Tips and tricks to get the amazing wedding pictures you’ve always dreamed of

People say that your wedding photos and video are one of the only things that you get to take away from your big day and to a certain extent that is true. You may end up with a few objects to hang onto, but when you want to show your kiddos what your big day was like, you will most likely rely on the pictures and videos to tell the story. That is the beautiful thing about photography; capturing your moments, big and small so that they are never forgotten. With that being said, being a wedding photographer, I have learned a few tips and tricks along the way that you can steal to make your wedding photos the best they possibly can be. Whether you are a classic bride, a backyard bride, or a relaxed bride, these tips are for you.

Cleanliness is key

This is one of my favorite tips because it is so simple. We have all seen those adorable pictures of the bride and groom getting ready for their big moment with all of their loved ones. They can be so cute and fun. Right up until someone leaves their leftover brunch on the vanity which is in every shot of the bride putting on her makeup. Talk about a buzz kill, right? It sounds so silly but keeping things clean can make a huge difference in how your pictures turn out. You guys remember the Game of Thrones coffee cup incident, right? It was kind of a national scandal, OVER A STARBUCKS CUP. I know, this example may seem a little bit extra, but it is the same basic idea. 

While it is important to keep your whole venue tidy, I find that this problem is more common in the area where the bridal party gets ready. With so much going on in one space, it can be tough to manage keeping this area clean, but I promise it is worth it. Clean= simple gorgeous photos and what more could you want. 

Set yourself up for success

Speaking of the area where you will get glammed up for your big moment, let’s talk about it a little bit more. The area where you put on your makeup before you walk down the aisle is so much more than that. It is the place where you will get ready for the moment you’ve been planning for. I don’t just mean getting ready in the sense of makeup or hairspray. These are your last moments before you marry your love. They are filled with laughs with your best friends, happy tears with your loved ones, and so much more. These are moments that you are going to want to remember for the rest of your life. There are a few things you can do to make sure these moments are captured exactly how you want to remember them.

The first thing is to make sure that you chose a room with good lighting. The small details are the ones you will want to remember, and crappy lighting won’t allow that to be possible. What is the best lighting, you ask? Lots of light, for starters. Also, natural light. Chose a room to get ready where there is plenty of natural light and I promise your photographer will love you forever. This lighting will give you the gorgeous photos you are hoping for. The next thing you can do is make sure that your timeline allows for these moments to exist. I am going to talk more about timelines a little later but as a general rule, try not to underestimate how much time you will need to get ready. You will want to have plenty of time to have those special moments. Lastly, read my first tip again because there is nothing worse than having your photos ruined by something simple. 

Keep it simple

With weddings these days, it can be so easy to go overboard. There are so many creative people out there doing amazing things for their big day, it isn’t hard to fall in love with a bunch of different ideas. That’s okay, you should love a bunch of different ideas because they are amazing and beautiful! But it doesn’t mean you should have all of those ideas at your wedding. Too much of a good thing is not a good thing. It may seem tough to make decisions but here are a few tips to help you along the way. 

First off, choosing a color scheme, one that you love, is so important. These are the colors that you are going to coordinate everything with. The bridal party’s attire, the center pieces, all of it. It is important that you love it so you will want to stick to it. If you are lukewarm about your colors, it will be hard to stick to them and then you might end up with mismatched wedding décor. The next thing is to try to make one decision and stick to it. I know it will be tempting to add something extra to your centerpieces or change the table cloths to something a little more fun but try to resist! When you choose to include too many colors or textures it can be overwhelming. It is hard to get amazing pictures when there are so many different things going on. A lot of times, brides don’t realize they’ve overdone it until they see it in their pictures and by then it is too late. Rule of thumb: keep it clean, keep it simple, and stick to your colors. This is the safest guarantee when it comes to getting great pictures.

Details, details, details

Some of the most important parts of your wedding day are the small touches and details that you have included. You know, your something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue? aka your grandmother’s pearls, your gorgeous diamond earrings, your best friend’s veil, and the adorable blue sneakers that are hiding under your dress. These are some of the sweetest memories from your wedding that you will want to hold onto and sadly, they are likely to be missed in all the pictures. It makes me so sad as a photographer, but I don’t always know about all the small things that are so special to you. There are so many things to keep track of on the day of and these are likely to be the last things you worry about and if it isn’t discussed beforehand, they will be missed. Sit down ahead of time and make a checklist of the small items you don’t want to forget. Earrings, shoes, rings, bouquet, perfume, cufflinks, ANYTHING small about your day that you don’t want to forget, write it down and make sure your photographer knows. 

Timing is everything

I think the number one thing that past brides say they wish they’d done differently is their timeline. I am going to spend more time talking about this in another post because it is really so important. The one thing I will say in relation to pictures is that you will thank yourself for adding additional minutes into your timeline. These are the “fluff” or “oh shit” minutes for when you are running behind. If you give yourself some breathing room and schedule for things to take longer than you think, then you won’t be running around like a psycho if things fall behind schedule. I said it earlier, but your photos are one of the most important keepsakes that you will take away from your wedding day. Make sure your photos are given the time they need to be perfect.

I hope you have found something in this blog post to help you avoid some wedding photo fails. Your wedding photos are arguably the most important photos you will have taken in your life. Make sure you set yourself up for success on your wedding day!