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5 Tips for Getting Epic Wedding Images

bride and groom sharing a kiss with each other during their hot springs arkansas wedding

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Are you dreaming of breathtaking, epic wedding images that embody the essence of fine art, destined to become timeless masterpieces adorning the walls of your home? As a fine art wedding photographer, I take immense pride in capturing those intimate moments that tell the beautiful story of your love, creating exquisite wall art images that will be cherished for generations to come.

Check out these five tips for getting epic wedding images from one of the best days of your life.

bride and groom sharing a kiss with each other during their hot springs arkansas wedding

Invest in a Great Photographer

Investing in an experienced and skilled photographer is paramount to capturing the true essence of your special day. Your wedding images are not just snapshots; they are profound memories that deserve the utmost attention and artistic dedication. Take the time to select a photographer whose style aligns with your vision, someone who can capture the romance and artistry that make your love unique.

My approach to wedding photography is an art form that centers on capturing genuine emotions and heartfelt moments throughout your wedding day. From the tender glances shared between you and your beloved to the exuberant celebrations, I aim to create a collection of images that reflect the opulence and sophistication of your wedding.

By entrusting me with the task of photographing your entire wedding day, I ensure that no precious moment goes unnoticed. From the intimate exchange of vows to the grandeur of the reception, we artfully capture every significant detail. Take time to interview potential photographers and find one who you feel comfortable with and whose images are just the type of images you want. And be sure to book your photographer for the whole day, so every moment of your ceremony and reception is covered. 

Bride and groom sharing a kiss under a beautiful arch during their dallas texas wedding

Focus on the Love of Your Life

A lot of people feel uncomfortable in front of the camera, but of course, they still want wedding images they’ll love! The best thing you can do is focus on your soon-to-be spouse and remember what the day is all about. If you spend too much time thinking about posing and the positioning of your body, you’ll feel and look awkward. Just focus on your partner, and your body language—and smiles—will be perfectly natural.

One of my favorite things to do with my couples to make them feel comfortable is to remind them to relax and have fun. This is the key in getting wedding day imagery that feels and looks like you. It is important to give you the best cues to create the best poses for you that also gives you those candid moments, too.

bride and groom sharing a kiss during their wedding at anthony chapel garvan gardens in hot springs arkansas

Ensure you Have Plenty of Time for Photos

Epic wedding images don’t happen in a few minutes. Make sure you have a solid chunk of time in your wedding day schedule for couple portraits, especially if you want to wander away from the venue for some gorgeous shots against the natural scenery. 

Bride and groom smiling at each other during their Wedding at Hebron at Windsor Park in Carrollton Dallas, Texas

Plus, you’ll need a little time to loosen up and start having fun in front of the camera, and stepping away from all your guests can give you a chance to relax and enjoy the moment.

Take Lighting Into Consideration

We understand that posing for photographs can be daunting, but fear not! My focus is on making you feel at ease, encouraging you to immerse yourselves in the love you share. Your authentic emotions will naturally shine through, resulting in captivating and artistic images.

To achieve those truly extraordinary and artistic wedding shots, ample time for couple portraits is indispensable. This dedicated time allows us to explore breathtaking natural settings, capturing images that exude romance and timelessness.

Meticulously considering lighting conditions plays a crucial role in achieving magical and artistic imagery. Planning your ceremony during the golden hour, when the light is at its most enchanting, will lend an ethereal glow to your photos, enhancing the artistic allure of your wedding album.

When you’re planning your ceremony time, think about what the light will be like. For example, afternoon light can often be too bright and drain everything of color, while evening light has that golden glow that everyone—including photographers—loves. But there’s a limited window to taking advantage of “golden hour” before the sun sets.

Be sure to talk to your photographer about when the light will be best for photos and try to schedule your portraits around that time if you can. And if your schedule for the day doesn’t leave room for evening photos, consider booking a post-wedding shoot to get additional images in the light you want.

brirde and groom enjoying their wedding at Heritage Acres in Clarksville Arkansas

Trust Your Photographer—and Give It Your All

Throughout the entire process, trust is the cornerstone of our collaboration. Trust in my artistic vision, expertise, and creative flair. Embrace the possibility of exploring unique locations, stepping outside the ordinary to create extraordinary photographs that will forever encapsulate the essence of your love story.

Ultimately, my mission is to craft an unforgettable experience, preserving the cherished memories of the day you and your partner became one. To learn more about my fine art wedding photography services and immerse yourself in the artistic journey, I invite you to visit and learn more about my experience here. Let me transform your wedding into an everlasting masterpiece of fine art photography.

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About Nancy

I have a beautiful privilege on your big day and it's a privilege I do not take lightly. Photography has given me the unique opportunity to create, grow and sustain a relationship with my couples. I have the beautiful privilege of being the extra bridesmaid, encouraging smile and memory preservationist on one of the most magical days of my couple's lives throughout Arkansas and Dallas, TX  and beyond. I love to capture blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments and turn them into family heirlooms. And with an eye for detail, I don't just preserve the best day of your life.. I turn it into art. 

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