How to turn your wedding pictures good to GREAT

Marriages are no less than festivals in India.

Photo by Anne Edgar

Just like everywhere else, they are celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm along with a fine spirit of culture and tradition. Undoubtedly, it is the most memorable day in one's life and is treasured for generations. The memories of that wonderful day are well preserved in form of photographs.

If you'd had been to a few weddings or had at least seen some wedding albums, or photos trending on social media, you'd had noticed certain differences between a nice picture and a standout image. Here in this article we are discussing 10 of those minute differences, that completes your photo journey from good to great.

1. Background

In order to make your wedding pictures look better an ideal background is mandatory. In marriages the gathering is usually large and people are often going here and there and everywhere, which kind of affects the background. A standout image would be the one, where such interruptions would be minimal.

Take a deep look at the fiver pictures given below and observe, how a good background affects the overall image. The images on left has a distractive background. However on the right side images, the background has been made pretty useful. You will clearly feel the photos on the right are comparatively much better.

2. Clutter Free Area

Clutter will cause unnecessary distractions in your photographs. No matter if everything is perfect but your image has got unwanted clutters, the output will look bad. Clutters cannot be completely avoided or sidelined but they can definitely be reduced to a good extent. You will notice huge differences in images with clutters and images which are clutter free.

3. Color Themes

This is one of the most vital ingredients for perfect wedding pictures and your pictures automatically get a cutting edge advantage. Planning an apt theme is very important and while choosing a theme, smallest of the things count and make a difference. For instance, consider the theme colors are white and two shades of pink, that also match with the bride's dress, groom's shirt and overall compliments the decor. Color themes or wedding color combinations are in good demand. They transform your venue and give a royal feel to it and in images it can be certainly felt in that way. So once your wedding attire and accessories are ready, all you have to do is- choose a theme- without hesitation.

Color Theme & Decor

4. Decor

Just like the color theme, a good decor is equally important as it sets the atmosphere right. A good decor comprises of lights, flowers, stage, mandap, ceilings, walls, frame, floor, center piece, tables, chairs, curtains, fireworks and everything else. Decor goes hand in hand with theme and compliments it. After bride and groom, decor is the second most noticeable attraction. Pew decorations look very appealing but many people do a blend of traditional and modern decor, which looks splendid as well. When for smaller household functions like in house parties and birthdays, we pay attention to decor, in case of a wedding it is something which has to be appropriately done. In short, it is the heart and soul of the wedding ceremony.

Now, in order to capture the beautiful decor some things are to be correctly implemented:

I) keep cuisines at a distance, as it will minimize distractions and decor won't get affected and will be captured/recorded the way you want it.

II) provide a separate area for guests to relax, as guests will rejuvenate and will feel energetic and that eventually means, photographers will be able to click better pictures with best expressions around.

III) consider a decent music arrangement as music spreads a positive vibe and helps keeping good mood.

5. Usage of props and miscellaneous

Depending on couples' preferences or wedding style, usage of right props will be an added advantage. From a hand-mirror for bride or maybe a pair of hangers to a big photo frame for group shots or even a side ladder will make major differences in your images. Wedding props are in trend and add originality to the event.

Parents taking care of everything is cool, but here they can miss a thing or two. So participate, contribute and give your opinions as its going to be your wedding. Do not use steel utensils in forms of kalash and trays. Use bronze, brass or marble instead, for hawan samagri and prasad, as photos will look much better and more traditional.

Take help from the creative people in your family as they can advise you appropriately.

6. Traditional, Candid or Artistic

Traditional photos are the ones where you find people striking a pose. Candid photos are the ones, where the subject is not looking at the camera. Candid photos look natural and light plays a major part. Artistic photos are more inclined towards special color effects, partial coloring or deep coloring and images look like an absolute artwork. Therefore you have to make up your mind about choosing your photo genre. Some people prefer candid photos whereas some prefer traditional. Artistic photos is also getting popular lately. So choose your genre wisely or get a blend of everything.

7. Angles & Moment

Everyone looks the best on their wedding day. And in order to capture your photos the right way at right angles a photographer has to access and examine everything. Angles will depend on your dress up, looks and body type. A normally clicked image will stand nowhere compared to an image clicked in a correct angle and correct moment.

8. Elegant Posing

A wise man once said 'Posing is no less than a performing art'. And that in my opinion proves exactly the mettle of this point. No matter if your looks, dresses, venue and everything else is perfect but not your posing, then you might not like the output. Or in short words, bad posing almost ruins the image. So practice your favorite poses and do pay attention to your photographer.

Photo by Tom The Photographer

Photo by Tom The Photographer

9. Discussions

Talk to photographers, check their work and analyze the creative quotient. A creative professional will never get short of ideas and that will reflect in their work too. In weddings there are endless opportunities to be creative and they will make sure that everything looks presentable. Introduce important family members and friends to the photographer, as he will put in best efforts to click main people at the function.

Therefore discussions with your photographer is very important, tell him what do you want exactly and give him some space and time, so that he weaves a beautiful story.

10. Don't forget to smile

The most important of all points. It's your big day and make sure you carry a nice smile on your face. A smiling face is like a feather on wing and automatically enhances the value of the picture. If the above 9 mentioned points aren't properly executed but you are smiling your heart out, your pictures still will look amazing as smile is the prettiest thing one can wear. So be happy, have fun and smile a lot.

A good photographer will always try to make his work stand out but at the end of the day, he can only click he can only click what's actually in there.

So by taking a look at these 10 points, you by now must have realized, what all it takes to complete your photo journey from good to great. We are pretty sure, most of the points discussed above are familiar to our readers, but the way they are implemented definitely affect the image output.

Magic is in you !