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June 05, 2012 08:00 ET

Dreamstime Offers Tips for Wedding Photography Bliss

Soon-to-Be Brides and Grooms Can Now Plan Their Wedding Photos With Confidence

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - Jun 5, 2012) - In the midst of the June wedding season, brides and grooms around the world are planning their perfect weddings, including the most memorable aspect -- the photography. With this in mind Dreamstime, a leading stock photography community, has called upon its experienced and passionate contributors to share their tips for pairing the big day with the perfect wedding photography.

Wedding photos last a lifetime, but they only have one chance to be captured, making it imperative that couples carefully consider each step in the planning process. From the initial stages of selecting a photographer to pre-wedding engagement shoots and finally the wedding, engaged couples have plenty to consider. Below are tips to guide couples through the stages of planning their wedding photography so that they can capture, share and cherish for years to come.

The Search: On the big day, brides and grooms will be caught in a whirlwind of activity, so a confident, inspired wedding photographer to handle all the photo details and logistics is a must. When choosing the lucky artist, "the couple should have a face to face meeting with the intended photographer," advises Dreamstime contributor Fultonsphoto. "If the couple can not build up a relationship or relaxed rapport with the photographer before the day then they will not feel as comfortable with that person taking the photos, and this will come across in the images."

It's also worthwhile to invest time in reviewing the photographers past work to ensure their style and skill meets your expectations. Dreamstime contributor Karen Sarraga recommends that couples "find a photographer that can work well no matter what backgrounds and props are available." Don't settle for a photographer that relies on beautiful scenery and props to create great photos. Instead look for past work that shows a focus on human expressions and emotion, proving that the photographer can find the beauty whether the wedding is an informal event hall or luxe ballroom. Other thoughts on what to look for include proper equipment and cost of wedding packages.

The Engagement Shoot: We've all heard the mantra 'practice makes perfect,' and it holds true for wedding photos above all else. Engagement shoots prior to the big day have numerous benefits and can help work out the kinks prior to the ceremony. Dreamstime photographer Ken Cole explains, "An engagement shoot before a wedding is beneficial in providing an opportunity to work with the couple, relax them, and get to know them in a less formal setting. You as the photographer can be more creative without the pressure of time or family." For couples, the engagement shoot develops a level of trust with the photographer and acts as another opportunity to express their expectations.

On top of building a relationship with the photographer, the engagement shoot also generates photos that can be repurposed in multiple ways to support other wedding activities. Dreamstime contributor Anne Power suggests that, "in addition to engagement announcements, they can be incorporated into invitations, wedding favors, party decorations, etc." Additional thoughts on engagement shoots can be found here.

The Big Day: With romance at the heart of the event, couples will most cherish the photos that capture expressions of love, small moments of compassion and the enjoyment of the wedding guests. Many Dreamstime contributors agree that unique, intimate moments make for the most impactful photos. Contributor Alexandre Fagundes De Fagundes recommends snapping a shot of "the groom's face when the bride shows up at the entrance of the church." Photographer Lightart says, "Its sometimes the little 'flaws' that create the best memories. And if you happen to capture one of them, all the better." Such moments can include "a mistake at the alter that makes the bride or groom (or both) laugh, or some acting out by the little flower girl or ring bearer that steals attention from the bride and groom for a moment." By keeping an eye out for the unique, personable moments, the photographer can ensure that the wedding album is an accurate portrayal of the event and the relationship, while the couple will have one-of-a-kind photos. Other opinions on the details that determine a great photo can be viewed here.

Dreamstime would like to thank its contributors for sharing their knowledge and tips! For additional photography advice and insight, check out the previous Field of View campaigns exploring event and model photography, nature photography and graduation photography.

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