• Hannah Snyder

Three tips for a more photogenic wedding!

Don't reinvent the wheel! After shooting countless weddings, these are three common mistakes I see couples make all the time. While I can make just about anything look good, I'm not a wizard and I can't make things appear or disappear with the click of a button. I say all these things with much love and with your best interests at heart! 1. Unironed robes.

As someone who spent many years in retail, nothing irks me more than when I show up to the bridal suite, and the silk robes everyone is wearing have thick creases all over them. It's an absolute picture ruiner and easily avoidable. I suggest this portable steamer and delegating someone in your party to steam out all the robes. This is an easy task that can be done while sipping mimosas, and it will make all the difference in elevating your images! 2. Apple watches i.e. the mullet of the wrist. Do you know how old Apple devices look so different? Something from three years ago can look completely outdated depending on how they changed their design. I think this will be true of the Apple Watch, and in a few years, the current model is going to look very old to us. While it's true that certain fashions go in and out of trend, I believe Apple makes a point to continue upgrading and modernizing their designs, so their old version looks... well... old. I suggest opting for a classic watch for your wedding day (and engagement session). One of the best grooms gifts I've seen were engraved pocket watches, so that's a snazzy alternative as well. 3. Not chasing the sun(set). The time of day that we take your photos is so important - because while I could take photos in harsh sunlight and they would look good, you would inevitably have a lot of shadows on your face and be squinting. On a cloudy day, we can avoid this problem, but it is very hard to predict how cloudy the day will be, and we might find ourselves waiting for a cloud to block out the sun to get better light. If the timeline allows, I recommend starting photos an hour before sunset for the best sunlight. I know it can be a pain to step away from your party this late in the day, so it is entirely up to you, but trust me when I say it will make a noticeable difference in your photos. We'll get that gorgeous glow that makes everything look soft and pretty, and you'll get a moment where the two of you can be together, alone and married, for the first time all night. It's a special moment and very much worth it!

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