Shoot for Perfection. How to Get the Most from your Wedding Photography

Congratulations! You’ve set your date, picked your colors, and started to make your wedding dreams a reality. While there are lots of tips about dress styles, color combinations, and cake flavors; You may not have received too many tips about how to prepare for your Wedding Day Photography. Prepare? Yes, prepare. There are quite a few ways that can help you achieve those dreamy wedding photos that you gaze over in magazines.

Now, don’t fret. This won’t feel like you’re doing the dishes.


Pick the right Photographer for YOU.

Sounds pretty simple, right? In our opinion, this is by far the most important step. Choose a photographer {or photographers} that shoot in a style that you LOVE and make you feel comfortable in front of the camera. Although budgets are an ever-critical-factor for most couples, choosing a photographer solely based on price could come back to haunt you. After all, your photos are visual representations of your memories that you’ll cherish for years to come. If your photographer offers an engagement session, take it! Your session can be more beneficial than for having great photos to show off to your families and friends; It’s a mini-training session! Don’t worry, there’s no homework involved. It’s the perfect time to learn some posing tips and most of all, get comfortable in front of the camera. We find that nearly all of our couples that have an engagement session, naturally learn how to “work it” on their big day.


Don’t Stress.

It’s your wedding day. There’s nothing left to do except enjoy it! The most flattering bride is a stress-free bride. No-one looks good with a frown, no matter how stunning your dress is.

Get Ready with Flair.

It’s a big day and getting ready for it, is kind of a big deal too. Some of our favorite photos happen during this time when there’s so much emotion and anticipation in the air. When choosing your getting ready location it’s important to keep these three S’s in mind: Space. Simple. Soft Light. Space: Make sure that you have enough room for everyone to get ready. This doesn’t need to be a huge space but crowding a room too much can make it feel… well, crowded. Keep it clean too. Bridal paraphernalia is great but trash is not.  Simple: Look for a location that has a simple and clean feel. Keep light, airy, and classic colors in mind. Soft Light: Dingy spaces produce dingy photos. After all, photographers are not magicians. If your space has poor lighting, your results may not be ideal. Natural light is best. If you can get ready in a room with nice windows, do it.


Details, Details, Details.

We cannot stress the importance of details enough. Have your details ready for your photographers when they arrive for your getting ready photos. Your dress, shoes, jewelry, garters, bouquets, and any other bridal accouterments should be readily available so they won’t be missed. Don’t forget the boys! Bow-ties, cufflinks, socks, and wedding rings are all great details to capture and can really tell your wedding day story. Your reception can also be filled with great details, from your centerpieces to your escort cards; Details can really make your wedding shine.


Give yourself Time & Space from the Paparazzi.

While many weddings stick to a relatively close schedule, it’s important to give your photographer time to capture everything just in case of delays. Unless you’ve decided to go for a first look, your formals will likely happen during your cocktail hour. With that being said, we suggest keeping your formals list down to the most important people (Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, etc.). Spending too much time on group shots with cousins & aunts could leave rushed time at the end for your first photos as newlyweds. Besides, there’s always time to get uncle Joe’s sweet moves on the dance floor! While most photographers don’t mind when your guests whip out their cameras to snap a few shots, it can become a distraction. When there are too many “photographers” snapping away, the likelihood of everyone looking at the same camera becomes slim. For this reason, it’s important to pick a location for your formal photos that is away from the majority of your guests, if possible.

So there you have it. These tips should help you get the most out of your wedding day photos and leave you with wonderful memories to cherish for years to come.

You can also find our article printed in the latest issue of Lakes Region Bride Magazine!



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