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Wedding Photography for Beginners

Updated on July 28, 2019
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Kenna has worked in the entertainment business for over 20 years, promoting special events with musicians, celebrities, and dignitaries.

“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.”

— – Annie Leibovitz
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Fine Art Wedding Photography

Weddings are a memorable time in anyone’s life from the parents of the bride and groom to the guests and best friends. The wedding ceremony decorations ideas are in place. The wedding photographer is set to capture the celebrated day with families and friends cherish for years ever after.

For most couples, regular and candid pictures are not the desired outcome. Wedding photography is a huge business and a precise style of photography. A wedding photographer doing it right can bring success to any photographer as well as fond memories captured of the church, reception, wedding party, and friends. All photographed using a quality camera.

Destination Wedding Photography

A photographer can choose many venues for his craft or profession, but shooting weddings and pictures of the bride and groom necessitates learning the technique of capturing wedding ceremonies and participants. The church aisle, decorations, wedding dress, and atmosphere are part and parcel to the wedding photography package.

As a beginner, the first impression is the upmost, and you want original work with the highest quality of photographs.

With that, the wedding party, including family and friends, will forever be in awe of your work and recommend you to future brides. They may even call you back for the baby pictures. The more you read about how to do wedding photography with patience and practice, the better you will be at your craft.

Candid Wedding Photography

Tons of photographs of the wedding need to be taken to capture any moment in time. The ones that stand out are the photographs of the bride and groom, and then the wedding party.

When the photographer is meticulous with each pose, the more his endeavor will prove fruitful. Sincere, touching shots are also considered a blessing at weddings. These could be the flower girl dancing with her brother, bride dancing with her father, or groom longing for his bride.

We mustn’t forget photographs of guests, inanimate belongings, or personal locations. Common choices are a church, cake, rings, and gown.

An impressive trick and becoming popular during the wedding preparation, party, or candid moments is capturing the reflection off of someone's iPhone or Android. You are not limited to phone screens because you can also use windows, watches, glasses, and anything similar you notice.

Trick Photographs

Taking photographs after the wedding and honeymoon are relaxing and ultra-candor. Another unique idea wedding picture is after the wedding photo session. Be creative with the bride and groom. Ask them to think in terms of “trash the dress” or “show the candor.”

The bride and groom can relax. It's after the honeymoon, and they pose away from the crowds with their guard down.

Now that the formal occasion is over, such sessions embrace the bride wearing her gown in wacky or offbeat situations. Offbeat ideas are shots taken with the bride on an amusement ride, on the tennis court, or dining in the surf.

The newlyweds are more likely to include it in their wedding package if the idea is something fun and creative to do for about an hour. The photoshoot is their dreamlife wedding photography or just crazy pictures.

“You need to use [a hat] when you have to, such as when it’s raining. Or, when you just feel like it. Sometimes you wear it because you need to get the sun out of your eyes. Think about flash in the same way. Don’t use it all the time, but also don’t shy away from it. If it’s dark outside, use flash. If you know there’s time, and you have a good idea, and your clients will love it, then go for it.”

— – Matt Kennedy

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“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”

— – Andy Warhol

After the Wedding Photography

When you approach the couple, realize It might be hard for them to imagine getting their picture taken, yet again, after the wedding and the honeymoon.

Encourage your clientele to they take the time and energy to get some memorable photos of their first year of being married.

The couple starts with photographs of after the honeymoon. Ask them, "What kind of memorable tokens did they bring home?" Include those in the photos and other items like reenactments of what they did on their trip...snorkling, skydiving, sunbathing, hiking, and so forth.

They can even call them something creative like "Lost Honeymoon Photos" or "Our First Year. We Made It!"

Wedding Photographer

Being a wedding photographer, you use your craft that can be rewarding both personally and professionally. All you need to do is keep to the basic rules of the profession. You will be fruitful for all those who participate.

© 2015 Kenna McHugh

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      Jennie 

      8 months ago

      Kenna, These photos are great ideas. I am thinking of doing something similar after my wedding in May. I want to take it a step further, though, and have one painted. So, it is an impress of us in a funny cute, silly pose after the honeymoon. I even believe Photo Shop or something similar can create this affect.

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      Kenna McHugh 

      10 months ago from Northern California

      Anne, Thank you for visiting my article. I agree it is a good idea and sounds like a fun way to spend an hour or two with your new husband. Just kind of goofing off with the wedding dress sounds like a tremendous amount of fun.

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      Anne 

      10 months ago

      I enjoyed viewing the examples. I have a wedding in February and plan to take "after" the honeymoon photos. It is such a good idea.

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      Laura Barbera 

      20 months ago from Florence, Italy

      Thanks a lot

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      20 months ago from Northern California

      Lovely looking couple, you took a great picture!

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      Laura Barbera 

      20 months ago from Florence, Italy

      This is the couple I told you about ... dreams can come true ;-)

      https://www.instagram.com/p/BaDpgAWHSnF/?taken-by=...

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      20 months ago from Northern California

      I love it! Let's keep creating this so its true.

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      Laura Barbera 

      20 months ago from Florence, Italy

      37 years?!!? Wow! Congratulation :-)!Then for your 40 years anniversary of marriage, you could renew the promises in Florence. This summer I took pictures of a Canadian couple celebrating 45 years of marriage! If your daughter will marry in Tuscany, it can be a good opportunity to get to know each other ;-)

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      20 months ago from Northern California

      Perhaps, my daughter will have a wedding in Tuscany. I have been married 37 years, haha. I know, I don't look it. But, I am. I just have great DNA from my mother's family. She looked young and beautiful when she passed away at 76.

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      Laura Barbera 

      20 months ago from Florence, Italy

      ahahah you just have to continue to think intensely about your wedding in Tuscany because only in this way the wishes are fulfilled! Then I would be happy to be your photographer ;-)

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      Kenna McHugh 

      20 months ago from Northern California

      Oh, Laura. I would love to trash my wedding dress in Florence or Italy for that matter. Just thinking about getting married in Italy sends me to the clouds - mi manda alle nuvole.

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      Laura Barbera 

      20 months ago from Florence, Italy

      Hi Kenna,

      I'm an Italian wedding photographer and my style is reportage. The thing that I always say to the couples I meet is that the only thing that will remain of marriage, in addition to the rings, are photographs. So it is important to know how to choose a photographer that also reflects the way you look at the world. Here in Italy, the trash the dress is transformed almost exclusively in a walk through the streets of the center of a city, or in a dive to the sea or a horse ride. I live in Florence and a lot of people decide to marry in Tuscany, so my trash the dresses are always around the center of Florence or around the Tuscan countryside.

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      Kenna McHugh 

      2 years ago from Northern California

      Yes. Nothing like trashing the dress! It's hard to be original, but all the power to them if they can think of a unique and fun way to celebrate one of the most important moments in their lives.

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      Rhiannon 

      2 years ago from Blue Ridge, GA

      I really enjoyed some of these themes. It seems like most of the wedding planners these days are using pinterest to gain their inspiration. It is refreshing to see brides who like to 'trash the dress'!

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