How to Pick the Perfect Location for Your Wedding Photography | Hays Kansas Wedding Photographer

April 27, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

Kelsey Stremel offers fresh, modern fine art photography including wedding and event coverage, lifestyle family portraits, senior portraits, maternity, newborn, commercial and landscape photography. Stremel Photography - Hays Kansas premier wedding and portrait photographer Kelsey Stremel offers modern fresh wedding day coverage, family photography, senior portraits, baby and maternity photography and commercial photography; serving Hays, Ellis, Victoria, Russell, LaCrosse, Plainville, Great Bend, Dodge City, Stockton and Western Kansas.

I hope you are enjoying the Thursday Tips series! Today’s tips are about choosing the perfect location for your wedding photography.  I’ve been preparing for wedding season (which if you are curious kicks off this Saturday for Stremel Photography with an unbelievable and completely unique wedding in Russell, KS). One of the topics my wonderful couples and I have been discussing is the location for their outdoor wedding photography.

Picture of a bridal party jumping in Hays Kansas

It is often much easier for you, your fiancé and your wedding party to relax at a second location from your ceremony. It is also an awesome opportunity to showcase your personality and wedding style. Think about what you want your pictures to look like. Fun, spontaneous and candid? Artistic and very dramatic? Soft, intimate and romantic? Or maybe a little combination of all the above? Outdoors at a beautiful park or quirky downtown street can be the perfect location to create natural portraits with genuine smiles and real emotions.

Try to reflect on your personalities and lifestyle. Are you outdoorsy or a little more metropolitan? Do you have a theme for your day such as a vintage inspired wedding or a western wedding? Your wedding pictures should reflect on your personal style and the style of your wedding. While downtown may be perfect for one couple that loves the city life, an open field may be a better choice for a couple that loves the country. Your pictures should be all about you and what you love.

Picture of a bride and groom on the railroad tracks in Hays Kansas

Is there somewhere really special to you and your fiancé such as a park you love to walk at or a school or university you both attended? Is there a location that is meaningful to one or both of your families? Even if it may not seem like the most spectacular location, if it is meaningful to you and your fiancé you might want to give it a try. Your professional photographer will be able to advise you on the best angles, lighting and will be able to see the location in a fresh creative way.  As a professional they may be familiar with some wonderful locations that you haven’t seen or thought of. They will also be able to give your recommendations about what places will work best depending on the time of day when your pictures will be taken and what will compliment your wedding style.

Portrait of the Groom at frontier park

With all these things in mind, it is also important to choose a location that is close to the route you will take from your ceremony to the reception. This will save on travel time and allow you and your wedding party a little more time to relax and enjoy the day! If there is a location that you think would be awesome for pictures but is too far off the beaten path to get to on your wedding day, you may want to consider a Day After Session (a.k.a. Rock the Dress, Trash the Dress). These sessions are incredible and can result in some breathtaking pictures. I could go on and on about the advantages of a Day After Session, but I will save that for another Thursday Tip.

wedding picture of a couple in frontier park

From Josselyn & Parker's Day After Session

 

Finally, be prepared to roll with the weather on your wedding day. Did you know rain on your wedding day is considered to be good luck? Cloudy skies can add a little drama to your pictures and may be gorgeous! Overcast skies also create beautiful soft light for intimate portraits. A breeze could catch your veil in a beautiful way. You can’t control the weather so be prepared to make the most of it.

Please remember to check out these other fantastic blogs with more great Thursday Tips: Every Last DetailBow Ties & BlissLove, Milk and HoneyLittle Bit HeartThe Oceanside BrideSoundtrack to I DoShay Cochrane PhotographyCatie Ronquillo Photography.

 

picture from a bridal session in downtown Hays Kansas

This image was created during an After Wedding Session

Kelsey Stremel is a modern fine art Wedding and Portrait Photographer from Hays Kansas. She is quickly becoming one of the premier photographers in western kansas. You can read the original blog post here How to Pick the Perfect Location for Your Wedding Photography | Hays Kansas Wedding Photographer


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