I always tell me couples more guests=more stress,you dont need to invite 200 people to your wedding.Its quality not quantity!
When to do the group shots and who should be in them? What I usually do is get the group shot session done after the ceremony.Make sure that you tell all beforehand who needs to stay put.You do not want someone who disappeared to the bathroom holding up the session.
What I tell my couples dont make a list of every combination you can think of.make it simple.Example bride and groom with brides immediate family,then add on the extended family,then the same with the groom.Entire bridal party,bride with gals and groom with his guys.
Discuss with your photographer if you want them to be fun formal or both. Appoint an assertive and organized friend or family member to be in charge of the list and assisting your photographer.If you plan all of this in advance and all goes smoothly it should take no longer than twenty minuets.
Before the ceremony is a good time to get all the guys together and all the girls for some bridal party shots.I usually look for an interesting background.They dont all have to be posed!
Thing of creative ways to entertain your guests,receptions tend to be redundant.Photo booths are fun,or you could hire a caricature artist,table magician,cigar roller etc make it your own,make it unique,get creative!
Children are adorable at weddings and make for some great photographs.I do not recommend a candy bar,children have enough energy without all of the sugar! How bout keeping them occupied with table games ,fun things for them to do.
Notice beforehand if there is an Ariel view at the venue,if so arrange to have the entire group (everyone at your wedding) to be photographed.That is a great vantage point for a big crowd.
Or you could include all of your guests in a parting shot
I will be doing a series of “what if’s”After twenty five years of photographing weddings I have heard them all!
One big one is “what if it rains”..Dont panic! First off overcast is the most flattering light for portraits!
Always be prepared, its better to be safe than sorry. I always tell my brides bring umbrellas, incorporate the colors of your wedding,
“Multi-colored or completely clear, there’s an artistic opportunity to take advantage of with rain.
Hopefully you will have a very creative photographer who will go with the flow and use the rain to his or her advantage!
This photograph was shot after the rain,there was a big puddle on the beach,one of my favorites,would not have been possible if it didint rain!
It could be good luck.
Maybe in your mind, rain on your wedding day is the worst thing that can happen. A sign, if you will, that you have really bad luck. “in some cultures, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck, symbolizing fertility and cleansing.
Another great puddle reflection!
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In this blog I will share with you some simple tips for you to improve your own picture taking.Photography is made up of light and composition,you need both elements to make a great photograph’ The photograph below has both,great composition, notice how I framed the cats eyes.framing is a law of composition and will definitely make your photos much more interesting
In the photograph below I purposely used the noon sun (a time you do not want to take portraits) I wanted the effect of shadow and depth.In this composition I filled the frame with the subject.
The best natural light for photographs is overcast,skin tones are even and colors pop.You cant always get what you want so if you are going out shooting in natural light,go in the”magic hour” first light of day and an hour before sunset when the sun is low in the sky.Below a great example of overcast and also “framing”
The photo below,”LEADING LINES” Another rule of composition,I rarely put my subject directly in the middle,when you have leading lines its O.K to do so.
The photo below/what makes this photograph great are a few things.the angle,shooting from above looking down,see how this also isolates the background.There is nothing more distracting to me in a photograph than clutter. The photo also tells a story,it says something not just a photo of the couple smiling and looking at the camera,it captures the love the joy between this just married couple.
Photos below two thirds rule,see how in these photographs the subject is NOT directly in the middle
n order to capture a clear silhouette, you’ll need the background to be brighter than your subject. The best way to do this is to shoot at the beginning or the end of the day. The optimum time to shoot a silhouette is when the sun is low in the sky – either when it is rising or setting. Sunsets are a favorite among photographers who regularly create spectacular silhouettes, but you can also shoot a decent silhouette against a blue sky.
Happy shooting! Practice makes perfect!
Say YES to having children at your wedding! Being a wedding and child photographer I am really bummed out if there are no children at a wedding.And parents please dont tell them to “smile and look at the camera”!
Children are amazing subjects because they are just themselves,so allow them to be themselves! That is when you can capture the most endearing moments of childhood.
A wedding album would be very bland without any photos of children
If only adults could be more like kids,for one thing,we would have a much better time!
We would be uninhibited and would make friends every where we go!
So let loose and live a little!