After photographing 27 weddings in 2016, we noticed there we came up with a few photography tips and tricks to enhance everyone’s wedding day experience. Whether you are the bride and groom or a guest at the wedding, here are 3 tips to experience the ultimate wonderful wedding day.
1. Minimizing the appearance of cell phones in your wedding photos.
Ok, it could be easily said that we’re a bit biased, but here’s the thing - you are paying for high quality wedding photography so you can have crisp, clean photos of your day and let your guests enjoy the celebration. When guests pull out their cell phones to take a snap of the bride walking down the aisle, your photos quickly change from your loved ones experiencing a ceremony to a group of people with faces half or fully covered by phones. What’s worse is when trying to get the best angle, they block the hired photographer from capturing the moment. Weddings are something to be celebrated, and with our life of social media and sharing our happiest moments as they’re happening, we understand the draw to pull out the phone and take a quick photo. This is why we at The People Picture Company share sneak peeks of your day on our social media pages (Facebook & Instagram) either that night or the very next day. So turn the cells on vibrate and put them away. Watch the bride walk, take a look at the groom’s face the first time he sees her, and enjoy the celebration.
And because we love silly videos - here’s a great parody video of the importance of unplugged weddings by SLF Weddings.
2. Little things to do to make the most out of your prep photos.
Getting coffee in the morning? Have the barista write “bride” or “groom” on your cup! This makes for great details shots of your morning, plus everyone will know what cup to fetch when you ask.
While getting your hair and makeup done, don’t forget to smile! Share the happiness and butterflies you’re feeling with the world. It translates amazingly on camera and everyone will be able to feel the joy radiating off you.
Bring wooden hangers for the bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses. You don’t need to spend the $20-50 on a custom hanger with your new name, although that’s a nice touch if you choose to do so. But a simple wooden hanger from any dollar store is a small detail that makes the photos of the dresses 10x better.
If you ordered special robes for your bridesmaids and the bride or ties and pocket squares for the groomsmen and groom, be sure to steam out the wrinkles before the big day. This goes for anything that comes in a plastic bag - take it out and check to see if there are folding creases. If there are, give them a good steam (or iron, but check the heat setting so it doesn’t burn) and hang them up so they’ll be wrinkle free!
3. Things to try before the wedding.
Tying a bow or neck tie. There are many step-by-step tutorials online including videos and diagrams. Take some time with a computer, mirror, and a bow or neck tie, and practice. If you still can’t get the hang of it, see if your dad, uncle, grandfather, or one of your groomsmen or ushers can master it. This will create a wonderful moment for your photographer to capture.