You might be happy with getting the usual poses: the dress on the bed, looking out the window, your nose in the bouquet, etc. And you might be okay with the feathery focus, clouds and starry borders for your wedding photographs. Still, there are other, more extraordinary ways to document your wedding.
Here are a few of my ideas:
- Rent a photo booth – Instead of a guest list, a photo booth is a fun way of remembering who were there. The photos also double as a souvenir for friends and family.
- Get a photography student – Put up an ad near campus, and take a look at what they’ve done so far. Many student photographers will have a fresh look at how to photograph your wedding. And they’re more after building a folio, which means payer a lower fee compared to a pro.
- No photographer too small – If you have kids in the entourage or have a young relative, lend him a disposable camera. Weddings look different and interesting from a child’s point of view.
- Get in action – Chances are that your wedding photographer will have “stock” poses –like you looking out the window, the bridesmaids fixing you up, you sitting by the bed with your gown… Instruct the photographer to go photojournalistic –capture as much of the natural action as possible: the fuss, the tears, embarrassing dance moves, the genuine laughs.
- From guest to paparazzi – The old idea was to place a disposable camera on every table for your guests to snap away. Now, most will take photos with their own digital point-and-shoot or phone. Know which guests will be bringing their own camera, or encourage them to bring their camera. Set up a photobucket or flickr account where they can all upload their photos after the wedding. More photos for zero dollars.
Your wedding album doesn’t have to look like everyone else’s. Every bride wants her wedding to be unique and how you photograph this special day is just one way of achieving this.