The wedding photography can be an important section of your big day. It is your wedding photos that will capture the moments, preserve the memories and give you years of pleasure looking back. So even though you hate having your photo taken, on your wedding day that is one time when you have to smile and relax into it. To make things easier on your day here are some tips to help your wedding photo shoot go smoothly.
1. Well before the marriage day itself, plan with your wedding photographer exactly what photos you need from the shoot, how much time will be allocated to it and at what stage of your day the photos will be taken. Probably your photographer will undoubtedly be taking informal photos during the day, but if you’d like any portraits of you as a couple of or posed groups, you will need to decide the where so when and plan a slot in the schedule for the shoot.
2. Ensure you have a Plan B in case of bad weather. Good professional wedding photographers can work generally in most conditions, but it will not be much fun for you personally having photos taken on the beach in wind and rain, so check out your wedding venue for alternative sheltered spots that could also work well for your photo shoot, just in case.
3. When planning your wedding hair and make-up, ensure that it will work very well in photos. Your make-up artist will advise with this, but it might be a good idea to have a few photos taken at your makeup trial in natural daylight to see how everything works on camera. This can give you more confidence on your day, so that you could relax into the photos and not be worried about how you look. Just remember a professional wedding photographer will make you look one thousand times better than photos taken by your very best friend on a small camera, so don’t worry if they are not perfect. If your allowance allows, it is well worth while booking a pre-wedding shoot with your wedding photographer to mix with the make-up trial, so you get a excellent idea of the way you will look on the day.
4. Put together a bride’s emergency pack for the big day, that your chief bridesmaid will keep at hand for you to use before the photos are taken. Add a lipstick, tissues and wet wipes, powder and mascara, not to mention a mirror, so as to repair smudges and shininess due to so much emotion!
5. Ask your bridesmaids to keep a bottle of water to hand that you can sip, especially on hot sunny days. It’s easy to get de-hydrated and frequently the bride and the groom are the last ones to obtain drinks at the reception, because they are so busy greeting guests and having photos taken. Several snacks might also be considered a good idea to help keep you energised during the photo shoot.
6. Practise your deep breathing and relax. Overlook the information on the reception, schedules and whether the photos are delaying things. Leave all that to the marriage planner or to the caterers to straighten out and start enjoying your wedding day with a big smile for the camera.