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5 tips for photo friendly wedding

If there’s one thing that you should splurge on at your wedding, it’s the photography. Having a gorgeous gown, towering wedding cake, and fragrant florals are great but at the end of the day you will consume or throw away all of those details. Your wedding photos are the only element you will have left to remind you (and future generations) of your wedding day. Hiring a great photographer is step one to having wonderful photos, but there are a few extra things you can do to assure your images are gorgeous! Below are five tips to consider when making your wedding photo friendly!

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Wedding of Julia & Kyle at I’on Club in Mt Pleasant, SC.

Plan your outdoor ceremony in the shade

If you are planning an outdoor wedding, it is quite easy to pick a pretty location and overlook its flaws. For example, getting married on the beach in the middle of the day might sound like a great idea but it will create harsh light and shadows for pictures. Plus, there’s nothing worse than getting back your wedding photos and your partner is wiping sweat off their face rather than tears!

When planning your outdoor ceremony you need to consider where the light will be. If the light is behind you during the ceremony it will create backlight and your photographer will need to overexpose. This means you will lose a lot of the background in your photos. If you can’t avoid direct sunlight, a floral arch, canopy, or chuppah can help cast shade over your ceremony. Plan to also provide large umbrellas or hand fans to keep guests comfortable.

Make your ceremony cell phone free

If you hire a professional photographer then there is no need for guests to take cell phone photos. Your guests are there to enjoy and observe. There’s nothing worse than watching a bride walk down the aisle to a sea of held up iPhones and iPads. Plus, it makes your hired photographer’s job difficult when they are dodging guest’s cameras to get the shot.

Add extra time for photos

No matter how punctual you may be in every day life, remember that a wedding day is not a typical day and something always, always runs late. Add a bit of extra time into your schedule before the ceremony so that you do not feel rushed. You only get one chance to capture these memories and with correct planning there will be no need to feel stressed for time.

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Wedding of Ali & Aki in Pawley’s Island, Charleston, SC

Consider planning a fake exit

The photos you will cherish for years and want to include in your wedding album all take place before the reception even starts. Family and couple photos will mean a whole lot more to you in 20 years than the photos of your college friends getting jiggy on the dance floor.

Most wedding day schedules squish these important photos into an hour or two early in the day while leaving four or more hours to capture the reception dance floor. As the night wears on guests get sweaty, your wedding hair will start to fall, and your makeup will become shiny. I promise these drunken photos are not what you want to spend your photography budget on.

Instead consider having your photographer arrive early in the day and leave at the beginning of your reception. If you schedule your first dance, speeches, and cake cutting right at the beginning of your reception, all of the important memories will be captured. Then you can stage a fake sparkler departure and continue on with your reception after your photographer leaves.

Avoid wearing makeup with SPF

While makeup with SPF is great for everyday use, you will want to avoid this when having your photo taken. SPF in makeup is meant to reflect light. So naturally, when your photo is taken (especially with a flash) it will reflect light making your face look shiny.

These five tips are easy to apply and great to consider when planning your wedding. Every little step you take to make the day easier will leave you stress-free and able to enjoy your special day!