Even if you do not have a designated wedding photographer already lined up you can pretty much expect that someone in attendance will snap some of the ‘old standard’ pictures. You know the type of photos we are talking about- the first kiss, the bouquet toss, the flower girl and ring bearer…these are the usual pictures that every photographer (professional, amateur or enthusiastic guest) are going to attempt to record.
While some of the amateur pictures will have varying degrees of success there are some pointers you can use to help bring new light and life to each and every photo. Just remember that most of the fun will be in the unexpected moments and the candid shots which make good wedding pictures so don’t try to micromanage every single detail.
If you have someone available who is already familiar with photography they can help by providing you with the ‘back-up’ that you need. Ask their advice, listen to their input and also check out some of these tips for taking good wedding pictures if you want to have some fantastic ‘wedding shots’ to look at when you return from your honeymoon.
There are always wedding photos that will be traditional in nature, and then there are the ones that are highly posed. These include pictures of the family, the bridal party and the cutting of the cake. While most of these will be ‘shots’ that are staged you can feel free to encourage some less formal photo-ops that are not as highly structured in nature.
Real Life Pictures Make Good Wedding Pictures
One of the tips for taking good wedding pictures is that you need to make certain that your photo album is going to include a large number of ‘real life’ moments. These are what help make your wedding truly memorable in the future. Don’t insist on perfection in each photo, remember that amateurs are helping you create a wedding scrapbook that you will be able to keep and enjoy for the rest of your married life.
Some of the best wedding pictures are those that have not been staged and orchestrated to the Nth degree. The bride and groom will not have the opportunity to take pictures but you might want to cue someone if you see a ‘special photo moment’ taking place.
More Tips For Getting Good Wedding Pictures
1. Use digital cameras, disposable cameras, and the professional 35-50 mm cameras. The wider the selection of equipment the better chance you will have some good wedding pictures to enjoy.
2. Outdoor settings create beautiful backdrops for wedding pictures. Take advantage of these natural surroundings.
3. Try to avoid too many group shots and concentrate on individuals in most of your pictures.
4. Choose a primary focus for your picture.
5. Make sure you have enough extra batteries and photography accessories to last through the ceremony service and reception.
6. Avoid the glare of the sun when taking pictures. Don’t be afraid to experiment with flash photography.
7. Remain as unobtrusive as possible when taking the majority of wedding photos.
8. The pictures of a wedding should include traditional staged settings and lots of candid shots as well.
9. Disposable cameras can be placed on each table and guests encouraged to use them.
10. If you see a window of opportunity for a great photo op-go for it!
Discuss some of these suggestions with anyone who is going to be involved in your wedding pictures. Yes, even your uncles, cousins and friends.
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