Your dress is looking gorgeous, your makeup and hair is booked, everything is going so smoothly until you realised you don’t have any idea about your wedding photo’s! To avoid a wedding disaster, we have wedding photographer, Emily Wilcockson from Divine Images, with some helpful tips and tricks to make sure your day goes smoothly.
1. Make sure you get to know your photographer!
Yes, it may be awkward at first, but creating a bond with your photographer will help you to feel so much more comfortable on the day. Emily told us that ‘If you are relaxed and comfortable with them, you’re going to get photos that are natural and real. Usually having a pre wedding shoot is when you will get to know each other, so don’t skip having that session with them.’
2. Lights, Cameras, Action!
What is the use of getting all dressed up on your big day, if your lighting isn’t doing yourself justice? Emily told us that ‘Natural light is your photographer’s best friend! Don’t get ready in a dark/dull room with little to no natural light.’ Try factoring this in when you are choosing your space to get ready, think big windows and spacious surroundings.
3. It’s the little details making your photos unique!
Your photos will be set apart from others, with your unique details. It adds a bit of character and a touch of personality to them. Emily Wilcockson said to ‘Set aside details like the brides shoes, garter, perfume, earrings and rings. But don’t forget about the groom, as well! Hang up his suit, shoes and tie. This way when your photographer arrives they don’t have to hassle you looking for all these little things.
4. A photo of your dress!
Your dress will looking stunning on you, but will look magical by its self, as well! Making sure you have a beautiful shot of your dress while getting ready, is a crucial photo. Emily gave us a handy tip to ‘Hang your dress in a pretty place with lots of natural light, maybe from a doorway or ceiling fan or maybe even a window’. Get creative with this one!
5. Heels are beautiful, but they do hurt!
There is nothing worse than having a day or night ruined by those heels that ‘you had to have’, which also give you a shooting pain in your feet. Emily, from Divine Images, said to make sure you ‘bring a pair of pretty flats to have your formal photos in. There’s nothing worse than having sore feet, especially on your big day!’
6. Location, Location, Location!
‘Your formal photos, after all, are usually the ones that you will hang on your wall for the rest of your life’ Emily explained to us. So picking a great location is key to creating gorgeous ‘wall-hanging-worthy’ photos. An outdoor location at a time with at least an hour of daylight is something your photographer will thank you for! Emily says ‘Choose somewhere that has lots of greenery, trees, and shrubs, overgrown grass.’ All these things look fabulous in photos!
7. Be your gorgeous self!
I know it sounds like something lame your mother would say to you on your first day of high school, but being yourself truly does create the nicest photos. Emily said that ‘sometimes you just have to forget the photographer is even there. You don’t have to be looking and smiling in every photo. Relaxed candid photos of you and your partner are sometimes the best.’
8. Food, glorious food!
Being hungry can leave everyone a bit moody at times, and this what you don’t want for your wedding day! In Emily’s experience with weddings she says that ‘too often I see the bridal party not eating all day. We then get to the formal photos before the reception and everyone is hungry.’ Food is everyone’s friend, so make sure it is yours too!
9. Fix ups and pick me ups!
Your hair and makeup will usually stay in place, but no one likes a lack of lippy or a strand of hair loose in photos. Emily says to ‘bring spare bobby pins, hairspray, makeup, perfume and deodorant. After all we want the bride to be looking smoking hot for her man.’ And maybe a glass of bubbly or two to get away those wedding jitters!
10. Fun photos equal a fun day!
Make sure your photos are as fun as your day is! Props are one way to have a giggle and become a more relaxed. Emily says ‘It’s always such a blast to include quirky props into your photos. Whether it be funky signs, hats, glasses, bunting, toys, whatever suits your personalities!’