how to have a successful champagne pop

April 30, 2023

a champagne pop is something i consider essential for an elopement, wedding, or engagement shoot. it’s cheap, easy, and makes for the best photos! why not?

you may have never done one before, so here are some of my tips to get the best possible photos.

buy two bottles.

yep, that’s right. if you do want to actually drink the champagne after, i suggest buying two bottles: one for the spray, and one to drink. to be environmentally conscious, i would suggest buying a bottle of sparkling water to spray all over the place, and then actually enjoy the other bottle. this way you won’t be worried about spraying too much and having none left over to drink.

shake it up!

when you go for the actual spray, remember to shake! to get the spray, you’ll want to partially cover the top with your finger (sort of like when had a hose as a kid and wanted to spray your sibling with it – you cover the nozzle to get the water to shoot out better)

aim right at me!

you heard me! aim right for the photographer. if it’s me, you can aim right for me – don’t be afraid of getting me wet, the camera’s weather (and champagne) proof. where you aim can be the difference between good and great spray photos. when you aim right at the photographer, it captures the spray much better and will provide depth to the photo.

remember: if you’re spraying champagne or juice, it’s gonna be sticky! keep this photo idea for an outside location and maybe bring something to wipe your hands on afterwards

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amanda reed is an elopement photographer based in vancouver, british  columbia capturing authentic love stories for the couples who don't take themselves too seriously.