How to Take Wedding Photos

#TooCute: How To Take Wedding Photos With Pets

Wedding photos with pets: We’ve taken them, we’ve seen them, we can’t get enough of them, and we’ve saved ALL of them on our IG. As a wedding photographer, you might have already honed your people skills, but if your couple’s pet or pets are a part of the guest list, you might want to think about leveling up your communication and wedding photography techniques as well. It’s highly likely that if your couple plans on including pets in wedding, they won’t spring that surprise on you on the wedding day, which means you’ll have enough time to prepare a photo checklist for wedding that features super cute photos of their fur babies. But if you do get stuck somewhere, these 5 wedding photo ideas on how to photograph pets at weddings could help you get exactly what you need to get those super cute family photos with pets. 

How To Take Adorable Wedding Photos With Pets

1. Get Pet-Approved 

a wedding couple posing with their pet dog on a leash
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @apollofields

Your couple has approved you as their wedding photographer, but in case their wedding photography plan also involves wedding photos with pets, we’d recommend getting to know their pets too. Usually, you’ll have plenty of time in-between the contract signing and the wedding day, so if you can, try to get acquainted with their pets before you photograph them. This way, you can create a game plan of how you’re going to get their fur babies to pose for you on the wedding day. Plus, this will also give the pets a chance to get to know you. You never know how a pet can react to a new person, so it’s important that both parties get to know each other for a seamless working relationship. 

If meeting the pets in-person is not an option, you could simply reach out to your couple and ask them questions about their pets. This could give you an idea about their personalities and help you prepare for any challenges that you might encounter on the wedding day. Also, a great way to get the pets to cooperate on the wedding day would be to keep their favorite treats handy. This way, it’s a win-win! Additionally, if your couple really wants to have their dog in the wedding photos but is completely clueless about how to go about it, you could go the extra mile for them and guide them to articles that talk about ‘how to include your dog in your wedding photos’. 

Read More: 10 Questions To Include In A Wedding Photography Questionnaire

2. Capture The PDA

a wedding couple kissing their pet dog while holding the bouquet
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @erickelley

Couples often include their pets in wedding photos as a sign of love and connection to an animal that has been with them through thick and thin. And as a wedding photographer, your job is to capture those heart-warming moments between the couple and their beloved pets. For example, you could take pictures of the couple giving kisses to their pets or even photograph their furry companions giving them slobbery kisses! For some candid wedding photos with pets – if your wedding day timeline allows – just ask your couple to play around with their pets. This is the best way to get some picture-perfect family portraits that reflect their sweet bond.

Our tip: Try not to confine pets indoors. One of the best places to take wedding photos with pets is outdoors in big, open fields. So if your couple’s pet-friendly venue also offers space for pets to run and play around, then take that opportunity to let pets be pets, and photograph them in their element.

3. Solo Portraits 

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Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @apollofields

Is there really anything more adorable than solo pet portraits on the wedding day? Okay, there could be, but your couple will 100% go “awwww” when they see their puppy’s/cat’s/*enter pet* solo portrait. If your couple’s pets are part of the wedding, there are chances that they will be wearing some kind of wedding attire or accessory. Bowties, tuxedos, dresses, floral collars and crowns, custom bandanas – if your couple’s pets are wearing anything close to a wedding attire, then your job is to ensure that you do a solo portrait session with them. For wedding photos with dogs, consider photographing them on a couch, on the bed, by a window, running around, or even taking a quick little nap before they have to report to duty as the ring bearer or flower girl or just to stand next to the couple as they say their wedding vows. Including a cat in your wedding photography might not be something you do everyday, but if your couple does ask for it, do your research on how to get the best photo possible. 

Suggested Read: 7 Must-Have Angles To Capture During The Wedding Ceremony

4. Enlist A Helper

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Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @apollofields

Holding multiple cameras and lenses, giving posing cues, taking photos, and handling pets at the same time could be a little too much for any wedding photographer. For picture-perfect wedding photos with pets, you might want to consider using a helping hand. This could be your second shooter, an assistant, or one of the guests who is familiar with your couple’s pets. This way, you can focus on taking the best wedding photos with pets. If there’s a dog in the wedding, they might often get distracted and want to run around the place, so when you have a helper with you, they can keep the dog engaged even when they’re in front of the camera. 

5. Be Patient

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Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @olsondesignphotography

When it comes to pets, you have to be prepared for sudden mood shifts. Even if you have created a whole checklist of wedding photos with pets, don’t be disappointed if your couple’s pet decides to take a nap or socialize with guests instead. Forcing the pet to pose for the camera is certainly not the best way to go about it. You have to be willing to take a break, let the pets do their thing, and then start over. If a pet gets uncooperative or agitated, we’d highly recommend pausing and giving them some TLC (or treats) to get them in a good mood again. Plus, your couple will really appreciate you for showing kindness and being patient with their pets. They are just like another family member to them, so it’s important to remember that their well-being matters to the couple.

Further Read: Must-Have Cute Couple Poses To Include In Your Shot List

Including pets in a wedding is an increasingly growing trend, and it’s such a heart-warming way for couples to honor their furry family members. Wedding photos with pets can be incredibly cute, and not to mention super super precious to your clients. So if you want to keep up with the trend, you might want to brush up on your pet photography skills, learn how to understand pets, and get them to do what you want without having to force them. If it’s possible, meet the pet before you photograph them or get to know them through your couple. On the day of the wedding, go outside and try not to just chase them for photos. And most importantly, remember the treats and stay patient no matter what. Respect the pet, and you shall get respect in return – from the pet and your clients too. 

PS: To perfect your pet photography technique, you could try practicing with your pet if you have one!

At ShootDotEdit, we are passionate about helping you grow your wedding photography business. A part of how we do that is by lessening your post-production workload with our professional photo editing services. To learn more about how we can help your wedding photography business, check out our pricing plans.

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What Is A Bridal Session & Reasons To Add It To Your Services

Here comes the bride, all dressed in white or maybe in a dress with colorful floral designs? Whatever may be the bride’s choice, her wedding attire is a wedding day highlight for sure. But before you photograph the dress (and the bride) in all its glory on the wedding day, a bridal portrait session is a chance for you, as the wedding photographer, to really help shine the spotlight on the dress. Plus, it’s also an opportunity for the bride to prepare herself for the wedding day photos. But if you don’t see why you should add bridal portrait sessions on your list of services or have no idea about what is a bridal session, this blog could help you understand the concept and even motivate you to start offering them asap! Hint: A more polished portfolio, more clients, more profits, etc, etc.

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A Guide To Photographing Emotional Wedding Moments

From the first looks to the first dances – weddings are filled with love, happiness, and tears of joy. These are the moments that will really capture the essence of the day and narrate the story of the bride and groom’s love for each other. As a wedding photographer, you already know that it’s absolutely crucial to photograph emotional wedding moments. In this blog post, we will highlight some of these wedding moments that you should plan for and offer tips on how you can capture them beautifully.

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The Ultimate Second Shooter Wedding Photo Checklist

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Second shooters play an important role in wedding photography. Not only do they provide an extra set of hands, but they also help to capture different angles and perspectives of the big day. As the second shooter, you assist the lead wedding photographer by capturing photos that are important to your couple. Therefore, a second shooter checklist is essential to ensure that you capture all the essential moments of your couple’s big day. By being prepared and having a well-planned second shooter shot list with you, you can flawlessly capture the wedding day without any stress and even stay on track at all times. 

What Is A Second Shooter and What Are Their Responsibilities

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A second shooter is a photographic assistant who works with the primary photographer to capture a wedding. So the answer to “is a second shooter necessary?” depends on whether the couple or the size of the wedding requires one. Here are some reasons why having a second shooter is a good call: 

  • The second shooter is responsible for capturing all of the other important moments that take place on a wedding day, including candid shots of the guests, detail photos, wide-angle shots of the ceremony and reception spaces, etc. 
  • The second shooter also helps in setting up and breaking down photo shoots, carrying equipment, and assisting with other logistical tasks. 
  • Along with helping with carrying the gear, setting up shots, and managing guests, a second shooter also helps with crowd control and any unforeseen circumstances that may arise.

Suggested Read: Training Your Second Shooter: Making Them An Essential Member Of Your Team

An Inclusive Wedding Photography Checklist For Second Shooters

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1. How To Be An Ace Second Shooter 

A second shooter checklist will help you be sure that nothing is forgotten and that all the bases are covered. As a second shooter, all you’ll need to excel at your job is this wedding photography checklist with second shooter tips:

  • Arrive early at the wedding venue. Look for the best shooting locations and get a feel for the lighting in each spot. Be aware of your surroundings and look for unique angles to capture the wedding day story and details.
  • Capture a mix of close-ups and wide-angle shots. Be it the first look, wedding ceremony, or reception photography, get a good understanding of the couple’s vision for their photos so that you can capture shots that will fit in with their overall aesthetic. Follow the ultimate wedding photography checklist and coordinate with the lead photographer to ensure that you’re on the right track. 
  • Take advantage of any scenic backdrop at the wedding venue for your couples portraits. If possible, try to sneak away during sunset for a few minutes to get some beautiful golden hour photos. 
  • Get to know the wedding party and guests, so you can put them at ease in front of the camera. Once the ceremony is over, stick around to capture some candid shots of guests congratulating the newlyweds.
  • Be aware of the schedule and plan ahead to capture all the little details that make the wedding day unique. During the wedding reception, be on the lookout for special moments like the first dance, cake cutting, reactions to wedding toasts, etc. At the end of the event, make sure to get a few shots of the bride and groom leaving as husband and wife. 

Suggested Read: 5 Quick Tips To Empower Your Second Shooter

2. Second Shooter Wedding Shot List

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Just a wedding shot list helps a wedding photographer stay on track, creating a list of all the moments you need to capture can be beneficial. As a second shooter, you are entrusted with capturing wedding photos that a lead shooter might be too busy to capture. Plus, you are also expected to capture different angles and perspectives that help tell the story of that moment. With a second shooter shot list, you increase your chances of capturing everything flawlessly. Here are a few photographs your shooter’s photo checklist can include: 

1. Getting Ready Photos 

a bride getting ready strapping on her wedding shoes
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @abul.co

As the lead shooter is photographing the bride and groom getting ready, you can assist them to get more candid shots of the couple getting ready. Additionally, if the lead photographer is taking portraits of the couple once they are done getting ready, you could gather the wedding party for their group shots. 

2. First Look

Whether it is a first look between the bride and groom, or the bride and her bridal party, or a first look with the bride and her parents, make sure you and the lead wedding photographer communicate about who you have to focus on. In a bride and groom first look, the lead will most likely be focusing on the groom’s reactions, so make sure you capture the bride’s excitement as she walks up to the room and taps on his shoulder. Similarly, if there’s a first look with the parents, make sure you both are on the same page about who your primary subjects are.

3. Group Photos

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Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @brandiallysephoto

While the lead is busy taking couples portraits, you can cover your second shooter checklist item by capturing family and wedding party portraits, using different photography angles and techniques. Once you’re done with capturing these essential photos, you could also find a different angle for capturing the couples portraits.

4. Shoot Details

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Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @erinm_photography

The couple spends a considerable amount of time planning every little detail of their wedding day. Whether it’s the rings, the flowers, the centerpieces, or the 5-tiered wedding cake, make sure you take out time to capture the unique wedding decor details. 

5. Wedding Ceremony

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Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @taylorkempphotography

Wedding ceremony photos are some of the most important photos that you will take at any wedding. While the lead photographer focuses on shooting the couple at the altar, you could move around the venue and capture candid shots of the guests, the bride and groom’s reactions from different angles, and even expansive shots of the ceremony location from the back or from a bird’s-eye view.

6. Reception Highlights

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Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @loversoflove

Be it the emotional speeches, first dance, cake cutting, bouquet/garter toss – there’s a lot that goes on during a wedding reception, and while the lead photographer focuses on the couple during the different activities, make sure you get candids of their guests’ reactions. Just like we suggested for the wedding details, remember to take out some time to capture details from the reception venue. 

Further Read: Hiring A Second Shooter For Weddings: Tips & Tricks

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Being a second shooter is a great opportunity to learn, get creative, and experiment with your photography. And having a second shooter checklist is a great way to ensure that you’re ready to impress. We’d recommend that before the wedding, you communicate and coordinate with the lead shooter so that you’re both on the same page and don’t end up missing out on any important moments. You can use our suggested checklist, or you could also modify it to suit your needs better. In any case, make sure you prepare one and also prepare a shot list so you can keep track of all the photos you need to take and have a relatively stress-free workday.

At ShootDotEdit, we are passionate about helping you level up as a photographer and a business owner. And we do that by taking editing off your plate with our professional photo editing services, giving you more time to learn new skills. To learn more about how we can help your wedding photography business, check out our pricing plans.

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How to Take Wedding Photos: A Guide For Beginners And Pros

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Are you about to shoot your first wedding? Or maybe you’re a seasoned pro but could use a few pointers to step up your game? Then you’ve come to the right place! In this wedding photography guide, we’ll share some essential tips on how to take wedding photos. We’ll also give you some tips on how to do wedding photography and take wedding photographs that will wow your clients. From how to prepare for the big day and which gear to carry to how to pose your couple and how to get the best shots during the ceremony – there’s a lot that goes into the art of wedding photography. So whether you need a quick recap on how to take wedding photos or need some tips to prepare for your first wedding photography gig, keep reading! 

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How to Have The Most Profitable Wedding Season As a Photographer

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For most wedding photographers, the wedding season means shooting back-to-back weddings, aka bringing in more profits. As a wedding photographer and a businessperson the wedding season is essentially the time for you to rise and shine! It’s time to reap the benefits of all your marketing strategies, and get busy! But how can you ensure that you capitalize on all the good business opportunities that come your way and set yourself up for a profitable wedding season? In this blog, we help you figure that out and offer tips on how to make the most of the wedding season and increase your profits.

When Is The Wedding Season?

Understanding the wedding season months and wedding season in the USA  is essential for any photographer who wants to have a successful wedding photography business in the country. The wedding season extends from late spring and continues through early fall, with June and September being popular wedding months. The pleasant weather during these months is definitely something that makes them a preference among couples planning their weddings. 

Summer is the peak wedding season and with good reason. The weather is warm and sunny, making it perfect for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. Spring is another popular choice for couples getting married; the days are starting to get longer, the weather is warming up, and everything is beginning to bloom. Plus, there are often lots of public holidays in spring. 

A winter wedding might not seem to be the obvious choice for many couples, but there are brides and grooms who wait till the temperatures lower a little more or till the first snowfall to say I do to each other in a wonderful winter wonderland setting. 

For wedding photographers, these popular months for weddings offer a variety of opportunities to capture beautiful images. The wedding season essentially means when demand for wedding photography services is high, which also means higher wedding photography package prices.

Suggested Read: How To Book More Weddings This Season

Most Popular Wedding Months

March to October are the most popular months for weddings, with the wedding peak season falling in June. During these popular wedding months, there is a higher number of weddings taking place, resulting in high demand for wedding photographers. And if you’re now wondering about what is the busiest season for weddings, then our answer is that it’s usually between late spring to early fall. 

The off-season wedding months are typically during winter when weather conditions are not ideal for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. So, from November to February, the demand is lower, with January being the slowest month. While there are still some weddings during this time of year, they are generally smaller and less expensive than during the peak season, which is why prices are lowered in the hopes of attracting more wedding business clients.

Latest Trends In The Wedding Industry

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According to wedding statistics 2022, 2.5 million weddings were predicted in 2022, making it a huge year for weddings and wedding photographers in the US. And it really does not come as much of a surprise considering how many couples have been waiting years for their chance at happiness due to the pandemic.

With the aftermath of the pandemic and with people’s changing values, wedding season 2022 came with its own set of latest trends. Below, we’ve outlined some that you should know about.

1. Intimate Weddings

Wedding photographers who are able to capture the essence of an intimate wedding are highly sought-after by couples looking for a more personal and unique wedding experience. In addition, these often take place in more intimate locations, such as private homes or small wedding venues, which helps provide wedding photographers with opportunities to capture moments that might not happen at larger weddings.

2. Grand Party Weddings 

While some couples have shortened their guest lists, others are going all in with large, extravagant weddings. These parties often include hundreds of guests, lavish decor, and extensive menu planning and entertainment activities. Wedding photographers who are able to capture the essence of these big events can quickly build a reputation for themselves and command high prices for their services. 

3. Full Wedding Weekends 

Instead of just photographing the ceremony and reception, full wedding weekends allow photographers to capture all the events leading up to the big day, from the rehearsal dinner to the post-wedding brunch. Full wedding weekends can be a lot of work for photographers, but they can also be very rewarding. With so many events to capture, there is plenty of room for creativity and innovation. 

4. Destination Weddings 

Destination weddings have been around for a while, and they’re certainly here to stay. While this may require some extra travel, destination weddings provide a unique opportunity to capture stunning landscapes and cultural nuances. You can use our destination wedding photography guide to learn more about this wedding photography style and how to capture it flawlessly!

Tips For A  Profitable Wedding Season

A profitable wedding season means more money for your wedding business. To maximize earnings, you must work on your business planning to book as many weddings as possible. However, competition is also fierce during the wedding season, so it’s important to stand out from the crowd. Here are a few tips to help you have a profitable wedding season.

1. Plan Ahead

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The key to making more money for your wedding photography business during the wedding season is to start planning ahead. Try not to leave things till the last minute, and prepare all your checklists in advance.

A. Plan Everything in Advance

Use your time to map out your schedule, research wedding venues, and develop a pricing strategy. Ensure that you have the right equipment, plan for travel, and budget for assistants. Be flexible with your availability, and if you really want to stand out, try to work weekends and holidays when demand is highest, and nobody else wants to do the job. But we’d only recommend doing this if it doesn’t completely throw off your work-life balance. Boosting profits is important, but so is keeping your mental and physical well-being in top shape. Prepare your calendar to lay down your work plan during the slower months too.

B. Promote Your Services Early And Often 

Many couples begin planning their weddings well in advance, so it’s important to get your name out there as early as possible. Get listed on wedding vendor directories and reach out to potential clients through advertising, social media, and word-of-mouth marketing. Have an updated portfolio with your best work and market your brand effectively by building a strong online presence.

2. Create a Pricing Strategy

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One of the most important aspects of running a successful business is pricing your services correctly. If you charge too little, you won’t be able to make a profit. But if you charge too much, you may price yourself out of the market. So how do you find the sweet spot? 

Here are a few tips to help you price your services for a profitable wedding season:

A. Know Your Costs

Make sure you’re aware of all the costs associated with running your business, from equipment and supplies to advertising and marketing. This will help you determine what your minimum price must be to cover your costs and make more money.

B. Do Your Research

Take a look at what other photographers in your area are charging for similar services. This will give you an idea of what the going rate is and help you stay competitive. This is the time of year when you can really maximize your earnings potential, so make sure you’re charging what you’re worth.

C. Consider Your Value

In addition to looking at what others are charging, also consider the value you bring to the table. What makes you unique? What sets you apart from the competition? When you’re clear on your value proposition, it will be easier to justify charging a premium price. 

D. Offer Package Options and Discounts

Offer a variety of services and package options. By learning how to price your wedding photography packages and giving your clients the flexibility to choose what works best for them, you can increase your bookings and profits. Add package deals that include an engagement session shoot, wedding day coverage, and a post-wedding shoot to appeal to couples who want to capture more than just their wedding day details. Offer early booking discounts to encourage couples to book their date with you well in advance. 

Suggested Read: How To Set Wedding Photography Prices For Profitability

3. Market Your Brand Effectively

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To have a profitable wedding season, you need to market your brand effectively both online and offline. Here are some tips to help you prepare your marketing strategy:

A. Start Marketing Your Services Early

Reach out to bridal magazines, wedding planners, and other potential clients in the months leading up to the wedding season. The earlier you start marketing, the better your chances of booking wedding season clients.

B. Build A Strong Portfolio

Have a profitable wedding season by ensuring that you showcase your best work to couples looking for wedding photographers. This will help you attract potential brides and grooms who are looking for a particular type of photography, aka your ideal client. Build a website that is both informative and user-friendly and includes pricing information and an easy-to-use online booking system.

C. Improve Networking

Learn how to build relationships with wedding coordinators. Start building relationships with local wedding venues, planners, florists, and other vendors who can help recommend you to their brides and grooms. Attend corporate events, bridal shows, and open houses, and collaborate with other vendors on social media campaigns to meet with potential clients face-to-face. You can also distribute flyers or wedding business cards to local businesses. 

D. Stay Active On Social Media

Build your social media plan and make sure you use relevant hashtags so that potential clients can find you easily. Run regular ads on social media or Google to promote your brand and services. 

E. Use The Power Of Word-Of-Mouth Marketing 

Ask your past couples to leave reviews on your website and social media pages, and offer referral discounts to couples who book you based on a friend’s recommendation or from referrals through other wedding venues. Give discounts to newlyweds or offer a free engagement photo session to nurture client relationships.

Further Read: The 3-Step Plan To Fend Off End-Of-Season Panic

With careful planning and attention to detail, you can book the most weddings for your business and have a profitable wedding season. In addition to being a great photographer, you also need to be a great business owner to run a successful and sustainable business, which means creating a strong game plan to boost profits even before the wedding season is on. But most importantly, before you book more weddings, make sure that you can handle all that extra work without compromising on customer service or quality or your well-being. Our advice? Do what you do best and outsource the rest!

Here at ShootDotEdit, we are passionate about helping you grow your wedding photography business. And one of the ways we do that is by taking care of your photo editing with our professional editing services. Learn more about our services by checking out our pricing plans.

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Bokeh Wedding Photography Tips And Tricks

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The creative introduction of an intentional blur can sometimes help make an ordinary image stand out. And one way to include strategic blur is through bokeh. Often talked about and widely used, wedding bokeh photography is one of the favorite styles practiced by portrait and wedding photographers. All the more because it instantly gives off a dreamy and ethereal vibe, which is a go-to for many couples. Thus, checking all the boxes of a great wedding photograph. To help you hone your wedding bokeh photo skills, this blog takes a deep dive into some bokeh photography ideas, tips, and tricks to help you get better at the art of bokeh wedding photography.

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Intentional Blur Photography Techniques + Inspiration From ShootDotEdit Customers

What even is intentional blur photography and since when did blur turn out to be a good element for your photographs? We get it – after years of conditioning to master the art of taking sharp images, the thought of adding intentional blur to your pictures could sound a bit perplexing. But as we gradually progress through this article, we’ll learn, when added strategically, how “blur” can be just the wow factor you might need to make your images stand out. Experimenting with the blurry photography style could capture fleeting moments in your frame or make memories appear timeless. Moreover, adding an intentional photo blur is more than just a happy accident; it is a style mastered with precision built on practice.

What Is In An Intentional Blur?

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To simplify, intentional photo blur is a strategic addition of blur of any form in an image through the means of intentional camera movement or subject motion in order to introduce a sense of ongoing movement. This creative side of photography is often explored so as to make memories come alive with the tasteful blend of moments and movement. And the skillful mastering of this technique could easily add an ethereal effect to your signature style.

How To Add An Intentional Blur To Your Wedding Photographs?

How to make your photo look blurry in a pleasing way? We found that the proper combination of the following four factors can do the trick.

  1. Lighting: Ever wondered if low-light situations can be of help to your photography style? Well, they can, especially when you are shooting at a slower shutter speed. A slow shutter speed allows the lens to be exposed to the available light for a longer period of time; therefore, it could lead to slight overexposure if the lighting is too much. Some of the best times to capture such photographs are during the early hours of the day or at dusk. Moreover, try to make creative use of the ambient light as well.
  2. Movement: Introducing a sense of movement and focusing on the direction of the movement is also an important focus area. First, the movement can be introduced by either the subject being in motion or by intentionally moving the camera. Both of which can result in different types of blurs. Moreover, be mindful of the direction of movement. Not every kind of movement looks good when captured as a blur. Often haywire movement or motion in the frame can create an absurd frame, leading to a jumbled-up scene.
  3. Shutter Speed: Before you begin experimenting with this blurry photography style, set your camera to operate in manual mode, especially, the shutter speed. In order to create a photo blur, try experimenting with different slower shutter speeds and monitor which one provides the desired result. However, in a classic motion blur photography scenario where you wish to freeze the subject in action with a background blur, it is essential to make sure that the camera is stabilized.
  4. Colors: When action blends as a blur, an image can appear somewhat similar to a painting. What gives the effect? The blend of colors in the scene – whether in the background or the subject. When colors that complement each other are put together in a blend of unfocused scenes, it can create a visually drawing scene.

Intentional blur photography can work wonders if you learn how to use it right. What distinguishes a crappy blur from a work of art? As it turns out, the rightful blend of lighting and colors, movement (direction of movement), and the camera settings.

Suggested Read: Photographing Couples In Motion: Inspiration From ShootDotEdit Customers

Creative Blur Techniques

When it comes to incorporating the blurry photography style into action, the options are multifold. Keeping in mind the four fundamental aspects described above, one can simply experiment with various applications. Given below are some of the ways you can creatively use this style.

1. Panning: Intentional Camera Blur

Panning is the movement of the camera from left to right or right to left direction either via hand movements or a tripod. This intentional camera movement when paired with the right camera settings such as a slower shutter speed can create a background blur as well as display the subject’s moving parts as an intentional motion blur. However, it is important to consider how fast is the subject and the background moving and adjust your shutter speed accordingly.

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Ask yourself, what is it that you wish to bring attention to? The subject or the background? If it is the subject, then the aforementioned trick can work well. However, if you wish to focus on the background, try to stabilize the camera while allowing the subject to be in motion and the background to stand still. This type of blur can also include an abstract element, therefore, allowing the audience to depict meaning out of it based on their own perception.

2. Be Selective With Your Focus

Being intentional with your scene also means being selective with your focus. One such example of this technique is the bokeh effect. In bokeh, the background is photo blurred all the while drawing sharp focus to the subject. But not all bokeh looks good. So what is the difference between a good bokeh and a bad one? As it turns out, your choice of lens plays a major role in creating high-end bokeh. In addition to that, a good bokeh often has a smooth and softer background blur where light blends into smaller blurred-out circles.

Related Read: Creative Uses Of Narrow Depth Of Field: Images By ShootDotEdit Customers

3. Zoom Blur

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Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @jorgesantiagophoto

This creative blur technique allows the edges of a photograph to blur out, all the while keeping the center of the image in focus. This can be done by either zooming in on a scene all the while setting a slow enough shutter speed. When done successfully, it gives away the feeling of forwarding motion or a starburst effect that gives away the sense of moving into a tunnel. It often works well when your main subject is placed at the center of the screen and you wish the rest of the scene to fade out. To make the most of such a scenario, try introducing flash to the scene and direct it on the subject. By flashing more light in that direction, it will gravitate the viewer’s attention toward the subject.

4. Light Paintings

Another creative use of a blurry photography style can be light paintings. Just as the name suggests, this style allows you to literally paint with the use of artificial light. The three components required to make it possible include a dark scene, a movement of the light source, and setting your camera to capture a long exposure. You can incorporate this into your workflow during couples portraits in the dark or even during wedding reception dance scenes (especially if the guests are holding glowsticks). To make the best use of this creative blur technique, set up your camera to blub mode.

Intentional Blur Photography Inspiration From ShootDotEdit Customers

We have curated a list of photographs featuring ShootDotEdit customers to help you draw inspiration on how to include intentional blur in a wedding scene.

1. Wild Trail Studio

a bride twirls in her wedding dress while the groom looks at her smiling
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @wild.trail.studio

This gorgeous monochrome image during a wedding reception is a beautiful snippet from the couple’s first dance hinting at just the right essence of motion. With the background and the groom still as the bride twirls along with the frills of her wedding dress makes for such as dreamy wedding shot.

a couple kissing in the foreground while their friends are visible in the background
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @wild.trail.studio

This image by Wild Trail Studio highlights the creative and smart use of selective focus and intentional blurring. Moreover, the right framing and the priceless expressions of the bridesmaid and the groomsmen further add to the scene.

2. Abul Wedding Photography

a intentional blurry image of a couple looking at each other while the bridal veil floats in air
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @abul.co

Ever thought an image could work with the subject blurred? Well, with the right combination of tactful framing, subtle colors, soft light, and camera settings, Abul just made it a reality with this photograph.

3. Olson Design Photography

a black and white image of a couple embracing each other
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @olsondesignphotography

Everything about this image has ‘dreamy’ written all over it! It is also a wonderful example of how you can introduce blur into an image even without wanting to highlight a movement. And how a moment comes alive by adding a little bit of blur.

a couple kissing in the middle while their friends roam around them in a circle
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @olsondesignphotography

By introducing motion blur, Olson Design Photography transformed this scene from a classic couple’s pose with bridesmaids and groomsmen to an absolute stunner. We wonder about the multiple takes that lead to this masterpiece and applaud the photographer’s creative instincts.

a bride in wedding attire holding the hand of the groom
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @olsondesignphotography

Want to introduce intentional subject blur in an artistic manner? You can draw inspiration from this image by Olson Design Photography. The color scheme, the hint of movement, and the tasteful addition of grain – everything works to add an ethereal effect to this scene.

4. Brandi Allyse Photo

a mole's eye view of couple holding hands and a airplane can be seen between them
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @brandiallysephoto

Talk about experimenting with a unique camera angle + adding an intentional blur in the best possible way – Brandi Allyse managed to blend all the elements into this stellar frame. 

Further Read: Photography Angles & Techniques: Understanding POV, Framing, & Composition

Practice & Keep Experimenting

There is no doubt that making use of intentional blur photography can be tricky. For every creatively blurred image, there is a chance that you might end up with many badly blurred pictures. However, the trick to mastering the blurry photography style lies in constant practice. Especially if you wish to showcase it as your signature style to your clients. The more you practice creative blur in different scenarios, the more likely you are to get better at it. Moreover, even though the above-mentioned techniques can help you start your journey to introduce strategic blur in your photographs, experimenting will keep you going. 

Here at ShootDotEdit, we always aim to keep you up to date on the latest trends and information on the wedding photography industry. We also look forward to helping you lessen the photo editing load by taking it off your workflow. Take a look at how we can be of help to you by checking our pricing plans.

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Flat Lay Photography Inspiration From ShootDotEdit Customers

Flat lay photography inspiration infographic alongside ShootDotEdit logo

Has a bride ever asked for your suggestion on what props she should include in her wedding flat lays? Or, did a couple bring in a bunch of wedding details that they wanted you to photograph to include them in their album? If so, you might already be aware that what they’re asking you for is flat lay photography. However, if you are not familiar with this style of photography, let’s break it down for you. Think of it as still life photography, only that in this case, the objects are arranged in a visually pleasing style on a flat surface and photographed from above. The focus is on cutting out the distractions and enhancing the aesthetics to make the image look appealing and attractive. These details could include invitation suites, save-the-date cards, wedding rings, any other jewelry, items of sentimental value, getting-ready elements such as perfumes, tiaras, cufflinks, or even decor items. Now, if you are wondering how to photograph perfect flat lays and still make them look different and unique each time, we’ve shared a few tips for you and some flat lay photography inspiration from ShootDotEdit customers. 

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Bridal Veil Photography Techniques + Photos By ShootDotEdit Customers

Bridal Veil Photography Techniques and Photos By ShootDotEdit Customers

Dramatic, romantic, intricate, delicate, feminine, elegant – a bridal veil can be any or all of these things. A wedding accessory with historical and traditional significance, not every bride chooses to wear a veil, but if you’ve got a bride who does opt to add a veil to her attire, try to make sure it gets the spotlight it deserves. Even if the veil is simple, use your creative vision to find a way to make it stand out. Plus, veils are a great way to add some variety to the bridal portraits too! Some brides also choose to wear a veil that was worn by their mother or grandmother, so make sure you know if this is the case with your bride. If you are running low on ideas and inspiration on how to photograph the wedding veil, we (and some of our customers) have got you covered. Read along to see some prime examples of the different techniques you could use to photograph the wedding veil.

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