Wedding photographs are timeless; they capture the love between two people and forever cast it on glossy paper. Pictures from your ceremony are more than a visual testimony of one moment; they begin the record of your family history and pass it to future generations. Embracing your wedding in photograph form suspends the powerful emotions experienced on the day of your vows and freezes them into time.
Depicting your momentous event takes a gifted and sensitive photographer. It also asks that the environment where those emotions are encapsulated be conducive to photographs.
Imagine your Wedding Album
Choosing the location for your wedding photographs is second only to the skill of your photographer. Before you make either one of these decisions, you will need to visualize how you see your wedding album. It is going to be a personal remembrance for you and your spouse or will it resemble more of a family event album? Do you want to emphasize your romance or will it be more important to have photographs of the bride and groom with elderly relatives, favourite nieces and childhood friends? Secondly, if you are considering an exotic destination for your wedding, you will need to determine if it is practical for your family and friends to travel with you or if your image of your family wedding album would be better achieved by pledging your vows closer to home.
Choose your Palette
If you are planning the wedding of your dreams and intend to promise your heart amid the balmy Pacific breezes, what background do you see for your photographs? Can you imagine you and your partner beginning the first page of the rest of your life among the ruins of a great Roman civilization, or do you prefer to build the fortress of your marriage upon the remains of Spanish fort resting in the exotic winds of the Caribbean? Would you prefer the billowing folds of your gown cascading over your ring-clad fingers as you stroll through the impressive majesty of the Mayan ruins or do you dream of taking your vows amid the lush, forest-covered mountains and breath-taking beaches of Rio de Janeiro? Is a symbolic walk up the many stairs of an Egyptian pyramid the kind of ceremony that will set the stage for your ascension into wedded bliss or do you envision your nuptials spoken in rugged time to the primal drumbeat of the sweeping desert in tribal Kenya?
Select your Photographer
While there is romance and mystique inherent in a destination wedding, some hard-core planning is involved to ensure your photograph locations have some predictability. A good photographer will let you know what these variables are and be able to explain how certain pitfalls can be avoided. A competent photographer will take precautions to minimize disruptions. On the most special day of your life, you need to be surrounded by people who can read your thoughts and respond; skilled artists who can take care of anything you don’t need to do and let you enjoy those precious moments.
Photograph location variables to account for:
– proximity of the chapel, gazebo, garden or church to the places you wish to have your photographs
– events that may occur to disrupt the session
– what your guests will do while the photographs are taken
– possibility of unpredictable weather changes
– likelihood of spontaneous traffic through your location
– probability of sudden noises
– conditions that make beautiful photographs
– shelter from inclement weather and an inspiring back-up plan
– the vision for your album shared by you and your partner and understood by the photographer
Awe-inspiring wedding photographs are not the result of random moments; they are an art created by experienced hands and a perceptive eye.