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62 THEWEDDINGPLANNERMAG.COM Elements & Trends: Behind & In Front of the Lens by Brian Brough Eyecaptures Photography Capturing the Day T he Wedding Photographer is one of the most important people you will have with you on your wedding day, besides your soon to be spouse. Your wedding pho- tographer will capture a lifetime of memories from your wedding day. Brides and grooms must make that tough decision of who to hire. So, how do you pick your perfect photog- rapher? First, I would ask yourselves "does their style match our vision of our wedding day", if you want images captured in a candid and light-hearted way you certainly wouldn't want to hire a photographer who specializes in formal posed or editorial style images and the opposite would be true if you want your wedding to look traditional and highly posed. Most importantly do your personalities match? Can you spend your whole wedding day with your photographer and keep a smile on your face? Do they make you laugh when you need a pick me up and do they know how to get those genuine emotions to come out? All wedding photographers want to connect with you on a deeper level and not as just another client. Be sure to pick the person you can see yourself spending a lifetime with .... or at least your wedding day. Have grand ideas of amazing images you want to create with your photographer? Have you been saving ideas from the internet that have inspired you to get funky, creative or down right absurdly awesome? Have a con- version with your photographer about ideas you would like to incorporate and make them your own, perhaps it's a unique take on one of the up and coming wedding photography trends described below. Developing Story, Film! Film photography never left the wedding photography world but it did take a back seat to digital photography for quite some time. However, now it seems to be riding shotgun with digital still in the driver's seat. Couples are falling in love with the softer, more romantic look of film images. Great for portraits and detail images, film offers such a classic timeless look. Search for photographers who can shoot both, and book in advance as they tend to book further out, because they can be in higher demand. Keep it Candid! Letting the day unfold and capturing it as it happens. Couples are embracing a more casual form of wedding storytelling, opting less and less for formally posed images for bridal parties and family portraits. Keeping family portrait time a bit more relaxed allows your family to let their personalities shine. letting flower girls and ring bearers have a meltdown can lead to some adorably cute, real images. Drones are all the Buzz! There is no deny- ing that Drone photography and videogra- phy is taking image making to new heights. Drones are being utilized in some exciting ways to get images and video that we have not been able to capture before. If you are thinking of having your photographer or videographer incorporate a Drone at your wedding, you should first check with your venue to make sure they allow them and also allow extra time in your timeline to capture those images. Smoke Bombs Baby! Extinguish the spar- klers and set off some smoke bombs instead. Smoke bombs add vibrant color and awesome drama to cap off an already amazing wedding. Some things to consider with smoke bombs: check with your venue and avoid dry grasses as these do get hot, and like sparklers make sure to wait until they cool to dispose of properly. PLAN YOUR WEDDING Dustin Lewis Images The Girl Tyler David Schwartz Photography

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