Have you and your new spouse already been married and are looking for a photographer to capture photos of your new life together? Or, have you already planned out your wedding day and do not have as much time to photograph everything you would like? Encore wedding photos are the perfect solution!
Encore sessions are for couples that might not have as much time during the wedding to do formal shots so they schedule a time after the wedding.
We have some great tips on encore wedding photos from SnapKnot members Phillip and Eileen with Blume Photography from Atlanta, Georgia. This advice, for both brides and photographers, is great for anyone who is thinking of planning – or shooting – an encore session. You will also enjoy many of the encore wedding photos that Phillip and Eileen have done…perfect photos to give you some great inspiration.
Tip #1: Don’t force Encore Sessions into the “trash the dress” mold.
“Trash the Dress” sessions can be a lot of fun. But they’re also a trend that does not appeal to every couple. Allow your Encore wedding photos to be something more fashion focused or landscape centered if that better serves your client and the subject matter.
Tip #2: Be safe! Encore and/or “fearless” bridal sessions tempt photographers to push the limits.
And pushing the limits is good artistically…. but if you follow the news, you’ve heard how pushing those limits too far has turned into tragedy on at least a couple occasions. Be a professional, and don’t take risks. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can not create that jaw-dropping cliff-side shot, or the amazing shot in the water. It simply means you need to plan ahead and put proper safety measures in place. And try to remember, many of the dangerous-looking images you may want to emulate are photoshopped as well, removing safety harnesses and other essential elements that keep everyone involved safe.
Tip #3: Highlight your couple’s personalities.
When better to show your subjects’ great sense of humor, adventurous side, or athletic prowess than during their encore wedding photos? Ask the couple questions and get to know your client on a level that allows you to create meaningful images for them. Do they love to play sports together? Does the couple laugh together constantly? Do they love the outdoors? Showcasing their personality and the things in life that they both love will really make the images shine and stand out.
Tip #4: Light it up!
Another advantage of non-wedding day encore photos is the time flexibility. When you are shooting a wedding, you have specific times that you are able to take the photographs, especially the planned ones such as the bridal party shots. With encore sessions, take advantage of the extra time to pull out your strobes and other lighting gear to create something unique. Perhaps, plan the session at a time of day that you know the sun will be perfect for the type of photos you are trying to capture. With encore wedding photos you are not limited to the time you have, so be adventurous and flexible.
Tip #5: Educate your clients.
Encore wedding photos can be the perfect option for that couple who comes to you after they’ve already finalized their wedding-day schedule, but did not leave nearly enough daylight time for decent portraits. Stay positive and be sure to remind them that – on the bright side – they can enjoy their day as planned, and they can still create the important couples portraits that will become the core of their wedding day artwork… it can just be on another day. Let them know that doing the session on another day relieves some of the stress on the bride and groom by alleviating the rushing around that comes with trying to capture all the photos in between the ceremony and the reception. This is especially true for destination weddings; a next-day encore session can provide much better lighting and relaxation for your couple.
Tip #6: Market effectively.
Want to shoot more epic portraits in locations you couldn’t access on a typical wedding day? Pitch the idea to the couples who could benefit! We have found a huge market for Encore shoots among foreign graduate students, many who are looking for an “American style” of photography that they can not find at home, as well as with couples who regret they hired a “bargain” photographer for their wedding. Sometimes it takes a really bad photographic experience to help couples appreciate the value of really great artwork in their lives and family. Be sure that you are the good experience they deserved in the first place!
Thank you Phillip and Eileen for the awesome tips for encore wedding photos! There are so many great things you can do with an encore photo session. You can shoot the photos in locations that you would not have been able to on the day of the wedding or you can think outside the box and really capture the couple’s personality and even take photos at different times of the day that you may not have been able to originally.
Here are a few other inspirational ideas for encore wedding photos from Frances Morency Photography, another one of our SnapKnot members.
Photographers… do you have any additional tips that have helped you with encore wedding photos? Brides… would you consider schedule an encore wedding photos session? Comment below!