I’m guessing if your reading this, you are probably planning a drop dead gorgeous wedding, so naturally you want your photos to capture all the emotion and beauty of your wedding day perfectly! Nervous about getting the perfect photos? Then you’re in luck because Italian Wedding Photographer, Jules Bower is generously sharing his vast knowledge from shooting hundreds of weddings with these top tips to great wedding photos. And be sure to check out his blog for even more expert advice!
Getting Ready: Choose a well lit location for your preparations – if possible with natural light because it will help you to see what your makeup looks like and obviously light is important for the photos. Be sure to keep the room tidy because whatever is in the room will be in the photos. And remember that anyone who is helping you get dressed needs to be ready before you! There’s no point in photographing you putting on your wedding dress if your bridesmaids are still in their pajamas!
For the men, if you want photos getting ready it would be helpful for the groom to be close by. This will make it easier for your photographer to capture both sides of the story without losing too much time traveling between locations.
Looking Your Best: Hiring a makeup artist leads to better makeup and therefore a more relaxed bride. It is also much easier to photograph you when you are having your makeup applied rather than self application. On your wedding day you want to look special, you want to look your best! Even top models, no matter how beautiful they are, need their makeup done to achieve the photos that grace the pages of those glossy magazines. A professional makeup artist understands anatomy, structure, the colors, skin type, how to keep your face from becoming shiny, how to make the makeup last all day, how to cover blemishes and more. Consider doing a trial run and take pictures to see how the make looks in pictures. The same goes for hair trials, this way on the day there are no surprises, you’ll just have to repeat the chosen look. They need to last all day in whatever style you choose, a professional hair stylist is much more capable of achieving this than you are. You really don’t want a bad hair day on your wedding day!
The Details: If you would like to have items photographed such as the dress, shoes, jewelry, engagement ring, weddings bands, flowers or stationery, these items are the first things that need to be photographed. You also might need to see to it that the florist brings the flowers in advance so that at least the bouquet is available for the photos. You should hang up your dress on a beautiful hanger so it is ready to be photographed.
Fair Warning: If you are having any surprises, like fireworks or a dove release, please let the photographer know so they aren’t surprised too!
Wedding Ceremony Photo Ops: After the wedding ceremony, it is nice to walk back down to the aisle together while the guests are standing behind the bride and groom – it makes for good photos. You can then pause at the entrance to the church and hug and greet people as they exit the church. Once everyone is outside you can then exit and do your ceremony send-off. This is the best way to get the amazing photos you want from your ceremony!
Portrait Session with the Newlyweds: After the group/family photos, your photographer will then do your photos as a couple. For this we leave the guests to enjoy the food and drinks of cocktail hour. I prefer for it to be just the two of you, since bringing other people along will cause distractions and generally make you feel more awkward in front of the camera. And don’t forget, this is basically your only chance to have some alone time together during the whole day.
Leave It to the Professionals: If you have planned your own wedding day and have been very involved in the whole process it can be difficult to step back and be just a bride on the day. Remember you are the bride not the wedding planner. You can of course plan your own wedding but my advice is to get the whole thing planned well in advance and then just sit back and relax or better yet forget about the whole thing until shortly before the day. If you have planned things properly, all you need to do is let the experts do their jobs and the whole thing will run smoothly. I sometimes attend weddings where the bride spends her entire time worrying about if this is fine or if that person has done such and such, and it’s because of this they don’t enjoy themselves. It shows in the photos!
Lighting: Remember that photography is the recording of light, so if you don’t have any lighting or candles once it is dark it will be very difficult to obtain good images. Be aware of this!
Let It Go: No matter what happens, enjoy yourselves! Remember you are getting married surrounded by your closest family and friends and everyone is there to enjoy the celebration!
A great big thank you to Jules Bower for sharing his top tips for amazing wedding photos!