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7 Tips to Make Your Wedding Photos Magnificent

7 Tips to Make Your Wedding Photos Magnificent

Can you hear it? Wedding bells are ringing in the distance. Their sweet sound fills the entire venue—the first song to a lifelong soundtrack. Everyone watches with wide eyes and smiles as the bride—dressed in a gorgeous white dress—gracefully approaches her groom. They exchange vows, locking love-filled eyes before lips. The wedding is over quickly, but a top-quality photo could capture the memory of that magical ceremony for a lifetime. Below are seven tips for stunning wedding photos. Follow them, and you will surely snap photos worth saving for years to come!

Have Fun with Family and Friends

Your wedding is one of the happiest events of your life, and you picked those bridesmaids and groomsmen because you and your spouse enjoy their company—so enjoy their company! Even if someone rubs you the wrong way, remember that they’re here to help make your special day. Snap a few funny face photos to lighten the mood of your “just married” memories. Show the bride and groom’s sense of humor by having the bride jump and hide her legs as the groom stands behind her (she will appear to have his legs!). Or turn the groom into Spiderman.

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    Choose the Right Photographer

    These photos should last a lifetime and more. For this to happen, having the right photographer is essential. Meet him or her before the wedding day to size up the person’s skill level and character. Does he seem trustworthy and dependable? Committed (“I do” applies here too)? Does he have a second shooter as a backup to ensure you receive quality photos if something technical doesn’t go as planned? The bottom line: You should feel comfortable with the photographer’s personality and professionalism.

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      Put the Facial Appearance Puzzle Together

      You are beautiful. For your wedding especially, every part of your face should shine. If your teeth could use a little whitening, consider investing in teeth-whitening products. Your smile is worth the investment. Choose makeup that will take your look a level up from the everyday. Consult a professional makeup artist or knowledgeable friend for advice. You have enough to do, so don’t be afraid to ask for help in this area.

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      Make sure you get enough beauty sleep too. Your body—including the face—repairs itself as you sleep. A tired look might be okay for one funny photo, but not for every photo.

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        Find the Right Hairstyle

        The possibilities are endless, and there is likely more than one charming style for your special day. With that in mind, finding the perfect style isn’t the key—simply find one that complements your style and overall look. Curls are fun because of their bounce, but they are also great because of their elegance. Try a half-up, half-down style with a lovely headband. You might also consider leaving your hair down. The ever-popular waterfall braid works well with loose curls or straight hair.

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          Stay Organized

          Smiling is tough when worries swarm in your mind. To avoid worrying about attire at the last minute, plan ahead. The bridesmaid dresses and, of course, the wedding dress, should be chosen far enough in advance to allow time for any necessary tweaks before photo shoots. Create a list of people who you would like photographed. This way, neither you nor the groom will regret missing the opportunity to take pictures with particular guests.

          Stage Shots Well

          While it’s great to gather ideas from successful weddings, this is your special day! Make staged photos magnificent and unique by choosing unusual settings like the beach or a forest. Try expressing different themes to highlight the lives of the bride and groom-to-be. Perhaps you had your first date at a movie theatre.  You could join your entourage and strike a pose from a movie scene. Consider props too—have everyone release balloons at the same time a photo that will be fun to look at both now and in the future. There are lots of creative wedding photo ideas, spend some time to think about your style and poses.

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            Capture Natural Shots Too

            Sometimes the best pictures are unplanned ones—the ones where no one reminds you to smile because you are only caught in a happy moment. You don’t want to miss moments of laughter or the bride and groom gliding across the dance floor. You want to capture them taking their vows. Such shots can also showcase the bride and groom’s character. As a wedding photographer, Josie Liming said on Photoshelter Blog, “An image I always want to get is one that showcases personality. I’m not there to just capture what the couple looks like; I’m there to capture who they are.” When you capture a part of the bride or groom’s personality, you capture a reminder of why they fell in love in the first place.

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              To put everything into perspective, there are several aspects to consider when it comes to taking the best wedding photos. However, fear not: you will surely succeed by keeping looks, practicality, and personality in mind, as well as choosing a friendly photographer who is willing to go above and beyond to provide great wedding photos.

              Featured photo credit: photographer taking pictures of weddings via alloccasionsglos.co.uk

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              How to Say No When You Say Yes Too Often

              How to Say No When You Say Yes Too Often

              Do you say yes so often that you realize you aren’t really happy about this, wondering how to say no to people?

              For years, I was a serial people pleaser. Known as someone who would step up, I would gladly make time especially when it came to volunteering for certain causes. I proudly carried this role all through grade school, college, even through law school. For years, I thought saying “no” meant I would disappoint a good friend or someone I respected.

              But somewhere along the way, I noticed I wasn’t quite living my life. Instead, I seem to have created a schedule that was a strange combination of meeting the expectations of others, what I thought I should be doing, and some of what I actually wanted to do. The result? I had a packed schedule that left me overwhelmed and unfulfilled.

              It took a long while but I learned the art of saying no. Saying ‘no’ meant I no longer catered fully to everyone else’s needs and could make more room for what I really wanted to do. Instead of cramming too much in, I chose to pursue what really mattered. I started to manage my time more around my own needs and interests. When that happened, I became a lot happier. And guess what? I hardly disappointed anyone.

              The Importance of Saying No

              When you learn the art of saying ‘no,’ you begin to look at the world differently. Rather than seeing all of the things you could or should be doing (and aren’t doing), you start to look at how to say yes to what’s important.

              In other words, you aren’t just reacting to what life throws at you. You seek the opportunities that move you to where you want to be.

              Successful people aren’t afraid to say no. Oprah Winfrey considered one of the most successful women in the world confessed that it was much later in life when she learned how to say no. Even after she had become internationally famous, she felt she had to say yes to virtually everything. It was only when she realized that after years of struggling with saying no, I finally got to this question: “What do I want?”

              Being able to say no also helps you manage your time better.

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              Warren Buffett views no as essential to his success. He said,

              “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”

              When I made ‘no’ a part of my toolbox, I drove more of my own success focusing on fewer things and doing them well.

              How We Are Pressured to Say Yes

              It’s no wonder a lot of us find it hard to say ‘no.’

              From an early age, we are conditioned to say ‘yes.’ We said yes probably hundreds of time in order to graduate from high school and then get into college. We said yes to find work. We said yes get a promotion. We said yes to find love and then yes again to stay in a relationship. We said yes to find and keep friends.

              We say yes because it feels better to help someone. We say yes because it can seem like the right thing to do. We say yes because we think that is key to success. And we say yes because the request might come from someone who is hard to resist like the boss.

              And that’s not all. The pressure to say yes doesn’t just come from others. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves. At work, we say yes because we compare ourselves to others who seem to be doing more than we are. Outside of work, we say yes because we feel guilty we aren’t doing enough to spend time with family or friends.

              The message no matter where we turn is nearly always, “You really could be doing more.” The result? When people ask us for our time, we are heavily conditioned to say yes.

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              How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty

              Deciding to add the word ‘no’ to your toolbox is no small thing. Perhaps you already say ‘no’ but not as much as you would like. Maybe you have an instinct that if you were to learn the art of ‘no’ that you could finally create more time for things you care about. But let’s be honest, using the word ‘no’ doesn’t come easily for many people.

              The 3 Rules of Thumbs for Saying No

              1. You Need to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

              Let’s face it. It is hard to say no. Setting boundaries around your time especially you haven’t done it much in the past will feel awkward.

              2. You Are the Air Traffic Controller of Your Time

              Remember that you are the only one who understands the demands for your time. Think about it, who else knows about all of the demands on your time? No one. Only you are at the center of all of these requests. are the only one that understands what time you really have.

              3. Saying ‘No’ Means Saying ‘Yes’ to Something That Matters

              When we decide not to do something, it means we can say yes to something else. You have a unique opportunity to decide how you spend your precious time.

              6 Ways to Start Saying No

              Incorporating that little word ‘no’ into your life can be transformational. Turning some things down will mean you can open doors to what really matters. Here are some essential tips to learn the art of no:

              1. Check in With Your Obligation Meter

              One of the biggest challenges to saying ‘no’ is a feeling of obligation. Do you feel you have a responsibility to say yes and worry that saying no reflect poorly on you?

              Ask yourself whether you truly have the duty to say yes. Check your assumptions or beliefs about whether you carry the responsibility to say yes. Turn it around and instead ask what duty you owe to yourself.

              2. Resist the Fear of Missing out (FOMO)

              Do you have a fear of missing out (FOMO)? FOMO can follow us around in so many ways. At work, we volunteer our time because we fear we won’t move ahead. In our personal lives, we agree to join the crowd because FOMO even while we ourselves aren’t enjoying the fun.

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              Check in with yourself. Are you saying yes because of FOMO or because you really want to say yes? More often than not, running after fear doesn’t make us feel better.

              3. Check Your Assumptions About What It Means to Say ‘No’

              Do you dread the reaction you will get if you say no? Often, we say ‘yes’ because we worry about how others will respond or the consequences of saying no or because of the consequences. We may be afraid to disappoint others or think we will lose respect from others. We often forget how much we are disappointing ourselves along the way.

              Keep in mind that saying ‘no’ can be exactly what is needed to send the right message that you have limited time. In the tips below, you will see how to communicate your no in a gentle and loving way. You might disappoint someone initially but drawing a boundary can bring you the freedom you need so that you can give freely of yourself when you truly want to.

              4. When the Request Comes In, Sit on It

              Sometimes, when we are in the moment, we instinctively agree. The request might make sense at first. Or we typically have said yes to this request in the past.

              Give yourself a little time to reflect on whether you really have the time, or can do the task properly. You may decide the best option is to say ‘no.’ There is no harm in giving yourself the time to decide.

              5. Communicate Your ‘No’ with Transparency and Kindness

              When you are ready to tell someone no, communicate your decision clearly. The message can be open and honest to ensure the recipient that your reasons have to do with your limited time.

              Resist the temptation not to respond or communicate all. But do not feel obligated to provide a lengthy account about why you are saying no.

              A clear communication with a short explanation is all that is needed. I have found it useful to tell people that I have many demands and need to be careful with how I allocate my time. I will sometimes say I really appreciate that they came to me and for them to check in again if the opportunity arises another time.

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              6. Consider How to Use a Modified ‘No’

              If you are under pressure to say yes but want to say no, you may want to consider downgrading a “yes” to a “yes but…” giving you an opportunity to condition your agreement to what works best for you.

              Sometimes, the condition can be to do the task but not in the time frame that was originally requested. Or perhaps you can do part of what has been asked.

              Final Thoughts

              Beginning right now, you can change how you respond to requests for your time. When the request comes in, take yourself off autopilot where you might normally say yes.

              Use the request as a fresh request to draw a healthy boundary around your time. Pay particular attention to when you place certain demands on yourself. If you are the one placing the demand on yourself, try to evaluate the demand as if it were coming from somewhere else.

              Try it now. Say no to a friend who continues to take advantage of your goodwill. Or, draw the line with a workaholic colleague and tell them you will complete the project but not by working all weekend. Or, tell someone in your family you can’t loan them money again because they never paid you back the last time. You’ll find yourself much happier.

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