Wedding season is about to kick off which means the creative juices need to start flowin’. Whether you’re a bride or groom-to-be getting ready to select a photographer for your wedding or you photograph weddings yourself, today I wanted to share 12 tips for making the most of the big day.
My favorite part about photographing a wedding is that you have an entire day to capture the wedding party interacting with one another. Additionally, and most importantly, you several hours to truly witness the bride and groom’s love on their special day. Of course, bringing out the GQ in them is always a plus. Here are a few of my favorite techniques and photography tips from a handful of my recent wedding clients.
Become familiar with the Brenizer Method and practice holding a very steady hand if you’re not bringing a tripod along. I used this method on both the top image and the bottom one. By using the Brenizer Method you can achieve a wide angle shot with a very shallow depth of field.
I wanted to capture the detail in this whole shot so I used a higher F-stop. This photograph is actually comprised of 20 different images stitched together.
Take advantage of the natural light. I wanted to create a warm, romantic image here during the magic hour. The light was streaming perfectly though the pines in the background, hitting the barn and lighting the subjects just right. A simple forehead to forehead shot like this along with some soft, pretty light goes a long way.
This technique is best used with a prism. Weird right? One of the best (aka THE best) in the business, Sam Hurd, uses this technique and is an absolute wizard at it. A 6-inch prism which can be ordered on Amazon is the best option I’ve found and is also what Sam recommends. By putting the prism in front of your lens you can achieve some pretty wild light leaks and reflections of the surroundings.
Because American flag socks. Always show off accessories. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan would be proud.
Let’s talk about the image on the left. One thing you always reiterate with this pose, “be animated!” The more facial expression and emotion the wedding party is showing the better.
Now the image on the right. She’s been carrying that heavy bouquet all day my man. Super classy shot. Throw a smooch in there too if you feel so inclined.
Details my friends. This bride was rocking the Spartans all day on her bouquet. Definitely always get a shot of that. Go Green!
Silhouettes can be achieved in many ways, whether indoors or outdoors, with the right amount of available light. This one was done right at sundown.
Shoot from up high. This was shot from the “Blue Bridge” downtown Grand Rapids. Spoiler alert: There were only 3 available umbrellas there so I had to use Photoshop to create the rest. Get creative amigos.
I might be pretty biased since I have two dogs myself, but stopping between the ceremony and the reception to get a photo with your pups should be a must. They’re family!
My advice to wedding photographers is to be open to almost anything. If your bride wants a photo with her pups do it. At the end of the day these are photos that will live on forever (always print your photos). Getting to know your couple before the wedding is also a plus. Ask your couple what moments are most important to them and aside from that let your creativity roam free. Don’t be afraid to try a new shot, be open to ideas, and have fun. After all, you are a part of the party.
What are your favorite wedding photography poses or techniques? I’d love to hear from you.