After spending months planning the perfect wedding, you want your wedding photos to reflect just how beautiful and precious the day was. Because your wedding photos are so meaningful, you want to be sure that you end up with the absolute best pictures possible. Here are five tips to help you take wedding photos that you are sure to love.
Do Your Research
The key to magnificent wedding photos is a photographer who can capture the essence of who you are as a couple. Meet in person with potential photographers to get a feel for their style and personality. Wedding experts suggest that most couples spend an average of eight hours with their wedding photographer, so you want to be absolutely positive that the photographer you choose is someone you can easily see yourself working with for long amounts of time. Once you have found a photographer you love, ask for references and call couples who have used the photographer's services previously. Your wedding photographs will serve as a reminder that the time it takes to research photographers is well worth it.
Plan an Engagement Session
Many wedding photographers offer an engagement session as part of the wedding package and this is an opportunity that you should take advantage of. There are several reasons that an engagement photography session will benefit you and your photographer on the day of the wedding. First, you and your fiancé get to spend some time in front of the camera, which is important as it can be difficult for some people to relax and act natural when in front of a lens. Plus, it's beneficial to the photographer to spend some time with you as a couple to see how you interact. The more you and your photographer know each other and are comfortable around each other, the more special your wedding photos will be.
Discuss the Venue and Lighting Beforehand
An important factor when considering wedding photos is the venue and the lighting available at that venue. Wedding photographers are highly skilled and can take amazing pictures with minimal lighting, but natural light truly helps to enhance the beauty of your photos. If you want bright, almost ethereal photographs then be sure to plan your wedding portraits for a time of day when there is a large amount of natural light. It may sound trivial, however, the location of your wedding and the time of day do have a large impact on the resulting wedding photos.
Make Time for Wedding Photos
It can be difficult to plan to spend time away from your wedding guests, but it is critical to carve out some time on your wedding day to spend as a couple getting your pictures taken. Many couples choose to have a photographer capture time spent getting ready prior to the wedding, but it can be a little tricky to find time once the ceremony begins. A few options to make a bit of time available is to arrive at the ceremony location before the guests and take pictures then, or to make use of smaller chunks of time after the ceremony.
Ultimately, you want your wedding photos to be a reflection of who you and your fiancé are as a couple. Bring props or important items and include these in your photos to truly make your pictures as unique as you two are. Props can also be used to help segue into more intimate poses and help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera.