From the walk down the aisle to the cutting of the cake, first dance, and toss of the bouquet, weddings are filled with heartwarming moments you’ll want to hold onto forever with great photos. Although many special moments will come naturally, it won’t hurt to have a few fun and unique uncandid wedding photo ideas ready for your big day too.
Incorporating props, unique filters and lenses, and fun poses into your wedding photos can help emphasis your wedding’s theme — while adding playfulness, charm, and personal flavor to your spread.
Use these simple tips and uncandid wedding photo ideas to get inspired! And, after you have the perfect photos, add them to photo wedding announcements or custom wedding thank you cards from PurpleTrail.com.
Signs and Symbols
Hand Symbols: While sharing a kiss, have the bride and groom spell love with their fingers — as shown in the photo above.
Hearts: The heart icon is one of the most well recognized and oldest — dating all the way back to the cro-magnum times — symbols in human history.
Try including this celebrated hallmark of love in your wedding photos for added effect. There are a ton of ways of doing this. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Have the wedding party gather around the bride and groom in a heart-shaped formation. Snap a photo from above.
Or, try these options out for a more subtle approach. If the couple is in a car or near a window, fog up the window, draw a heart on it, and snap a photo.
You can also have the couple make a heart shape with their hands or arms, before snapping a photo. These simple gestures will help make your photos unique, interesting, and symbolic.
Angles and Perspective
Aerial Shots: Ask your photographer to get a few wedding shots from above. While the couple is walking down the aisle or enjoying their first dance is a great time to capture a few shots from above. The aerial shot will give these romantic accounts a unique perspective.
Low Angle: Also consider capture the couple’s first dance from a low angle. In the movies, cinematographers use low angle shots to make actors appear bigger, stronger, and more powerful.
Capturing the first dance from a low angle will make the couple appear extraordinary or complete when they’re together.
Shooting from a low angle can also be used to emphasis the bride’s dress (primarily the skirt), the couples’ wedding rings, or other beautiful details that a level shot would usually leave out of focus.
Frames: Have a friend or relative hold a frame while the couple stands about 10 or 15 feet behind it. If you snap a photo from this angle, the couple should fit perfectly into the frame.
Lenses, Filters, and Hues
Fisheye Lens: Including a few shots done with a fisheye lens is a great way to add diversity to your wedding album. Check out this 5 Ways to Get Creative with a Fisheye Lens article for ideas and inspiration.
Filters: In photography, filters can be used to enhance or reduce color, light, and intensity. They can be attached to cameras or they can be applied to photos later on in Photoshop.
Take a look at the photo below for an idea of how filters can be used to increase the intensity of color in a photo. Learn more about this technique in this How to Enhance Colors in an Image With Photoshop’s Photo Filter article.
Different Hues: Black and white, split toning, and antique are just few color options you have for your wedding photos. Consider adding a photos in different shades to your wedding album. Certain websites will allow you to alter the colors of the wedding announcement itself to match the colors of the photo.
Bokeh: Bokeh comes from the Japanese word boke, which means “blur” or “haze.” Bokeh is a photography technique where the background of the photo can be manipulated and blurred using a fast lens, at the widest aperture.
This photo technique works especially well with background light, which with bokeh becomes blurry or altered into a specific shape. Learn more about this fun technique on Bokehphotography.info.
Embracing the Elements
Water: There are few different ways that water can add tons of romance and artistic flair to your photos. Try capturing the couple, and their reflection, next to a calm pool of water. Wedding photos in the rain, like the one shown above, or in front of an iconic fountain can also turn out beautifully.
Sun: Add vibrant color and romantic vibes to your wedding photos by snapping them at sunset. Just take a look at the beach wedding photo above to see how gorgeous your photo can turn out.
Share Your Wedding Photo Ideas
Hopefully you found these wedding photo ideas helpful. If you have a fun idea that we didn’t touch on — feel free to share it with us via the comment section below.
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