fine art film


artful & organically inspired

7 Tips for Amazing Wedding Photos | Melissa Blythe NC & Destination Fine Art Film Wedding Photographer

June 14, 2018

This post if directed to my lovely clients. Thank you for allowing and trusting me to photograph your wedding day! Chances are that you have hired me because you admire the photographs I create. Every image you see throughout my social media accounts and website was created with intent. Rather than firing away my shutter button and hoping to get a good shot, I take the time to compose and create GREAT shots. Don’t get me wrong, your fleeing candid moments are captured also, but to achieve the look of; fine art elegance; naturally posed portraits; and carefully styled detail shots, you will need to follow these 6 tips.

Your Bridal Suite

There is no better way to ensure beautifully lit photographs of you and your bridesmaids getting ready, drinking mimosas in matching robes and sharing the anticipation of the wedding day than choosing a bridal suite that is equipped with many windows, providing great natural light.

bonus tip: Wedding days can be messy, be sure to have your getting ready space neat and tidy when your photographer arrives to avoid distractions in photos.

Organize your Details

Many brides are inspired by detail photographs that they see from their favorite photographers and blogs but can be unaware of how much effort goes into creating these perfectly styled photographs. If you love detail shots allocate at least 60 minutes of time for them to be created. To help your photographer with the process be sure to have your invitation suite, jewelry (don’t forget both sets of rings), signature perfume, shoes, wedding dress and additional heirlooms gathered neatly into one place. This way when the photographer has arrived to your getting suite they can begin photographing them right away!

bonus tip: ask your florist to provide you with left over flowers from your bouquet. This way they can be incorporated into your detail photographs.

A First Look

If you are open to seeing each other before the ceremony a first look is the perfect choice for you. There are many pros to choosing to do a first look: to calm wedding day jitters, to photograph in the daylight, your hair and make up will be at its best and it’s also a really special moment for just the two of you! I have never had a bride regret doing a first look!

Take Portraits before the ceremony

Scheduling as many of your formal portraits such as bridal party, bride and groom photos and family portraits before the ceremony allows for you all to be able to enjoy cocktail hour and mingle with all of guest, rather than be swept away for 60-90 minutes. Also, capturing candids of guests congratulating you as newlyweds is priceless. When a couple chooses to have their family formals and bridal party photos taken after the ceremony it is very rare that I am unable to capture these fleeing moments.


Give Yourselves an Hour

When my clients choose to build in a solid hour for their bride and groom portraits we are able to go beyond the traditional photos and create creative magic. Giving yourself this time means that we can photograph in multiple locations and not feel rushed. Really, allowing yourself and your photographer adequate time to create is key to achieving amazing photographs.

An Unplugged Ceremony

Politely asking your guests (delegate this task to your planner or officiant) to keep their cell phones on silent and put away whilst attending your ceremony will be a wise choice. There is nothing worse than a bride walking down the isle only to have the grooms view blocked by an excited friend in the aisle with a cell phone to their face. Explain to your guest that you have hired a professional photographer so that they are able to be present and witness the moment in real time.

Have an Engagement Session

Choosing to have an engagement session prior to your wedding day will allow you to get a sense of how it feels to work with your photographer and what to expect on your wedding day. After I photograph my clients engagement session I feel as if we’re friends and it makes the wedding day that much better! Another great thing about having an engagement shoot is that we won’t be working on a strict timeline meaning you are able to get creative with your location, outfits and styling.

Are you finding these tips useful? Comment below or message me with any questions!

Melissa Blythe NC & Destination Film Wedding Photographer 



constantly i used to read smaller posts which as
well clear their motive, aand that is also happening with this article which
I am reading now.

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

An impressive share, I simply given this onto a colleague who was doing just a little analysis on this. And he in reality purchased me breakfast as a result of I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to debate this, I feel strongly about it and love reading extra on this topic. If potential, as you turn out to be expertise, would you thoughts updating your weblog with more particulars? It is extremely helpful for me. Large thumb up for this weblog submit!

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

I am only commenting to let you be aware of of the useful experience our daughter enjoyed reading your site. She mastered numerous issues, with the inclusion of what it is like to have a great helping mood to get many others very easily completely grasp several tortuous issues. You actually did more than visitors’ expectations. Many thanks for churning out such useful, dependable, explanatory and unique tips about the topic to Kate.

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

I not to mention my guys have been reading through the excellent suggestions found on the blog and then immediately I had a horrible feeling I never expressed respect to the site owner for them. The women had been for that reason thrilled to read all of them and have in reality been taking pleasure in them. I appreciate you for simply being quite helpful as well as for figuring out certain fantastic resources millions of individuals are really eager to be aware of. Our honest regret for not expressing appreciation to you earlier.

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

I simply wished to thank you so much yet again. I am not sure the things that I would’ve accomplished in the absence of the opinions documented by you concerning such a subject. This was a very troublesome situation in my position, nevertheless observing this expert avenue you solved that took me to jump for contentment. Now i’m grateful for your advice and as well , trust you realize what a great job you were accomplishing instructing people today via a site. Probably you have never come across any of us.

Your comment is awaiting moderation.
Add Your Comment