Phoenix Wedding Photographers – 10 MUST HAVE SHOTS

On their special day, I always make sure each couple gets the shots that will leave people exclaiming, “Awwee! That’s so cute!” or “Wow! That is amazing!” From the Kissing Couple to the Shoes to the crying Father of the Bride. These are not-to-miss shots that everyone will love to look back on. Some are romantic, some are funny, and others are breath-taking. Each shot will show everything that goes into the masterpiece that became the wedding. Here are 10 Must-Have Wedding Shots any photographer must take:

10 Must-Have Wedding Shots


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10 Must-Have Wedding Shots

  1. The Kissing Couple – Any time the couple touch lips, it gets a room full of “Awwwwwww’s”. Place them in front of a background that is minimal to accentuate their ‘cuteness’.
  2. The Look on His Face – As she walks down the aisle, all eyes are on her, so it is the perfect time to snap a shot of the groom’s reaction as he sees his wife-to-be looking more stunning than ever.
  3. The Shoes – The bride’s heels, flats, stilettos, or whatever her feet are covered with, are important. She spent a lot of time putting her entire outfit together. You don’t want to forget the little detail of the shoes that she chose to complete her look.
  4. The Details – You cannot forget the small details that turn the wedding from another party into a grandest of occasions. It’s all about the little details that go unnoticed. So, a photographer must not forget these.
  5. Over-The-Shoulder – The bride behind the groom is adorable. You can see the way that he looks at her and how much he loves her on his face.
  6. The Lift – What bride doesn’t want to be lifted in the air?
  7. The Mother of the Bride – The look on her mother’s face will be priceless. She will watch her daughter go through the same things she went through too.
  8. The Father of the Bride – If he’s crying, take a shot. When will you ever see a grown man cry in public again?
  9. The Dip & Kiss – How much would it suck be for the bride to dipped, staring into the love of her life’s eyes and then kissed, and there was no one to capture it? Romantic moments must be photographed.
  10. The Scenery – The shot of the epic background behind the “I do’s” deserves a picture of itself. A capture the moment of such a dramatic moment.

When planning a wedding, there are so many things you need to think of – the caterer, entertainment, invitations, reception, etc. – for this one-day event. Everything has to be the perfect for the bride and groom’s day. From all of the big decision to the small details, you can get overwhelmed with everything. However, you don’t want to forget the photographer, the person who will capture all of the romantic moments between the bride and groom, the hilarious candid shots of the guests, and all of events that occur throughout the day.

Finding the right photographer is essential to making sure the memories of this momentous occasion lasts a lifetime. You don’t want distorted and blurred images from amateur photographers or bad shots taken at the wrong time, getting backs of heads, half-smiles or no one looking at the camera. No, you want pictures of the perfect bride standing next to Mr. Right that you can show 50 years from now.

So let me take the burden off your hands. Don’t worry about making sure the photographer gets the perfect pictures that you want. Capturing all of the little moments of your perfect day in the lens of my camera is my specialty. Although, I may not be the lowest cost among many other photographers in the area, but I provide the best value. I will give you nothing but the best, because I am the best wedding photographer in Phoenix. With my 7 years of photography and videography experience, I will have you reliving the moments of your wedding every time you encounter the pictures again.

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Photography Tips and Tricks – Let Black and White Emphasize the Emotion

I had a conversation with a friend one time and we were talking about this question – “How do you know when to turn a picture black and white?”

I thought to myself and replied, “Good question! How do you know?”

Something as simple as that stumped me, but as we were talking, my friend learned the answer from another friend and it was as simple as this – “You turn the photo black and white with the most emotion or depth of feeling.”

It was profound so I had to test for myself.  Check out the following picture:

One can say that the emotions communicated from this picture could be ‘Joy,’ ‘Excitement, ‘Cheer’ and many others.

Now take a look at the same photo in black and white:

Don’t you think those emotions come through in a clearer way? It does to me. The emotion in the black and white photo just seems more accented and highlighted. Turning this photo black and white in particular certainly did deepen the “depth of feeling.” Why do you think? I think the reason is this:

The processing of information by our brains is competitive.  This is true because we tend to prioritize information in our subconscious.  So when our brains process the emotion communicated by a picture, it is in direct competition with everything else it is processing at the same time including the color from a picture.  A black and white photo simply gives you less colors and therefore ‘less competition’ and allows for the emotion to win over.  I believe that is why black and white photos gives us the nostalgic feelings they do because the emotions come through in a stronger way and we relate to that emotion.

Agree or disagree? Try it for yourself.

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Photography Tips and Tricks – Minimize the Areas of Contrast in Backgrounds

When taking a portrait, there are lots of things that can distract from the goal of the portrait. The goal of the portrait is to convey the personality and identity of the person through their expressed facial features. The less distractions you have in a picture, the more your portrait conveys that person…simple right? The one common thief of the goal of a portrait is the background. Shooting a portrait with a minmal background greatly makes your photo stand out.

Now not everyone has a fancy studio and I’m not a huge fan of cheesy cloth smoke backgroundssmoke-background so shooting outdoor in a more natural environment is more preferable. But when shooting outdoors, it’s important to choose your background wisely when taking a portrait.

One technique is to minimize the areas of contrast such as light and dark. Check out the following photos:

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Which photo do you think emphasizes the face better? If you chose the photo on the right, you are correct. The portrait on the left has a large contrast of areas of dark and light that really distracts from the portrait while the picture on the right minimizes the contrasting areas. The picture on the right primarily has lighter areas that really allow for the portrait to be emphasized. Shooting with a low f of course helps you blend that nice background into a nice creamy mesh. BOKEH!

Hope this helps you guys! Please share this tip with others and check back for more tips and tricks. Thanks!


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