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Creative Wedding Photography

Updated on April 9, 2018
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Kenna has worked in the entertainment business for over 20 years, promoting special events with musicians, celebrities, and dignitaries.

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Fine Art Wedding Photography

Weddings are memorable of a time in anyone’s life. Whether you are the groom, bride, or guest. They happen on a special day that families and friends cherish for years ever after.

For most couples, simple and candid pictures are not the desired outcome. Wedding photography is a huge business and a precise style of photography. Doing it right can bring success to any photographer as well as fond memories captured by a professional 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.

In truth, photographers who know more about shooting weddings are more likely to be successful and flourish. Essentially, you want original work with the highest quality of photographs.

With that, the wedding 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.

Candid Wedding Photography

Tons of photographs need to be taken to capture any special 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.

Trash the Dress

Another unique idea wedding picture is after the wedding photo session. Such terms as “trash the dress” or “show the candor” allows the bride a relaxing escapade in front of the camera.

Now that the formal occasion is over, such sessions embrace the bride wearing her gown in wacky or even offbeat situations. Some 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 go for it if the idea is presented as something fun and creative to do for about an hour. The photoshoot is their dreamlife wedding photography or just plain crazy pictures.

What do you think?

Would you like a photo shoot after the wedding?

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After the Honeymoon Photography

It might be hard for the couple to imagine getting their picture taken, yet again, after the honeymoon and all. Encourage your clientele to take the time and energy to get some memorable photos of their first year of being married.

The couple can start with after the honeymoon photos. 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 is a craft that can be rewarding both personally and professionally. All you need to do is keep to the basic rules of the profession and be fruitful for all those who participate.

© 2015 Kenna McHugh

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    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      4 weeks 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 

      4 weeks 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 

      11 months ago from Florence, Italy

      Thanks a lot

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      11 months ago from Northern California

      Lovely looking couple, you took a great picture!

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      Laura Barbera 

      11 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 

      11 months ago from Northern California

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

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      Laura Barbera 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 ;-)

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      11 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 

      11 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.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      19 months 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 

      19 months 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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