A Guide to Great Wedding Photos

Your wedding day is the day you have dreamed of your entire life. And part of those dreams probably included an idea of how you would look on your wedding day. Here are some tips to help you look your very best in your wedding photos.

Talk to Your Photographer. Communicating with your photographer is critical to being happy with your photography. Share your vision of what your wedding day photos should look like with your wedding photographer. Make suggestions for location, posing or unique photo ideas so that your photographer is able to meet your expectations.

Make a Shot List. Your photographer will work with you to develop a wedding photography plan. Before speaking with your photographer, it may be helpful to look at bridal magazines for photos that have the look or feel you would like for your wedding day images. This will allow you to easily share your inspiration with your photographer. He or she can then advise you on the best way to achieve your photography goals by helping you to prioritize your shot list. Remember, this is your wedding day so it may be best to limit the number of group shots you want to allow the photographer adequate time to focus on pictures of the bride and groom.

Communicate with your fiancé and bridal party. If one of you is more passionate about wedding pictures than the other, make sure you all understand the importance to each other. If you are not on the same page about photography preferences or importance, others could appear disinterested in the process, which may cause frustration. Share your photography plan with your fiancé and bridal party so that everyone has a clear idea about your expectations and is ready to cooperate.

Practice the poses you love. Once you have identified the type of wedding pictures you love, practice the body positions from the images. If you are able to position yourself in a similar way, your wedding photographer will have to provide less direction, lending to more natural photography. If you like wedding photos of couples dipping or the groom lifting the bride, it might be a good idea to get your fiancé involved in the practice also.

Relax. It can be a bit intimidating at first to have a photographer focused entirely on you. Sometimes this causes couples to become a bit guarded – and it can show in your posture and personality, resulting in stiff and unnatural wedding photos. Select a wedding photographer with a portfolio you love and a personality you enjoy and then be yourself. When you act naturally, your wedding photographer is able to capture candid moments, genuine emotion and the real you.

Allow Extra Time. On your wedding day, time seems to move quicker and small tasks take longer. If you feel stressed, it will how in your pictures. Build time into your wedding day schedule that allows you to savor each moment, rather than rushing past them.

Most importantly, have fun. The best gift you can give yourself is to hire a great photographer who works with you and sees your vision your way. You have been planning this day for months, even years, once it finally arrives, relax and enjoy it – and your wedding photos will show it!

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