Wedding Photography Tips
When planning your wedding ceremony and reception times there are few things to consider that will help you get the most out of your photographs. The following tips may assist you.
- Try and allow at least one and a half hours of photography before the ceremony. If you like this can include your hair and make up preparations, as well as portrait photographs of you and your bridal party, family etc.
- Consider the location for your preparations, does it provide a suitable area for your pre wedding photographs? It should ideally be light and spacious and free from unnecessary clutter.
- Find out what time the sunsets on your wedding day, try and allow for some sunset photos to be taken around this time before the commencement of your reception. This time of day provides beautiful lighting for stunning photographs.
- Depending on how many locations you choose to visit, it's ideal to allow at least two hours for photographs before heading to your reception. We can suggest locations for you based on your ceremony time, venue and the time of year.
- If you come across any examples of wedding images that you love, from magazines etc. it's a good idea to keep them to show us prior to your wedding day, this will give us a better understanding of your preferred style. We will also give you a number of photographic wedding books to look through a week or so before your wedding day when you have your pre wedding consultation.
- It's a good idea to make up a shot list of the "must have" portrait photographs. And consider asking a family member or friend to assist in rounding up the relevant people at the appropriate times.
- Communication is important, let us know of any special family or friend's circumstances so that nobody is made to feel uncomfortable.
- Discuss your unique interests and hobbies, it's possible to incorporate these into some of the photos, such as a musical instrument, a beloved pet, motorbike or family heirloom.
- Brides, be sure to allow ample time for hair and make up, it's better to over estimate rather than under estimate the time required. You don't want to be rushing around and getting stressed before walking down the aisle.
- Have fun and laugh, a lot! You'll not only enjoy your day but will looked relaxed and carefree in your photos.
- Don't rush your first married kiss! Take your time, don't be shy, it's your special moment, enjoy it and make it last. Consider a second kiss for lots of photo opportunities.
- Brides, when walking down the isle, try not to look down, again take your time, let everyone see just how beautiful you are.
- Once you're together let your emotions show, don't hold back on your affection for each other, kiss, touch, gaze into each other's eyes, let the love shine through and it will be captured in your photographs.
- Take a breath. Remember to breath, relax and enjoy the preparations as well as your Wedding Day.
- Above all, remember this is your day, it's about making a commitment to the person that you love. Whenever you can, stop, look around and take it all in, it goes by so fast. Enjoy!