Wedding Photography Tips for Gorgeous Wedding Photos


We reveal our advice on how to get the best pictures on your big day.

First Published: 20th June 2014

Sheenemill Weddings

Worried about your wedding photographs? Look no further than our handy guide to wedding photography tips…

Wedding Photography Tips bride and groom
Nigel Williamson Wedding Photography

Unless you’re Kate Moss or have enjoyed an equally successful career as a high-flying, world renowned super model, you’re probably not going to feel all that comfortable with the thought of having a photographer following you around on your wedding day.

And yet, you want good, if not great wedding pictures, right? The key is to relax, forget about the camera and have fun. Oh and following these photography tips will help too…

Wedding Photography Tips bubbles
Tim Wong from Timecut Photography

Book a good photographer 

You can’t expect great wedding photos unless you book a great wedding photographer. There are hundreds of professional photographers in Ireland, all wanting to shoot your wedding, but the quality of their work will vary hugely as will the cost. Think about the style of photography you want, research different photographer’s portfolios online and once you’ve a short list of two or three, arrange to meet them in person as it’s important you like them as much as you do their pictures.

Have a pre-wedding shoot

There’s no better way to get used to the camera than to put yourself in front of it. Many wedding photographers now offer an engagement or pre-wedding shoot as part of their wedding package. Signing up for one of these will give you and your partner a chance to get to know your photographer and experience what it’s like to be in front of the lens.

Check the weather forecast

Even the most gifted wedding photographer can’t control the weather. In the days before your wedding, keep an eye on the weather forecast and if looks like rain, then call your photographer and discuss your options. There’s no point burying your head in the sand, rain calls for a rainy day plan. That could be as simple as buying some umbrellas, but it may be that you will need to think of a new location to replace those beach shots you had planned.

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Fusion Photography

Think about light 

Depending on the time of year you get married, light, or shortage of it, will impact your schedule for the day. If yours is a winter wedding, when the sun has set by mid-afternoon, you’ll need to plan an early morning ceremony if you are going to give your photographer time to get a series of wedding pictures taken before dusk. Believe it or not, hot sunny days can also pose as a problem for photographers as too much light can be very difficult to shoot.

Be creative

Stiff, formal wedding photographs run the danger of being very boring. Photographers are creative souls by nature and work best when then are given a creative license to take the shot when they think fit. By all means give them a list of pictures that you want taken, but trust their judgment and allow them some freedom – the results will be worth it.

Wedding Photography Tips jumping wedding party
David McClelland Photography

Book a make-up artist 

Yes we know you can do your own make-up, but do you know the tricks of the trade that will make you look supermodel fab in front of the camera? From priming the skin, to camouflaging imperfections and sculpting the cheekbones, a professional make-up artist will make you look like you, only better.

Remember the details

So much, time, thought and effort goes into the little details of your wedding day – from the DIY stationery, to the hand drawn signage and homemade favours – it would be such a shame not to have them captured on camera.

Wedding Photography Tips details
J Studio

Smile more 

Many brides spend the whole time at their ceremony with a serious expression. You want beautiful photos, don’t you? It’s simple. Simply smile more. Let go of all the stress and planning. Smile while you’re walking down the aisle and during the whole ceremony. Relax, enjoy the day and really try to enjoy each moment. Oh! It’s good if your husband is all smiles also, right?

Strike a pose 

There’s no point in lying, you will look better in pictures if you pose. Any photographer worth his salt should be able to pose you in an elegant and attractive position, but there are a few general rules: Lift your chin up to banish the dreaded double chin. Hold your elbows away from your body to make your arms appear slimmer and shift your weight to your rear foot as this cocks your hips into a position that gives you a sexy curviness.

Wedding Photography Tips strike a pose
James Mitchel

 

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