Capturing flattering couples portraits that elicit genuine emotion on the wedding day is not easy. But with the right tips, your professional can help you capture beautiful photos that will be cherished for years to come.
Family photos can feel a bit chaotic, as people scatter in different directions and – let’s be real – might have indulged in some celebratory spirits. So it’s important to plan ahead by creating a shot list with your photographer.
1. Bri Photography
Bri’s work is timeless and elegant with a touch of whimsy. She always puts her clients first and makes them feel at ease during their session. She has a way of capturing those special moments that you want to remember forever.
She is also amazing at family photography. It is so important to take the time to capture those sweet giggles, chubby cheeks and silly dance moves. They won’t last forever. She is a must-have for every family.
The day was hotter than a witches titty in a brass brazier, but that didn’t stop these two from having the best time with their people and dancing their asses off!
2. Amma Rhea Photo
If you’re looking for wedding photos that are polished, refined, and just a bit playful, look no further than the sisters at Amma Rhea Photo. Whether they’re shooting your wedding in a contemporary hotel, an intimate cottage in the woods, or at City Hall, this team has you covered with photos that will help you remember your day for years to come. Former clients rave about how easy it is to work with this one-stop photography shop, and they’re a great fit for couples who want their weddings to feel authentic rather than staged.
If your dream wedding is a fairytale in a European castle or a deluxe garden party, New Jersey photographer Jill will capture the magic. She works with trendy couples who are hosting their weddings in picturesque destinations like beachside retreats and historic homes, renovated cabins, or mountain estates. Jill’s style is light and airy with a perfect balance of elegance and romance, and her portraits are especially beautiful.
Garret prioritizes capturing the people and moments that make you and your partner unique in her timeless photos. She’s a great choice for couples who aren’t comfortable in front of the camera because she will coach you to relax and let your natural beauty shine through. During your engagement shoot and on your big day, she will take the time to connect with you so she can translate your love story into a collection of photographs.
Alicia will capture your big day in an authentic way, and she’s a great fit for couples who are planning an elopement or small celebration. She’s a one-of-a-kind artist who has a heartfelt commitment to making her clients feel incredible. Her process includes an engaging and fun engagement session, a thoughtfully crafted timeline for your wedding day, and beautiful images that will help you relive the emotions of your special day long after it’s over.
If you’re looking for a photographer who has a bold and creative aesthetic, New York City-based Emily is the right choice. From editorial captures that look straight out of Vogue to candid shots during your first dance, her photos are always on point. Her portfolio is filled with beautiful images of adventurous souls, so she’s a great choice for couples who want to show off their personality and passion for life in their wedding photos.
3. Jenny Quicksall
Whether you’re looking for romance, fun or something in between, Jenny’s work is sure to please. Her elopement photos and engagement shoots capture the essence of love with unique details and timeless elegance.
For example, she recently captured Bachelor alum Ashley Iaconetti’s bridal shower at The Garland and gave it the feel of an elegant romantic comedy. She brought together La Tavola Fine Linens, stationery by Shindig Bespoke, candles, flowers and more to set the perfect table for Iaconetti’s friends and family.
She also knows how to stage a bar and makes it look fabulous! Her team at Flair Project works closely with brides and grooms to design and frame a specialized menu that aligns with their wedding’s colors, fonts and overall style. They also create a timeline for creating and ordering an album through them to ensure a smooth process and high-quality product.
4. Jose Villa
Jose Villa is an award-winning, wedding photographer based in Santa Barbara, California. Named one of the top photographers in the world by Martha Stewart Weddings, Harper’s Bazaar, and Style Me Pretty, his work has been published internationally. He is known for his ethereal, romantic images and a deep commitment to documenting authentic moments. His unique approach to film photography and passion for capturing emotion have set him apart as a leader in the industry.
He also shares his thoughts on a common struggle many photographers face: FOMO (fear of missing out). It is normal to experience this feeling and he encourages listeners to take the time to recognize it, but not let it control your life. Instead, focus on being consistent with your work and creating a portfolio that is unique to you.
In the episode, he also discusses his thoughts on brides today and how they are becoming more interested in a story being told through their images. He loves this trend and thinks it is important to be honest with your clients about what they can expect. He warns against over-styling as it can create a false reality for the viewer. Instead, he advises to spend the time on what is most important to you and your client.
For example, he shared that if a bride sees a shot on Instagram or Pinterest that she absolutely loves, it is easy to want that exact image at her wedding. However, he takes the approach of “One for me, one for you.” This ensures that he will capture a similar shot for her but that she also receives an image that is unique to her day.
Lastly, he discusses the importance of integrating design into your delivered products such as albums or slideshows. He explains how this can help your clients feel a luxurious experience and also helps you stand out in the industry. The book is filled with real-life examples, solid techniques, and stunning images. It is the perfect resource for wedding photographers looking to update their work and cater to a new generation of brides.