One of the most popular products that my clients order after their photo session is photo cards. Here are a few tips to make yours stand out! I recommend ordering from Minted — their quality is fantastic, and they have a ton of cute designs from which you can choose.
1) Don’t say cheese!
While there’s nothing wrong with a few posed grandma-worthy shots, try experimenting with some candid photos for your invitations. You can snuggle it out, have a tickle fight, or take a piggyback ride. Here’s one of my favorite poses for couples: stand or sit close together and tip your foreheads together until they touch. For an added bonus, have your guy bring his hand to your cheek, and voila! Instant Disney.
2) Think about your colors.
If you already have an invitation design picked out, try to coordinate your outfits with the design colors. It’s also worth considering the colors of the event itself — for instance, if your wedding colors are gray and yellow, then you could incorporate gray and yellow into your invitation photos as well.
3) Incorporate your date.
Time for a Pinterest party! Try creating a DIY prop that includes your event date to add a little flair to your invitations.
4) Create a theme and stick to it.
Are you having a rustic wedding? You might take your photos near a beautiful barn in the country. If you’re hosting an ice cream party, why not show it?
5) Leave some room!
If you’re planning to use a design in which the photo takes up the entire card, make sure you leave some room for text! There’s nothing worse than squinting to read text because it’s placed on top of an image that has a lot going on.
6) Keep it simple.
While a photo in a busy downtown setting might be stunning on its own, the strangers walking in your background will be distracting from your invitation text. Try to keep the background of your image simple so that the focus stays on you and the amazing party you’re throwing!
7) Try a series of photos instead of just one.
Get shutter happy with your camera! Try taking a series of photos instead of limiting yourself to just one shot. Sometimes 2-4 photos used together can tell your story in a more complete way.
8) Showcase YOU!
Invitations are a great opportunity to give your guests a glimpse into your personality. Do you love boating? Have your photos taken at a harbor. Do you both play an instrument? Bring them along as fun photo props.
9) Focus on the details.
Your invitation photo doesn’t necessarily have to include your face. Mix it up by including some detail shots — for example, for save-the-dates, you might include a photo of the two of you holding hands with your engagement ring on display.
10) Hire a professional.
Clearly I’m a little biased, but I think this is the single best thing you can do to bring your invitations to the next level. Your photographer will help you feel comfortable in front of the camera, suggest photogenic locations, give you clothing and makeup tips, and capture your true personality. Make the most out of your investment by capturing photos for your guestbook and thank you cards at the same session. By hiring a professional photographer, you’ll have amazing memories to look back on long after your invitations have been delivered.