Your wedding photos are keepsakes that you'll look back on and share with others for years to come. This is your chance to decide how you want to remember your wedding day and with the help of a photographer you can capture every detail. You don't have to look far to find inspiration for what you want your photos to look like and your photographer will have some ideas for you to try as well. But you want your day to be your own and a great way to do this is to take a few unique shots on your big day to add to the mix of the classic pictures being captured.
Kevin Cascagnette, a photographer for Kelly Moss Photography in Midland, Ontario, shared a few photos with me that might not have made your must-have list at first but need to be added.
Check out the photos for a closer look at these unique ideas and to see Kevin's reasons for why you must have them.
Your wedding photos are yours for a reason and you need to let your own unique personalities show through the photos and make them truly your own.
"One of my all time favourite shots isn’t because of spectacular light but because the bride and groom managed to let their personalities shine during their ceremony! To celebrate, the happy go-lucky couple finalized their marriage with a high-five! This is not to say every bride and groom should high five, but they should find some way to let their own personalities shine through during their ceremony."
The Moment after The Ceremony
For this image, you need to make sure that you've got the time and you're not stressed about taking a few moments to yourselves as a newlywed couple just after the ceremony.
"The ceremony is one of the most magical parts of any wedding day and is made especially amazing because you are surrounded by the people you hold closest to your heart. That being said though, I have found that after dozens of weddings, it is important that the bride and groom find 5-10 minutes directly after the ceremony to be with one another. No bridal party, no parents, just the two of them and their trusted photographer. This intimate moment where they can breathe and have a personal toast of champagne makes for a truly beautiful image."
The exit photo has become a little less popular than it once was, but the right timing and prepared guests can make a perfect shot of the newlyweds!
"Gone are the days of people lining up and seeing the newlyweds off to their next destination, whether it’s the reception, photo location, or home. This shot never loses it’s impact when some planning is put into making sure your guests are waiting outside of your ceremony location. In this image, everyone was given a baggy of lavender and knew exactly what they were supposed to do with it, and when they were expected to do it."
This shot will be unique to every couple because it all depends on where you want to hold your big day.
"Bringing in a shot that is less about the bride and groom and more about where they were married is a great addition to any album and helps set the scene. This breathtaking shot not only shows the bride and groom in an intimate moment, but also captures literally everywhere they had spent their time pre and post wedding!"
The 3D Photobooth
A trend in wedding photos that has blown up lately is having a photo booth for you and your guest to enjoy and this extra step will make yours stand out from the others you've seen.
"Photo booths have become a huge sensation for weddings in recent years but what sets these photo booth images apart is their almost 3D nature. Typical photo booths are set up with studio lighting and can often feel cramped and confined. The bride and groom at this particular wedding opted for an outdoor photo booth with a fun frame hanging from the tree. This frame allowed the everyone to pop off the page of their wedding album! Fun, easy and way more interesting than the cliche props and black backdrop that have made their way into every wedding you’ve been to in the last year!"
Huge thanks to Kevin for the photos & awesome ideas!