Your wedding photography questions answered


An insider's guide to the wedding photography business, Wedding Photography Unveiled is a must-have book for brides and photographers alike. Here are author Jacqueline Tobin's quick answers to your burning photo questions:

Must have shots: The bride and groom's shoes, the entire family, a before and after shot of the cake, portraits of the couples at your wedding.

How to look great in photos: Try not to pose throughout the day or constantly look at the camera. Enjoy the day as it progresses. The photographer is a professional (hopefully!) and is capturing things you aren't even aware of. Let it happen and try to stay calm and relaxed.

New trends in wedding photography: Less posed and stiff portraits that are done outside or at a location that has some meaning to the couple. Get outdoors, be creative! Also, having a more photojournalistic and art-like approach to the wedding.

How to choose the right photographer: Look at as many photographs as you can and get word-of-mouth referrals. If you love most of what you see from a photographer's other weddings, chances are you'll love your own wedding photos even more. Also make sure you feel at ease with your photographer.

Creative ways to make your wedding photos look unique: Take something from your daily life and have some photos taken with it. So if you love wine have your portrait taken with your favorite bottle of wine and two glasses. The possibilities are endless—just remember to communicate what it is you want and most photographers will be more than willing to indulge you! —Cari Wolfert

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