Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and having great photos that you can look back on with fondness for years to come is a must. Your traditional photos are great, but having photos that are unique to you and your spouse is always special and can make your photos that much more precious. Here are 5 ideas that can make your wedding photos one of a kind.

1. Include your Pets

One sure fire way to make your special day extra special is to include your pets. Pets are so much more than just place holders and they can make your photos unique and long lasting. Your pets are not going to be around forever and having them in your wedding photos is going to help to make those photos extra special. Your pets can also add a bit of fun and a bit of whimsy to your photos and break you out of the run of the mill cookie cutter photos that everyone is so used to. Adding pets to a photo can help cut the tension, it can help make you feel a bit less nervous, and it adds a bit of extra fun and adventure to every photo shoot. Pets love you unconditionally and it can help you to get your best photos that are going to really stay with you and that you are going to love to show people and to talk about.

2. Include the Kids 

Many people tend to keep wedding photos very traditional with only the wedding party and the immediate family of the couple present. Though these might be good for traditional photos, kids are fantastic and do help to liven things up. Adding the kids, your kids, the kids of your guests, your ring bearer and flower girl, or any kids that are special to the couple can make any photo instantly more fun and interesting. Kids also have great ideas and may be able to give you and your wedding photographer some ideas about what photos you can take and about what new photos would be good. Kids are precious and they are a great way to liven up photos and make the most of your photos and your photos session.

3. Play up your Passions 

if you love Harry Potter, do some Harry Potter photos, if you love books then use books, if you love the color purple, play it up. They are your wedding photos, do whatever makes you happy with them. Do what you want and make sure that when someone looks at your photos they are going to be able to tell what you love. Including things that you love with the person that you love is going to help you to get photos that you are not only proud of, but that you are also going to love forever and you are going to love sharing with other people. Playing up your passion is going to make your photos special and is also going to help make your photos different than other couple’s and make them unique to you. Your passions are what make you unique and incorporating them into your wedding photography is a great way to make sure the live on.

4. Take it on the Road 

If you have a place that is special to you but that is not your wedding venue, you can always take your wedding photography on the road. You can take photos before or after the wedding so that you can take the photos where you want. Say you have a family farm that you grew up on, you can always take your photo shoot out to the farm to get some truly special photos. Say you want to take a wedding photo at the place that you met your significant other, again, just take the photos where you want. Sometimes a location can have a huge impact on a person and on their lives and it can also have a great impact on their marriage or their future together. If you have a special place and you want to add it to your wedding photos, do it, it may mean the difference between photos that are going to be just pretty, and photos that have sentimental meaning to you.

5. Experiment

There is nothing wrong with doing whatever you want with your photos. You should take the time to try out a few different things, to really work and to try out whatever you want and just experiment to see what photos are going to work for you. You should take the time to really get try to find out what you like and to just look around and try any idea that you might want and that you see. There is no reason that you cannot try out a few different types of photos until you find the one you love and the one that is going to work best for you. If you see an idea online you want to try, do it. Do not worry that others are not going to like it, you can find some great ideas online or you can even ask friends for suggestions as to what you should do to make your wedding photos unique and totally different. The right wedding photos are ones that you love and that work for you and your spouse and no one else.

No matter what you decide, your wedding photography is unique to you and your spouse. Taking the time to find what works best for you and your significant other is going to help you make sure that the photos you take are the ones you will remember fondly for a lifetime. Try using any of the tips here to find the best photo style for you, and remember, it does not matter if everyone else is happy with your  photos, if you love them, then they are perfect.

Taking the time to plan your wedding pictures will help you and your photographer achieve the wedding pictures of your dreams. As with all forms of art, there are certain types and styles of wedding photography that are trending today. Expanding your point of view and stepping outside your comfort zone when it comes to what you think of wedding photography can produce pictures that you and everyone else you know will love. This list details some of the top trends in wedding photography, and you can pick and choose which ones you want to try for your  special day.

  1.   Sneak Peeks

 Today’s wedding parties can expect to have their photos posted on social media. In preparation for the big day, some choose to create excitement and anticipation for the wedding by doing a series of sneak peeks. From shots of the bouquet to the bridal party and rehearsal dinner, pictures of the couple’s shoes and everything else, photographers will have a pre-wedding set of pictures to share. This helps to engage an audience in the wedding and will also make family and friends feel more involved and looking forward to the big day as the couple themselves.

 

  1.   Proposal Shoots

Proposal shoots are growing in popularity. They take a bit of planning and communication beforehand, and they are ambitious, but if you and your loved one are feeling up to it, it can be a powerful image. Don’t underestimate the power of a great proposal shot coupled with sharing a heartfelt story of how much your fiancé means the world to you. Many proposal shots are set up in outdoor locations, so be sure the weather that day will be suited to your chosen destination. Engagement shots will preclude the big day and help you to create a library of stunning images that you will cherish for your lives together. If it’s a surprise proposal, work with the photographer to help create the best situation. They’ll need to know the details, such as place and time, and will coordinate with you to make the magic happen.

 

Photo by Aram Hovsepian on Aram Event Photography

  1.   Dreamy Photoshoots

Having flowers, lace, and a touch of everything that you’ve dreamed about for your wedding day is a big trend. Think Christmas lights, beautiful glass, fine silverware, and all of the bells and whistles.

Many wedding photographers are deciding to add a touch of the whimsical to their photoshoots. The goal is to create a beautiful and timeless image that will stay relevant for years to come. Another trend is to add film processing to the pictures, so they look like they are shot on film.

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

  1.   Having Fun

Whatever fun is for the couple, many wedding photographers are noticing more and more couples are choosing not to go the traditional route and instead pick every opportunity to have fun. They choose candid photoshoots instead of the staged ones. While there might be a combination of both, you will see more and more wedding parties having fun with their wedding photography.

  1.   Creativity

Many wedding pictures are adding creative elements to help them stand out and have visual interest. For example, some might include smoke bombs in the picture for color and a really cool effect. Others might incorporate sparklers or other light photography. If the wedding is at night, this is a particularly cool effect that will create pictures that are eye-catching and intriguing.

 

Image by Aram on Behance

  1.   Backlit Photographs

Dramatic light and scenery is a big trend in wedding photography. Creating a halo-effect with a bridal portrait is a big trend. They will showcase the beauty of the bride and her dress with the sun in the background. Although it might not be a traditional wedding photography technique, the rays of sunlight streaming in toward the viewer make an inviting image.

Image by Aram Event Photography on Google

  1.   Day after Shots

Pictures of the couple the day after are a trend on social media. They might still be in their wedding clothes, snuggling together. This might be paired with a story about how the wedding went, giving thanks, telling inside jokes, or reflecting on how the process of it was.

The wedding day is just the beginning of the marriage, and the day after shots help to continue the story for those who are involved.

Photo by Drew Coffman on Unsplash

  1.   Overhead Shots

Whether it’s with drones or a ladder, taking pictures from overhead gives a unique look. You can fit all of the guests and the wedding. When you’re outdoors, it’s an ideal way to get in the beautiful scenery and setting of the wedding. Think out of the box when it comes to overhead shots, such as walking down the aisle and be amazed at the pictures that result.

  1.   Black and White

Black and white pictures are growing in popularity. They focus on the emotion and subject of the photograph and are an elegant addition to your collection of wedding pictures. Black and white pictures are a must-have for your wedding photoshoot. You’ll love the timeless look that they have, and they do a great job of capturing the light and mood of a setting.

Having a mix of black and white and color photographs gives you a choice when it comes to profile pictures or when giving pictures as gifts. If you haven’t thought about it, consider adding black and white pictures to your wedding pictures. You might be amazed at the beautiful images that will result.

Taken at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

  1. Relaxed Weddings

More and more people are loosening the reins when it comes to wedding pictures. They might choose to have a more dressed down policy at the wedding. Or, they might allow kids or even pets to attend the event.

Relaxed weddings let people be themselves, and the wedding party, as well as the guests, will be more comfortable. This means that the pictures will be genuine, and you will love how it showcases everyone’s real side. Planning a relaxed wedding means different things to different people, and it might mean that you have more candid shots.