Photography Tips for Your Wedding

Your wedding photos tell an important story. They capture the romance, laughter, and joy shared on your wedding day. Work in sync with your photographer to create the perfect timeline for your album by following these easy tips.

Commination is key.
Before your wedding day, meet with your photographer to clearly communicate your vision. Do you imagine photos full of guests celebrating on the dance floor with you? Would you rather focus on the romance and the sweet moments shared with your new hubby? Perhaps you prefer a mix of both. Some brides choose candid shots over the formally staged moments. Wherever your preferences lie, be clear in your communication. It helps when all parties are on the same page.

Focus on the big moments.
While it is important to capture small moments throughout the day (like the ten-year-old romance that bloomed on the dance floor) let your photo album highlight the big events. Determine the top four or five elements where you want your photographer to shift focus. It could be saying your vows, cutting the cake, the first dance, throwing the bouquet, or the heart-felt toast before dinner. Whatever moments you choose, assign a feature page in your album to showcase these actions. Forming a fluid story is easier to follow than a book of scattered photos.

Mix it up.
Wherever your preferences lie, be sure to include a little variety. Even if you prefer the candid shots, do not miss the opportunity to incorporate a formal family picture while everyone is together.  Your photographer is a professional with the knowledge and experience to catch the irreplaceable moments of your day. Trust their creative abilities. You will be pleased with an assortment of memories.

Choosing The Best Look for Your Wedding Day

Hair up or down? Natural nails or flashy pink? Choosing your wedding day look does not have to be daunting.  If you are in the process of finding the right style, here are some tips to get the creative beauty juices flowing.

Think about how you want to be remembered in your photos.
When choosing your best look, this should be the most important question.  You will return to your wedding album to spark joyful memories for years to come. Take time to over the next week to reminisce with old photos and make beauty decisions based on your reaction to various looks.  Consider makeup, hairstyles, clothing choices, and so on. Then start asking questions like, “Do I photo better with an updo or a more natural, flowing hairstyle?” “Do I prefer pictures with makeup that creates a statement or more subtle tones?” If you find it hard to settle, grab a trusted friend and a camera to create your own photo shoot. Take as many photos as possible with as many looks as you can create. Have fun!

Let your venue be a guide.
If you are tying the knot in an upscale ballroom, opt for a formal hairstyle with accessories and makeup that suit the ambiance. However, if you have opted for a beach wedding, a fancy updo may not hold up well with wind and humidity (no matter how much hairspray you use). An outdoor wedding in the summer heat is also not the best place to layer heavy makeup. Consider the elements of your surroundings before each beauty decision you make.

Consider the time of day.
Yes, the time of day you tie the knot should make a difference in your look.  Bright lights in the morning or midday may not be the best time for a bold makeup statement. However, dim lighting through the evening hours is perfect for adding an extra touch.  Bold makeup or hair may also seem out of place for an early ceremony. A good rule of thumb is to air on the lighter side early in the day.

If you are interested in getting help from the professionals, here is a list of beauty appointments you may want to schedule before the big day.