Trust your photographer
There is nothing more frustrating than looking at a beautifully composed shot of a wedding party where some people are looking in another direction! This happens easily when well-intentioned family or friends are also trying to capture ‘the perfect shot’. When you have a professional wedding photographer, trust them and let them direct your wedding photography session. This will lead to less frustration and better shots with everyone looking the right way 🙂
To encourage people to put down their electronic devices and truly enjoy the ceremony with you, consider an ‘unplugged ceremony’. The sign says it all.
If you want a chance to get portraits as the sun sets, work backward from the scheduled sunset time to plan for the ceremony and group shots before the happy couple poses for romantic sunset shots.
Sunset is also the perfect time to get creative with stunning silhouettes, particularly dramatic with a ballgown style wedding dress or a veil. Make sure the couple aren’t too close as their silhouettes will merge into one.
Use the beach for inspiration
You chose a beach wedding because you love the beach so what better way to be creative with photographs. Sand, starfish, shells and the surf itself all make for great photo opportunities.
Keep Equipment Clean
Sand can be an enemy of cameras and spare equipment. Use clear plastic bags to protect and seal and change lenses carefully.
Have a wishlist? Speak up!
If there are certain photos you know you want in your album (like a particular grouping of people for instance) then make sure your photographer knows asap.
Keep the horizon straight
A crooked horizon will instantly draw the eye and can ruin a picture. Set the horizon straight and remember the rule of thirds – a picture will often look better if the horizon is at the 1/3 or 2/3 level than at halfway.
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Look for reflections
If the tide is going out you may be lucky enough to get some great portraits and awesome reflections. If the tide is coming in, this isn’t likely to be an option.
Beach Wedding Photography is unique
Taking great beach wedding photos is not as easy as it looks. Being able to take great photographs elsewhere doesn’t directly translate to the lighting challenges and changing weather conditions on the shore. The safest way to plan on a beautiful beach wedding album is to hire a professional beach wedding photographer. The Suncoast Weddings team of photographers specialize in beach wedding photography.
Play with Color
Sometimes looking at an image in black and white can change the mood of the photo. Alternatively, selective pops of color can be used to great effect.
Listen to your photographer
Part of being a good photographer is composing shots. Listen to your photographer during the shoot so they can coordinate the wedding party. A good example is the blessing stones, the best shots have everyone throwing the stones at the same time.
Turn off any sounds on your camera and have backup plans by bringing spare memory cards and batteries.
If you’re ready to start planning your destination wedding, give us a call and we can start planning! 727-443-0039