Stunning wedding photos are a crucial part of every wedding because they will be looked at years – or even generations – later. They bring back the memories and feelings of your special day, so wedding photography is one aspect that you want to get right. Check out these 10 valuable tips to make sure your photos are amazing.

10 Valuable Wedding Photography Tips You Need to Know

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Wedding photos will bring back memories of the couple’s special day years or even generations later. We created the infographic below to make sure your photos are so stunning that you’ll be elated to share them with friends and family for many years to come.

1. Hire a Professional

It can be tempting to try and save money by having a friend take your wedding photos, but the quality photos that a professional provides is worth the extra expense. In 2015, couples spent an average of $2,556 on a wedding photographer.

2. Consider an Exotic Locale like Costa Rica

Your photos will be dazzling if your wedding takes place in a gorgeous locale. Costa Rica is one of the top 3 destination wedding sites for US couples, and wedding costs there are usually several thousand dollars less than a U.S-based wedding.

3. Make Sure There Are Enough Pictures to Choose From

Make sure your photographer catches plenty of shots throughout the whole event. On average, you should expect to receive between 50-100 pictures per hour of coverage. Sometimes the most unplanned, private moments make the best pictures.

4. Don’t Let the Stress Show

The best photos come when you’re relaxed and happy, so don’t let stress of the event get to you. If you’re relaxed and happy, it will show, and you’ll have a lot of amazing photos. Get a good night’s rest the night before, take a deep breath, and enjoy your day.

5. Get Photos of Your “First Look”

First-look photos are when the bride and groom meet each other privately before the ceremony. These photos are often some of the best because they teem with emotion, and they can also help you get over the initial wedding jitters which always makes better pictures.

6. Hire a Photographer Early

Many talented, experienced, and in-demand photographers are quite busy and can be booked up a year in advance. To get the photographer of your choice, make sure you book far enough in advance to avoid scrambling at the last minute for “whoever’s available”.

7. Consider Lighting Issues

Your photographer is an expert, but you still need to consider lighting. If you’re having a winter wedding, it might get dark at 4:00 pm. If you allow cell phones, imagine what your pictures will look like when 20 people pull out their phones and take pictures with their flash going off.

8. Plan Time Buffers

For great photos, always plan for more time than you think you’ll need. You don’t want photos where people are stressed or hurried, and things usually take longer than you think they will.

9. Don’t Pay Attention to the Camera

The best pictures are the most natural pictures. Look at your beloved instead of staring at the person performing your ceremony. Not every picture needs a pose. Natural interactions reveal true emotions, and that’s what will shine through in your pictures.

10. Invest in a Makeup Artist and a Professional Hairstylist

Makeup artists can really make a difference because they can really make the bride look and feel her best. Do a test run with your makeup artist before the big day to make sure there’s no disappointment on the actual day.


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