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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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              The Gentle Art of Saying No for a Less Stressful Life

              The Gentle Art of Saying No for a Less Stressful Life

              It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments—you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time. That’s why the art of saying no can be a game changer for productivity.

              Requests for your time are coming in all the time—from family members, friends, children, coworkers, etc. To stay productive, minimize stress, and avoid wasting time, you have to learn the gentle art of saying no—an art that many people have problems with.

              What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger, or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

              However, it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here’s how to stop people pleasing and master the gentle art of saying no.

              1. Value Your Time

              Know your commitments and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it.

              Be honest when you tell them that: “I just can’t right now. My plate is overloaded as it is.” They’ll sympathize as they likely have a lot going on as well, and they’ll respect your openness, honesty, and attention to self-care.

              2. Know Your Priorities

              Even if you do have some extra time (which, for many of us, is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time?

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              For example, if my wife asks me to pick up the kids from school a couple of extra days a week, I’ll likely try to make time for it as my family is my highest priority. However, if a coworker asks for help on some extra projects, I know that will mean less time with my wife and kids, so I will be more likely to say no. 

              However, for others, work is their priority, and helping on extra projects could mean the chance for a promotion or raise. It’s all about knowing your long-term goals and what you’ll need to say yes and no to in order to get there. 

              You can learn more about how to set your priorities here.

              3. Practice Saying No

              Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word[1].

              Sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.

              4. Don’t Apologize

              A common way to start out is “I’m sorry, but…” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important when you learn to say no, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm and unapologetic about guarding your time.

              When you say no, realize that you have nothing to feel bad about. You have every right to ensure you have time for the things that are important to you. 

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              5. Stop Being Nice

              Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. However, if you erect a wall or set boundaries, they will look for easier targets.

              Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.

              6. Say No to Your Boss

              Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss—they’re our boss, right? And if we start saying no, then we look like we can’t handle the work—at least, that’s the common reasoning[2].

              In fact, it’s the opposite—explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.

              7. Pre-Empting

              It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting,

              “Look, everyone, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects, and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”

              This, of course, takes a great deal of awareness that you’ll likely only have after having worked in one place or been friends with someone for a while. However, once you get the hang of it, it can be incredibly useful.

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              8. Get Back to You

              Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, try saying no this way:

              “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.”

              At least you gave it some consideration.

              9. Maybe Later

              If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say,

              “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].”

              Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands. If you need to continue saying no, here are some other ways to do so[3]:

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                10. It’s Not You, It’s Me

                This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often, the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time.

                Simply say so—you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization—but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true, as people can sense insincerity.

                The Bottom Line

                Saying no isn’t an easy thing to do, but once you master it, you’ll find that you’re less stressed and more focused on the things that really matter to you. There’s no need to feel guilty about organizing your personal life and mental health in a way that feels good to you.

                Remember that when you learn to say no, isn’t about being mean. It’s about taking care of your time, energy, and sanity. Once you learn how to say no in a good way, people will respect your willingness to practice self-care and prioritization. 

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