With the wedding season upon us and lots of great weather to go with it, we thought we’d share some of our top wedding photography tips for couples to help you capture the best photos possible.
Here are 5 wedding photography tips for the bride and groom . . .
1. RELAX! – THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHS ARE THOSE WHERE THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE AT EASE. PLANNING YOUR BIG DAY TAKES SO LONG AND YOU HAVE PROBABLY MADE SURE THAT YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ALL HAVE A JOB – NOW LEAVE IT TO THEM AND ENJOY YOURSELF AND YOUR PERSONALITY WILL SHINE THROUGH IN THE SHOTS!
2. HAVE FUN! – HAVING FUN MAKES YOU HAPPY, BEING HAPPY MAKES YOU SMILE AND SMILING WILL MAKE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS!
3. PRACTICE – THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH HAVING A LITTLE PRACTICE. YOU WILL BE WEARING A VERY IMPORTANT DRESS ON THE DAY (OR SUIT) AND YOU WANT TO WEAR IT WELL – MAYBE TAKE A LOOK IN SOME WEDDING MAGAZINES AT HOW OTHER COUPLES HAVE PHOTOGRAPHED AND SEE WHAT WORKS FOR YOU? HOWEVER DON’T GET TOO ‘POSEY’ – THE MORE NATURAL THE BETTER – ITS ABOUT YOU!
4. ORGANISE – THIS APPLIES MAINLY TO THE GROUP SHOTS. TIME IS SHORT AT WEDDINGS FOR LINE UPS AND SO A TIGHT SHIP IS IN REQUIRED! PERHAPS NOMINATE AN USHER OR TWO TO BE IN CHARGE OF GATHERING TOGETHER THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO THE GROUP PHOTOGRAPHS. THIS WILL ALLOW US TO CONCENTRATE ON ARRANGING EVERYONE AND ACHIEVE THE BEST SHOTS.
5. SPECIAL PEOPLE – OBVIOUSLY EVERYBODY IS IMPORTANT AT YOUR WEDDING, HOWEVER YOU MAY HAVE CERTAIN FRIENDS OR FAMILY WHO YOU JUST HAVE TO HAVE A SHOT OF ON THE DAY. MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE INCLUDED IN THE GROUP SHOTS OR MAYBE MAKE A SPECIAL EFFORT TO HAVE A SEPARATE PHOTOGRAPH WITH THEM. REMEMBER, YOU KNOW WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE AND NOT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER – SO BE SURE TO POINT THEM OUT!
Guests and Cameras
As well as your official photographer, you will also have an army of other photographers made up of your friends and family. Camera’s these days produce excellent results and you can be sure that your guests will capture some unique photographs.
Encourage them to share these with you, perhaps on Facebook for example otherwise you may never get to see them.
If you are a guest reading this and looking for ways to capture better shots you could try this blog post which describes the Rule of Thirds – a common photography composition technique.
Most importantly, use your instincts and shoot what you see. The best photographs are spontaneous and these are the ones you will enjoy the most.
If you would like to view more information, please visit our wedding photography page.