3 Tips to Snap the Best First Dance Photos Ever

The First Dance is usually one of the most romantic moments on the wedding day, and I think it’s important to capture it as so.

Here are 3 tips to create a dreamy, romantic feel for the First Dance photos.

1. Do not use direct or even bounced flash.

It’s too harsh. If the room is dark, I use ambient back light (many times weddings have special lighting set up in the reception hall), or if it’s still too dark, I follow the videographer and mooch off his/her video light. You can also purchase your own video light panel and have someone help hold it.

2. Slow your shutter.

Photos are more romantic when they are slightly blurry. It shows movement.

3. Underexpose.

When shooting film, this is called “pushing.”  When you underexpose, you can lift the exposure in post processing. As a result, the photos will look more grainy. Some people like it, some don’t. In the case of the first dance, I like it. It creates texture. 🙂

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Fer de la Rosa

    THank youu!!! very helpful.!!! i really love your photos thanks for sharing this advices!!

  2. Laurie

    thanks for the tip, Christine! Will try it on my next shoot 🙂

  3. Marcelle

    Thank you for sharing these tips! I’ll be using them tomorrow at a wedding.

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