I recently had the pleasure of attending The Knot Pro Workshop in Atlanta. First of all, I must say, it was a fabulous event. The speakers, caterers, venue and décor were all perfect. The linens were just breathtaking. I can’t stop talking about them. The speakers were inspirational, informative and very approachable. As I spoke with other vendors throughout the day I received the same question multiple times.
How do I get my photographers to get images to me sooner? I’ve been waiting six months for good pics of my product.
I personally have my editing locked in and get through images quickly. In fact, I start panicking slightly when I have been working on a client’s photos for more than a week. As photographers we are providing a moment, a memory that someone will cherish for a lifetime. We should feel compelled to get that to the client timely. But that is an article for another day. Today I want to give some pointers to those other wedding pros out there. Unfortunately, I can’t make your photographer get your pics more quickly. This is a good spot to recommend you use me (insert smiley face).
Let’s talk about how to get a more interesting photo with your phone.
First, angles make a big difference. Next time you’re at an event watch how everyone takes pictures. Odds are you’ll see Aunt Freda standing up straight taking her pics head on. Don’t be Aunt Freda. Take your pictures on the same level as your subject. If you’re photographing florals place your phone on the table close to them to get the shot.
Second, the rule of thirds works. This rule dictates you mentally divide your image with two horizontal lines and two vertical lines. You then place the focus of your photographs along those lines and/or where they intersect. Check any editing software, even the standard software on your phone, and odds are the crop feature will show these lines when you start cropping. If you can find a line, a tables edge, the flowers lining the aisle, use that to lead to the subject. Place the start of your line in the corner of your frame.
Third, pay attention to what is behind your subject. How often have you taken a beautiful picture of your cake only to find that there are some garbage bags or empty boxes strewn on the floor behind it? Move around until there is something lovely in the background. If you want to take a photo of the bride’s gorgeous eye makeup stand over her and take it from above to the side. Ask her to hold her bouquet so that’s in the background.
Last, get the Snapseed app!! It is fabulous. As a beginner there are looks ready for you to experiment with. If you feel adventurous you can create your own. Under the tune image feature you can adjust the brightness, highlights, saturation and there is an adjustment listed as ambiance. I love that one. It rarely fails me. For outdoor photos be sure to check out the HDR feature. It’s a game changer.
I hope these tips help you all create some great images. And who knows you may develop a love for photography you never knew you had! Just make sure not to post before the bride gives the go ahead. Happy Weddings friends. Many blessings for beautiful creations!!
A big thank you to our friends at Arranged to Eat for the great florals in our photos!!