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When you’re posing for photos, whether they’re at your wedding or your engagement shoot, there are a number of traditional, not-to-be-missed shots. Maybe it’s your groom dipping you in front of an area landmark, or a sweeping vista from the roof, featuring the newlyweds. But lots of couples get those kinds of shots. Take a second look at the area where you’re doing the shoot, and you might find some gems that will make your photos stand out from the brides that have gone before. Here are our suggestions for the top photo spots you never thought of before.
1. The escalator, elevator and other forms of transportation
Is there a more perfect ending to a wedding album than a bride and groom’s kiss captured as the elevator doors slide closed? How about the newly engaged couple traveling on separate up/down elevators, shot at just the moment where they come together? Check out these taken-for-granted people movers to see if they’re photo-worthy. Bonus points if it’s antique, ornate or otherwise just a little fancier than your typical closing elevator doors.
2. The fire escape
Many a bride, groom and photographer have sneaked up to the roof to capture a shot or two during an evening reception, but for a new twist on this idea, scope out fire escapes at your venue. (Ask permission from your coordinator first, of course.) Lucky brides will find sweeping panoramas or cityscapes for a memorable portrait.
3. The city alley
The gritty city feel of a narrow space surrounded by brick and cement against the romanticism of a couple outfitted in a white dress and tux make for a study in contrasts that will provide your album with a twist of something different.
4. The playground
If your wedding takes place near a kiddie park, take advantage of the natural props! A groom pushing his bride on a swing is whimsical—and a wink at the playground crushes we all remember.
5. The hotel bar
If your venue has a bar or pub, arrange to take a few shots there with your wedding party. Pose toasting to your new marriage or line up the bar stools for a cute take on the traditional bridal party lineup.
6. The mirror
A mirror can catch all sorts of interesting poses, from the bride approaching the groom for his first look to a pensive moment captured by a photographer where no one realizes there was a camera around. Scout out any mirrors where your shoot is taking place and let your photographer know.
7. Hidden spots
Every venue has its hidden spots. To capitalize on yours, spend some time exploring the area and keep an open mind about what might work. Ask your coordinator to recommend her favorite photo spots. She’s seen it all, so she’ll know what works and what doesn’t. And remember, get creative, but don’t get crazy! You don’t want to be trekking through mud in your dress or wind up with a sprained ankle from climbing a tree pre-ceremony. For some of our most creative shots, visit our blog.