"The Sims 4" Photography Guide: Getting Perfect Wedding Pictures
Sims Wedding Photos
Weddings are (ideally) a once-in-a-lifetime event, even for Sims! What better way to preserve memories than with photos? Taking pictures at a Sim's wedding can be a little tricky, but you can overcome the challenges to snap some gorgeous shots you'll be proud to display for generations to come.
Sims Wedding Photos!
Things You'll Want to Have for Great Wedding Photos
Here are some things you'll want if you're hoping to get great shots at your Sim's wedding:
- a friend living in your household who reached level 5 in the photography skill; this person can be your designated photographer
- The best camera you can afford (ideally a Crystal Clear Digital Camera, the "Can You See Me Now?" Camera* or the Clickshot P10 Mirrorless Camera**)
- an attractive background (wedding arch, decorations, etc.)
- a Fashion Studio Photography Tripod**
- Fashion Studio Subject Marks** (up to four is ideal)
- Your engaged couple (and anyone else who will be in important photos) dressed for the occasion
- autonomy turned off so that your Sims will stay put
* Item requires The Sims 4: Island Living expansion pack
** Items require The Sims 4: Moschino Stuff pack.
You Want the Moschino Stuff Pack
This stuff pack takes photography to the next level. Marks keep your subjects in one place until your photographer is ready to take the photos. You can pose up to three people in a photo, and you can stand more people in there with the marks if you want (the just won't do the poses). The tripod takes perfect pictures (no gnomes, blurs or thumbs in the way)) and allows your photographer to take up to 10 photos with different poses without queuing the action again. You can have your photographer get in the photo using a timer. Finally, if you have pets or toddlers, you can actually have your Sims hold them for a photo. If you like taking pictures of your Sims, you can't go wrong with this game pack.
Take Some Portraits Before (Or After) the Actual Wedding
The actual wedding, especially if you're playing a "goaled event" wedding, can be a bit chaotic. I prefer to get some portraits of the bride and groom (or two brides, or two grooms) before the event. If I want any special photos with family or friends (best man, mother of the bride, etc.), I also like to try and get these before the event. I find it just makes things easier, and I have a better chance of getting a good shot.
Have your engaged Sims, and anyone else you want special photos with, get dressed up in their wedding attire early. Go somewhere scenic, or to the venue itself, along with your designated photographer.
Couples Shots: The Selfie
Using the selfie option, you can take a photo of the engaged couple together. Don't use the cell phone, though. Your best bet is to have a good camera in the bride or groom's inventory and click on that. Select the option "Take Photo With . . ." and choose the other Sim.
You can get a nice shot, but this isn't my favorite option. It can be hard to get the couple to stand exactly where you want and give you the pose you want. You also get that long arm extension. However, it works in a pinch.
Couple Shots: Romantic Interactions
Go beyond the selfie by having a friend in the household (preferably with level 5 in the photography skill) take photos of the couple. Just queue the couple to do some romantic interactions, and have the friend stand in front of them snapping away. Use the "Take Photo" command.
Get That Flirty Vibe Going
Couples Shots: Tripod Timer
"The Sims 4: Moschino Stuff Pack" has brought photography in the game to the next level. If you have this pack, get the Fashion Studio Photography Tripod. Any Sim of any level of experience can use it, and any camera can be attached to it.
To get your Sims to take pictures together:
- Set up the tripod.
- Have the bride or groom click on it.
- Select "Take Picture With."
- Select the other person
The bride or groom will set a camera timer then get into the shot with the other person. The tripod allows you to take up to 10 shots, and you can change poses as much as you like.
The tripod timer is a good option if there are no other Sims around to take the photos.
Couples Shots: Tripod and Marks
A final way to get some good couples portraits is to use the subject marks (which also come with the Moschino Stuff pack) and tripod.
- Put the subject markers exactly where you want them.
- Set up the tripod and camera a little bit in front of the marks.
- Have your bride or groom Sims click on a mark and select "Wait for Photographer." They should immediately head to the marks, facing in the direction the arrow is pointing.
- Have the designated photographer click the tripod and select "Take Picture of Sim on Subject Mark."
- The couple on the marks will pose, and you can take up to 10 shots, changing poses as you go along.
You Can Get a Lot of Good Shots
With the tripod, you can easily take group shots of three people. Just let one click the tripod, choose the two people they want to take a photo with and set the timer. The three individuals will walk in front of the camera and pose together.
You can also put down three subject markers and have a fourth party snap the photos of the three. It works the same way as when you're using the subject markers for one or two people.
The tripod and/or marks are a great way to get shots of the bride or groom with parents, siblings, a best man or maid of honor.
Group Shots of Three
Group Shots Without a Tripod or Markers
I've always played around with group shots, trying to get them to work. You can do it without a tripod or markers, but it can require you to reposition people a few times and to take a few shots before you get a great photo.
- Go into the game menu and turn off autonomy. This is important, because with autonomy on, trying to keep several Sims in the same place is a little like herding cats.
- Pause the game. Decide who you want in the photo and have them walk back a few steps farther than the place you want them to stand for the picture Use the "Go Here" command for each of them to do this.
- Unpause and let them walk to the place you pointed. Pause again.
- Use the "Go Here" command to have each Sim turn around and come forward a few steps. Make sure you direct them to stand in a straight line, so they are side by side. Direct the photographer to stand front and center, far enough away so he can get them all in the shot. Ideally, he should have a good camera that allows you to zoom in and out.
- Unpause and let them all go to the place you directed them to stand. Pause again.
- If you don't like the position, try again by sending them back, then bringing them forward again. Keep doing that until you like the composition.
- When you're ready, with the game paused, queue up the photographer to "Take Photo" several times in a row. If you're lucky, you'll get one photo in which they're all looking somewhat straight ahead and standing still.
I Took This Group Shot Without Any Special Items
Bigger Group Shots with Subject Marks
I do love the subject markers because it makes taking group shots like these even easier. It solves the biggest problem: getting Sims to go exactly where you want them to go. All you have to do is:
- Arrange the markers where you want Sims to stand.
- Direct each Sim to a marker. They'll stay put for a couple of minutes.
- Make sure they're not talking to each other, or they'll keep turning their heads. Cancel any interactions between them.
- Queue up the photographer to take some shots.
I actually got a whole wedding party in for a group photo this way.
Here Was My Setup
And I Got This Shot
Wedding Ceremony Photos
During the actual ceremony, you'll want to have a photographer set up centered and slightly back, facing the arch where the couple will exchange vows. While the ceremony is going on, you can't use markers or poses, but you can queue up your photographer to snap photo after photo.
Some will be throw-aways, but others will be golden.
- If you do have a tripod, use it— it will keep your photographer from getting bad shots.
- If you're worried about guests walking in the way when you're trying to snap photos, build a low fence corral or some kind of barrier around the arch. Let the couple in and then block guests from getting in. Put the photographer at the edge.
- Back up your game before the ceremony and try again if you don't feel you got anything good.
Photos of the Ceremony
Don't Forget the Reception!
Some photos of the reception can be priceless. Give everyone in your household a camera, and snap away.
- Take pictures of your newlyweds interacting with the guests.
- Take a photo of a Sim making a toast.
- Take pictures of the wedding guests dancing.
- Make a special table for the newlyweds and get pictures of them sitting and eating together. Queue up romantic interactions as well and have your designated photographer snap photos of the conversation.
- Take a photo of the couple feeding each other cake. A tripod will help you do this because you can change the angle if need be to get the best shot.
Cake Photos Are Awesome
Have Fun With It
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