Your wedding photos will serve as a permanent memory from one of the biggest days of your life. So just how do you end up with an album full (or at least a few prints) of timeless, cherished photos? This quick tip guide will provide the basics for your best beach wedding photo shoot.
Tips for Beach Wedding Photo Shoot
Pre- Wedding Day
Before we get to the tips and tricks for the actual beach wedding photo shoot, let’s talk pre-wedding. A little pre-game, if you will. Make sure both bride and groom have properly fitted/altered clothing and undergarments. Nothing says photo buzz kill more than an unsightly bra strap or see through dress. So put on the full get up, and get outside. Because sunlight has a way of, well, bringing a whole new light to sheer/white. You can even have a friend/self timer snap a couple photos to make sure everything is in it’s proper place. Also, if you have a large guest list and have paid for extra photography, pre wedding day is the time to think over your family photo must haves. You can make a list, but at least give it some thought ahead of time.
Once you’ve established everything pre-wedding day, let’s talk about what to do right before the walk down the aisle. Once you’re fully dressed (brides and grooms) have a friend give you an 360 degree inspection. Pin, shimmy, fluff, straighten, whatever needs to be done, do it now. Check accessory clasps and reinforce any backings or buttons. Boutonnières can be pinned and perfected now. We aren’t expecting absolute perfection, but shoot for pretty darn close. 😉 That beautiful close up of you sharing your vows will have you saying, “GRRRRR” when your necklace clasp is upside down, glaring at you. One last powder & lip gloss is a great idea pre-aisle walk, but BE SURE to place a paper towel/t-shirt/barrier over the wedding dress before applying. Also, give the cell phone and sunglasses to a friend. Even a silenced phone provides an unsightly bulk in your pocket.
There’s really nothing much for you to remember here. Just prepare to follow the lead of your photographer/officiant/coordinator. And if you’re extra nervous, remember to smile and take some nice, deep breaths. Don’t let your resting face look like you are awaiting a life sentence instead of a joyful wedding union! 🙂
Post Ceremony Beach Wedding Photo Shoot
If you’ve hired Your Daytona Beach Wedding or Forever in Love Photography, rest assured, you are in good photography hands. Your photographer will be doing the posing and directing, but communicate if you have any specific ideas in mind. This is the time to remember any specific family members or friends you want to include in your photos. Our photographers will do the organizing, but just be sure to communicate with them so no one is left out. A few go-to wedding photography tips:
- Flowers– When holding flowers, your hands should be grasping the stem(s) and hands should be just directly below the belly button. It will feel a little awkward, but will look totally natural and appropriate in the photos. The natural resting place to hold flowers for most people is too high for photographs and ends up swallowing up the bride in photos.
- Natural- Don’t force unnatural poses. Take a moment to really savor the moments of your wedding day and the beauty of your spouse. Your excitement, love, and confidence will be evident and reflect in your pictures.
- Wind & Sun- Find out more on beach wedding hair tips HERE but to keep it simple, consider the elements. There is usually at least a slight breeze at the beach, if not full on wind. So make sure your hair is pinned and out of your face for your photos. And you may be tempted to wear sunglasses, but hold off until after the beach wedding photo shoot. If you have extremely sensitive eyes, just communicate with your photographer and the old, “1,2,3, open your eyes and cheese” trick will work (for kids and adults alike)!
- Your Personality– A classic, embraced, happy couple is a timeless photo look. But if you and your spouse have a whacky, silly side, capture that. It could make for a fun Christmas card or thank you image!
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