By Isaac Otwii
As a bride and groom, all you will care about after clearing your budget is to enjoy the experience of the wedding day. Cuddling your spouse while a photographer captures you is one of the experiences you want to enjoy and a lasting memory you would want show your children and grandchildren.
But how do ensure that those photos are shot at the right venue, a place where you will not regret doing your photo shoot and which will speak volumes? Many people like to take their photos at hotels and gardens, but there is such a variety of places you can take unique and memorable photos from.
Brian Opio, aka Brashan is a renowned photographer in Lira City says, “Sometimes, the clients you are to cover during the wedding are interested in a vintage look for their wedding. This tends to depend on their age.” A railway station is a good place to take vintage photos from. Having your precious moments captured at an old or a functioning railway station, next to the railway line or the train carriages, or at the sign posts will definitely give a vintage look.
Street or straight stretches of road
Every couple has stories to tell right from the day they were born till the time they met their love. That story and journey can be illustrated with photos of you two walking on a long stretch of the road. The road can also illustrate the journey you have chosen to undertake with your spouse, going forward.
These pictures could be taken at night on a street within the city centre with the street lights glittering or a road in an isolated area.
Gardens are the favourite of many couples so we cannot leave them out. Mr Opio for example says the youths or the much older couples prefer to take their photos at hotels with gardens. However, while selecting a place or a venue to do your photography consider the plants around. A garden of flowers or with visible fruit will provide a good scenery.
Waterfalls are also a great place to take pictures and even videos. The beautiful sight of the water, the scenery and just the environment make for great shots. Some of the places to take good pictures, include Sipi Falls in Kapchorwa, Murchison Falls in Murchison Falls National Park and Sezibwa Falls in Mukono. Some of these will need to have proper planning ahead of time but the results will be worth it.
Imagine having your groom leading you as the two of you climb a rock, or looking into each other’s eyes with the background of nature at the bottom? Rocks or rocky areas are some unique places to take photos from as they have beautiful scenery and bring out the nature of the area. Some rocks to consider taking photoshoots from are Tororo Rock in Tororo, Ngetta Rock in Lira or Nyero Rocks in Kumi.
Your former school/university
Did you first meet at school or the university? Did your love blossom in the lecture hall or when he came to visit your roommates? Or did you pledge to be each other’s sweethearts in the classroom or dining hall? Why not find a way to rekindle those memories or capture that part of your history in a unique way? Doing your photoshoot where you met such as school, university, or any of your workplaces can add an interesting spin to the photos when they eventually come out.
Flat building tops
Flat roof tops are such a great place to take pictures depending on where they are. Having the backdrop of a city or estate or nature will make for beautiful romantic shots. If certain buildings have vantage points and have flat roof tops, there is no reason why you cannot plan to take your photos there.
Sailing on a canoe/boat cruise
While at the church, you took a vow to spend the rest of your life with your spouse. A photoshoot on the boat will convey the two of sticking together despite the odds.
There are quite a number of beautiful bridges in the country. Bridges like Karuma, Jinja Nile Bridge, Mitaano Bridge and Kabale Bridge are great places to take some good photography.
Things to keep at the back of your mind
Because many of these places might be out of the way, and not easily accessible there are some things you have to bear in mind.
Seeking permission. Some places are protected or are under security, and so you might need to seek permission to be able to take your photos. If you need to do so, find out what you need to access the place on the day you plan to have the shoot.
Size of entourage. The further the place is, from where you took the vows, the smaller the entourage will need to be to avoid stress and also in order for you to spend less.
Clothing. If you are going to climb a rock or go as close as possible to a waterfall, you are better off dressing in something that will not be too bulky or get easily damaged.
Visit the area. Check out the place you intend to take photos. Don’t just make up your mind after seeing online photos. You need to find places where you will be able to pose that will capture the scenery well. If possible, go with the photographer so you can agree ahead of time. It is better to do this early enough so that on D-Day you already know what you want instead of looking around and wasting time.
Safety. You need to ensure that those who go to the photoshoot at some places, such as at the waterfalls or middle of the road, are safe. So you need to consider what you should have to ensure everyone going for the shoot does not harm themselves.
Doing the shoot before or after the day. If you are okay with it, it might be a better option to take the photos a couple of days before or after the wedding such that you will have time to travel where you need to go, and take your time taking the photos without thinking of rushing back to the reception.