Your wedding is the most important day of your life. And chances are, if you’re reading this blog, that you’re a fan of detail and DIY. If you’re anything like me and you’ve spent months, maybe years, lovingly hand-crafting and choosing the decorations for your wedding, obsessing over your outfit, your hair and make up, then it would be a terrible waste not to capture the feel of the day in the most amazing way possible.
I spend day in day out looking at photo spreads of real weddings – and I’ve come up with 5 top tips to make sure your photos are the best representation of the day possible.
Image © TDH Media, Styling by Jennifer Sue Weddings
♥ I can’t stress this enough. Book a professional photographer. And spend as much as you can. I don’t want to scare you all but this cautionary tale on Rock’n’Roll Bride says it all. Only a professional wedding photographer has the experience with different lighting, is quick enough to capture those crucial moments before they’re gone forever and knows how to get the best out of you. Before you book a photographer make sure you’ve seen a full spread of their real weddings, a good and diverse portfolio and that their style is what you’re aiming for.
♥ Talk to your photographer and make sure they know exactly what it is you want from your pictures. Not all photographers are detail-oriented, some take lots of family pictures, others take more styled, group shots. If that’s not your bag then say so – close to the wedding, make a list of the people and areas you really want captured to make sure nothing important is missed.
Image © Satureyes (who also happens to be my wedding photographer!)
♥ Carry a mirror. If you’ve spent good money on hair and make up and a decent photographer, make sure you catch a quick glance of yourself before your formals. You may still be puffy-eyed after an emotional ceremony. There may be a hair out of place that nobody else notices on the day but that will bother you as you look back over your pictures in years to come.
♥ Keep your wedding colours and style as consistent as possible. When you’re looking through a full spread of photos, flowers that don’t match in colour, random decorations that don’t really go with anything else can be quite jarring. For a really gorgeous wedding album, try to keep your theme going through as much of the wedding as possible.
♥ Channel your inner top model and get to know your angles. I’m not saying hunch over and smize (that’s smile with your eyes, for the uninitiated), but try to look in the mirror, take lots of pictures of yourself and see which angles work best in pictures. It’s also really helpful to have an engagement shoot session if you’re nervous, that way you can review the pictures before the wedding and see what works, as well as getting to know your photographer better.
A musical engagement shoot. Image © Emma Lucy Photography
Have you got any top tips on how to make the most of your wedding photography? Would you have done yours differently? Are you going for a specific style? I’d love to hear from you!