Wedding Shooting

Top 5 Tips for Shooting Stand Out Images

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When shooting wedding photography, challenges, both arising and unexpected, are nothing more than perfect opportunities to shoot images that stand out. Some of your best images may come from a few of of the toughest situations you are placed in, because you are challenged to think outside of the box and push yourself when it comes to creating stellar images.

 In our webinar, Shooting Stand Out Imagery in the Toughest Situations, wedding photography duo Justin and Mary Marantz discussed how to make obstacles work to your advantage. They shared tips and strategies on how photographers can turn any challenge into an opportunity to shoot some of the most stunning images. We’ve put together the top 5 tips for shooting stand out imagery for you to implement into your business today!

1. Create a Common Theme in Your Images

During the wedding day, every part of your shoot will have its own set of challenges for you to overcome. The easiest way to face these obstacles is to keep the scene free from distractions. Avoid creating too many calculated moments – let the shoot take a natural course that provides you with stunning images. Since the getting ready shoot is about the moments leading up to the ceremony, be sure to highlight the details that represent the bride and groom during this time. The getting ready room may also have many beautiful details, but those are not necessarily what you should focus on during that shoot. [···]

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7 Ways to Add Drama to Your Wedding Images

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As a pro wedding photographer, one of the areas of your business that is important to dedicate time to is your shooting. Couples meet and book you because of your unique style, and you constantly want to improve this! Before each shoot, you may scout the location to see what you have to work with and then head back to the office to make a shooting plan. On your list are the must-have shots for getting ready, the ceremony, and the reception. For you to create unique and dynamic images during these moments, it is necessary to capture images with a bit of drama in them. We’ve put together 7 ways for you to add drama into your wedding images that your clients will love!

1. Find the best light

As a wedding photographer, you have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to lighting. From shooting in natural light to harsh light, you can use many techniques to capture beautiful images. To create drama in your images with this kind of light, be sure to position your clients in front of the source. When the light is directly behind them, that’s the first place the eye is drawn. [···]

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The 10 Must-Have Shots From the Reception

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You just finished shooting a wonderful tear-jerking wedding ceremony, and you nailed all of the must-have shots. As the bride and groom happily run off as husband and wife, you think to yourself, “only 5 more hours left of coverage!” While that can seem exhausting at first, there’s good news! The hard part is over, and it’s almost time for you to capture some fun moments from the party – the reception!

Wedding reception traditions have been around for centuries. As a wedding photographer, it is your job to document these so that your couples can show their children and continue the traditions for years to come. Here are the 10 must-have shots that you must take from the wedding reception – and some fun facts to help you understand the importance of certain traditions!

1. The Grand Entrance

During the cocktail hour, the guests anticipate the arrival of the newlyweds to the reception. Once the couple walks through the doors, music blaring, the host will announce them and the room will go wild. It is the first time that they will be introduced to their friends and family as husband and wife. Make sure you snap a ton of pictures of the excitement on the bride and groom’s face during this moment. [···]

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15 Must-Have Wedding Getting Ready Photos

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After months of planning and preparing, the big day has finally arrived for the bride and groom. Before you shoot the ceremony, portraits, or the reception, you typically begin by capturing the wedding getting ready photos for both the bride and groom. Since this is a time they will spend apart, it will be exciting for them to see images of one another getting ready.
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Pro Wedding Photographer Tips: How to Shoot Silhouettes

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As a photo editing service for wedding photographers, we see tons of stunning images that photographers submit to us every day. It is always wonderful to see the different types of images photographers take and how creative the shots are, especially when it comes to the lighting and posing! From natural lighting to off-camera flash, the possibilities are endless as to how you can create great photos.

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Top 5 Tips for Shooting Wedding Photography

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Before the wedding day, you spend months getting to know the bride and groom. The couple has seen what you have to offer through meeting you and observing your website and is anxious to see what type of images you will produce on the big day. Here are the top 5 tips for shooting wedding photos that will assist you in the necessary preparation you need to create a successful day for the bride and groom.

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The 30 Must-Have Shots from the Wedding Ceremony

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On their wedding day, the bride and groom are wrapped up in wedding festivities, such as reciting vows, taking photos, visiting with family and friends, and dancing the night away. Because the bride and groom have many roles to play on their wedding day, there are many moments that the couple will miss. You have the unique opportunity to capture those moments with your camera. As you prepare your image list for your next wedding, check out these 30 must-have shots from the ceremony you can include to show your couple every important moment of their day.

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5 Ways to Spice Up Your Family Formals

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Family formals are a must-have in the world of wedding photography. The bride and groom have invited their core family members to share their special moments with, and it is your job to create images that are memorable and unique. To ensure that you create dynamic images each time you shoot the family, we’ve provided the 5 ways you can spice up your family formals and get through them as efficiently as possible.

1. Create a List

Reach out to your couple a few weeks before the wedding to discuss who they would like included in these portraits. From here, you can create a list of how many family formals shots there will be and which members of the family are in each one. The list should be as specific as possible to ensure that the entire process runs smoothly. Remember that every family is different! Just as you may select a unique Color Profile for each job you send to ShootDotEdit for color corrections, be sure that the list is unique and tailored to fit the needs of your current bride and groom. [···]

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3 Unique Ways to Shoot the Wedding Details

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As a wedding photographer, you have a unique opportunity to capture the intimate details of a very special day. The pictures you take will stay with your couples for years to come, so it is necessary to shoot the moments that count. Couples often spend a lot of time planning out every single detail of their wedding, so it’s important that you showcase some of the details! From getting ready, to arriving at the church, and the cake cutting, these details matter! We’ve put together 3 tips that will help you find interesting and dynamic ways to shoot the detail shots during a wedding.

#1. Master Depth of Field

Using depth of field in your images helps isolate the parts of the image that you want your clients’ eyes to be drawn to. For example, if your focus is the bride’s dress, blur out the rest of the background by using a larger aperture so that the dress is highlighted in the image. You can also focus on a specific part of a detail to showcase a portion of it. One way to do this is to take the bride’s bouquet and focus on one main flower in the assortment – blur the rest of the bouquet out for dramatic effect. Also, try placing a few different details together, such as flowers and jewelry, and focus on one of these details while the others create a soft background.

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5 Quick Tips to Empower your Second Shooter

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Part of running a successful business is learning how to build a solid team. During the busy season, it’s vital to your success. Though you would love to be able to do it all on your own, having trusted partners will help your business continue to grow. One of the most trusted partners is your second shooter. Having a second shooter is a mutually beneficial relationship. While they learn from you, the pace and stress of your day is also lessened. But like any business partnership, you need to make sure that you set up your second shooter for success.

All relationships are built around trust, and the relationship you build with your second is no different. Whether this is the first time you have worked together or you have been paired for years, you need to arm them with the tools and knowledge to be a part of your company. Set clear expectations. It will help them succeed as your partner. Here are five things you can start doing now to empower your second shooter to succeed.

1. Give them an Agenda for the Day

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