• Nikki Seiler, Declaration Photography

Secrets of a Wedding Photographer

SPONSORED BY: Declaration Photography

What I wish every bride knew...

I photograph around 25 weddings per year and it never ceases to amaze me the unique offering of humanity each couple brings. None are alike, it's simply magical.

There are 1,000 things (okay that's probably an exaggeration) I could say but here are my top three truths I hope you know:

Be Your Authentic Self

You are "one of a kind" and a complete "gift of creation". What you bring to this earth can only be brought by you. Your fingerprint is the very evidence of this completely unique human offering. So what does that mean?

It means that your wedding doesn't have to be everything everyone else wants. If you want to wear yellow laced track shoes - do it! If you want to wear a blush pink dress or a mauve veil - be you! When you look at your friends and family all embraced by the detail that sings your song, your face will tell the story of how much you loved your day. Your face will come alive with yummy goodness... and your pictures will reflect that truth.

Life Is Perfectly Imperfect

You need at least one "Type A" personality around to keep things moving, but surround yourself with people who can let things go and won't sweat the small stuff. The truth is that anything beyond you, and the human you are committing your life to, is "small stuff". It may rain when you were promised clear skies. A hurricane may decide that your wedding weekend is a good time to appear. Things go wrong because life is absolutely imperfect.

Allow yourself and other people around you to fail. Give yourself and others grace. It will allow you to enjoy every beautiful moment of life throughout your day. And guess what? Your face will reflect that! Your pictures will then tell the story of life's imperfect perfections.

Hire A Wedding Planner

The best thing you can do for yourself, all of your amazing friends, and family members who helped bring this day together, is have someone who is managing your whole day so you can be 100% free to enjoy every moment. This will help the MOB and MOG to enjoy all the moments right alongside with you, as they tend to take on the role of "planner" when one isnt hired.

There is so much more to think about than you realize. Have someone whose job it is to do all the thinking. They can manage all the elements day-of so you can enjoy one of the biggest celebrations life has to offer.

Guess what? You guessed it!

Because you are not stressing about the details and your family is free to just enjoy... your faces will show that truth. The story of your day, the story of your families being blended together... your pictures will reflect this.

Enjoy this absolutely incredible time of life. No matter how many weddings I document I never leave without realizing a mystical truth... that something so great has occurred.

It truly is magical!

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