10 Tips For Great Wedding Photos
Most couples I meet with admit that one of their biggest pre-wedding jitters is how they’re going to look in their wedding photographs.
For most couples, your wedding day is the first time you have worked with a professional photographer and to add to that worry – its your wedding day!
Here a a few simple tips to help ensure you get the best results possible!
1. BOOK A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER
Obviously this one hits home for me. I have had many brides over the years share stories with me about their “friend with a camera” or their “Uncle Bob, who loves photography”. You can guess how those ended.
Your cake will be eaten, your dress will be placed in a box, your flowers will bloom for only one day, even your memories will blur with time. Your photographs and your new spouse are what remains with you after your wedding day.
Do your research. Wedding blogs are a great place to start. Look through the real weddings on your favorite blogs, check out the photographer’s sites and make a shortlist. Pricing fluctuates massively depending on the photographer’s location, experience and what kind of coverage they offer, but have a realistic budget in mind.
2. THINK ABOUT THE LIGHT
This one is huge! After all, photography is the art of using light to create images. Be aware that the light changes throughout the day and different light will result in very different photographs.
For example, if you’re having a winter wedding it will likely start to get dark around 4:30pm, therefore you really need to have your ceremony early in the day to give your photographer a fighting chance to get some great portraits and your group shots done before the light starts to fade. Even better, they might offer you the chance to do a ‘first look’ (where you see each other before the ceremony and get your photos taken then). If you’re not superstitious about seeing each other beforehand, this is a great option.
When looking at venues think about the light in each room. Is the bedroom you’re getting ready in small and cramped? Are the ceremony room walls covered in dark wood with small windows? If you love those airy, light and bright, natural light wedding photos remember to consider the light your wedding takes place in!
3. BOOK A MAKE UP ARTIST FOR THE BRIDE
You want to look your best on your wedding day and a professional make up artist will help you do that. If you’ve never had your make up done by a pro, you’ll be shocked at what a difference they can make! It’s not about making you look like someone you are not, it is about even skin tones, and shadowing and contouring the face to look its best!
On a similar note, don’t go crazy with the spray on tan and don’t try any new products that could likely cause a reaction or break out. If your wedding is in the summer avoid tan lines! Similarly, if you’re having a pre-wedding pamper session like a facial, do it at least a week before the big day. Post-facial spots are never fun.
Make sure you have powder and lipstick in your bag (or give it to a bridesmaid) for little touch ups throughout the day too. Airbrushing can only do so much (and your photographer will not be happy if you ask them to Photoshop out your shiny forehead or tan lines in every photograph, in fact they will likely add an extra fee on top for the time that it will take).
4. GET CREATIVE
You should collaborate with your photographer! Your photographer is not just there to snap away aimlessly. Wedding photographers are a super creative bunch so be open to their ideas and trust their lead! For your portraits, listen to their ideas and don’t be afraid to walk off that beaten path a little. This often results in the most amazing photographs! Set aside as much time as possible for this part of the day. The more time the photographer has, the better the results will be.
5. TRUST THEM
Most professional wedding photographers cringe when a client hands them a detailed shot