Every bride wants to capture every beautiful and memorable moment on her wedding day, and aside from the formal shots, it is becoming more popular and requested that wedding photography include some informal and cheeky shots. Incorporating props that go along with your wedding theme and style can make for some great candid shots and showcase a favorite hobby. If you both love to fish, for example, an inflatable fish at the end of a rod adds a touch of whimsy.
The same holds true for your wedding. You want to capture all the fun that everyone is having -especially since you can’t be a part of it all- but your photographer can’t be everywhere at once.
One of the most popular additions to traditional wedding photographers is the photo booth. It’s fun, it’s interactive, and it gives all of the special people in your life an opportunity to document their presence in your big day. A photo booth captures the joy of innocent children and is also good for recording guests like work friends. Even the bride and groom should make a point to steal a moment or two alone in the booth and capture some fun, romantic, and intimate photos.
Be sure to place the photo booth somewhere that everyone will be congregating, like by the food or drinks tables. To capture the spirit of unadulterated joy and fun at your events, provide props. Props are fun for all ages, and can liven up even the dullest photographs. Still shots, while nice and necessary, won’t have you laughing hysterically decades from now when you look back at grandma playing an inflatable saxophone with giant sunglasses. Props can bring out anybody’s goofy side, and the funny photos you’ll get will be priceless.
Here are some more creative prop ideas to enhance the photographic memories of your special day.
From dinosaurs to monkeys and giraffes or giant pink flamingos, blow-up animals provide a fun backdrop. Musical instruments, like guitars and drums and saxophones, are also available. These work best with the larger photo booth rentals. They might seem silly, but watch everyone come and have a look at these inflatables and not be able to resist the urge to have a couple of funny photos.
Parasols and Umbrellas:
Depending on the size of the photo booth, parasols and umbrellas can be a great prop, lending a sense of nostalgia to the scene. Try to choose ones that match the wedding party colors.
Dressing up in feather boas and brightly colored scarves can be a whole lot of fun, especially for the ladies and little girls.
Nerdy – Dork Glasses:
Nerdy glasses can be found pretty much anywhere. Look at thrift stores, rummage sales, or dollar stores. Buy the largest, geekiest, weirdest glass you can find.
Look for old frames from thrift stores and rummages sales. Spray paint them in funky colors, like bright pink neon, glitter, or shiny metallics. This gives your guests the opportunity to frame themselves.
Hats can be expensive, but when you keep an eye out for them on clearance, or scour the area thrift stores, you can find a reasonably inexpensive way of letting your guests add some style and flair to their photo ops. Concentrate a tad more on mens’ hats, like top hats or fedoras. The ladies aren’t as likely to want to risk their hairdos. The bride can also consider asking some of the men in the family to donate any unused hats to the cause.
Bouquet of fake flowers fashioned from your bridal colors can be fun to replicate the bride’s flowers. Craft stores and dollar stores usually have flowers and ribbons that can quickly be fashioned into mini bouquets for little girls to play make-believe for their photos.
Moustache on a Stick:
Handlebar moustaches, frames that say “Wanted-Reward,” one-dimensional hats, and thought bubbles are just a few of the items available at party stores. You name it, they’ve got it. If you need to stick to a tight budget, these are totally ripe for a do-it-yourself project.
Who doesn’t love wigs? While they may not be the most popular prop at the start of the gala, as the day wears on and the libations flow, wigs can become surprisingly popular, even with the men! Scouring second hand stores always reveals a few long-lost wigs laying around.
Everybody, young and old, loves bubbles! They look great floating around in photos and they are so inexpensive, they are a must-have prop.
Place a giant blank poster-board somewhere in the venue, this provides an opportunity for the guests to leave their well wishes right there on the day and as emotions rise.
- Find a trunk or lightweight storage container to store all of your different props in. Decorate it in theme colors of the wedding.
- Carouse the dollar stores, resale boutiques and thrift stores for hats, gloves, boxing gloves, hand cuffs, ties, belts, gaudy jewelry or anything that will encourage people to be wacky.
- Disposable cameras are a great way for your guests to capture whatever is going on in their circle. How do you ensure that Uncle Bill’s hilarious moves on the dance floor are captured? With disposables! Depending on your budget, each table can have one or everyone in the wedding party have their own. Children can capture some incredibly poignant shots, reminding everyone how life is seen through a child’s eyes.
While props are fun, traditional wedding photographs provide that touch of timeless class, and a photographer is still needed. Adding props provides a great interactive way for guests to get involved, but you don’t want to forget about the “real” pictures, either. Like everything in life, balance is key.
Every wedding is special, but time passes, memories fade, and real life sets in. Being able to look back at the day through photographs helps to remind us what is really important. We see the people who have come and gone, we take delight in the beauty, laugh at our goofiness, and we cherish those thoughts and images even more.
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Article by Nada
Nada is a content writer interested in all things to do with wedding photography, in particular wedding photography Melbourne. Nada enjoys exploring and sharing her knowledge, learning and photography experiences.
Article publié pour la première fois le 25/05/2013