to remember is that if your ceremony is close to sunset, then it is highly recommended that you do a first look. Because you will not have enough daylight to create those beautiful newlywed pictures you have dreamed of. And this is where I will leave it for the first look!
To get some amazing wedding photos at the ceremony, consider the following:
That’s about it for getting the best wedding photos at your wedding ceremony. Just make sure you tell your photographer every little detail you plan for the ceremony so they can be prepared to capture it.
The ceremony is over, and I’m ready to party. Rock on! I’m with you, but before we can get to the party, let’s wrap up a few things before moving on.
From my experience of over ten years of photographing weddings, the officiant typically wants to have a portrait with the newlywed. Furthermore, you may need ten to fifteen minutes to sign the marriage license, which is usually a good wedding photo opportunity. Select a well-lit, uncluttered, and private area for signing the license.
If you decide not to do a first look, you must do the wedding party and family photos right after the ceremony. However, regardless of when the wedding party and family photos are created, here are some essential things that can make the process smooth and enjoyable:
Cocktail Hour Photos
The cocktail hour generally occurs after the ceremony and is a short social event. Think of it as a high-end happy hour! It is a perfect time to grab a snack and something to drink as you mingle with your guests!
Fortunately, there is little to prepare for to get the best cocktail hour photos. Most photos created during the cocktail hour will be of a canid or photojournalist style. However, if you choose not to do a first look and want to get candid shots of your guests at the happy hour, consider booking a second photographer.
Newlywed Couple’s Photos
The newlywed couple’s photo session follows the wedding party and family session. Remember that these photos will most likely be selected for your family heirloom album and wall prints for your home. Therefore you must think carefully and plan fittingly to ensure you get the best pictures. Here are a few tips to help you get the best wedding photos from the couple’s session:
After completing the couples photos session, plan to freshen up a few minutes before getting to the grand entrance. Some couples go all out to make this event a spectacular fun event with music, dancing, etc. Whatever you choose to do, please don’t forget to let your photographer know.
Often times the grand entrance is followed by the first dance. The first dance marks the first time you and your newly minted life partner dance together as a married couple. Your first dance is usually followed by the mother and son dance and the father and daughter dance.
The remainder of the night will unfold according to your planned events. Some common wedding receptions events are:
These are just a few of the many events you can incorporate into your wedding reception. But, nevertheless, don’t overdo it! In all my years photographing weddings, couples who tend to pack too many events into their reception. And always, always remember to keep your photographer informed of what will be happening during the reception!
In the end, if you get nothing else from this post, and getting the best wedding photos is a must, don’t skimp on hiring a professional wedding photographer. I promise you will not regret it. Better yet, I know a fantastic wedding photographer who is dying to talk to you! So let’s connect and start a conversation about how I can help you get your dream wedding photos!
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