In the kaleidoscope of wedding memories, few things hold the power to transport you back to your special day like the photographs captured. These snapshots freeze moments of joy, love, and celebration in time, allowing you to relive your wedding day for years to come. To ensure that your wedding album brims with images that evoke the same emotions as the day itself, we’re discussing five essential wedding photography tips that will help you achieve timeless and captivating shots. From selecting the right photographer to embracing candid moments, these insights will guide you in capturing images that resonate with your heart forever.
Being a lasting memory of the day and with so much investment (not only money, but also time), you’ll want to ensure your wedding photos are everything you wanted and more. Not only will they be photographing you as a couple and documenting the day but they’ll also be capturing each little detail you’ve painstakingly put together over the past few months. There’s going to be no second chances getting these right so we’ve put together the photography tips that’ll help you get the best out of your photographs for years to come.
Your first set of images on the day will likely be of your wedding prep and whether you are getting ready at your venue, your house or your parents house cluttered images do not make for good photographs. So make sure you have a little tidy up and that the room is as clear of stuff as possible – removing all of the non essentials. This way your photographer can really concentrate on you and capturing the emotions during the wedding day build up.
Aim to get ready with plenty of time so that there’s time for your photographer to capture some images of both of your wedding preparations. If you’ll be traveling to the venue from wherever it is that you’ve gotten ready, leave with time to spare so you can compose yourself, soak in the moment and have a few extra images just before you walk down the aisle.
You may have heard of an ‘Unplugged’ ceremonies or weddings before but do you know what they mean? An unplugged ceremony is when you ask your guests to not take photos during the ceremony or other parts of the day. It enables them to really be in the moment for your special moments but also ensures that your photographer is able to get unblocked shots of those key moments for your wedding album too. These usually happen when you are both walking down the aisle and you have guests leaning into the aisle to get their own photographs. Unfortunately, this sometimes means that the shot is blocked and there’s not really another opportunity to capture that particular moment again. It’s never nice but it does happen.
Consider telling your guests that there’ll be opportunities to take their own photos at specific times, such as signing the register or after the I do’s. Some couples even ask their guests to not post any photos online until the day after their wedding – enabling their evening guests to enjoy all the moments of the wedding through fresh eyes too. Let your guests relax and be present in the day and your photographer produce their best work by considering an Unplugged Wedding.
Schedule in some shots and capture those romantic moments by getting away just the two of you and enjoy some time together. Whether you schedule this to be just after your ceremony and on the way to the reception venue or whether you do this after your group formal photographs. It enables you to have some alone time as a newly married couple before all of the hustle and bustle of the day, enjoy some private moments and really let your commitment to one another sink in. It’s always a nice idea to go out together nearer the end of the day too as you’ll get some great photos with the sunset. You’ll likely feel more relaxed and be more used to your photographer too, and the light fading away makes for beautiful images.
If you are having group wedding day shots ensure you plan ahead and give your photographer a list so that nothing gets missed out. Many will ask you for your ‘must have pictures’ before the wedding day so have a think as to which group pictures you want and let your Ushers have a copy ahead of the wedding day too so they are able to help round up bodies. It’s much quicker for you to plan your bigger group shots early so that you can have more time for everything else. Another great tip is to have this part of the day scheduled and share this with everyone. Let them know who’s needed, when and where that way you’ll have more time to enjoy the pictures and also get to your reception much quicker!
Trust Your Photographer
You will have likely spent many hours searching through huge amounts of photographers and their work to find yours and you booked them ultimately because you liked them and love their work. So, trust their judgment! Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in wanting everything to be perfect on the day but trust their creativity, allow them to work in their own zone of genius and trust that the result will be beautiful images.
You’ve seen their portfolio and what they can do and you’ve booked them for a reason. Listen to their instructions and although it may seem a bit unnatural for you to pose a certain way, the result on camera is likely to be beautiful and most probably your favorite image!
As the echoes of your wedding day gradually fade, the images that you’ve captured will stand as vibrant testimonies to the love and joy you shared. By heeding these expert photography tips – from collaborating closely with your photographer to seeking out authentic moments – you’re not only preserving memories but weaving a visual narrative that will endure the test of time. The beauty of wedding photography lies in its ability to transcend fleeting moments, granting you the gift of revisiting the emotions and magic of your union whenever you desire. With these insights as your guide, your wedding album is bound to be a treasure trove of images you’ll cherish for eternity.