There is a trend happening right now in wedding photography that I really love. Instead of merely taking the standard portraits on the church steps, couples are having their pictures done in their favorite spots around their city, with the groom in his suit and the bride in her gown and pearl bridal jewelry. Take a look at these ideas for using local landmarks in your wedding icons photos.
First of all, consider what makes a particular spot a landmark. Some are world renowned icons of a city, such as the Golden Bay Bridge in San Francisco or the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Others may be more mobile icons – think the cable cars of San Francisco or a yellow taxi in New York. Think about the places that immediately pop into your head when you think of your hometown, and put them on your list. What makes these types of photos so appealing is that when you see them, it will be instantly apparent where your wedding took place. It’s really neat to make the wedding icons album about the “where” as well as the “who”. After all, you chose to get married in a certain city or town for a reason, right? Why not make that a part of the story in your photographs?
Landmarks can also be personal. This is a big trend in engagement photos as well as for the wedding album. In some cases, your favorite spots might be very scenic, naturally lending themselves to romantic pictures. On the other hand, don’t discount spots that are meaningful, but less than picturesque. Sometimes the juxtaposition of the bride in her bridal gown and pearl jewelry and the groom in his suit or tuxedo against the booths of the diner where you got engaged are what make the images so striking and unique.
Timing can be important when it comes to having your wedding pictures done at local landmarks. If you plan to go far afield, the hour between the end of ceremony and the start of the reception is unlikely to be enough time. You can only realistically drag out a cocktail hour for ninety minutes before the guests start getting antsy and/or intoxicated. For specialty photographic field trips, either schedule time before the wedding or the day after it. While it is not quite the same as taking pictures right in the middle of the event, it will allow you to get some really cool pictures and enjoy your reception, which is important.
Non traditional spots
It takes the right kind of photographer to capture wedding pictures in non-traditional spots. The wedding photographer who is accustomed to posing a large group in front of the altar is not necessarily going to be as good working on the fly in an outdoor or public location. Look for a photographer who specializes in a photo journalistic style. Also be sure to check out their albums to see if they have a knack for capturing the spirit of the newlyweds in a meaningful spot. Word of mouth is always a good way to track down these specialty photographers. One of the best photographers I have ever known at photo journalististic wedding pictures was also a sports photographer; it gave her the ability to recognize that split-second moment that says it all and capture it for eternity. That is what you are going for with your landmark wedding icons photos.