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Easy Steps for Photo Wedding Invitations

Aug 17, 2007
Want to invite all of your wedding guests in style? For a contemporary look photo wedding invitations are very popular. This immediately says whom the wedding is for and can instantly set the tone. For great wedding photo invites just follow the simple steps and advice contained in this article and you will be well on your way to photo wedding invitations.

The first thing that you want to plan out if you are going to make a photo wedding invitation or invite is the photo. Since a photo of the two of you will become center stage for the invitation you want a photo that says the right things and set the right tone and feel for the event. So carefully planning and choosing of the photo is a must. Some of the guideline that you might want to think about in the picture are:

The Picture: Of course you will want to select a picture of the two of you that is flattering and one that both can agree upon. Brides should not take the liberty of choosing the photo by themselves without at least first consulting the groom. Also you need to consider if you want to pay a professional, use an existing photo or have a friend take the picture that will grace the invitation.

What you choose is really dependent on other factors such as tone, mood and setting.

Tone - Is the over all feel of the card. Do you want the card to have a silly or fun tone or something that is serious or classic looking. For example wearing a funny pair of sunglasses while licking lollipops will set a different tone then a formal studio portrait. So you want to think about the over all tone of the picture.

Mood - Right along with tone is the mood of the picture. Tone and mood can easily be mixed up but mood is more a fine-tuning. For example you could have a classic or formal tone and take the picture in a portrait studio. However the mood could be light and easy going as the two of you have big smiles and give each other a hug or kiss. Or the mood could be very serious even the tone is silly. For example in the above sentence it mentions taking the picture with big silly sunglasses on. Well, if the picture is taking in black and white and both of you have a serious face on the mood will be very different.

So planning both the tone and the mood are important and something you will want to think about before hand.

Format - There can be many different ways to take a picture for example the picture could be a black and white, or it could be color. You could also use set the photo to be in portrait or landscape layout or even use a panorama.

Camera setting - This of course might be left more up to the professional photographer if you are going that route. However thinking about the camera setting before hand can help guide the photographer and if you are doing the picture yourselves or with a friend is can be a big help. For example if you are planning on a silly picture with a light mood you might enhance the effect by not only wearing the silly sunglasses but also use a fish eye lens to distort the facial features. For some thing might sound like to much and they would prefer to go with a simple lens filter for the more formal beach sunset picture.

Location - Another thing to take into consideration is the setting or location where you will take the picture. College campuses can often be a lot of fun and produce beautiful pictures or a local park. You might want to drive around your town and think about locations before hand.

Time - This refers to the time of day. The best time of day is late afternoon around 3:00 or so. The sun is starting to go down in the sky but still bright enough to create a fully lighted face. However depending on the location and other factors you might wan to take the picture at sunrise or sunset. Of course if you are taking a studio portrait that is more formal the time is not a consideration.

Whatever you decide to do think ahead of time and plan out some of the details for the picture. This will help the actual photo session go smoothly and quickly and keep everyone spirits up.
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