Your wedding is the biggest day of your life. You enter into a covenant with another person to explore your world together. Your wedding photographs should be some of the most powerful pictures you have ever taken.
- Outdoor Lights and Shadows are Powerful
Whether or not your wedding takes place outside, your photos should include outdoor scenes. The bride and groom always look amazing in the combination of light and shadow from the sun and trees. If your entire wedding is indoors, consider using your “First Look” photo session to get a few images in a picturesque garden.
- Family Connection through Touch
Skin-to-skin contact is necessary. You should have many photos of holding hands, kissing your partner, and dancing in each other’s arms. The human brain feels good on physical touch. Show a lot of this in your wedding album, and it will always look good.
- Intimate Moments in a Hidden Corner
Sometimes, the bride and groom have to sneak off to a hidden corner for some privacy. This beauty and intimacy of these moments should be caught on camera. With or without formal attire, the husband and wife should take pictures whispering together.
This adds a new dynamic to your wedding album. These photos make the ceremony seem personal and deeply meaningful. They also highlight the couple above all of the guests.
- The Dance Scene
You should always have at least one good dance scene in your photo album. This showcases the love and laughter between you and your spouse. It is warm and personable. If you have many ordinary photos, a good dance scene can highlight your entire wedding album.
You can plan a dance scene before or during the wedding. Different photography sessions give you different options. If you love laughter, you might plan ahead and show off a giggle session with your spouse. If you are more serious, a pre-wedding session may help you feel more in control of the entire process.
- “First Look” Photo Sessions are God’s Gift to Brides
In your “first look” photo session, you and your wedding party dress up in your formal clothing. The photographer stages different pictures for you. These are well-planned and look great. This way, you have perfect pictures, no matter what. Even if your wedding photos don’t turn out right, you still have your “first look” pictures.
Sometimes, a bride wants to surprise her husband with her dress. The surprise and love on his face are priceless. Often, a bride would like this look captured when she starts to walk down the aisle. However, these moments are fleeting, may not be captured, and may not look as you expected. This article talks about the pros and cons of doing a “first look” photo session. Real brides and grooms talk about their experiences with the session or deciding against it.
You know your heart. You also know that certain memories last forever. For some people, the wedding altar experience is more important than the pictures. For some, a few photos can carry the memory forever.
- Know Your Angles
Whether you plan ahead or take pictures spontaneously, you should know the angles of your body, face, and neck. Do you take pictures a lot? Are you camera-shy? Unless you are a professional model, you will need to joke around with your girlfriends and get a lot of different candid photos of yourself.
Look through them and figure out which angles suit you best. Often, children, teens, and adults look good from different angles. If an angle suited you in grade school, you might need an updated opinion.
- The “Divine Chapel” Look
This photo is often done during your “first look” photo session. However, it can be done at any time. This is when the bride (or couple) stands alone in the chapel. Light from an upper or side window highlights your figure and look of contemplation.
Many brides look down and hold their flower bouquet at their side. This shows the contemplative look that suits “divine chapel” photos so well. A lighter version of this is a bride looking out a daylight window from a dark room. This is less thoughtful in nature, though.
- Laughter Smooths the Lines
Your photographer should get a lot of photos of laughing guests. Laughter smooths wrinkles. If your wedding day was stressful (or went badly), laughter in your photos will smooth out the day. Tell jokes during the rehearsal dinner and take plenty of photos during this time.
- Variety Will Fill Your Photo Album
A good photographer will have many different types of photos for you. He or she will prepare action and still photos for your album. They will capture the ceremony, the preparation, and the departure. Your “first look” photo session will add depth, intimacy, and personality to the mix.
If you are lackadaisical about photos, allow your professional to do all the work for you. Show up, follow the instructions, and wait for the pictures to arrive in a few weeks. You will be glad that you were a team player after you do this. Professional photographers always give you plenty of variety.
- Guests Should be Allowed to Take Pictures
Some brides and grooms detest the “iPhone wedding” look. These pictures show people holding up their phones. Some couples feel that this detracts from the beautiful photographs they would have had. However, it does the opposite.
If you have “iPhone wedding” pictures, it makes you look famous and popular. In addition to this, your guests will often share perfect photos on social media. Some of these photos are perfect for your album. Often, guests capture pictures that a photographer missed or angled badly. You should always allow guests to take pictures with cameras and phones.
Your wedding day draws near! If you are anywhere near Brisbane, Australia, we have shown you pictures from the noted photographer Porfyri Photography. Visit their website and look through the wedding photos. Porfyri would love to capture your next event!