Your guarantee of the most beautiful wedding photos
It’s the most important day of your life so of course you want to be sure that you get a superb set of pictures to remember it by… pictures for your mantelpiece, for your family and friends and even for your children and grandchildren. Use this simple guide to avoid common mistakes and learn a few tricks of the trade, and you’ll be enjoying your wedding photos for years to come.
It’s all in the preparation
It goes without saying that you’ll want to look your very best on your wedding day, so start planning well in advance. Talk to your hairdresser about how you want your hair to be done and have a few practice sessions beforehand. If you’re going to colour your hair, be sure to try any new colour a few weeks in advance, so there’s plenty of time to make adjustments if necessary. A spray tan can do wonders to make you look radiant in your wedding dress – but don’t overdo the orange glow. You’ll get the best result if you have it done at least a couple of days beforehand.
Book a photographer you like
You might think that it’s your photographer’s technical skill that’s important – and to a certain extent it is. But to get the very best pictures of you, your wedding photographer needs you to be relaxed and natural. So be sure to meet him or her before the day and spend some time talking about the type of photos you like, what your expectations are and the itinerary of the day. If you can build up a rapport and a certain level of trust, he’ll be able to do his job more effectively.
On the day
You’ll probably ask your photographer to take a mixture of formal portraits and reportage shots. The group pictures outside the church or during the reception are an important documentation of who was there on your big day, while the intimate portraits of you and your husband in your first few hours as man and wife will something you’ll always cherish. If you’ve never done any modelling, striking a pose can feel contrived and awkward, so take some guidance from your photographer – they will be able to position you perfectly to get the best results, tell you how to hold your bouquet, find the most interesting and romantic backdrops and shepherd your guests politely into position for the group shots.
It will also be their to make sure that the lighting is adequate, the angles are appropriate and that you get a good choice of images for all the important moments. Ask him to take some of the photos outdoors – natural light can be much more flattering. This is where some good preparation can really count: make sure that your photographer has a list of pictures that you expect him to take – the first kiss, cutting the cake, the first dance, the speeches. And if it’s possible, visit the venue with him before the big day. This will allow you to take the time to choose specific locations for particular pictures.
In the studio
On your wedding day, you’ll want to spend as much time as possible enjoying the event and catching up with friends and relatives that you don’t see that often. The last thing you want to do is to be sequestered away having your photograph taken while everyone parties without you. For that reason, more and more couples are opting to have a studio session with their wedding photographer either before or after their wedding. This allows plenty of time to capture some wonderful portraits in controlled studio conditions, without interruptions or time pressure. Your hair and make-up can be professionally perfected, while the lighting and back-drop will be just right. Enjoy a glass of champagne to break the ice and you’ll find your session in front of the camera can be great fun – after all, who doesn’t love to be the centre of attention for an hour or two?
And the best advice we can give you? Make sure that you and your photographer form a team. Spend some time together before the big day, let him get to know you, tell him what your expectations are and, above all, enjoy your moment in the spotlight. Getting great pictures will be a team effort – together, you’ll capture those special memories for the future.
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