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Top Three Tricks for the Best Photographs

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1 – Always use natural light first.

            Natural light (sunlight) is always far more flattering than artificial light. If you have the option to take your photograph outside, I recommend doing so. If you need to stay inside, try using any natural light that is available to you – such as window light. It’s best to avoid using the built-in camera flash unless completely necessary. 

Photo example: This bridal detail shot was photographed just outside the bridal suite on the front porch using only natural light.

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2 – Don’t photograph in direct or harsh sunlight.

            If you’re in the south (like I am!) the sunlight is blistering hot this time of year. It’s also very bright and can quickly wash out the colors and exposure of your photographs while making your subject uncomfortable. Instead, try finding open shade. This is an area outdoors without hot, direct sunlight but still receives natural light. Great examples are: under trees, open porches, outside corridors.

Photo example: I placed the wedding party in the shade of a large tree to avoid the bright sunshine overpowering the photograph and making anyone uncomfortable.

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3 – Keep your background clean!

            Keep watch for any distractions in your photographs. If something is out of place, or you don’t have a great angle, it’s best to fix this before taking any photos. If you are photographing people watch for tree branches, signs or anything else that may be a distraction.  

Photo example: I placed my couple in shade, but also watched to ensure the trees in the background were not distracting, and instead helped frame the couple.

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