Avoid These Four Mistakes If You Want Great Wedding Pictures

planning-wedding-photography1. Not selecting a photographer with a style that matches your own is the most common mistake. A photographer that practices intimate portraiture and acts like a fly on the wall is different in approach than the photographer who spends more time producing a picture by giving direction. It's important to know which you prefer since each approach will result in different kinds of pictures. A careful look at a photographer's portfolio will help. Tip: Ask the photographer about a story behind one of the pictures in their portfolio. The answer will often tell you if they're a good fit with your style and your vision of your wedding.planning-wedding-photography2. Not creating a good photography schedule is another common mistake. If you're investing in professional wedding photography, then a firm timeline of your wedding day, including picture requests, is an absolute must. Poor scheduling directly effects the quality of your wedding pictures! If you prefer a candid approach, then your schedule may be more flexible. If you have specific must-have pictures, then your schedule will be more detailed. Or, you may enjoy a mix of candid photography and more formal pictures. Tip: Easy way to create a wedding schedule is to ask your photographer for a sample. Use that as your template.planning-wedding-photography3. Worrying over small details or the little planning hiccups that always happen at a wedding can directly effect how you look in your wedding pictures. If you're not using a professional wedding planner, assign a close friend or relative to help with the little things on your wedding day. Your photographer wants you to have a truly memorable experience and will do everything they can to keep things relaxed. You must do everything you can to avoid fussing over the little things. Tip: An intimate wedding with 50 guests is different than one with 250 guests. The larger the wedding, the more specific your wedding day plan should be and the more you should rely on others to help with the details on the big day.planning-wedding-photography4. Not creating a wedding album is another common mistake. Collaborating with your photographer to create your wedding pictures is just the first step in a finished presentation of your wedding day. The final step is creating an album destined to be a family keepsake for generations. Too often, wedding pictures languish online without proper presentation. Like you, your wedding photographer has a specific vision; one that you chose them for. The most appropriate presentation of your wedding photographs is a wedding album. Tip: As soon as you receive your wedding photographs, if you haven't already purchased one, ask your photographer about creating an album. They should be able to offer you something that presents your wedding day in a unique and personal way. All photographs by Cayton Photography. — Sean

Why Your Wedding Photographs Will Be Remarkable

I attended a bridal show and was talking with a woman who recently got engaged. It was near the end of the show when she approached me and began asking me questions about wedding pictures. She had a friend with her who was helping her plan her destination wedding already she made a lot of decisions. But she was still looking for a photographer for her wedding. A slide show of my wedding pictures from the past year was playing in the background, as they flashed she kept nudging her friend. Then she asked what it was that made our wedding pictures look so different. I jumped into an explanation about how "we capture the moment" and realized immediately how canned and cliche that explanation really is. It didn't do justice to the pictures on the screen. The images were mostly of people and they were feeling something. They were caught in a momentBroadmoor wedding picturesthat happened to be out of this world! These are remarkable photographs, but NOT because I'm a remarkable photographer. But because the emotion in the pictures is remarkable:) The subjects in the photographs are literally having an Authentic Emotional Experience. By authentic, I mean truthful. You can't pose it, you can't orchestrate it and you can't recreate it. When it happens, it happens. We just take a picture of it. Sounds simple. But it's actually quite difficult and hard to do. Photographers all have a niche, wether its fashion or details or dramatic poses of the bride and groom and quite often all three. Our niche is moments. Ok, here's my second attempt at explanation. What we really do differently is to photograph YOUR emotional experience in a truthful and honestBroadmoor wedding picturesway. It's not every day that people wear their emotions on their sleeve. I mean really, who does this on a weekday at the office? On your wedding day though you DO do this and so does everyone else; your fiance, your best friend, your Mom AND your Dad, and your guests. Emotions are always on the surface and at any moment they show themselves. So that's what we do. We wait in the present moment, we watch and we photograph. It's these authentic emotional experiences that really matter. The truthful nature of your pictures causes you, your family, your friends and, yes, even strangers who don't know you to remark: "Wow! What a fabulous wedding picture!" That's as good as I can explain it and, hopefully, next time I won't respond with something as cliche as "We capture the moment." — SeanWoodland Park wedding pictures

How To Have A Green Wedding

Green weddings are hard to do. Whole industries are built around lavish weddings. Not to mention the waste that is created by the wedding itself. Guests often travel from great distances. Flowers go straight to the bin after one day. There are uneaten meals. And that new, expensive dress? Usually it gets worn once. It’s hard to avoid these realities. But there are ways to make your wedding day greener. And the benefits can be huge. Here are five tips to a greener wedding.how-to-have-a-green-weddingTip #1 Source local. Where ever you’re getting married you can offset travel of you, your guests or both by using service providers that work and live in the place you’re getting married. The economic benefits to this can't be overstated. Essentially your money is sustaining the local community. Doing this will help to preserve the area and its people the way you remembered it.how-to-have-a-green-weddingTip #2 Choose a wedding venue that practices sustainability. When shopping wedding locations, ask about sustainability measures. What is done with the trash? Is any extra food provided to the local shelter?  Does it offset the footprint - so to speak - either through hosting special events for local organizations, make donations or volunteerism? It never hurts to ask.how-to-have-a-green-weddingTip #3 Before you choose that elaborate peony, ask your florist first about local flowers for the season you’re planning to marry. And if you do source flowers with a different season - often shipped from abroad - ask the florist whether they are Florverde-certified. Florverde standards include minimal water use via drip irrigation and rainwater collection; hummus fertilization; boilers with air pollution filters; sulfur vaporization; integrated pest control for 46 percent less pesticide use; and environmentally sensitive waste disposal. Also, make arrangements for someone to take the flowers afterwords to a senior center, shelter or food kitchen where others can enjoy them.how-to-have-a-green-weddingTip #4 Instead of gifts, ask guests for charitable donations and research local non-profits in the area your marrying. If you’re giving to a larger cause, find out if the organization provides services in the location you marry, again to preserve the area and its people the way you remembered it. BTW, there are a number of registries online like www.idofoundation.org.how-to-have-a-green-weddingTip #5 Keep the lid on that guest list. I’m reminded of the round up of scouts just outside Colorado Springs at the turn of the century. The imprint of that get together 100-years-ago can still be seen today. That may not be the case at a local wedding venue, but every person you invite travels, consumes and wastes. So keep your guest list for the most important day of your lives down to the most important people in your lives. Speaking from experience, it’s a lot more fun that way too!  More great green wedding tips can be found online here, here and here. All images are from Cassie and Will's wedding at Hillside Gardens. A lovely and local green wedding location in Colorado Springs. Happy planning! — Sean


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