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3 Awesome Tips to Make the Most of Elopement Photography

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If you’re a wedding photographer and are going to shoot an elopement for the first time, believe me, you’ll find that it’s the best experience of all your wedding photography experiences. You should also feel proud that you’d be perhaps the only person to witness the union of two people in love with each other.

But it’s also important to remember that the approach towards the elopement photography should be different than the one you have for any other wedding. But most wedding photographers commit the mistake of not differentiating between these two. To avoid making this mistake and to make the most of elopement photography, please read on these tips.

1. Plan the Shoot When there would be the Best Light

You may wonder what different approach you’d have to have for the elopement photography. But you’ll be happy to hear that unlike regular weddings, an elopement doesn’t have a set agenda to follow. The couple will typically be totally flexible regarding where and when the shoot should be conducted. So, you have a great scope for your creativity and to make the most of it, plan the shoot around the timing of the best light, the one that would be the most romantic, in your elopement destination.

While if it’s a forest, the best light would be when the sun’s rays will first land upon the morning dew, if it’s a desert, the best light would be at the time of sunset when the landscapes would turn literally golden. Use your creativity to think upon which time at your elopement destination can give you the best light that would offer excellent skin tones, and create a soft, glittering environment to make everything look just pretty.

elope in Yosemite

2. Being a Little Dirty should be No Problem

As it’s said that an elopement would be different from a standard wedding from the perspective of everything, including photography and wedding venue, you and your couple won’t be at a well-decorated lakefront or in perfectly trimmed gardens. As your couple is prepared to get outside and explore nature, their dresses are bound to get a little dirty. For example, if they elope in Yosemite, they’d love to capture photos under stunning waterfalls, while climbing cliffs and crossing meadows, and on the backdrops of exceptional rock formations. And while doing all the activities, the dress might get a little dirty. But the couple would enjoy their big day far more than a typical wedding and the bride will flaunt her dress as a badge of honor! This will of course reflect in the photos – the joy radiating from their faces would make the photos truly stunning.

Yosemite elopement

3. Create a Story

While technical expertise is an important part of any photographer’s success, the skill of creating a story is imperative when it comes to elopement. No matter, how technically skilled you are, without a thoughtfully set series of photos to work with, your efforts may be wasted.

Here you’ll need time and practice. It’s certainly worth investing the time and effort to learn and develop visual storytelling skill if you’re not innately born with it. Long before you get your first project, head out with your camera to practice various types of shoots to experiment with compositions. Practice thinking on how the photos can be put together to tell an amazing story of your clients’ love and life with each other. While it’ll be helpful to you for your standard wedding photography, you’ll find it even more useful when you have only two people to capture in your camera.

Remember that while telling a story, you’ll also need to create ‘intervals’ between the photos. So, it’s not only about capturing your couple’s posed shots, but also small moments and details which are perhaps even more important. E.g. during the Asheville elopement, you’ll get so many chances to capture beautiful details. Your couple will thank you for capturing those subtle emotions and moments for a lifetime.

Asheville elopement

So, are you ready for your first elopement photography project?

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