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~Tips for Great Wedding Photos~

(Published in the 2014 Connecticut's Best Kept Wedding Secrets Magazine)

While no two bridal couples are exactly alike, there is one thing they all have in common. After photographing weddings for the past 12 years, it is easy to see that every soon-to-be bride and groom want great photographs from their wedding day. The ceremony that launches their life as husband and wife is magical, and great photographs will keep that magic alive for years and decades to come. With that in mind, here are some tips to ensure that your photographs are everything you’ve dreamed of.

Get to know your photographer

In our experience, the first step on the road to photographs that are not only beautiful but also showcase your individual personalities is to establish a good relationship with your photographer. As we tell our couples, you will spend more time with your photographer than with anyone else on your wedding day, so a good fit is crucial! Meet with your prospective photographer well in advance to ask questions, review their work and read their testimonials. We encourage couples to consider an engagement session, which provides a more relaxed environment in which to get to know one another before your big day.

Relax and be comfortable

Another key to great pictures is to be as comfortable as possible in front of the camera. As mentioned earlier, an engagement session is an excellent way to learn how to communicate with your photographer about what you do and do not like regarding poses. We always tell our couples, “If a pose feels uncomfortable, it will look uncomfortable.” Speak up if you don’t like a certain suggested pose; a good photographer wants to know and will provide direction to make the process as stress free as possible for you.

Be yourselves

In keeping with that thought, don’t be afraid to inject your personalities into your photographs. While it is important to note that every photographer has his or her own unique style (which is why it is vital to ensure a good fit), good photographers want to incorporate your essence into their photographs. After all, it is YOUR day! For example, one of our recent couples really wanted a “heel-click” shot, complete with the bride’s orange shoes. It was important enough to them that they had already practiced it before ever hiring us! We loved the idea and practiced it with them during their engagement session. By the time we took the final photograph on their wedding day, they were absolute heel-click pros. It portrayed their fun-loving personalities and made the shot truly their own.

Strength in numbers

Something else to consider is hiring a photography team rather than just one photographer. As a husband and wife photography duo, we feel strongly that our

teamwork enables us to capture shots that one photographer simply couldn’t catch alone. For example, one camera can be focused on your first kiss while the other captures the reaction of the father of the bride. Similarly, during the formal shots, while the main photographer is concentrating on exposure and composition, the other is free to focus on the details: Is the bride’s necklace straight? Are all the groomsmen’s jackets buttoned the same way? These small details can truly make the difference between a good picture and a beautiful one.

Location, location, location

There are a few other considerations that you may not have thought about, yet they can be key ingredients in the process of capturing the wedding photos you’ve always dreamed of. For example, you may have your heart set on a particular scenic location for a photograph, but is it a popular tourist location that might result in crowds of people in the background? Let your photographer know ahead of time if you have specific locations in mind. You can then walk through those details together to ensure the best shot possible.

Time is of the essence

Time of day is another important factor. Be sure to keep this in mind when you choose your ceremony time. When planning the flow of the day, incorporate enough daylight time to allow for outdoor pictures if they are important to you. Since you’ll likely schedule your ceremony time several months in advance, talk with your photographer about the best outdoor lighting for that time for year. Also, in general, be sure to allow enough time for your photographs. It may seem obvious, but many couples underestimate the amount of time it takes to capture truly outstanding wedding images. Be sure to discuss the timeline of your day with your photographer. His or her experience in this area can be a valuable tool in getting the photographs you want while keeping things on schedule.

Each of these tips point back to the importance of choosing the right photographer for your special day. Capturing the moments that make your wedding day truly your own is an art, and sharing those moments with you is something the best wedding photographers regard as an honor. Considering these points, combined with your photographer’s passion, will result in photographs and wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. 

Matt & Sarah Yeaton

Owners of Matthew Yeaton Photography