7 Tips for better photos on your wedding day!
1. Do an engagement session
I can’t stress this one enough. Do an engagement session, but do it with the photographer who is going to photograph your wedding. Not only is it good practice for you to warm up in front of the camera, but it helps the photographer get to know you two and your personalities. Are you romantic or lighthearted, do you need very little guidance or a lot, what are the best angles to photograph you? These are all things that your photographer picks up on at the engagement session which allows them to preform better for you on the wedding day! You’ll also get to know how your photographer works and learn the types of images that you like most of yourselves.
2. Professional Hair & Makeup
Professional hair and make up go a long way on the wedding day, it’s like real life photoshop. A good make up artist will know exactly how to bring out your best making you feel super confident for your photos! However, don’t go overboard, opt for a natural but polished look so you’ll still feel and look like yourself in your images.
3. Allow the time to take good photos
10 minutes or less is not enough time to take photos that are relaxed, natural, and polished. Aim to give your photographer at least 20 minutes for portraits of the two of you on your wedding day. Allowing enough time is crucial because when you rush your photos will look rushed and you won’t get very many. Each photographer is different so make sure to ask them how much time they would like!
4. Focus on moments
The photography should be about the wedding, not the other way around. Don’t just take stiff portraits where you’re looking strait into the camera, focus on moments too. Plan to do things that allow real emotion and moments like a father daughter first look, mimosas with the bridesmaids, or bourbon with the groomsmen. Build things and events into the day that will be fun to share with family and friends and you’ll have amazing candid imagery.
5. Know your photographer is on your side
Your photographer, who ever you choose, wants to bring out the best in you two. They want to create images that are amazing and showcase you two in the very best way. The more you trust and appreciate them the harder they will work for you. The phrase that you can say to your photographer that always takes the pressure and makes the process much more fun and enjoyable is “we trust you”. Where there is mutual trust between subject and photographer that is where the magic happens, if you feel the need to control or dictate the direction of the shoot or just don’t know if you could trust your photographer to get the images you want you may want to keep looking for a photographer who will be the right fit for you.
6. Focus on lighting
Bad lighting can highlight every crease, crevice, and bump on your face while good lighting can make your skin sing! Lighting is EVERYTHING when it comes to photography, photography is after all the art of capturing light. When planning out where you get ready, or the location of the ceremony, and even the time of day that you take portraits think about the light. You want to aim for bright and airy with ample light but not direct sunbeams. Think rooms with large windows, shaded spots outside on a sunny day, or that hour before sunset when the light turns soft and golden (what photographers call golden hour).
7. Have fun together
This is probably the most important thing, just have fun together! You don’t have to worry about looking good, your photographer should have so much experience guiding couples into the perfect image. So all you need to focus on is enjoying the process and having loads of fun together! The more fun you have together the more relaxed and natural you’ll look in your photos.