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Wedding Photo Pro-Tips for Brides & Wedding Planners

Pro-Tips for Brides: How to Get the Best Wedding Photos – Straight from an Experienced Wedding Photographer

Your wedding day is a momentous occasion filled with love and cherished memories. To ensure every moment is flawlessly captured, a skilled wedding photographer steps in with their camera and artist’s eye to preserve the magic. However, capturing perfect wedding photos requires more than just pointing and shooting. In this blog post, an experienced wedding photographer shares a treasure trove of pro-tips. Whether you’re a couple seeking advice to make your photos stand out or a wedding planner, this is the place for you. From pre-wedding preparations to capturing the ceremony and reception, we’ll explore insights, and practical tips born out of years of experience.


Pre-Ceremony

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  1. To ensure flawless wedding photos, schedule your hair and makeup session 3-4 hours prior to the ceremony, or before the photographer’s arrival. If there are delays, prioritize the bride’s styling to avoid rushing and maintain the day’s schedule. Remember, save the mothers’ hair and makeup for last, as they’re usually needed for photos towards the end.
  2. Designate a specific area for clutter and assign someone to tidy up the bridal suite or getting ready space before the photographer arrives. This ensures that your candid getting ready photos capture the essence of your special day without any distractions.
  3. Prioritize intimate candid moments between the bride and groom by opting for a first look or first touch. Explore our dedicated blog post on this topic: Wedding Day Pros & Cons of a First Look

The Wedding Ceremony

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  1. Opt for fabrics that photograph beautifully and avoid plastic-like materials that can appear unflattering in photos. Additionally, steer clear of neon or overly bright colors near faces to ensure stunning photography results.
  2. If extended family members are required for post-ceremony portraits, kindly remind them to stay put after the ceremony. This ensures a smooth and efficient process, allowing you to arrive promptly at your reception and enjoy your celebration to the fullest.
  3. For outdoor ceremonies, consult your photographer to determine the optimal lighting conditions and timing. Doing so will avoid harsh shadows, unflattering highlights, and squinty eyes by timing your ceremony appropriately.
  4. Make your first kiss unforgettable by opting for a lingering kiss or two short kisses during the ceremony. You can also consider sharing a kiss halfway down the aisle to capture all your guests in the shot. For stunning photos, remember to walk slowly back down the aisle.

The Reception

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  1. Choose the natural beauty of your venue over pipe and drape backdrops for your cake display. Pipe and drape setups often struggle to accommodate the entire wedding party and tend not to photograph well.
  2. Utilize DJ spotlights to enhance your first dances, creating a captivating backdrop with up-lighting effects behind you. This simple and budget-friendly addition adds to the ambiance effortlessly. However, steer clear of laser lights as they can be unflattering and may affect the quality of your photographer’s shots.
  3. Consider alternatives to sparklers for your send-off, as they can be dangerous and challenging to coordinate. Cold sparkers, bubbles, and flower petals offer safe and beautiful options that translate wonderfully in photos.
  4. Kick up your reception with a soul train for lively and flattering dancing photos. It’s a fantastic activity for guests and guarantees unique and fun snapshots that capture the spirit of the celebration.

Wrapping Up

In conclusion, as we wrap up this blog post filled with pro-tips tailored to make your wedding day unforgettable, we hope you feel inspired and empowered to capture the best photos on your special day. By following the advice of experienced photographers, you can create a timeless collection of images that will transport you back to the joy and beauty of your wedding. Embrace the unexpected, communicate openly with your photographer, and cherish the little details and genuine emotions that make your wedding uniquely yours.  Your wedding day is an extraordinary experience, and through skillful photography, you can preserve its magic for generations to come.

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