Must Have Shots in Must-See Locations
You can add interest to your album and create photographic memories if you look beyond the ceremony and reception sites and head out to a few scenic spots for one-of-a-kind shots. You’ve put a lot of time and effort into finding the right photographer. But you’re not done yet. Before you breathe the proverbial sigh of relief, add one more task to your to-do list.
Before you head off to any location for your engagement, bridal or wedding photos, be sure to contact the proper authorities (read: property management or city permit office) to see if a permit is necessary for shooting photos in a particular location. In most cases you’ll be in the clear, but occasionally your photographer might be asked to obtain a permit for a nominal fee.
It’s also a good idea to keep your guests in mind if you’re planning to have your photos taken during the cocktail hour or between your ceremony and reception. They’ll be anxiously awaiting your arrival to the festivities, and it’s in poor taste to keep them waiting longer than 45 minutes.
If you absolutely can’t fit all your must-have photos in that time frame, consider having your photos taken before the ceremony or having a separate photo session (in full wedding attire) prior to your wedding day.
Do a little bit of scouting before your wedding day and check out a few scenic parks near your ceremony or reception location. Tree-filled arboretums in the fall, flowering botanical gardens in the spring or summer, or rustic nature preserves any time of the year will highlight Mother Nature’s beauty and give a seasonal look to your photos.
If you’re a city girl at heart, take to the streets for great photos. Lighthearted snaps of the two of you hailing a cab, peeking around a lamppost, or walking through downtown streets are great shots for your scrapbook and even better for thank you notes. Keep your eye out for interesting architectural details as you are cruising the city; sometimes the best photographs are shot in places that seem ordinary.
Make your photo session a cultural affair by posing for a few memories at an art gallery. The stark interiors surrounded by colorful artwork make for chic, sophisticated photos. You can pose next to sculptures, lounge on the front steps, or be your own work of art by having your photo taken on a brightly lit blank wall. Historic opera houses and theaters are other great locations for photos. If your wedding has become the production of a lifetime (and we’re sure it has!) why not take to the stage for more dramatic photo opportunities? You could even do your own balcony scene, a la Romeo & Juliet, for a classic, yet playful, Shakespearean-inspired photograph.
Join the Crowd
Grab some cotton candy and join the crowd for fun photos at a festival or special event. Street fairs, ethnic festivals, amusement parks, carnivals, and parades all make for memorable photos that highlight the local flavor of your wedding locale.
Hop on the merry-go-round, take a ride on the Ferris wheel, or pose with costumed street performers for a lighthearted look that mirrors your personality.
Mug with the animals at your local zoo, and take advantage of the lush fauna and foliage for photos that look like you’ve stepped into a different world.
Water and the beach are beautiful backdrops for photos. Take advantage of marrying near water and include a few shots with the two of you reflected in the water or frolicking on the beach.
Posing next to a creek or on the bank of a river are other options. But if you’re landlocked, look for water features in other locations for memorable photos. Park fountains, art gallery water sculptures, even small farm ponds are great places to embrace Mother Nature for outdoor shots with emphasis.
If you’re eloping or marrying in an area that you’re unfamiliar with, ask your photographer to recommend his or her favorite places for photos.
You can also check with the local visitor’s bureau or chamber of commerce for a listing of festivals and events during your wedding weekend that might make great destinations for photos. But if you’re still in the dark about where to go for those great one-of-a-kind photos, let your imagination be your guide.
Consider your hobbies, your personalities, and your lifestyles and you’re sure to find the perfect scenic spots that will create photographic memories to cherish for years to come. ♥