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Wedding Photography tips – backdrops

Once you are booked as a wedding photographer for a chosen venue it is always worth checking the venue yourself for the best places to photograph the wedding couple. If you do not already know the venue the first place to check is online to see what others have done before your actual visit.


Checking out a doorway at Aikwood Tower

If the venue is a hotel then ask the wedding advisor on site where the images are normally taken inside and out and check for any landmarks or interesting backdrops that you think may appeal. Also bear in mind, especially in Scotland, what works best in darker conditions as the wedding shots will be weather dependent.


An ideal canopy and background in the wood by Cringletie House Hotel

Likewise out in the grounds you may require canopy cover from the rain and woods in leaf are a great alternative place to take images – and can prove to be the best shots of the day. Walled gardens are great but they don’t provide rain cover. An interesting building with an alcove, a doocot, Laburnum arch or unusual doors can all be great backgrounds.


Canopy background makes an ideal wedding shot

For each venue create a list of options and work with the wedding couple to their schedule, timings and brief and always have a Plan B or C, as the best laid plans and especially timings at weddings do go out of the window!


For wedding photography (and flowers) in the Scottish Borders – Petals and Pixels

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