Patrick D. Hughes Photography | Wedding Photography Tips

Wedding Photography Tips

November 08, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

It’s the biggest moment in your life.  It’s the grandest event of the century! Weddings bring together friends and family from far corners of the country. I like the excitement of the day, range of emotions, and party atmosphere. As a photographer, it’s a an honor to be part of something bigger than yourself.

I’ve been to a ton of weddings in my lifetime. Here are a few tips I learned along the way:

First and foremost, make an effort to make everyone feel comfortable. If the couple or guests feel uncomfortable, it will reflect in the photos. Maintain distance, but remain part of the group. 

It's important to get casual, relaxed shots, as well as posed and group shots. I usually start 2 hours before the ceremony. I meet with the bride and take photos of her getting ready. It's a good time to take pictures of the dress, shoes, and flowers. An hour before the ceremony, I meet with the groom and see what he's up to and who he's hanging out with. 

Above all, it's important to listen to the bride and groom. Some want silly shots while others want images of the clothing, wedding favors, or the venue. 

Look for interesting lighting. It can come from chandeliers, near a window, or a disco ball.

During the ceremony, it's important to move around. Think ahead to where key people will be at key moments. 

Don't be afraid to get creative. Experiment, explore and have fun!


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