Wedding Photography Tips

Photography Pointers

Your wedding photos are the single most important thing for immortalizing your wedding. When your memories start to fade your wedding photos will remain to remind you of the wonder and beauty of your special day. But how valuable will your wedding photos be if they're dull, or worse, terrible? Some wedding photographers are better than others - they will have no problem suggesting different shots. Others will need some help. For those photographers that have asked you for suggestions, here are a few:

Still life photos: a picture of the wedding dress on its hanger, or the groom's tuxedo hung beside his baseball uniform and the decorated, but empty, reception site provides a stark contrast to the excitement of the wedding. These moving photos help evoke many emotions experienced by the couple on their wedding day.

Special group shots: arrange some of the photos by specific groups: bridesmaids, groomsmen, multi-generational (great-grandmother to great-grandchild), entire group, etc.

Photo corner: have the photographer set up a special "photo corner" at the reception site (think the photo corner at your high school prom). Guests can have their photo taken against a fun backdrop. Ask for doubles of the photo - you keep a set and the other you send to guests in the thank you cards.

Location, location, location: have your photographer scout out interesting or scenic locations for the photos. This can be a pretty garden, a river or lake, or local landmark. An old building with dramatic architecture can also provide a great backdrop - think sweeping staircases and elegant archways.

Keep it local: the photo location should ideally be no more than 30 minutes from either the ceremony location or reception site (depending on whether photos are before or after the ceremony). The further the distance the greater the chance of the wedding party being late or something going wrong.

Keep it natural: instead of a line up, which looks stiff, arrange photo participants into little groups. Use the location for help - the church stairs, the garden benches, a dock at the beach may offer plenty of opportunities for natural poses.

Get candid shots: have the photographer take a picture just before or after formal shots - everyone will be smiling naturally and feeling relaxed. Also have the photographer rove inconspicuously among the guests taking photos of everyone eating, laughing and dancing.

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