Wedding Tip Thursday - The Perfect Wedding Day Photos
Photo by Nancy Ray Photography
It’s been said that after the wedding day, you only walk away with the Groom and your photos (and of course your fabulous memories)! This is most certainly one of the reasons beautiful photography is consistently a top priority for Brides. Timing can be crucial to ensure quality photos and should be considered carefully when planning your wedding day timeline. Not only do you want to be certain to allow plenty of time for photos, you may want to plan your entire ceremony and reception start times based on one thing: light.
There are two “magic hours” of lighting for outdoor photographs – one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset. The hour before sunset is when most Brides will want to plan photos. This may mean planning a ceremony time that ends just before that magic hour or planning for First Look photos prior to the ceremony. You can find out when sunset occurs on your wedding day by visiting www.timeanddate.com which allows you to pick a city and state, type in the date and year, and then lists the sunrise and sunset times by day. If it just isn’t possible to get photos one hour prior to sunset, at least consider when it will be dark outside. Once the sun goes down, it’s almost impossible to get an outdoor photo with pretty lighting. Now say, “Cheese!”, and smile pretty for the camera!