My husband and I both agree that our wedding day was one of the best days of our lives, but the honeymoon that followed, was the absolute best vacation we'd ever been on together. Although I got a few eye rolls from my "Instagram husband" for whipping out my phone or camera every two seconds, we love looking back at images of those ten days of bliss. Want to get amazing captures on your honeymoon, too? Keep reading for our tips below, paired with a dreamy Bahamas shoot from Simply Sarah Photography.
Hire a Professional
Your wedding day is bound to be incredibly memorable, especially when you flip back through those images taken by your photographer. So, why not do the same for your honeymoon? Not in the budget? Include that cost in a honey fund on your wedding registry! These images from Simply Sarah Photography clearly prove it's a good idea.
Even if you plan to do a shoot with a professional, you'll still want to capture all of those in between moments. Here's where you want to make sure you've got the right gear for your personal needs. A versatile camera with plenty of options will come in handy for capturing everything from the beautiful landscapes you might encounter to portraits of your and your love on the beach. This one is a good option and even has built-in wi-fi for easy uploading so you can share your vacation with friends and family in real time.
If you plan on taking lots of snaps with your phone as well, make sure you're doing it right. Give your smartphone a quick upgrade with a lens kit. Planning on a snorkeling adventure? This is a must-have.
Know the Basics
Having the right gear doesn't = honeymoon photo success. You'll also want to have a basic know-how of what makes a good capture.
First up, golden hour, the time shortly after sunrise or before sunset when the natural light is least harsh and the sun is at it's dreamiest. Most photographers' work we feature here on the daily do shoots at golden hour!
Next, positioning. Try to always keep in mind how you position yourselves or your image subject when composing a shot. For beautifully lit shots, the sun should always be behind the camera rather than behind the subject. Unless of course, you're trying to capture a beautiful sunset or a silhouette shot.
Also, keep in mind the Rule of Thirds. This simple guide encourages dividing a frame into a three by three grid and aligning your image subject along these gridlines or their intersections. You don't have to be rigid with every single photo you take, but this idea helps you to get creative with your shots, rather than defaulting to centering everything.
Lastly, don't forget to ask for help! You're going to want plenty of honeymooner shots, so ask other travelers or locals to capture you. Don't be afraid to tell them where to stand and ask them to take a few shots to have options. People are usually very happy to help honeymooners capture these memories!