So ...I checked with Caylyn ... and she said she would be honoured to let me "hijack" their wedding blog post to provide you guys with a little bit of an .... infomercial?
The last wedding of the season to be shared here, and I know.... pretty pictures are [ always ] fun to look at but I wanted to provide you guys with something a little bit more.
Whether you are a bride to be or a mom planning her family photos for this year - & you're scrolling through photo blogs , inspo shots from Pinterest & wondering ... how do I get photos like this?
Cuz friends, yes we can crop things and photoshop some things & fake others BUT there are some things that really do make your photos better that are totally up to you.
The Top Five Things that Make or Break your Wedding Photos
really... most people HATE getting their photo taken [ unless they model on the side ] so whether its a family shoot , or your wedding ... make sure you wear something that you feel like "you" in - & that you can move freely & comfortably. Most photographers want to create movement & natural engagement in their photos - so be sure to wear something that isn't prone to wardrobe malfunction or that's going to be hard to sit / stand / twirl in ;)
also .... getting to know your photographer is KEY. its very hard to be relaxed for a photo if the person pointing a lens at you just makes you feel uncomfortable ... find someone who you connect with , who understands your style , needs & you feel comfortable just being yourself around, and your pics will go from meh... to wow.
[ side note here, I include an engagement session with my couples for this very reason ... your wedding day is one of the biggest events of your life - the last thing that you want to discover morning of, is that this photographer who's photos you love on social media ...doesn't jive with you as a couple ... your photos will appear stuffy and over posed because its just going to be that much harder... for both parties ]
photographers LOVE details ... well this one does anyway ;)
what details, you may ask?... well , the ones that make your day uniquely , yours.
& think about this as a whole of your day from the colors you choose to the accents you use on your tables - make it personal.... for an example, Caylyn wrapped her bouquet in lace from her grandmothers wedding dress .... & in a recent family shoot I had our children hold some stuffed animals their auntie handmade them in some of the photos ,that extra layer of interest adds sentimental value to your photos & becomes part of your story.
Side note: as a Smash & Tess fan girl myself ... this bridal party had it right in my books - not only stylish these rompers are the comfiest garment you will own, in case you don't already have one ... check em' out
Have you guessed the next one yet?
honestly, this one pretty much trumps all the things & applies to each & every scenario when it comes to your photos .
As a natural light photographer , your most flattering photos will happen where there plenty of opportunities to photograph you in well lit areas. This "getting ready" location was ideal not only for lighting but the decor complimented the style of the bride & her accents ... this stuff counts, folks ...
For your ceremony, if you are getting married in the "bright" months - consider a treed in area or some sort of canopy over to avoid harsh shadows & squinting in sunlight ...
For family photos, you can count on scheduling your photo shoot about 1- 1/5 hrs before sunset [ unless, as stated above if its overcast or there is shade ]
I get asked this question a TON, especially when it comes to family sessions ... so here are some things to consider when you are thinking about colours to wear for photos.
think about where your photos will be taken, time of year & of course , your skin tone at that time of year -
[for example, if you want fall photos in the leaves - avoid wearing "loud" colors or it will take away from the photo, you want to wear earth tones that compliment the season, rather than distract from the natural surroundings. ]
As for photos in doors - think about your decor & the style of the space you will be getting photos taken - if you wish to hang these photos in your home, wear tones that compliment your interior decor.
+ always... think coordination over matching, think about fabric texture as much as color in your choices!
- and guys... don't forget to have FUN! -
last but not least... LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
WHERE you decide to get married, have a reception, take family photos says just as much about you as your outfit choices and decorations ... and seriously, makes all the difference.
I challenge you to think outside the box here, especially when it comes to weddings - there are some very cool venues [ yes even in the prairies ] & since most of your reception photos will be indoors - its worth considering whether you like how it will look in those photos
In your chosen location, consider where photos will be taken & think about putting backdrops behind those areas as well [ hall walls can be borrrinngg] Caylyn put old doors behind the cake stand to create interest
+ note the string lights , you see all over Pinterest? they make us do a happy dance cuz ... lighting.
I could share this whole day ... but since this gallery got mailed out today, I will save it for a surprise ;)
Hope these little tid bits shed some light on how to make your day a photo success , but as always ... if you have questions, don't be afraid to ask in the comments below!
P.S. Thanks again to Megan for being a HUGE help on this day & for capturing some stellar moments for this couple XOX