Here are some of my Top Tips for Brides & Grooms to help make sure their Wedding Day Photography goes smoothly.
You spend months, even years and thousands of pounds planning every detail of your wedding day, so here are some of my Top Tips to make sure you get the best from your Wedding Photographer.
UNPLUG YOUR WEDDING
This involves inviting all of your friends and family to refrain from using their smart phone or camera throughout the ceremony. It’s also becoming common practise to ask your guests not to post any photos until you have seen your professional photographs. This allows your guests to fully enjoy your day and leaves the photographer able to do their job with no obstructions in their way and ensures no important moments, such as walking down the aisle, are missed due to guests blocking the photographers view.
A kiss is just a kiss right?! Well not so much when it’s your first kiss as a married couple! At some point during the ceremony you will hear you may kiss your Bride/Groom, and your photographer will be poised to catch the kiss on camera, so kiss with gusto to give us time to capture it!
The 'confetti shot' always makes an amazing wedding photograph with lots of fun and laughter from you and your guests. I always bring confetti along with me to make sure we get this shot. Let yourself go while your guests shower you with love (and confetti!) Kiss, hug, fist punch, throw yourself into it and this photograph will look even more amazing!
Your family photos are an important part of your day, and you may or may not want photos of your long lost relatives, but please bear in mind these photos can be quite time consuming as more often than not half the people have already made their way to the bar!! Always inform your photographer in advance who you want photos with. I always write a list and bring it along with me on the day to make sure none of these photos are missed. I bring a few copies of the list with me so it would be great if you could nominate someone from each side of the family to gather these people up. There’s nothing worse than a ‘shouty photographer’
DON’T STRESS THE DRESS
Brides often spend months searching for the perfect dress, and it often costs a fortune, but the reality is it’s more than likely going to get a bit dirty. Don’t let this put you off going outside for photographs. You won’t be asked to drag your dress through muddy fields, and your photographer can hide a multitude of sins in photoshop to make your dress look as good as new. Don’t spend your day stressing over it.
The best photographs are often from couples who are brave enough to try something new. Even if this means battling the rain for an outdoor shot (I always bring along white umbrellas just in case) or going somewhere a bit off the beaten track for a more interesting photograph. The results will be worth it!!
TRUST YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
Chances are you’ve spent ages looking for your wedding photographer, and you book them because you love their work, so trust their judgment. Sometimes the things I ask you to do might seem a bit silly but the result in the camera is a totally different scene. You have seen their portfolio and you have booked them for this reason so try not to send them a list of Pinterest images you want them to recreate. By all means give them an idea of the images you would like, but be realistic in your ideas and trust your photographers creativity, and go with the flow.
Probably the most important one! It’s your wedding day, relax and enjoy it and let your photographer work their magic.
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