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How to get natural wedding pictures

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Ben gets ready with help from his father and future father-in-law on his wedding day. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • Ben gets ready with help from his father and future father-in-law on his wedding day.
Here is a storytelling scene from Jill and Ben’s wedding day at the Garden of the Gods Club. I photographed Ben getting ready with his Dad, his brother and his father-in-law. It’s a nice illustration of my tried-and-true recipe for getting natural wedding pictures:

Hire A Wedding Photojournalist

One of the tenets of photojournalism is truthful documentation. Photojournalists don't impose their vision on your wedding day. Rather, they start with you first and create an honest narrative where you and your families are the main characters of the story. To put it another way, the photographer starts with the goal of faithfully representing you and your loved ones.

Ben gets ready for his suite on this wedding day. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • Ben gets ready for his suite on this wedding day.

Give Your Photographer All Access


Great photojournalism is all about capturing unrehearsed moments in a relaxed and natural way — This can only be done in collaboration with you! Allow your photographer all access. Let them see your interactions with your loved ones. Let your photographer be inside the room AND inside the relationship.

Ben goofs around with his future father-in-law on his wedding day. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • Ben goofs around with his future father-in-law on his wedding day.
Have Fun

Don't be afraid to have fun in front of your wedding photographer. They want to see that side of you. Expression is a key to great wedding pictures and the more opportunities your photographer has to capture expressions, the better.


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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