There’s a sweet spot for photographs in the wedding day agenda that most people don’t think about.
It’s the time after the wedding party is dressed, but before they go to the ceremony venue.
If the wedding party or at least the bride and groom get ready in an architecturally beautiful place, it’s possible to get some of the most interesting and unique photos. Churches and other wedding venues are sometimes not the best for providing visual elements that can enhance the bride or couple, because they’re boxy or angular or the lighting is low.
Of course, the budget sometimes requires that the wedding party dress at home and those photos can be wonderful because they include familiar and treasured backgrounds. However, if you want photos that have especially pleasing or unusual backgrounds, choose a hotel that has character and charm.
That period of time after everyone is dressed but before the wedding is usually a time when there is laughter and joy but no one is crying yet. So makeup has not yet smudged!
Take some time and talk to your photographer not only about the people whom you want in photos, but the visual elements – architecture, gardens, water elements etc. – that you want to use. Don’t worry if you’re not creative, your photographer is!
You may spend a small fortune, not to mention hours of time thinking about your wedding decorations, so make sure to allow your photographer time to photograph the various spaces before the guests are present. You’ll want photos to remember your beautifully decorated tables and all the little touches that made your wedding special and unique to your love.
Having a cocktail hour or even a half hour, will give the photographer time to photograph the reception venue before the guests begin putting purses on the table and throwing jackets over chairs. Even if you only serve punch during the cocktail time, it will buy precious minutes for the photographer to do his magic.
In the end, it’s a simple solution that will result in priceless photos of all the little things that characterize this very special moment in your lives.
We’re proud of our reviews on Wedding Wire, which they verify before posting. The majority are written after our photos have been delivered, however, sometimes we’re fortunate enough to receive a review before delivery. Since they’re not professional models, most couples come to the photo session with anxiety. As soon as they see that Daniel and his assistant Carmen are relaxed and ready to have some fun, the couple naturally relaxes. Photos are never better when people are stressed! Love comes shining through in laughter.
The following review came to us before the photos were delivered (although during the session, Daniel frequently shows a couple the photos he’s just taken in the camera, so it’s not like they haven’t seen anything).
“Did our engagement photos! I have never met a photographer with as much passion and talent! They have wonderful personalities that just make you feel so relaxed. We had an amazing time doing the shoot and LOVE their work! Highly recommend!!!”
Put lots of thought into your cake and dessert foods because they may provide some of your most colorful and fun photos. A wedding cake or some kind of dessert is one of the primary elements of a wedding. Fortunately, in this area, creativity is more important than expense. Although the professionals can create exquisite confectionery creations, try to come up with ideas that are very personal to you and your fiancé. Whomever creates your cake, cupcakes, donuts or wedding pastries will enjoy making them more and will put more heart into them if you can tell the baker what’s meaningful and special to you. Also, tell your photographer why they're special so he can choose the right angles to show your intentions.
Revel in Romantic Red
Red is the color of romance, love and passion! Throughout history it has been associated with fire, longing, energy, sexuality and joy - the intense emotions in life. So red on a background of white is an ideal color for a wedding as evidenced by these vibrantly alive pictures at the Italian Cultural Garden in Cleveland.
Red also symbolizes courage and strength, two traits needed for a long and meaningful marriage.
“Even a touch of red in a photograph, pulls the viewer in to look more deeply at the image,” explains photographer Daniel Ivan.
Color, shape and symmetry are all important in creating images that are unique and compelling. As you create the decorative elements for your wedding, take the time to look with a critical eye at your creations and imagine what they’ll look like in a photo. Do they look eye-catching or overdone and cluttered? Weddings are short, photos are forever!
Sunsets do indeed make dreamy photography. A sunny day can result in photos that convey a couple’s happiness. Surprisingly, great photography can happen under overcast, even turbulent skies. Passion, strength and the power of love to last can be created under a stormy sky. Drama and contrast that show details often appear in photos shot outdoors on an overcast day. So if your engagement session or wedding day is overcast or even rainy, don’t panic! Daniel excels at seeing a couple’s love deep within their souls regardless of the weather.
A couple’s love is the emotional element of engagement and wedding photography, but sometimes they also love the jewelry, so why not create memorable photos of it too? Whether heirloom jewelry or a surprise engagement ring, jewels come with radiance that blooms in photography. Pairing jewelry with other accessories, often results in truly memorable photography. Daniel will explore creative ways of integrating them for unique photos, so be sure all of your accessories, including shoes, are clean and photo-ready. And leave enough time in the pre-wedding photos to have fun pairing things!
Although photography is one of the costs of the engagement and wedding experience, there is one aspect of photography that makes a huge difference. It’s not money, it’s TIME. It’s the willingness of the bride and groom to take the time to let the photographer creatively experiment in the present moment with all of the elements around them. Light, shapes, angles, color, emotion, all of these and many more are part of the creative process in the photographer’s mind. He tries one thing and then sees something else that might add another dimension to the photo. That ability comes from having taken thousands of photos over his lifetime. Patience is rewarded with photos that bring tears to the eyes because they are so uniquely you and express what is so very meaningful to you. When it’s time for photography, take lots of deep breaths and give yourself the gift of time. This is often why the very best photos are sometimes created during the engagement session and after the wedding.
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Cleveland is now a destination city that has become cool in the world of travel. And why not? It’s a great city full of energy. Young lovers find Cleveland’s landmarks to be exceptional places for engagement photography. Our Great Lake, especially at sunset, the amazing architecture of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, boats in the harbor and the huge Cleveland sign shown above are just a few of the location spots that add time and place to the couple’s photos. In Cleveland, love is in the air!
What do you do when it's winter in northeast Ohio and you want engagement photos that blend your love with the beauty of nature? Ask your photographer for help! At Daniel Photo Pro, we know the locations where magic can be made. Although photography shot outdoors in winter can often be captivating, the warmth of plants and trees indoors is also a great way to help a couple relax and let their love bloom. In the years to come, it won't matter that your engagement or wedding photos were shot in locations reflective of the time of year it actually was. It's the love that shines through smiles and embraces that is meaningful when you look at the photos years from now. The following photos were shot on the same day when it was 26 degrees outside!
In most wedding planning, the bride is the driving force making the choices that create the wedding of her dreams. In weddings though, just like in marriages, both bride and groom will be happier if each gets to include things that are important to them. Most guys love their cars whether the cars are vintage or the latest model. Guys and cars make cool photos and great memories. It can be okay to forget the limo and use your own wheels for great photos.
Fall. The most colorful time of the year. Always warm colors like the love that's in their hearts. Nature is embracing us inviting to love even more.
The love this young couple shares goes through beyond the screen and radiates happiness.
One of the pleasures of being a wedding photographer is seeing the unique ways in which each couple creates their experience. Since the basics are often the same - ceremony, reception, family photos etc., it's the little things that can make lasting memories. Creating decorations, gifts, little flourishes that capture your personalities and the various aspects of your relationship often make some of the best photos. Creativity doesn't have to be costly. Simple, natural things put together can give your guests a memory of what you and the day are all about. Here are some fun photos of personality coming through.
http://www.zenfolio.com/danielivan/e/p774937574If you’ve looked into wedding venues and haven’t found one that is satisfying, consider your own home or that of a family member or friend. Yes, it’s more work to create your own venue, but it can also give your wedding a very unique and special feel and may save you money. We say “may” because sometimes people who have home weddings end up spending as much on renting items for the wedding as they would using a professional venue. That’s no reason not to do it, but just take the time to think through everything that may need to be rented. From the photographic point of view, consider whether or not there are places within the home or lawn that will make good backgrounds. Gardens are great if they are weeded or if enough flowers are in bloom. If the wedding or reception is indoors, is there available natural light? Is there enough space so that the guests are not too close to the wedding couple during the ceremony? If you’re trying to decide whether or not to have a home wedding, take lots of photos on your phone or any camera of the rooms and lawn or gardens where you think you might hold the activities. Spaces can look very different in photography than they do in real life. You may also want to consider having one part of the wedding at home and another part at a different venue. We at Daniel Photo Pro will be happy to take a look at your photos to help you decide if you wish.
Lisa and Michael’s wedding was held in a restaurant and the reception was held in her parents’ home. The results were spectacular!