3 ways to get your most authentic wedding photos with Richmond’s Tiffany Heidenthal

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I've been editing posts full of wedding pictures for years, and the photographs that stick out best to me are the ones that capture the emotions of the day: the sweet groom tears, the double chin laughs, and the serious joy in those tiny moments. Sure, we love seeing your gorgeous, lovingly-created decor, but seeing the real moments in the day — the vow goof at the ceremony, the guests admiring the flower grandmas, the reactions to the best man's speech — those are the moments you want to capture authentically.

We were inspired by our sponsor, Tiffany Heidenthal Photography in Richmond, VA, to share some of our best tips for making sure you're making the most of your pro photographer and capturing those genuine emotions. Tiffany OWNS when it comes to making sure your wedding day encapsulates the essence of you…

Break the ice with your photographer

Getting to know the person behind the lens should loosen you up enough to focus on your party and not posing. Get a little rapport going and you'll start to let your guard down and not be obsessed staring at the strange camera with a stranger danger behind it. Use that engagement session (if one is included in your package) to get all your nerves out of the way.

Give your photographer some freedom

Make a shot list of must-haves if you need to, then let your photographer take on the rest. Don't be afraid to give them free rein to snag some fun candids or to sneaky-capture that moment with your partner on the dance floor. It's the photos you weren't expecting that will often become your faves, and worrying less about what gets captured will let you be more yourself at the party.

Stop worrying about looking silly

A good photographer isn't going to give you a bunch of photos of you fixing a wedgie, so don't worry about it. Let yourself be emotional, don't worry about your makeup, and embrace some documentary-style photography the captures the real experience, not just a bunch of posed shots.

Oh, we mentioned a Richmond-area photographer recommendation…

Button vendor alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)Oh hell yes we do!

Our sponsor, Tiffany Heidenthal Photography, is one of our favorite kinds of vendors: offbeat herself, nerdy as hell, and totally in sync with her clients.

She doesn't want to capture a wedding “designed by Pinterest,” but rather one that encapsulates her couples' personalities, emotions, and spirit.

…Like this:

Tiffany's style is natural and timeless so that you're the focus of your photos. She is passionate about telling your story and making sure that the elements that are uniquely you are in focus. If you need these tips for getting authentic with your photos, then Tiffany is your girl for making it happen. She is based in Richmond, VA, but is available to travel worldwide. Plus, she has a discount to sweeten the deal:

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Mention Offbeat Bride and get $150 in print credit to use on products from your engagement or wedding pictures.

Get in touch with Tiffany here and see if she's got your date available to capture all your wedgies — I mean laughs — at your own wedding. Then be prepared for a rad experience as she documents all your kick-assery.

What are some of your tips for keeping your cool and getting natural photos at your wedding?

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Comments on 3 ways to get your most authentic wedding photos with Richmond’s Tiffany Heidenthal

  1. YAY! Representing Central VA (I’m “next door” in little ol’ Louisa)! And a fellow JMU grad!
    LOVE your photography style, Tiffany! Maybe we can work together some time…. 🙂

  2. I just had to chime in and second the absolute wonder that is double-chin laughs. As a 40-something bride, I have a love-hate relationship with my relatively new double chin….and was aghast to see it in all its splendor in one of our engagement shots during a moment where we were supposed to be looking longingly into each other’s eyes and instead I busted out laughing. I spent several days agonizing over that photograph. And then I realized – it is actually one of my favorites. It was a moment, a particularly amusing moment, and the look on my FH’s face is just priceless. I’ll treasure that picture – double chin and all – forever!

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