From camera shy to camera clueless, we’ve got the panoramic view on perfect wedding photography to get you fully in the picture…
Underestimate this element of your wedding day at your peril! No need to be in the dark about your wedding photography; we shine a lens on how best to capture those most magical of moments with our five top tips for perfect photography…
Straightforward negotiating with your photographer in advance is essential. You’re the boss here, which means you get to decide which moments of the day you want your photographer to pay particular attention to. Whilst many photographers prefer to work with a ‘set play’ – photos of the first dance, cutting of the cake etc – having a vision for how you see the day panning out will help you decide what (and when) you want to be photographed. In terms of chronology, then, knowing in the abstract (and before you sit down with your photographer) what sort of a day you want will be key in determining what sort of photos you want!
Camera work should be unobtrusive. The idea is to capture some of the most meaningful moments of the day on film but not to feel stage managed or as though you’re on a film set. A skilled photographer can get the footage they need without distracting you or the guests from enjoying the day, so make sure you check out examples of photographers’ work beforehand.
Old school vs digischool
Why not both? If technological wizardry is your thing, ask savvy guests to contribute and share their snaps of your day under a unique hashtag on Instagram. But for a touch of the retro, disposable cameras on the tables at the wedding breakfast always goes down well with guests (and captures those priceless gems). Put a bridesmaid in charge of collecting the cameras after the meal. One ingenious real bride we spoke with had the brilliant idea of making a table of little ones mini-photographers for the day; she armed them all with a disposable camera and let them loose on the unsuspecting grown-ups. Result? A truly unique perspective on her wedding day through the eyes of twelve year olds (some of the most creative and curious people on the planet!). Real bride Helen then used these pics to make an ‘unofficial’ comedy-gold album of her day! What a way to keep young minds busy – and out of trouble by dropping the grown-ups in it!
To consider: what will your photographer wear to your wedding day? If you’re having a very formal event, you might want to politely suggest that the photographer and assistant come in black, and specify you’d like to see a blazer and tie for the men. And food for thought: will you be providing your photographer with an evening meal? Taking care of your photographer is an excellent idea but needs to be factored in when drawing up the budget. Photographers work at their efficient best when they are primed with people’s names for calling the more official photos, so designate your best man or an usher to the task of assisting the photographer in this respect (we suggest your friend with the biggest, booming voice!).
Here’s an unusual angle but one that’s taking American newlyweds by storm… should you consider a ‘First Look’ picture of you and the groom before the ceremony? Tradition dictates that the dramatic first reveal of the bride is as she’s walking up the aisle, and my goodness me, we’ve seen some incredible photographs that captures this shot (mostly of unforgettable, lovestruck grooms’ faces). But perhaps a ‘First Look’ intimate shot of you and the hubby-to-be is more your style? Taking the time to share this quiet moment before the ceremony may be just the ticket to calm nerves if you’re the camera-shy type, and the palpable excitement and adrenaline captured between you both are sure to be photographic dynamite. A ‘First Look’ also allows portrait shots of the couple to be taken ahead of the ceremony, giving the newlyweds more time to mingle with their guests after they tie the knot. This could be the perfect boost for those who are nervous about spending the day in front of the camera.
Are you getting married soon? Remember to send us your pics after the big day to [email protected].
(Main image credit: Tobiah Tayo)