Wedding Photography Tips – Advice from the Pros

So much planning goes into the wedding day, and it all should come together to create the day of your dreams. But you wake up the morning of and – yikes! You’re in the spotlight. All. Day. Long. Some couples thrive on the attention, and others shy away. No matter what type of couple you are, here are a few wedding photography tips to make the most of your day!

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This is an updated republish written by The Mullins Photo Co. using their lovely images.

Wedding Day Photography Tips

There are a few things you’ll have long after your wedding day, which include your memories and your documentation. You may choose to go with traditional wedding photo poses or opt for newer concepts, such as having first look wedding photos taken.

Either way, it’s important to be armed with a few wedding photography tips to make your images a success for future generations to enjoy.

I caught up with Adam and Sarah Mullins, husband and wife duo of The Mullins Photo Co., to help demystify getting the most out of your wedding day photography.

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Wedding photography tips for brides and grooms are important for fab images!

About Those First Look Wedding Photos

Considering whether first look wedding photos are right for you? While a first look is not for everyone, there are many pros to doing one. Take some time and talk about what’s right for you and your wedding.

  • The biggest pro is privacy. Seeing each other for the first time when walking down the aisle is a very special moment, but it doesn’t allow much time for just the two of you.
  • The first look allows you to have a more intimate wedding day. It is a time where just you two – photography happens from a distance – can see each other for the first time and have a moment to reflect on what the day represents.
  • The groom normally has his back to the bride, and she will walk up and tap him lightly on the shoulder. The groom then turns around to see his beautiful bride for the first time!
  • Walking down the aisle can be nerve-wracking – especially knowing that people are waiting to see the bride and what the groom’s reaction is going to be. First look wedding photos take off a little bit of pressure, and you can focus on the joy of the ceremony.
  • The first look allows almost all of the pictures to be completed before the ceremony, which means you can be announced to your guests much sooner, and there is less waiting for your guests.

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When thinking about wedding photography cost, remember you’ll have your photos for years to come.

Creative Wedding Photo Ideas for Grooms

Wedding Photography Tips for Guys

Ok, guys, this may be the first time ever that the attention is on you! Photos are definitely in order for the day, and here are a few things to think about in order to pose like a pro and get those creative wedding photo ideas in place.

  • Know where to look (or at least fake it). With two cameras pointed at you, it can be confusing to know who to look at. If you are unsure, just stare longingly into your love’s eyes. If your photographer needs you to look at them, they will tell you. Easy enough.
  • Take your phone and keys out of your pocket. The scenery is awesome, and you guys look amazing, but after that perfect romantic moment is captured, we realize you have a giant square in your pocket. Bummer! Plus, who’s going to call on your wedding day?
  • Try on your wedding clothes as soon as you get them. This rule also applies to your groomsmen. It is not uncommon for some of the guys to end up with the wrong pair of pants or to be missing pants altogether.
  • On the day of the wedding, tell your guys to show up earlier than they need to be there. There are always going to be one or two that oversleep. It is important that everyone is dressed at least 10 minutes before your portraits start so that you can be fresh and ready.

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No matter what is on your wedding photo ideas list, be ready to get comfy with each other.

Wedding Photography Ideas for Placement

One big tip for the day is to be aware of your hands. What do you do with them? Take some tips for being with your bride or on your own.

Wedding Photography Poses With Your Spouse

  • Put your hand on their waist.
  • Wrap your arms around their shoulders.
  • Hold their hand.
  • Place your free hand in your pocket.

Wedding Photography Poses When Solo

  • Stick your hands in your pockets.
  • Place your left hand over your right for a formal look.
  • Give your groomsman a hug – come on, you can do it!

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Consider wedding poses examples where you are looking at each other to ease nerves.

Wedding Photography Tips for the Grand Exit

The day is over, and you are off on your journey in a new life together. Before you are whisked away, take time to carefully think about your exit strategy.

  • Consider what time of day your exit is. If it is mid-day, sparklers won’t show up very well in pictures. Consider flower petals or something quirky like LOTS of colored sprinkles.
  • The more guests the better. If it looks like your guests are leaving early, consider doing your exit sooner than planned. The more sparklers (36-inch are best), petals, or bubbles, the better.
  • Try not to run through as fast as you can. If you slow down just a bit it allows for more awesome pictures. Don’t forget to stop for a kiss!

Final Thoughts on Wedding Photography Ideas

No matter what wedding party poses you’re considering, get ready to be comfortable around your photographer and listen to them as they document your day. Chat with them about their wedding photography packages ahead of time to ensure that you have all that you need so that you can reminisce and show your grandkids someday!

For more photography tips, take a peek at this article on finding the perfect light. Happy planning!

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