Allow plenty of time so that you’re relaxed.
A photograph of a few items such as your dress, perfume, jewellery, garter, shoes and bouquet is a lovely reminder of the more personal details of your day.
Obviously, the luxury of getting ready in a location with beautiful lighting and features is a photographer’s dream. Keeping clutter such as bags, clothes, hair products etc. relatively organised and tidied away makes the preparation photos look clean and more stylish.
Allowing plenty of time for the preparations enables your photographer to get settled at the venue and prepare for your arrival.
Having a second photographer means that you can capture both the bride’s arrival and the groom’s reaction.
Holding the ceremony somewhere with plenty of natural light allows the photographs to be effortlessly clean and fresh.
Research how your venue will look at the time of year you’re going to get married, for example the pink roses and lilac of the lavender complemented this bride’s bouquet and the colours all worked perfectly.
I love photographing weddings where there are areas to frame my couples. This archway of foliage was perfect, and the gazebo was an added feature for the photographs too.
I love confetti shots. They need to be carefully coordinated by the photographer to get the shot right. Once it’s been thrown, there are no second takes!
Timing is everything!
The best time of day for outdoor photography is the hour before sunset. We call it the Golden Hour.
I like to work with my couples to plan their day so that I can take the couples shots then.
If you like the back-lit night time shots, make sure your photographer has the experience to do this for you.
Choose a photographer who makes you feel at ease.
Natural smiles really do shine through on the photographs.
Last but not least, enjoy your day!
If you’d like to speak to Michelle about capturing your wedding day, please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Humphreys | Creative wedding magazine editor & wedding fair organiser. Showcasing beautiful venues & wedding specialists.