This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.
As a newly married couple, we know how excited you are to go on your honeymoon and the delight you will have at capturing those precious memories with your camera or iPhone but then . . . frustration may set in because that photo you really wanted didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to. Today we are sharing a guest post from internationally published wedding photographer Meredith Ryncarz on her top tips for taking better photos on your honeymoon.
A Pro’s Tips For Taking Better Honeymoon Photos
Tip #1: Put Subject in the Shade – The warm sun of tropical climates is great for a honeymoon as well as creating really unflattering photos of your trip. That sun can cause you to squint so finding a building or a tree that can give you a solid shadow will help avoid that. Place your subject right in that shadow and it will be much more flattering.
Tip #2: Put the Sun Behind Your Subject – Sometimes shade is nowhere to be found or you are in a beautiful location at mid-day. You can either take a bad photo, not take one at all, or have your spouse face you with the sun behind them. This will give a beautiful glow behind their head and also avoid that squinting look we talked about earlier.
Tip #3: Grab a Pillow – This may sound really strange but trust me. So often the reason we hate photos of ourselves is because we have raccoon eyes in them. By holding a white pillow in your lap or under your face you can get a lovely glow of light bouncing up into your face as you stand next to a window.
Tip #4: Early or Late – In photography there is something called the “golden hour”. This is when the sun is just about to dip down below the horizon and everything turns pure gold . . or at least looks that way. While we know it isn’t always possible to time everything around this perfect natural light during the late afternoon it is great to be aware as you head out to dinner or cocktails.
Tip #5: Find a Sidewalk or the Beach – Both of these act just like that white pillow we talked about earlier. Great at throwing light up into your face and getting rid of raccoon eyes.
Tie all these tips in with the portrait mode on your phone and your honeymoon photos will become something to treasure for years to come rather than the horrid grainy pictures of vacations past.
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Biography: Meredith Ryncarz is a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Savannah Georgia where she resides with her husband and two busy kids. On days off she can be found at a local coffee shop or exploring a new museum.