Great Photos With Parents
Wedding photos with parents used to be traditional photos of the bride flanked in either side by her mother and father, with the groom in the same pose with his parents, and then the couple with each set of parents and then with all parents. If you like the classic parent poses, by all means keep them on your Must Get wedding photography wishlist, but consider some of these new options, suggested by the top NJ wedding photographers, to get more natural-looking photos that you’ll be more likely to frame and display:
- The bride kissing her mom or dad on the cheek
- The bride’s dad taking her hand to help her up a stair
- The groom taking his mom by the hand
- The bride and groom with both sets of parents, including step-parents in a stylized shot with some people sitting and some standing
- A photo from behind the wedding couple and their parents, as they look out over a scenic vista or their wedding gardens
- The wedding couple and their parents walking together on the wedding grounds
- A reflection shot from the wedding gardens pond or lake, showing the couple with their parents
- The wedding couple and their parents raising champagne glasses in a toast
- Everyone eating wedding cake together (or a cultural wedding food)
- The bride hugging her seated parents from behind as the groom smiles from the side (and the same shot with the groom hugging his parents, with the bride looking on, smiling) Read more…
Upon the occasion of your engagement – whether it happened yesterday or months ago – you’re likely planning to schedule an engagement portrait session with a professional photographer as the first of your many, exciting, upcoming wedding photography tasks.
In the past, engagement portraits looked very similar – with the bride standing behind the seated groom, her arms wrapped around his shoulders and chest, with her new and sparkling engagement ring prominently showing on her left hand. Now, this traditional pose is just one of a collection of new engagement portrait poses that lead the way in first-couple-photo trends. Think of the beautiful engagement photo recently released by royal wedding couple Kate Middleton and Prince William. Kate and William posed in a near embrace, showing their closeness and natural affection as a couple, and yes the engagement ring was prominently-featured.
As a leading New Jersey wedding venue and top garden wedding location in New Jersey, we can attest to the natural beauty of our surrounding region here in the northern part of the Garden State where we have so many scenic overlooks – including the Highlawn Pavilion’s view of New York City – and natural vistas such as springtime blooms and the fiery colors of the autumn leaves. With engagement portraits experiencing a wedding photo trend evolution into using more nature scenes as backgrounds for these couple photos, our local wedding couples are quite lucky to have access to beautiful botanical gardens, estate homes, and especially beaches on our many shore and lake destinations here in New Jersey.
Here are some of the top engagement portrait setting styles that New Jersey wedding couples and our many New York City wedding couples choose for their signature couple photo:
At the Beach
- Sitting or lying directly on the sand
- Sitting or lying on a colorful beach blanket
- Splashing ankle-deep in the ocean’s edge water
- Groom carrying bride into the water, or along the ocean’s edge into the sunset
- Bride and groom sitting in a lifeguard stand
- A favorite of our New Jersey wedding couples – photos located at the family shore house where they’ve spent many summers, and perhaps where they became engaged
- At the precise spot on the beach where the couple became engaged.
- A natural, just-walking-along shot of the couple by the water’s edge
On the Boardwalk
For playful couples, a beach-setting engagement portrait session may include a quick stop at the boardwalk, where they may pose:
- On a carousel
- In the seat of their favorite ride
- Holding colorful cotton candy while overlooking the ocean
- Holding enormous stuffed animals the groom and bride have won for each other.
In the Park
The park may be easier for you to reach, and many New Jersey couples choose their nearby park setting, or a favorite spot in a state park overlooking a waterfall or a brook, as their engagement portrait setting. When couples look for places to take NJ wedding photos, it’s often the park that provides the setting closest to a gorgeous garden wedding’s feel. Here are some of the top trends in park photos:
- At a gazebo
- On a park bench
- By a fountain
- On a wooden bridge crossing over a stream
- On a playground’s swingset
- Lying on the grass in the middle of a softball field where you’ve played or watched games together
- Kissing in the end zone of a park football field, where you may have had childhood sports memories
The goal is to design an engagement portrait that will join your spectacular professionally-taken wedding photos in your home displays for all time. Your wedding photography expert will guide you in suggesting poses that make you both look your best, but it’s up to you to choose your stunning location, bring several different styles of outfits or dresses to your photo session, and speak up when a setting or pose is what you want.
Many of our New Jersey wedding couples say they fall in love with several of their engagement photos, framing those for home display and using those for their personal wedding website and wedding program designs.
Michael Mahle, Director of Communications, Pleasantdale Château
By Patti Carlin, Banquet Manager, Ram’s Head Inn
Every wedding photographer has his or her own style. Be sure to ask your photographer what their style is, and review samples of their work, so that you understand their point-of-view. For example, some photographers are strictly old-school and are known for posed shots. Others consider themselves story-tellers and create a narrative of the wedding day through pictures. Still others are totally candid, looking for those interesting “just happened to happen” type of shots that can keep people turning the pages (or viewing online) of a wedding photo album.
Make sure the style you want (perhaps it’s a combination) is something your photographer is capable of achieving. Photographers now take a variety of different photos. If there are any specialty shots you want, make sure you have everything the photographer will need to take it. For example, one photo that has become popular is the wedding invitation with your wedding rings on top. If you want such a picture, be sure to have an invitation available. And be sure to communicate with the photographer to make sure the best and most memorable moments are captured. Designate one member of the wedding party to be the liaison during the festivities so the photographer isn’t getting instructions from five different people. This will help make sure your storybook wedding has a storybook that captures all its fun and excitement.
Have a great day!
By Rolf Shick, Banquet Manager, The Manor
Just because it’s raining – or even snowing – doesn’t mean you can’t get outdoor wedding photos at your ceremony. When discussing your photo needs with your wedding photographer, be sure to mention any weather- or season-related issues that he or she needs to be ready for. If your wedding is going to be in January and there could be snow on the ground, discuss this with the photographer beforehand, so that he can be prepared with the gear needed to take photos outside.
You don’t need a sunny sky for great wedding photos, either. Rain and grey skies can actually provide very dramatic photographs that a clear day can’t match. You and your photographer need to be aware of wind conditions, too. Taking wedding photographs in heavy winds can be a challenge – especially if your bride or bridesmaids have long hair. Be sure to bring extra bobby pins or other hair clips to keep it in place. And inquire about any outdoor spots at the wedding venue that are both scenic and provide shelter from the wind or other elements.