Eloping gives couples an unprecedented amount of freedom in where and how they want to get married. But it also creates some new challenges for things like wedding photography. If you're opting for an unusual location for your intimate nuptials, how can you get the most out of the wedding day photos? Here are a few tips for success.
1. Take Pictures First. If you have to travel or navigate your way to a remote location — like a lake, rock formation, or forest — don't dive directly into the ceremony. Spend some time taking the photos first. Why? This gives everyone a nice break before the centerpiece of the day (the actual vows) and ensures you preserve the day in pictures while everyone is still fresh and tidy.
2. Use the Golden Hour. The golden hour for photography is the hour just before the sun rises or sets. Its soft, lower-angled lighting is generally considered to provide the best natural light for picture-taking. If possible, time your nuptials to take advantage of this golden hour either for the pictures or the ceremony, especially if having an outdoor elopement.
3. Put Safety First. When using a nontraditional wedding location, remember that things are often not designed for the safety of a large, formally dressed group of people. Don't put anyone at risk to get the perfect shot, no matter how tempting. Piling everyone on that old dock on a lake might sound like an amazing photo opportunity, but it'll ruin your day if anyone falls in the water instead.
4. Get Creative. Now that you've chosen a more creative place to get married, follow through by being flexible and creative with your pictures. Be open to suggestions by the photographer. Plan a little extra time to explore the area and try different locations or shots. Bring along some props. Get the whole party involved. And never forget to have fun.
5. Ask About Contingencies. Nontraditional wedding locations — both natural and man-made — mean you don't have access to many conveniences. You may not have electricity, decent lighting, stores for last-minute supplies, or good weather. Talk with your photographer about how they will prepare for emergencies, contingencies, and missing features.
Ready to start planning your elopement wedding photography? Start by meeting with skilled wedding photographers in your destination area today. With their guidance and these tips, your big day will be everything you've ever wanted it to be.
For more information, contact a company like John Paul Studios.