So, you're planning your big day down to the smallest detail, agonizing over wedding gowns and a million other details, and now it's time to find a photographer. Regardless of who you choose, it’s important to realize how much of a difference YOU can make in the end quality of your wedding photos. Here are your 10 tips for perfect wedding photos!
At first, choosing a wedding photographer can seem daunting and overwhelming. This article is designed to give you the information you need to confidently choose a wedding photographer who will be perfect for you. The following tips for choosing a wedding photographer are listed in order of importance, with the first being the most important consideration.
One of the top regrets brides say they have after their wedding day is wishing they had hired a better photographer. Terrible wedding photos will be an enormous disappointment for the rest of your life. And the two greatest causes of lousy wedding photos?
1. choosing the cheapest photographer
2. having a friend photograph your wedding.
Michael & Daniella flew to Hawaii from Germany for their Oahu elopement ceremony with just a few family members to finally make their relationship official. Because they primarily spoke German (and I don't), and I was hired by the wedding planner instead of them, I really didn't get a chance to get to know Michael & Daniella as much as usual. And yet... for as few words as we exchanged, they are one of the couples that will stick forever in my memory because there was such a palpable tenderness and love between them.
Josie & Rick chose Lydgate Beach Park on Kauai's east shore for their beach wedding elopement ceremony location. However, when I arrived there with my assistant, Grace, we discovered a massive storm six weeks earlier that had dumped 50 inches of rain in 24 hrs had also left the beach covered in logs and storm debris! So instead of the usual wedding ceremony on the beach, we realized we had to find a good alternative spot. Twenty minutes of exploring and we found a perfect little spot tucked in the trees just above the beach.
The purpose of photography is to tell a story, preferably by conveying an emotion, an idea or a compelling drama. A powerful image tells a story that resonates with the viewer. The silhouette removes all the distractions of smiles, colors and details, leaving only two dimensional profiles that, oddly enough, make a for a stronger story.
You probably won't be surprised when I tell you that most people don't particularly like having their photo taken. It kills me every time I hear someone say, "But I'm not photogenic," and looks at my camera with nervousness or suspicion. The truth is, everyone can be photogenic as it has nothing whatsoever to do with our physical looks or body shape. Few of us grew up with professional photographers as parents, so our experience with being photographed has been cheezy family photos by people who didn't know a thing about photography, using the cheap little cameras set on auto, and usually taken during chaotic, stressful situations. No wonder we never looked good. This article hopes to show you how EASY it is to look like a rock star!