You know your wedding photographer will be capturing your special day and those photos will live forever in your wedding album. But what about your honeymoon? This once-in-a-lifetime trip deserves an album of its own where you can relive your adventures together for many years to come. There are a few things you'll want to take into consideration to make sure you can get the most out of your trip and your album.
Take some time to think about what kinds of photos you'd love to see in your album. You're a unique couple and your album should reflect that! You can create a list of photo ideas and save it on your phone to refer back to once you've landed in your honeymoon location. If you've seen friends' honeymoon photos that you'd like to recreate, make sure to write those ideas down.
The time of day photos are taken adds a lot of interest to the image. The "Golden Hour" is the hour before sunset and makes for beautiful lighting. Just make sure to include any time-specific photos in your day's itinerary.
If there's an absolutely gorgeous location that you've decided you need to take photos in, consider hiring a local photographer and having a photo shoot there. You're on your honeymoon to relax and enjoy time together as a couple, not to stress about getting the perfect photos. Hiring a professional will allow you to do just that.
Things to bring
Cameras: Smart phones have pretty good cameras built into them, but you may wish to bring along a more powerful DSLR to capture the best photos. Consider also bringing (or purchasing on arrival) a few disposable cameras, particularly if you want to take some underwater photos or you feel uncomfortable handing off your camera or phone to a stranger to take a photo of you as a couple.
Memory cards: There are so many horror stories of couples losing all the photos from their honeymoon because of one corrupted or lost memory card. Bring several and swap them out each day to avoid disaster and allow you to take as many photos as you like.
Laptop: Transferring photos from your memory card(s) at the end of each day is a fun opportunity to look back on the day's adventures together. You can also use this time to delete any unflattering, blurry or otherwise unusable photos.
Tripod: Perhaps a bit cumbersome to carry, but tripods are a tremendous help if you want to take a photo of the two of you and nobody is around to help. They also help in low light situations. Small smart phone tripods are available and not too bulky.
Camera ready outfits: No, you don't need matching t-shirts, but planning your outfits to fit the overall feel of your album will help you make the whole thing more cohesive. Solid neutral colors are a good bet for most photos and locations but consider more colorful attire if the situation calls for it (such as a night out dancing). Above all, make sure you're not wearing something you don't want to see forever in your album!
Capturing photos you'll love
A little creativity goes a long way in photography. Utilize the Rule of Thirds to frame shots in a more interesting way. Take the same photo from different angles to capture a new perspective. Move around! Have fun with your photography and you'll have photos you love to revisit over and over in your honeymoon album.
Here are a few photo ideas to get you started:
Where we slept: Capture images of your beautiful honeymoon suite or the view from your suite.
What we ate: You'll probably be enjoying some delicious meals while you're away. Local cuisine makes for an interesting and unique addition to your honeymoon album.
Sunsets: There's a reason sunset photos are so popular! Make sure you have some shots of the two of you as well as photos of the sunset.
Local attractions/events: Take photos of all the unique places and things you see.
Dancing: Photos in motion make a nice change from all the posed photos you might take. Dancing is a great opportunity to have a romantic moment captured in your album. Ask staff or another honeymoon couple to take the photos.
Views from above: Rooftop restaurants, cliffs, and other scenic spots that are high above the ground offer interesting views.
"Never again" shots: You may not have another chance to visit this destination, so be sure to take the time to capture activities there that you might not get to do again. How often will you have a chance to ride an elephant or go bungee jumping? You'll definitely want to relive it in your album!
Good-bye: Saying farewell to your honeymoon spot is bittersweet, but makes a lovely conclusion to your beautiful album. Your closed hotel door, the lobby of the hotel or resort or a photo on the plane to bid adieu.
Once you've arrived home again, real life can take over again very quickly and you may not have the time you wish you had to create your perfect honeymoon album. A photo organizer can help with that! I would be honored to take on your project and create for you the premium honeymoon album you've been dreaming of.