Scout wedding photo locations in the Fraser Valley with this handy guide. Here are our tips for finding great locations and how to maximize them.
Visit locations in the rain.
Even if you know you’re likely to have great weather on your big day, a location always looks its worst in the rain. (Also a great day to shop for cars and houses!) Spot a location that looks beautiful in the rain, and you’ve got a pretty good chance of it being spectacular in sunshine.
Look for landmarks.
If there’s a special tree, a certain public square, or heritage landmark, it can be a fun memory to share near this familiar space. Also makes a great place to revisit in future for your anniversary!
Use perspective to add drama!
A long archway, a winding staircase, a spanning vista, and other locations that use tricks of angle and long lines will add instant drama to even an otherwise boring photo shoot. An up-close photo of you with a large view in the background is the classic, but as you scout wedding photo locations, aim for more unusual locations. Like, between long rows of trees or vines, unusual camera angles looking up at a tall statue, and so on. By going in advance to scout wedding photo locations, you’ll have this all planned and save time on the big day.
During your outings to scout wedding photo locations, try some sample photos with your phone.
If you like the look of it on a simple device like a phone, a master photographer with the right equipment can make it look like a magazine shoot. Show these phone photos to your photographer, as it will save time if you can better articulate what you want. Then, leave it to the professionals to figure out the icky technical details like lighting and depth of field.
Don’t think the old “bride-beside-the-golf-course-pond” is an absolute must.
Sure, take that shot if it makes your new mother-in-law happy. But be sure to add some other spontaneous shots, like walking along a path, or bending down to examine something tiny, and all the other little moments that will happen.
Lastly, don’t assume your photos have to be taken immediately after the ceremony.
Unless you have something really exciting for your guests to do in the meantime, it can be a boring dead time while everyone essentially stands around waiting for you to do your photos. Better to have a photographer roam your reception, snapping photos of your guests as he mingles. If you need a few formal shots, perhaps spreading them over the course of an afternoon or summer evening will do the trick, so that you don’t vanish for a couple of hours right after the big moment.
Photos taken spontaneously may be the best ones you get! A quality photographer will meet with you in advance to decide on your approach. For additional tips about editing photos, check out this article written by a world-class photo editing service used by professional photographers.
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