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Brides Guide to Better Wedding Photography

March 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Getting the right photographer is important, but there are lots of things that YOU can do to ensure that your wedding photos are as good as they can be.

1. Pre-Wedding Photo shoot

Having a pre-wedding photo shoot can improve your wedding pictures more than anything else you might do. Think about it, your photographer is VERY comfortable on his end of the camera. The time you spend with your photographer in front of the camera will help you become more comfortable being the subject. Try to get to know your photographer. Have fun. Be crazy. Let’s face it; those “magazine bride photos” that you have been looking at do not happen all by themselves. They are well planned, rehearsed, and the photo that you finally see in the magazine was probably picked from hundreds of photos. The more time you spend with your photographer, the more likely it is that he will capture that one special moment that only happens once.

2. The Pose

“Chin up, a little to the left, shoulders back, stand on
one foot, hold your breath…hang on…don’t move.” Any
photographer worth his salt should be able to pose you in an
elegant and attractive position. Do you know the reason for all
these the contortions? By lifting your chin you banish the
double chin. Holding your elbows away from your body reduces the
apparent width of your torso and accentuates the bosom. Shifting
your weight to your rear foot cocks your hips into a position
that gives you a sexy curviness. There are many other little
tricks your photographer may teach you. Just listen and he will
not lead you astray.

3. Hair and Makeup

Your wedding day is not the right time to experiment with
makeup and hairstyles. Be sure to plan a separate day to have a
hair and makeup “dress rehearsal”. If you plan to wear
a headpiece, use this time to make sure that it will fit with
your hairstyle. If you plan it right, your photographer may be
available to take some formals on this day too.

4. Props

Give you photographer the tools he needs to be creative. When
ordering flowers for the wedding, be sure to order an extra
single rose, boutonniere, ribbon or other inexpensive items that
the photographer can use in your photos. Don’t forget to have a
copy of your wedding invitation that he can incorporate into the
detail shots of your big day. Photos of wedding rings with
flowers,invitation, maybe even your shoes and garter can really
add to your album.

5. The Bouquet

How should you hold a bouquet? In a single word.. DOWN!! Never
hide your thousand dollar dress with a hundred dollar bouquet.
If you’re a five foot bride, do not order a 3 foot cascading
bouquet. It’s going to be a long day. By the end of the day, you
will be wishing that your bouquet was smaller, lighter, more
durable, and maybe even artificial. And if it’s too big you may
even injure your guests during the bouquet toss.

6. Backgrounds and angles

Remember, your wedding day is all about you. Many times
complicated backgrounds in your photos distract the viewer’s
attention away from the bride and will take away from your
photographs. Keep backgrounds as simple as possible. Interesting
angles are what keeps the images of a professional photographer
from looking like the images of “Uncle Joe”. Everyone
knows what a wedding looks like from 5 feet 6. You may see your
photographer lying on the ground or climbing trees. Don’t laugh
at him. That’s why he gets paid the big bucks.

7. Lighting

When choosing your venue and time of day, keep lighting in
mind. If your wedding is outdoors, the best light happens 1-2
hours before sunset. If your wedding is indoors, try to avoid
buildings with high dark ceilings and few windows. Since natural
light will look much better in your photos, try to plan your
wedding when the room will be the brightest. By the way,
photographers hate fluorescent lights. They make you look green.

How to Plan Your Wedding Photography - 4 Steps to Memorable Wedding Pictures

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  • Barn Weddings

    There are lots of photographer nowadays. Maybe it’s so difficult to choose from them, because I believe that every photographer knows how to captured the right one.