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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

10 Tips for Great Photos from a Wedding Photographer

By the time you walk down the aisle, you have spent countless hours planning your perfect day. You’ve debated all the all the details, hemmed and hawed over flowers and dresses and whittled down a guest list to include the people most important to you.  These decisions will all be immortalized in the photos of you and your loved one.

After all that time planning, you want to make sure your pictures reflect just how special the day is. Unfortunately, nerves can take over, brides hide behind bouquets, grinning uncles sneak into first kiss pictures, flower girls pick their noses…we’ve seen it all.

Ten Invaluable Tips From A Wedding Photographer

Here are ten tips from our veteran wedding photographers on how you can help ensure your wedding pictures are as beautiful as the day is.

1.      Let’s see that face.

Hey brides, when walking down the aisle, keep your bouquet in front of your belly button. Many brides get nervous and don’t notice their bouquet rising. It can make it look like you are trying to hide behind it. Also, if someone is walking you down the aisle, make sure you pause for a few moments to look at each other and smile.

 2.      Stand up straight.

During the ceremony, be mindful of your posture. Keep your chin up and a smile on your face. Even if you are nervous, keep smiling so it doesn’t show in your photos.

3.   Don’t hold back those emotions.

The goal of the photographer is to get emotion-filled candids of your special day. Concentrate on the person that you are marrying and let everything else fall away. A good photographer will be on the lookout for those little candid moments that will take your breath away for years to come. The more outgoing or emotional you are, the better the photos will be. If you are reserved and don’t show emotions, it will reflect in your photos.

Tips from your wedding photographer

4.   Let’s be seated.

Having a chair for each person gives the photographer the best line of sight in all directions. If there are multiple people standing, they can be a distraction to the photographer getting you that incredible shot.

5.   Don’t stifle creativity.

It’s fine to have a list of shots that you would like to get on camera, but remember, your photographers are the professionals. They are the ones that have been doing this for years and have a system of getting great photos for you. Talk through their process beforehand to ensure you two are on the same page. If you want them to stick strictly to your requests, you may be limiting their creativity and missing out on great shots you hadn’t thought of. A good photographer will always give you the option to fulfill requests after he/she has everything they need to round out your day photographically.

6.   Get outta the way, Father Joe!

Make sure the officiate steps out of the kiss photo. Your first kiss is epic at the end of your ceremony, and one of the most amazing photos of your day. Please make sure your officiate knows to get out of the way quickly after you have been pronounced. Then your photographer can get a great shot of this memorable moment without someone standing right behind or in the middle of you.

7.   Herd those cats.

Assembling a hodgepodge of different family members and friends for group shots can be one of the most challenging parts of the day. Have a plan and communicate that clearly to everyone involved. If family members need to stick around for pictures after the ceremony, let them know ahead of time, or else you will waste 10 minutes crowbarring Uncle Roger away from the cocktail bar.  A good photographer must be polite but also firm to get the photos they need, so trust us. If we get a little “firm” it is because we are there to capture your big day.

8.   Trust the pro.

The photographer you hired to shoot your wedding knows how, when, and where to get the best shots. Although most of your guests will likely have a camera on their phone, the best pics will come from the pro. Amateurs will take multiple photos while a professional photographer will know where the best shots are, when to get them, and what light they need to achieve the desired photo. If your guests are all holding up their cell phones/ipads/selfie sticks then these are likely to be a distraction in your photos.

9.   Trust the pro (Part Two).

Your photographer also brings with him or her the high-tech camera equipment to get the best shot. You may have guests with fancy cameras, but again,  you might have a great set of pots and pans at home… but does that mean everyone can cook? Your professionals know what they are doing… trust them.

10. This is the most important one RELAX AND HAVE A GREAT TIME.

Life is short, and this is a milestone moment. This is one of the most special days of your life. You and your guests should be enjoying the day stress free. Let the people you paid worry about everything else. This is your day.

Keep these ten tips in mind, and your photos will be a source of laughter, joy, smiles and cherished memories for years to come.
Enjoy your day for the best photos

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Create your own wedding photo album

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

If you’re a bride or groom on a budget or a couple who just wants to make sure the wedding funds are handled practically, you might be wondering if there’s any room to economize on things that come after the wedding, like honeymoons and wedding photo albums.

Since you’re on this website you already know that it’s absolutely possible to gift yourself a honeymoon and not break the bank with Honeyfund. But what about those little luxuries, like a wedding album? Oftentimes, photographers will offer a package that includes album creation, but this seemingly small add-on can add up to big bucks.

I recommend letting the photographer do her job (take amazing photos) while you save some cash to spend on your honeymoon. How, you ask? By designing your own cherished wedding photo album!

I can hear you now: “I’m not creative, I don’t know how, I’m too busy,” etc., etc. But I’m here to tell you that creating your own album is much easier than you think. And if you’re wondering why you should even create an album instead of just housing the photos on your computer, here’s why:

Put your style in your wedding photo album


A Wedding Album Is A Permanent Record

Although nothing is totally permanent, paper tends to last longer than laptops and compact discs. Think about it: walkmans turned to discmans, VHS turned to DVDs an then Blu-ray, flip phones turned to smart phones, and the list goes on. But paper – paper never goes out of style. When you create a wedding album, you won’t have to worry about being able to access your photos. Your most precious ones will be right there between two gorgeous covers.


A Wedding Album Offers A Personal Experience

Just as reading a book on a tablet is different from reading a physical book, there’s something special about holding a wedding album and looking through the pages. Would you rather click through all your wedding photos on your laptop on your first anniversary or sit down, pop some champagne, and relive those precious moments in storybook style?

Plus, a wedding album gives you something to share with friends and family, and perhaps even grandchildren in the future! It’s hard to call a USB stick an heirloom, but a bound book that tells your love story through photos? Absolutely!


Creating A Wedding Photo Album

So now that you know why you should say yes to a wedding album, here’s what you need to know about creating one.

When you design your wedding album you get to choose how it should look based on your likes and style. The easiest and most affordable way to do this is to use an online album design software.

This kind of software allows you to choose the type of album you want (square, landscape, portrait) and the size (12×12, 10×10, 11×8.5, etc). It also gives you the freedom to choose the cover material, design, and paper style.

Create your own wedding photo album


Wedding Album Cover and Paper Styles

For example, you could choose from the softcover and hardcover book styles. Softcover books are perfect if you are looking for something simple and inexpensive or as a giveaway to family and friends. The hardcover book is sturdier and looks professional and polished. A layflat album style is one of the best wedding album styles, as it offers panoramic displays of photos without any cuts or folds and has sturdy page options. The pages lay perfectly flat offering a stunning display of your wedding images. The flush mount album is a top of the line layflat wedding album offering very ridged page thickness and the best quality photographic papers.


Designing Your Photo Display

Creating your own wedding photo album means you get to design it however you want. Perhaps you’ll go for a clean, classic layout with white pages and no image overlays or use elegant patterns and art elements that can create a very unique look to your book.

Or maybe you’ll love the look of a modern layout with blended images and overlays. You could also choose different styles of backgrounds to match your photos to your wedding colors and/or theme.

It’s entirely up to you, and that’s the best part about creating your own wedding photo album. Sure, saving money is great (more for the honeymoon!), but it’ll also feel wonderful to have a unique keepsake to look back on and share with family. Display it on your coffee table, by your bedside, or bring it out on your first anniversary and relive the special moments all over again.

Bio: Founded by Carol Sejd,  My Bridal Pix offers wedding photo books that you can create yourself ‘ using our software and template, By creating your own album, you can save money and while producing the custom album you really want.  Check out your options at

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