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Tips for perfect wedding pictures 

click to enlarge Beth and Jake's wedding party gathered for this group photograph during their wedding reception at Colorado College. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Beth and Jake's wedding party gathered for this group photograph during their wedding reception at Colorado College.
Creating perfect wedding pictures shouldn’t be complicated. Here are five simple tips to help couples get wedding pictures that are beautiful and perfectly unique to them:

click to enlarge Christina and Justin have a little fun together at the Garden of the Gods Club before their wedding ceremony at the Air Force Academy. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Christina and Justin have a little fun together at the Garden of the Gods Club before their wedding ceremony at the Air Force Academy.

1) Develop a rapport with your photographer

Style comes into play here. Is your photographer more formal? Or, do they shoot from the hip? In both cases, there is a level of direction and willingness to let things unfold. It’s important to develop a rapport with your photographer — hopefully before the wedding day — that gives you a clear sense of how much direction you can expect as well as what feels right to you.

click to enlarge Bailey and Nick dance the night away at The Broadmoor. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Bailey and Nick dance the night away at The Broadmoor.

2) Act natural

Be yourself in front of the camera. Pretending the photographer isn’t there frees you to laugh, smile, hug and cry naturally. A good photograph is one that feels genuine, so be genuine! Your photographer will always instruct you to look directly at the camera when it’s needed.

click to enlarge Barrell's bridesmaids react when they see her in her wedding dress at The Broadmoor. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Barrell's bridesmaids react when they see her in her wedding dress at The Broadmoor.

3) Show your love for everyone there

Love your bridegroom, love your family, love your friends; even if you're an introvert this is the one day to act otherwise. Three things you can do to demonstrate your love — touch, hug and kiss. And don’t forget to dance — dance as if you will never dance again.

click to enlarge Nina shares a tender moment with her father before her wedding. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Nina shares a tender moment with her father before her wedding.

4) Tip your hat to your family history

Unless you’re planning to elope, families are a big part of your wedding day. Now is the time to share a moment with your your parents, grandparents, or great grandparents. Don’t be afraid to ask for these pictures. Get personal with a hug, an embrace or a laugh. Looking back, you'll fondly remember what they mean to you.

click to enlarge Morgan and Justin exit their ceremony at the Cheyenne Lodge. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Morgan and Justin exit their ceremony at the Cheyenne Lodge.

5) Celebrate yourself

Two glasses of champagne may be enough for you to forget about the minor mishaps that happen at every wedding. Relax and enjoy every moment. Celebrate your day, the place you're in, your spouse-to-b,e and most of all yourself. Never stop smiling and laugh a lot. Enjoy every minute and you will get beautiful wedding photographs — and look gorgeous doing it.

These simple tips should help you get the wedding pictures you’ve always wanted to remember your day!
Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.

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