Wedding Photography Tips for Brides and Grooms
Decide in advance if you want a quiet morning for your getting ready or if you prefer a room full of people around you. Every situation provides a very different energy.
HAIR AND MAKEUP
To organize the program for your wedding day, ask your hairdresser and makeup artist an estimated time for their work and add at least 30 minutes as a buffer.
CEREMONIES IN CHURCH
Before you book your church make sure it is allowed to take pictures and if there are any other restrictions.
Usually the best time for an outdoor ceremony is 2-3 hours before sunset, when the sunlight falls more evenly on skin tones (no harsh shadows) and so both the bride and groom are exposed to light equally.
If possible it would be great if the photographer could get on the car with you. Before the ceremony, after the ceremony, or on the way to the reception. In this way he can capture some of the most intimate moments.
One of the most important moments of your wedding day are the creative portraits session. Be sure to allow at least 30 minutes/one hour for them. I’ll guide you at all, but it’s important to remember that the portraits require a little patience and, sometimes, an adventurous spirit.
I always recommend to take pictures of family or groups (parents, grandparents, friends, etc..) immediately after the ceremony. It would be great to have someone next to me to organize the groups as I cannot know all family members.
…YOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS ON THE GUEST LIST If the photographer/s are on the guest list, he/they will be sitting with the guests. This ensures that he/they are always with you and he/they will never lose a moment of your reception.
More lights there are, the better! I love the DJ lights, candles, lamps, etc…
I like a lot receptions in tents, because the white canvas works really well with the way I use the lights. To make it even better, add some glittering chandeliers or lanterns, and lots of candles on the tables.
OUTDOOR RECEPTION LIGHTING
If you organize a reception in the open air, under the stars, I recommend you to add extra lighting, as strands of lights that shine and candles in jars. The additional lighting will help to ‘warm up’ your photos and create more dynamic. Otherwise, you will have a completely black background unless the receipt does not take place during the day.
Let your wedding day be as simple as it is. Do not let yourself be influenced by unforeseen events. Keep an open mind, be spontaneous, that’s the only way to make your wedding an unique event.