Today we have a guest post from Lake Tahoe wedding photographer, Jon M Photography. Jon is here to let you know what you can do to have great photos on your wedding day.
If you’re one of the people that believe your wedding photos will be one of the most important parts of your wedding, you will likely spend a lot of time to find the right photographer. Dont stop there though, after choosing your photographer, there is still a lot you can do to make your photos look even better. Here are 5 tips that you can easily do to greatly enhance your wedding photos.
1. Spacious & Clean Room
When booking your venue make sure to view the bridal sweet. Most venues around Tahoe offer these. Some are larger than others. When you view the bridal sweet make sure there will be enough room for you, all of your bridesmaids, family, and the photographer to easily move around. You will also have a lot of accessories and clothing for everyone in the wedding which can take up a lot of room. If there isn’t enough room in the bridal sweet ask the wedding coordinator for other options. Make sure there is enough room around all of the furniture for you to get ready and have room to view it.
If you are getting ready at a private estate, then you will have the power to choose the best room to get ready in. It is often the master bedroom. In this case, keep all of your things out of the room, and use it only as the area to get dressed and to take great photos with you and your friends and family.
That leads me to keeping the pictures clutter free. When you start getting ready for your wedding day you will have all sorts of clothing from both you and your brides maids, a lot of beauty products and appliances, and lets not forget the food. Your room(s) will quickly get cluttered up. Simply put, if the room is cluttered, your pictures will look cluttered.
My recommendation is to designate a small area and/or side-room to place all of the clutter, keeping the rest of the room clean. This will allow the photographer to move around, and get shots of everyone with clean surroundings. Your eye will be able to focus on the subject instead of the half eaten cheese plate and empty water bottles.
2. Put Ample Time in the Timeline for Photos
When putting together timelines, brides often overlook making enough time for portraits. Take the time before the wedding to talk with your photographer about photo opportunities. Ask him/her how much time is needed and when they would like to do the shots (My team likes to do a few mini shoots throughout the day to capture each aspect). Then make sure to add that time in between events. I often suggest to add an extra 5 to 10 min for each. This will allow for two things. One, that you have time to get to the area to take pictures, and not be rushed. Two, weddings often run behind, and the first and easiest thing to cut is photo time, by adding the buffer you will be able to cut into that instead of miss out on some great photo opportunities.
Lake Tahoe Weddings offer a unique beauty that you won’t find anywhere else. Make sure you and your photographer know what time the sunset will be and plan for enough time to capture your portraits just before and after it.
By adding enough time throughout the day you will ensure a day that isnt rushed and that you get all of the shots that you and your photographer plan.
3. Attractive Accessories
One of the most typical examples of this is the hanger for your dress. From affordable dresses to very extravagant dresses, I have seen the cheap 10¢ clear plastic hanger holding it up. This will immediately make your dress and photo look cheap. There are multiple options to this. You can get a custom designed hanger with your new last name in it, or you can simply find a nice wood hanger with the notches in it. There are many accessories throughout the day that can quickly enhance your photos if you take the time to make them look nice.
Lets face it, not everyone is a model or comfortable in front of a camera. Your photographer should be able to tell you how to pose to look comfortable in front of the camera to get great pictures. In the end it comes down to how well you can execute the pose.
With such great online resources available, you can do a few things on your end before the wedding to prepare for your wedding day, that way when it comes time to pose you are much more comfortable.
Pinterest is my favorite tool for this. I email my clients 2 pin boards of simple poses, one for ladies, and another for men. In addition to the boards I give them a list of things to look for in each pose, making it easier for them to identify what the model is doing. They are then able to spend a few minutes in front of a mirror practicing the poses.
Now when we get to the engagement shoot, or wedding, my clients are much more comfortable posing. I have a much easier time with clients that have taken a few minutes before hand to familiarize themselves with poses.
Smiling might seem like an obvious point that doesn’t need to be mentioned, but there have been a few weddings that I have shot that either the bride or groom didn’t smile much, often due to stress, or something not turning out the way it was planned.
When it comes down to it, the photo is going to be all about you, by smiling throughout the day you will make your candid and posed photos look far better.
My recommendation to all brides is to accept that you have done your best planning the wedding. Now it is time for the professionals and people around you to do their part. Let go of any expectations once the day starts and just focus on getting married to your best friend. Something might not go as planned, if that happens you will be ok with it and be focused on the more important aspects of the day. The sooner you are able to surrender to that fact and just focus on the beauty of the day the sooner you will be able to have the best day of your life, and get photos that reflect that.
By doing these few things you will help get great shots, ensure you have a better time on your wedding day, and love your photos.
Jon M Photography
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