How couples get Gorgeous Pictures on Their Wedding Day

How To Get Gorgeous Wedding Images

Have you wondered how couples have time on their wedding day to get such beautiful images? Well, wonder no more because I’m about to tell you how. They didn’t take them on their wedding day, they did an After Wedding session.

On the wedding day things can run behind, the stylist takes too long, flowers don’t get delivered on time, or bridal party and family show up late. There are also all the formals with the family and bridal party that need to be done which can take a long time. After the ceremony on average I only get ten to fifteen minutes to shoot with the couple once the family shots are done. The couple is worn out and hungry by this time and are ready for the photography to end. A great solution to this problem is the After Wedding session.

You can do it the day right after your wedding while you still have the tux and the flowers or you can schedule it sometime after your honeymoon. It’s a great way to get some beautiful portraits of the two of you without having to worry about getting your dress dirty, keeping your guests waiting, or anything else you may be thinking of the day of your wedding. You can just relax and have some fun! You can go to some really cool places to get those great shots that you may not have time for the day of your wedding. Your photographer can take their time with you and create beautiful photographs that are artistic and different from the traditional wedding poses in a relaxed care free environment.

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Martinsburg Mall Bridal Show February 20th 2011 from 12noon to 5pm

Yes, I’ll be participating in this show and I look forward to meeting all the 2011 and 2012 brides. The show is always a lot of fun, especially winning free stuff!

Bridal Show Tips

1.First thing to do is get a list of the area bridal shows. You can get a list at

2.Plan to spend a couple hours at the show, bring your Maid of honor, mom, or groom to help you with vendor questions and information collecting.

3.Bring pictures with you to show to the vendors. This will help them give more accurate price quotes.
4.Wear shows you can do a lot of walking in so you don’t get sore feet

5.Don’t be afraid of the vendors walk up and ask questions! They want to hear your ideas. Bring a list of questions so you will be prepared to get great information.

6.Take a folder with you. Make one side for information from vendors you really liked and one side for vendors you didn’t like. You may want to bring a notebook to write down information that is not in the brochures.

7.Bring address labels to fill out those mailing lists, drawings, and special deals a lot faster.

8.Don’t just book the first vendor you talk to. Shop around and ask questions you may find a better fit for your wedding.

9.Find out what vendors are at the show so you can do research on them ahead of time. That way if you like them you can go ahead and book them at the show and save time meeting with them again later. Some vendors will offer specials that are only available at the show so doing your research ahead of time will help you feel better about taking advantage of those specials.

  1. You may want to sign up for a new email address and/or open a temporary post office box so that after your wedding you can close them and not get wedding junk mail anymore.
  2. If the show has a website register prior to the show a lot of times this will get you in free whereas you’ll have to pay if you register at the door.
  3. Bring a bag with you not every show will provide one for you. You’re going to get a lot of information.

Images From a Hotel Wedding

Are you planning a wedding at a local hotel? Then you may want to check these images out. They are from a wedding I shot on July 3, 2010 at the Holiday Inn  in Martinsburg WV.


Many hotels have wonderful rooms to hold your reception in and the Holiday Inn’s ball room was recently renovated a few years ago. The cake above, I believe, was made by Cindy’s Sweets and turned out nicely.

When shooting in a hotel, it’s great because everything is under one roof and I can go to the reception room before your guests arrive and take pictures of the set up and cake before anything gets disturbed.

I can also get pictures of the bride in her room getting ready. It’s important to pick a hotel that is well decorated and doesn’t have a lot of extra unneeded items in the room so your images are clean and focused on you.

You can also shoot outside around the walls and pillars of the hotel so look for these kind of features to use.

You’ll want to keep an eye on the backgrounds. You don’t want people walking through the back or parked cars distracting from your subject. The parking lot will limit where you can shoot at, but a creative photographer will know how to work around it.

Check out the lobby area of the hotel you choose, too. It could be a great place to shoot or a great place to avoid. Pick a hotel with a lobby that reflects your style. Don’t pick a hotel with a retro 60s lobby if you like a more country look.


If you’ve picked a hotel solely on price and it’s not very attractive, a skilled photographer will be able to angle and shoot close to cut out the areas that are ugly or distracting.


I wouldn’t recommend having your ceremony at some hotels because the room may be filled with mirrors or have exit signs and temperature control panels on the walls that can really take away from the pictures. You may have to pay a lot of money to redecorate to cover up these ugly distractions. Check the hotel for a room appropriately decorated to have a ceremony in.

Sometimes you have to trust your photographers judgement. They may want to take you to a location at the hotel that to you looks terrible.  The picture below was shot right next to the dumpsters. I shot it vertical to cut the ugly mess out and make use of the huge open space that was there.

You should look and see whats around the hotel you choose as well. At the Holiday Inn there is a big open field next to it that a skilled photographer will definitely make use of. I created this picture in that field by staying low to the ground so you couldn’t see the interstate in the background.

If your hotel is surrounded by unattractive scenery, you can still shoot outside, the photographer will just need to shoot in closer or use a shallow depth of field to make the background blurry.

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