February 5, 2024


So often, it seems one part of the wedding day gets neglected. It’s usually the last official event of the day, happening everyone’s already ate and drank and had their cake; it’s the first dance. It’s more than just a dance; it’s a symbol of your new journey together. And as a photographer, I’m here to make sure your first dance photos are as enchanting as the day itself, but that takes a little bit of well-worth it work. These are my favorite first dance photos tips:

Communicate with Your Photographer

This is the most important of the first dance photos tips. First things first, talk to your photographer. Let us in on your plans. Are you thinking of a romantic slow dance or a fun, choreographed number? Knowing what you have in mind helps me capture every heartfelt or playful moment. Believe it or not, the style and plan of your dance will determine what lens I use, so it helps me do my job better if I know what you are doing. I don’t want to miss a single special move or dip, so let your photographer know ahead of time what you are planning.

Practice Makes Perfect

Practice, practice, practice! Whether it’s in your living room or a dance studio, practicing helps you feel more comfortable and confident. And trust me, it shows in the photos. For many of us, the last time we had a formal dance was in high school, so going through the motions before your wedding dance is a good idea. The more at ease you are, the more natural and joyful your first dance photos will be.

Consider Dance Lessons for Epic First Dance Photos Tips

Even if you just go to Google University, a little learning can go a long way in creating wonderful first dance photos. If you want to add an extra flair to your first dance, consider taking dance lessons. They can help you fine-tune those moves and maybe even add a surprise element that will wow your guests (and make for some fabulous photos!). Plus, it’s a fun date-night activity during your wedding planning.

The Big Moment

On the big day, remember to relax and just be in the moment. This dance is about you and your love, not just a performance. Embrace each other, enjoy the music, and let the world fade away. I’ll be there to capture every twirl, every smile, and the pure love that radiates from you both.

Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer (and handcrafter and designer on the side). She serves elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullestSee more about the KLP Wedding Experience!

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At home on the road. Forever-focused on authenticity and the thrilling art of creation; always found in the moments that leave me breathless and in awe. 

After fourteen years as a high school educator, I stepped back through a door I thought was closed. Journalism came back into my life. Armed with a Masters of Arts in Communication, I was again challenged and prepared to tell the stories that would become history, but with a twist: It is now your legacy of love that I document. The tension I seek is that from every tear, smile, laugh, and moment of love on your wedding day. 


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