Every bride dreams of a PERFECT wedding. ‘Perfect’ may mean something quite different to different couples, whether that’s that it doesn’t rain, the day runs smoothly, their guests have the best time, or that every personal detail turns out exactly as they wanted.
However one thing’s for certain, and that is that many couples want PERFECT wedding photos, because for most, they understand the importance of preserving memories.
If you dream of perfect wedding photographs, then here are my top five tips:
1. Choosing the Right Photographer
If photographs are important to you, than investing in the right photographer will be the first most crucial step to getting perfect wedding photographs. Do you prefer film or digital? Is there a certain look and style you prefer? Documentary vs contemporary style? Creative + quirky vs stylish fine art? These are all the different sorts of things to consider when considering the type of photography you like, before you choose the right photographer who can deliver this to you. Once you’ve narrowed it down, meet with your potential photographer to see if you think you’ll get on and feel comfortable. The more relaxed you feel around your photographer, the more confident you’ll feel in front of the lens on your wedding day.
2) Venue Visit
Visiting your venue once you’ve booked it is essential and there are certain suppliers who will visit with you to make sure your wedding looks gorgeous! Visiting your venue with your stylist and photographer, will make sure everything you are planning, designing and styling will work on the day but also in your photos. For example, the venue may tell you that the ‘normal place’ to put the cake is in the corner or the room however your stylist may see a beautiful spot that may work better. Your photographer is always good to have on hand because they can assess the light. You may be planning a gorgeous floral wall display for guests to have their photo taken against. Put this in the wrong spot and it may not photograph well. Your photographer will also be able to recommend places for indoor group shots if it rains, or scout out beautiful spots for your couple portraits. All of this prep will help your photographer prepare for your wedding day and get the perfect photographs.
3) Engagement shoot
Having an engagement or pre-wedding shoot with your photographer for the wedding day is almost a fool proof way to make sure your wedding photographs are perfect! The sessions enable you to have a practice and to put to bed any nerves you may have about posing for the lens. It can feel daunting but is in fact really fun! Having some time to get used to being photographed will only help you on your day to relax and feel confident for your photographs.
4) Beauty Prep
It’s important to understand that Wedding Photographers will not re-touch you so that you look unnatural. The odd blemish will of course be removed but photographers won’t remove eye bags or try to make skin look brighter and fresh. It only makes for unnatural photographs.
Getting into a beauty regime in the few months leading up to your wedding will mean you will not only look your best on the day but your skin will photograph beautifully. There are lots of fantastic beauty products out there but if you follow these simple tricks you’ll already be on your way to being ‘photograph ready’.
The week running up to your wedding you need lots of sleep! So make sure you aren’t up late creating last minute table plans and get some good shuteye. Drinking plenty of water makes your skin look younger, glowy and clearer. We all know this but it’s easy to forget to drink enough, which should be minimum 1.5litres a day. Do not fake tan the night before – bad fake tan shows up very badly in photographs. If you do want to feel a little bronzed on your wedding day, have a professional trial done in advance to make sure the colour and coverage is to standard. Once you are happy, have your tan applied 2 days before your wedding.
5) Gather & Tidy
The morning of your wedding is such a special time. It’s always easy to for the space you are in to get messy very quickly. A photographer won’t photoshop out plastic bags or an untidy bed so make sure you ask your bridesmaids to keep on top of keeping the room tidy throughout the morning. Gather all your personal items for your photographer in advance. Your photographer will use some of the time in the morning photograph things such as your jewellery, garter, perfume, stationery such as invites and any other personal details. Making your photographer aware of anything special you want photographed will ensure nothing is missed.
The most important thing, is relax and enjoy your day as natural happiness always photographs perfectly.