As a Denver Wedding Photographer, I have taken my fair share of posed photos. I know that those posed photos are of the utmost importance on a wedding day, but can also seem like a pain-in-the-you-know-what when you just want to party! For most couples, family and bridal party pictures are a must – whether for their own future nostalgia or simply to appease mom – but can seem like the Big Bad Wolf of the festivities. This shot of you and Grandma; it just huffed and puffed and blew down your ice cold beer. That silly pic of you with your bridesmaids; it just gobbled up your refreshing signature drink. But, there is a way to get all those posed shots, and still make it in time to catch cocktail hour; there will be no huffing and puffing and blowing down your pre-reception buzz if you follow these five tips!
1. Plan Ahead
This first tip is literally number one. It seems obvious, but so many brides skip this step, thinking it would be easier to go with the flow come the big day. But I have to tell you, when our couples don’t plan, that wolf creeps in. A posed portrait session that would take 20 minutes when planned ahead becomes an hour long decision making time-eater. We recommend making a list (or better yet, a spreadsheet) of each posed shot you would like.
For example: Bride and Groom with bride’s immediate family: Mom, dad, stepmom, sister. Having each person in each shot listed out makes it an easy and quick process for your photographer to politely arrange each photo without having to pause and discover what you’d like next.
2. Ask Mom and Dad
As you create your posed shot list, don’t forget to solicit the opinions of those whom you know will – undoubtedly – share theirs. This may seem counter-productive if you’re trying to save time, but believe me; if you don’t ask, they will speak up just when you think it’s time to head to your party. For most couples, moms are the ones with specific family shots they must have. However, think carefully about the important old-schoolers in your life; this could be mom or it could be grandpa. To them, the posed shots are what wedding photography is all about! And if you want them to be happy, and not hijack your cocktail hour, ask them in advance. If their desired shots are planned for in your list, you may tac a mere five minutes to the posed session. However, if they ask in the midst of shutter clicks (because you didn’t ask in advance), family members may need to be tracked down. Clarifying questions will need to be asked. You may as well count 30 additional party minutes as gobbled up. And that brings me to number three:
3. Inform Everyone
OK, so you’ve asked Grandma which posed shots she’d like and you created a super organized spreadsheet for your photographer to reference. Now, you need to inform anyone who will be in any of the posed photos. Send them an email letting them know they are part of your posed photos and telling them where to be and when. The single thing that can eat up the most time is hunting for a lost relative – forget hunting for little pigs. More on that later.
4. Select a Family Ambassador
I know this will come as a great surprise, but your photographer will not know all of your wedding party or family members’ names come time for posed portraits. That is why we always recommend selecting two family ambassadors- one for the groom’s side and one for the bride’s side. Choose someone who knows everyone on your side of the family and in your wedding party. Also important: someone who doesn’t mind telling said people what to do. If anyone goes astray, or the photographer needs help placing someone, your ambassador will come to the rescue! And you won’t have to do a thing.
5. Don’t let anyone escape!
The case of the escaped family member is one every wedding photographer knows all too well. Just call Uncle Bob grabbing a glass of rose before saying cheese “Little Pig Eater”. Yes, your dear uncle who has escaped “momentarily” to the bar will probably cost you at least 20 minutes of sweet, sweet party time. Uncle Bob received your email telling him where to be and when to be there… but sometimes things go astray. The best way to make sure no one on your list disappears is to take all posed photos immediately before or immediately after your ceremony. That way, your family ambassador can keep an eye on everyone… no disappearing acts allowed.
You have now built your party house of brick. The Big Bad Wolf cannot blow it over and gobble up your party time. (Or in my husband’s and my case, alone time in the bridal suite). With the rising trend of the bride and groom attending cocktail hour, following these tips is more important than ever. And why shouldn’t you get to sip on your cleverly named signature drink and lay eyes on your carefully crafted escort card display? One thing’s for sure; do not, by any hair on your chiny-chin-chin (or hopefully those on your fiance’s handsome jaw), let a moment of enjoyment be eaten up by building your posed portraits session of straw.
Wedding guests want to be Wow’d when at a wedding reception. No, wait. Let me rephrase. Wedding guests EXPECT to be blown away at your wedding. They want an experience like no other. Guests want surprises and want to do and see things that they have not done before your big day. What can you do to give guest the Wow factor?
People attending a wedding, like to feel like they are part of the festivities. One way to make it so is to have a party train through the streets of your wedding city. The train could be a line of honking cars driving from the wedding to the reception. The party train could also be a short walk from the ceremony to the reception venue. Take the party train idea over the top with music being played along the way from a group of bagpipers, members of the local high school band, or even a blaring vintage boom box.
Wedding Wow Factor
Wow Factor Props for Wedding Guests
Plan your posed wedding pictures in advance. First and foremost, do not keep wedding guests waiting for the party to get started at the reception from your long list of must-have photos. However, much fun can be had with photographs. Consult your photographer and get one-of-a-kind photographs of family and friends at the wedding and reception. Include corny or crazy props for Wow photos. An example would be to bring a red painted house door for pics on each side, park a classic car for photographs or a gigantic picture frame to get attending couples photographed together inside the frame. You are only limited by your imagination.
Oh how throwing rice is so cliche. Think of original send-offs from your wedding guests. Many bridal couples have replaced rice with bubbles. What if you made your departure like a New Year’s Eve countdown? Give all your guests noisemakers like kazoos, tambourines, ratchets, horns, bells, and whatever else that will enthuse guests participating in your goodbyes.
Most bridal couples plan their reception to end on the last dance song. Much time is put into selecting the perfect song. However, a great way to inspire a Wow wedding moment is to have a final toast to thank everyone attending your wedding. You could do a round of jello shots (virgin shots for little ones) and invite everyone to the dance floor for a final toast.
Not sure who will start by saying their wedding vows first? Leave it to chance! It will add a bit of levity to the event and will also help calm everyone’s nerves at the alter. A great way to incorporate chance into selecting first choice includes drawing from a deck of cards, pulling a turkey bone, and flipping a coin.
The focus is always on the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony, as it should be. However, you can Wow guests during the ceremony by getting them involved in rituals too. Some suggestions include having them read a poem or Bible passage that is printed on their programs, have guests sing along with a well known song being played during the lighting of the unity candle, and also invite everyone to pull out their cameras for a planned photo moment before announcing the NEW Mr. and Mrs.
Your guests sitting in the back always have a hard time seeing and hearing. Wedding ceremony location permitting, surround chairs around the altar so that everyone has an equal chance of seeing and hearing vows being said the seeing the first kiss.
One way to always create an unexpected Wow factor at weddings is to incorporate some sort of home furniture into the wedding or reception. Don’t have an alter? What about your kitchen table in smallest configuration? A bar at the reception can be fulfilled with the hutch in your kitchen. If you are having a cocktail hour, bring in your living room furniture for guests to relax and enjoy chatting it up with family they have not seen for years. If you don’t feel comfortable bringing your prized possessions, you can always rent or purchase from local yard sales and swap meet.
Photos show your character and also who you are as a couple. Photos can be incorporated into any wedding with fun and awesomeness. Here’s 10 awesome ways to incorporate photos into your wedding.
Incorporate Photos Into Your Wedding
If your reception tables or other specialty tables like the guestbook table, have glass or Plexiglas tops, you can have photo collages under each glass top. You can have photos of each person who are designated to each to sit at each table.
We LOVE the idea of having a table at the reception of family members’ and friends’ wedding photos. The photos can signify the history of your family tree. You can also put old wedding photos into vintage frames.
A great way to have custom table numbers is to take polaroid pictures, put them on top tall photo holders and then write your table numbers on the white space at the bottom of the photo. Then, you have original and unique table numbers. Be sure to take photos that match the style of the reception. If you have an eclectic reception, take eclectic photos!
An awesome way to have a one-of-a-kind guest book is to have all guests sign a picture matte. The matte can be used to surround your wedding photo or engagement photo. You will have the memories of a lifetime from everyone who wished you well on your wedding day.
A great decoration at a wedding or reception would be to run a clothes line. The clothes line can be placed in a location out of the reach of children but also seen buy guests. Then, you can hang old and new photos of you an you guests using flat clothes pins to hang the photos and not damage them.
At the ceremony, you can add character to ribbons added to the end of each pew. Instead of just a ribbon, you can add framed photos hung by string. The frame can be painted to match your wedding colors.
A great wedding favor for guests may be to add mini framed pictures of you and your future spouse onto each table as a wedding favor. You can keep the photo as traditional as you want like an engagement picture, or photos from your local photo booth.
A suggestion if you are having a classy black tie event. Have all photos printed in black and white to create a cohesive look throughout all photos brought into the ceremony and/or reception. Another idea is to have all photos printed in black and white and then have one accent color from the photo match your wedding colors.
When displaying your images, think outside the normal. Like we said above, we offered the idea of a clothes line. You can also have easels with blown up framed images or collages. You can also turn photos into creative movie posters, a memorable slide show,
Our last suggestion to you is to highly recommend to incorporate your photos into your wedding. People are visual by nature and the best way to keep people talking about your wedding for years to come is to have lots of photos of people attending your wedding and reception. An idea is to take pictures with a camera that can connect to a printer at the reception. Then, take pictures during the ceremony and the reception. Print all the photos near the end of the evening and give the photo album to the bride and groom as a present at the end of the eventing.
Bonus idea for integrating photos into your wedding is how you frame, or don’t frame, your photos. Be sure that each frame’s look matches the decor of your venue and your own personal style. If you will have a photo holder, will the style of the holder match in decor style?
When you think of Las Vegas, we are sure that you think about how Las Vegas is the wedding capital of the world. More couples come to Vegas to get married than anywhere else like Disneyland and Jamaica. Being the wedding mecca that Vegas is, many websites claim to offer the best knowledge about getting married in Sin City. As a result, we thought we would put a list of our favorite blogs about the Las Vegas wedding scene.
This is not an ordinary list of wedding planning websites, like our own, My Wedding Songs, that talk about the Vegas wedding scene. Rather, we wanted to put a list of wedding photographers that focus on the city of Las Vegas. This way, visitors to their sites can not only see the photographer’s talent, but also the beauty of getting married in the “big city”.
So here we go, in no particular order, a list of our favorite Las Vegas Wedding Photography Blogs created by Las Vegas photographers.
What did it take to be on our list of our favorite Las Vegas Wedding Blog?
We only listed Las Vegas based photographers because they know how to bring the Vegas beauty into the art of photography.
The blogs must have a post within the past sixty days.
There must be an influx of Vegas area wedding themed photos filling their blog posts.
Modern website design that keeps visitors’ usability in mind.
No, we were not paid to list any of the sites and we do not have any connection to any site. We just want to share with our visitors great Las Vegas blogs to get ideas on Vegas area photos and wedding photo ideas.
Do you think we should add a Las Vegas wedding photographer’s blog to our list? Please comment below and let us know why the blog should be included in our list. We will take all requests and respond to all comments. We will also REVISE the list as new suggestions are made.
Everyone loves having photos at a wedding reception as the memories will last a lifetime. Personalities can really come out in a photo booth – more so than traditional posed wedding pictures. Here are a few reasons why to have a photo booth at a wedding reception – props. Be sure to have accessories inside the Photo Booth for guests to choose. The props selected need to accentuate the theme of the wedding. Here are 10 themes prop ideas.
Best Photo Booth Props
Black tie event – top hats, canes, gloves for men and women, tiaras, bow ties.
Christmas theme wedding – be sure to have Santa Hats, glasses for the Mr. and Mrs. Claus, red noses, ornaments, santa’s beard.
Party props to create the party event – large sunglasses, glow sticks, blow up instruments like guitars, saxophones, microphones.
Rusic theme wedding – straw cowboy and cowgirl hats, horseshoes, rope, bale of hay, chaps, toy guns and holsters, stick horses
Beach wedding theme – Leis, sunglasses, sun hats, umbrellas, beach balls, sand bucket with shovel, surfboards, flip flops.
Vintage wedding theme – pearl necklaces, hairdos that fit the desired era, boas, neckties, smoke pipes, cigarette onsite cigarette holder and fedoras.
Ethnic wedding theme – Think of vibrant color props including fabric to wrap inside,
Outdoors wedding theme – you can really have fun with this one! You can include sporting items such as fishing hats, fishing poles, plastic fish, plastic rifles, hunting vests, elmer fudd hats, backpacks, and biking helmets. The sky is the limit depending on your favorite sports.
Traditional wedding theme – These are for your everyday weddings. Just two people in love trying to have a great time with a pogo booth. We suggest props like picture frames, mustaches, lips, glasses, sunglasses, hats for the gents and tiaras and boas for the ladies, hairdos, ties, and crowns.
All theme props: handmade signs (these can be pre-made or chalk board for guests to create their own), beards, mustaches,
Finally, don’t forget to get the Bride and Groom to join in on the fun!
The photographer is arguably the most important vendor hired for a wedding. The moments captured by the camera from the vision of the photographer will be carried on to future generations. A bride’s wedding is a canvas portrayed in pictures. The vision of the photographer should match the vision of the bride and groom. Just because a photographer is a referral, has lots of good local reviews, or has a good reputation doesn’t mean they share the same vision.
Bride’s Tips To Wedding Photography
The photographer will most likely be spending the day with the wedding party. You may want to hire a photographer that has a pleasant personality and will have a professional demeanor throughout the day. Be sure the photographer can match personalities with the wedding party too. If the wedding party is outgoing and loud, the photographer must compliment the personality and not try to steal the show.
When hiring a photographer for the big day, consider the equipment he or she will be using drink your big day. Is extra lighting going to be required. Will the camera equipment be able to handle all of the action, and shadows? There is only one chance to get the perfect photo. Will the he or she get it right the first and only time? On trait of a professional photographer is staying up on current trends and techniques. Is he or she a member of any trade associations?
There are two general styles of photography: photojournalistic and traditional. Be sure to check a photographers work to see which style represents their primary talent. Is it the same as your desired style? Traditional is more of a posed picture. Photojournalistic photography is more of candid photos that tell a story.
What kind of lighting will be required for your event? Natural light photography can be as bright as the sun or as light through a window. Another option is flash photography when lighting is not ideal. This would include candlelight dinners. The pictures taken should not only include photos of people, the photo album should also include decor, and memorable wedding products. Be sure your photographer travels with all the necessary equipment to get all the perfect shots.
Before hiring a photographer, take a peek at their portfolio (collection of their work). Do they have a good eye for real-time pictures for live events? Are the pictures taken with the correct lighting, in focus and the correct exposure? This is were experience is irreplaceable. The photographer has seconds to get the perfect photo.
One of the best ways to capture intimate and sentimental close-ups is with the black-and-white feature. Special moments such as Dad’s first look at his daughter in her wedding dress, the first look of the groom while his soon-to-be wife walks down the aisle, and a kiss during the first dance.
The timing of the photography is crucial as it will dictate the flow of the wedding. We highly recommend getting as many photos completed as possible before the ceremony. Get all family pictures complete with the bride’s family and separately with the groom’s family. Another intimate photo moment is to have the bride and groom meet before the wedding – blind folded. Be sure to have a list of must-have shots. All the photos taken in sped positions are in the traditional style of photography. If these photos are most important to you, be sure the photographer specializes in traditional style photography.
The cost of wedding photography is more than just showing up and taking pictures. A Photographer must have the correct equipment including the camera, lighting effects, and photo editing software. Costs will range depending upon the amount of time the photographer will be hired – will it include engagement photos, bride’s preparation photos, the ceremony, the reception (until the last dance) and all in between? Keep in mind that a typical basic wedding package will be about $2,800.
All inclusive packages have all the standard needs of a bride for a wedding. All inclusive packages may include set times needed for photography, a wedding album, enlargements, framed photos and proofs. If all proofs are not part of the package, ask if they all can be purchased. May photographers take hundreds of photos during a wedding. They will pick and choose the best photos to submit to the bridal couple. Typically they will not offer all photos as their image is on the line and not all photos are perfect. If the all inclusive package does not offer all that you want, ask if the photographer offers features via a la carte.
When should you hire a photographer? As early as possible of course. However, eight to ten months is typical. Be sure when hiring a photographer, you do so in the form of a contract. The contract must state the location of the wedding, the times of hire, must have photos and all the specific details of the package purchased.
Here at Le Image, Inc. we love our brides! Your excitement for planning your special day is truly inspiring. Brides can get so wrapped up in the wedding planning process that they spend hours pouring over wedding images on websites like Pinterest, Tumblr and the Knot. While it’s a great thing that there is so much bridal advice available online, there is one popular piece of bad wedding advice that has making the rounds that has affected even our wedding photographers here in New York.
The issue at hand, the creation of an extensive wedding photography shot list by the bride or groom may at first seem like a good idea, but that is not the case. As a Type-A, to-do list queen, I certainly understand the desire to create a huge list of desired photos for your wedding day. You only get one time to do it right and you want to make sure it’s captured the way you want, right? Well, take a deep breath in and realize that sometimes its best to let go. I know it can be hard to trust a wedding photographer with capturing your special day but realize that you picked this person to do your wedding photography because you liked their work and could see their skill level and experience through their previously shot weddings.
So what makes a wedding photo shot list so bad? For one, it will make all your wedding pictures seem stiff and forced. The wedding photographer will be so wrapped up in making sure you get every shot you listed that he won’t capture what makes your day special or the unique atmosphere of your wedding ceremony. At least in New York wedding photography, most photographers are very experience and know enough to get the iconic wedding shots (ex. The first kiss, the first dance, the bride with her family) that they don’t need a huge wedding photo list to remind them. I would say, the only shots worth sharing with your wedding photographer would be a unique request that has special meaning for you, for example, our New York wedding photographer once had a couple that requested photos of watches that belonged to the bride’s beloved grandfather. He had passed away before her wedding day and she wanted to include him in her special day. For instances like that, we definitely recommend sharing that with your wedding photographer. Otherwise, it is best to trust in your wedding photographer to capture your wedding day.
So, with that exception in mind, it is best you keep your desired wedding photo shot list to a minimum. You want to have YOUR wedding captured, not just a likeness of it that can be compared to your Pinterest board. With that in mind, Le Image wishes you the best with your wedding plans! We know it can be overwhelming, so, we hope that this article gives you at least one place where you can let go of the reins and just enjoy your engagement. Congratulations on your upcoming nupitals!
It’s the newest and most extreme form of wedding photography: trash the dress photos. You’ve probably seen the viral photos and video of the bride setting her wedding dress on fire before running into the ocean after her beach wedding. This trend is not always about lighting the wedding dress on fire but it mostly centers around destroying the dress days or hours after the wedding ceremony. Examples include the bride and her groom jumping into the ocean, the mud, and every other messy situation you could imagine.
Wedding Dress Trashing
The “Trashing The Dress” video has gotten a lot of flack from fellow wedding photographers for taking the trash the wedding dress trend to dangerous levels. The wedding photographer from the now famous video and photos, Eric Simantov of White Studio Photography in Tel Aviv, explains that “All brides are looking for something that hasn’t been done before”, which how the idea of trash the wedding dress photos came around.
Our New York wedding photographers urge couples to take precaution if they plan to participate in this new wedding trend. A 30 year-old bride in Montreal drowned recently during her trash the wedding dress photo shoot. The wedding dress photos were taken by a 115 foot waterfall, the weight of her wedding dress dragged her down into the rushing water where she later died.
The creator of the trend, John Michael Cooper, a wedding photographer in Las Vegas, told the New York Times, “In fashion photography, they often put really pretty people in very ugly places…I’m applying that technique to weddings”. Now, websites like Pinterest and tumblr are overflowing with images and inspiration photos titled, “Trash The Wedding Dress Ideas”.
While this trend will certainly make your wedding day memorable, we can’t give this the green light unless we know the bride and groom will be safe. Your safety is far more important that your wedding photos! New York wedding photography is always memorable and exciting, even without setting the bride and her wedding dress on fire. We recommend fun and safe ideas like painting your wedding dress or having your photo taken in it while riding a rollercoaster like “The Cyclone” in Coney Island. Congratulations to all the couples planning their wedding and stay safe!
Wedding boudoir photography is the newest trend for wedding photographers and brides-to-be. But, what is boudoir photography? It’s basically a sultry but tasteful photo shoot. Imagine classic images of Hollywood starlets, 1950’s Pin-up girls and Marilyn Monroe. Wedding boudoir photos are taken of the bride to be and given to her groom as a wedding present. Some brides give their groom just one large print of their best photo, while others have their best images from their shoot made into an album for him.
Some bigger cities, like New York and Los Angeles, even offer photo studios that specialize in this type of wedding photography. For the majority of couples, the best route would be to see if your wedding photographer will add this special shoot to your wedding photography package, this already a common practice for many NY wedding photographers.
So, now that we’ve piqued your interest with this newest bridal trend, how about some tips? First off, if you are on a new beauty regime and work out routine to look your best for you wedding day, hold off on your boudoir shoot until the week before your wedding ceremony. That way, you can reap the benefits of your hard work and look your best at the shoot. Don’t schedule your shoot the day before the wedding or even worse, the morning of your wedding, as the stress of the upcoming nuptials, may be too great for you to channel your inner Beyoncé or Giselle Bündchen.
Finding the bridal lingerie you want for your wedding boudoir photo shoot is also another great activity for you and your bridesmaids. Many lingerie stores even offer bridal parties afterhours and offer personal shopping for you, so you’ll feel you beautiful during your shoot. During your shoot, try to invite as few people as possible; posing half-dressed in front of your friends may make you feel even more awkward during your shoot. And finally, pick a wedding photographer who you feel comfortable with. If you got some really great pics with your wedding photographer during your engagement shoot, approach them about providing wedding boudoir photography services. At least with NY wedding photography, the majority of wedding photo services offer boudoir photography for brides but they might not advertise it on their website yet, since it is a new trend.
Whether you dare to go bare or choose to save your bridal lingerie until the wedding night, we hope this article helped shed some light on this sexy new wedding trend. Congratulations to all you brides to be! We wish you the best.