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CREATIVE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

You know your photographer will snap plenty of pictures of you posing, smiling and enjoying the attention. Why not get creative for some wedding photos to remember?

Try these great shots of the bride and groom for a wedding album you’ll treasure forever:

  • Dressing for the ceremony
  • Full length solo
  • With mother, father or both
  • With grandparents, and brothers and sisters
  • For the bride, pictures with maid of honor, ring bearer, flower girl and attendants
  • For the groom, pictures with the best man and groomsmen
  • Putting on the garter
  • For the bride, a picture with her father walking down aisle

Don’t forget about the different opportunities for photos of the bride and groom together. Imagine all the possibilities and ways to remember these treasured moments:

  • Father giving bride’s hand to groom
  • Exchanging vows
  • Ring ceremony
  • Formal bride and groom shot
  • Newlyweds with parents and bridal party
  • Bride and groom’s hands together
  • Bride and groom cutting cake and feeding each other
  • Newlyweds toasting each other and the first dance
  • Newlyweds getting into limo
  • Groom removing garter

Capture every little detail of the atmosphere of your wedding. Looking back, you’ll want your photos to help you remember the:

  • Bridesmaids walking down aisle
  • Ring bearer and flower girl
  • Recessional
  • Receiving line
  • Cake table and cake
  • Punch servers and musicians
  • Guests dancing
  • Toss of bouquet
  • Guests throwing birdseed
  • Post-reception party

Come up with ideas of your own, consider your options and then discuss your preferences with your photographer.

WEDDING TIPS – PHOTOGRAPH TECHNIQUES

Check out the following list of photography techniques to help you decide what types of pictures are going to best represent your big day.

  • Set-up or stock shots: These photos include those classic poses, like the toast of the bride and groom or the bride and her mother. These shots are indispensable to any wedding album. Your photographer probably will be familiar with these timeless poses.
  • Portraiture: The most common style of wedding photography portraiture is the formal, posed picture. Portrait-based photography carefully controls lighting and posing in a studio set-up. A well-planned pose can make for a perfect wedding photo, but getting the perfect pose can be time-consuming. Consider having these shots done before the wedding.
  • Soft focus: The photographer uses a special lens that produces a hazy, romantic, dream-like effect. A couple of these shots work well in an album, however, use this effect sparingly or it loses its effectiveness.
  • Natural light: This is photography without the flash. The photographer finds the needed natural light instead. If this technique is done well, the picture looks like a piece of fine art, more painted than photographed.
  • Photo essay: This style is gaining popularity because it uses an arrangement of your wedding photographs to tell a story, similar to the way a photojournalist uses photos in a newspaper. This is a great way to capture emotions and the more natural, spontaneous moments of your day. The wedding photographer captures movement, mood and atmosphere on the fly. Many photojournalist photographers set aside a short amount of time for formal group pictures but take most of their pictures without any prompting or commands. Plan on having a lot of pictures in your album to take advantage of this style.

Know your moment, pose and style options for wedding photographs and discuss your preferences with your photographer. You’ll be much happier with the results if you contribute your thoughts about your wedding photographs prior to the big event.

WEDDING TIP – WEDDING PARTY ALTERNATIVES

Although ushers are traditionally male, don’t shy away from asking a close female friend or relative to shoulder the responsibility. List her in the program simply as an usher, or as a ‘female usher’ to be distinguished from the male ushers.

You generally should have one usher to every 50 guests, and if they won’t be standing at the altar, they can simply sit down when all the guests have been seated and watch the ceremony with everyone else. Have female ushers dress in colors that either coordinate with your wedding colors or are similar to the bridesmaids’ dresses. Or she can wear a dress that coordinates with the male ushers’ apparel. Your male ushers should wear whatever your best man wears.

No rule dictates that you must have attendants. The two of you can stand up by yourselves, or you can consider other options. Your parents could stand up for you instead of friends and other family. Another alternative to the traditional wedding party is to choose just children. This is popular in England and France; your guests can serve as witnesses to the ceremony.

If you have children of your own, you should include them in the ceremony. It signifies a joining of families, as well as the joining of two hearts. Other than possibly ushering, children aged 8 to 14 can serve as junior bridesmaids and junior groomsmen, while those aged 3 to 7 make lovely flower girls and ring bearers.

There are even ways that you can include pets in your special day. Your pet means a lot to you, so you have every right to include him in your wedding.

  • Dog: Your dog — especially if he’s well trained — can be the ring bearer. He also can stand up (or sit) with the groom and groomsmen or lead you and your new spouse down the aisle during the recessional.
  • Cat: Cats may be a little harder to control than dogs so you may need to keep a closer hold on them. You could have a bridesmaid, flower girl or ring bearer carry your kitty down the aisle. Or it might be easier to simply include your cat in some pictures or let her mingle with guests at the reception.
  • Fish: Have an underwater or ocean theme at your reception and let your aquatic pets be the centerpiece at the dessert or gift table.

Be prepared to deal with hissing, barking or chasing of squirrels. If you don’t think you can handle the stress of these last-minute problems, leave your pets at home.

In the end, how many people you include as bridesmaids, groomsmen or ushers is at your discretion. Do remember that many close to you want to help and contribute to your big day. Do what you can to give them a chance to participate.