In this article Dre & Dee from Scooter Hire Melbourne share some ideas on “ways to make your wedding photos unique” Having high quality, well composed photos is an important part of most weddings. Whether you’re hiring a professional wedding photographer, you’re a wedding photographer yourself or you're asking a friend or family member to capture your special moments. Here are some innovative ideas and some simple tips to help you capture and elevate your photos to the next level.
Coloured Smoke Bomb Shots
Getting coloured smoke bomb shots is a great way to create versatile and complex imagery on your wedding day. If the photos are composed correctly, these images will leave the couple feeling really happy about your special day! Coloured smoke bomb photos can be subtle or really complex with the variety of compositional styles and colours available. Regardless of the wedding’s theme, a little drama from the smoke bomb will give the wedding album a unique feel.
It’s probably a good idea to consider experimenting with colours. Remember, each colour conveys and represents specific emotions. For example, red can represent love and yellow will communicate happiness. Take advantage of colour psychology. Photographers, don’t be afraid to play with your shutter speed too! Usually, smoke bombs are best captured on 1/800th of a second or faster but you can try the other way around for a wispy look.
Capture the bride getting ready!
Many couples will arrange for their photographer to spend some time with them pre-wedding and capture them getting ready for the day. If you are doing this, aim to capture the couple in their own worlds. Things can sometimes get very emotional, so it’s important things are captured perfectly in this moment.
Pay attention to the details, the real trick is to make the busy commotion look like it’s suspended in time and all that matters is the bride. Having a short list will also help prepare the photographer and allow them the time to accommodate client's requests. Maybe, they want an emotional photo of the bridesmaid and the mother zipping up the gown of the bride, flaunting the antique jewelry that has been passed on for generations. If possible it’s great to create a wedding photo book that builds up all the events.
Use Unique Vehicles Or Scooters In Shots
Many couples will choose to capture shots of the bride arriving at the ceremony venue. If your photographer is doing this, try and take a couple of shots of the car’s wedding decorations. You can use the bridal car in shots, put the car window down a bit and get a perfect close-up photo of the bride prior to getting out of the car.
Adding a classic limousine or a scooter in the image will bring lightheartedness to photos. You can even create a new theme if the couple are up for it. Do a whole mini photo shoot especially if the vehicle is special to the family. Try to always maximize the surroundings of the venue or nearby locations.
Amazing Shot Of The First Kiss
Capturing an amazing shot of the couples first kiss can be the crème de la crème of their photobook. To do this, you might want to brief the couple first in order to get the best shot possible. You can ask them to hold the kiss for a couple of seconds to let you capture the moment or tilt their heads at an angle, so their faces won’t get obscured.To photograph a perfect wedding kiss, you have to be adaptable to all the conditions. It doesn’t matter whether the natural lighting is not favorable or the kiss was not as long as you wanted for the shot — you have to adjust to the scene!
So, get familiar with the ceremony and know when the kiss will happen. However, don’t tense up! A lot of photographers get too eager or too nervous. Don’t let it get to your head or you might end up taking a photo with poor composition. Try to get several shots as well. Keep your eye in the viewfinder and your finger on the trigger even if you think that you got the kiss. Most couples have some sort of reaction after their kiss that is too precious and important to miss.
The Couple and All of Their Guests
If possible try and include every guest in at least one photo. A great way to do this is by doing a group photo after the ceremony. Before everyone goes straight to the reception, dedicate some time to do group shots with the newlyweds.
Take it to the next level by going past the formal photos. If the couple and the guests are up for it, you can organise a little theme to make the wedding shots more quirky and personal.
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