Wedding photography is important - but so is having a good bloody time! In today’s blog, I’m talking about ten simple things you can do to get great wedding photos AND have fun at the same time.
Keep it tidy
Sorry to sound like a nagging old bat but girls, I’m looking at you. I love bridal prep; the buzzy vibes of excitement and nerves building as everyone gets ready for the day. BUT - get a group of girls together and things become messy as fuck - quickly. Keep it tidy and your photos will thank you for it. I tell my brides that as a rule of thumb, anything that’s out on show will probably get photographed. When you receive your beautiful wedding gallery, you won’t want to see your scabby grey bra, make up wipes or half eaten croissant hanging around in the background. I’ll do a whole post on bridal prep soon - it’s one of my favourite times of the day!
Kiss slow (…or twice!)
As wedding photographers, we’ll be ready and in place for your first kiss. But it’s good to get a few opportunities at it - so hold that kiss, maybe even go in for another so we’ve got loads of fabulous photos to choose from.
Unplug your guests
Your best mate might want to Insta story the shit out of your funny vowels but is that really necessary, Susan? I’d really recommend an unplugged ceremony. We’re ‘always on’ these days, so it’s the perfect opportunity for everyone to enjoy the moment for what it is. It also means your photographer isn’t vying for position with Susan’s shit Insta stories. Just ask your officiant to announce it at the start.
You won’t receive every photo
Wedding photographers sometimes get asked if they can provide every photo. But honestly, you’d hate us if we did. We often take multiple shots of the same thing, as an example, in your formal sessions with lots of people, we need to because SOMEONE IS ALWAYS BLINKING, and sometimes we take test shots to check the light. We’re not hiding anything from you, honest. We give you all usable photos and we go through them, so you don’t have to!
Your dress will get dirty
I sometimes see even the chillest of brides panic about their dress. I’ll tell you a secret. YOUR DRESS WILL GET DIRTY. Even if it’s a nice day. You’ll probably get food down it. It’ll probably pick up dirt off the floor. Just rock it and enjoy your day. If your dress is particularly long, you could ask a seamstress to sew a hook on the inside so you can hitch it up when you need to. Trust me when I say that the majority of dirt marks won’t appear in your photos.
Time it right
I’d really recommend working closely with your photographer on your wedding day timeline. As well as knowing the best times of day for your bride and groom portraits, remember that your photographer has seen loads of weddings, and they’ll be able to give you tons of advice too. You don’t want to firm up your ceremony time only to find that you’re going to miss the sunset photos you so desperately wanted. Always allow more time than you need too - weddings rarely run dead on time!
Don’t rely on Pinterest
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Pinterest (food, interiors and travel are my thang), but don’t get too hung up on it. It’s great to have photos to take inspiration from (and your photographer will appreciate knowing what you want) but remember that your photos will never come out exactly the same. As well as each of us being completely unique in our own ways, every photographer has a different style of working and a different way of using light. The best thing you can do is to get really familiar with your photographer’s work and trust them to get some awesome photos.
Don’t get your wedding photos printed at Tesco
This isn’t a shifty sales technique, but if you’re getting your wedding photos printed yourself, then go to a professional printing lab. As well as having way more choice in terms of sizing and finish, a printing lab will print at a much higher quality, lasting longer and exactly the right colours. And just generally - get them printed! Technology doesn’t last forever.
Buy a nice hanger
Maybe the most random tip but if you’re after perfect pics of your bridal gown hung up in all its glory, then get it on a nice hanger! You don’t want it hanging off a Primark special.
Have a small formals list
This one is less about the photography and more about remembering to enjoy your bloody day. Formal photos ARE important - but so is having a good time. I recommend limiting the number of group ‘combinations’ to no more than 5 or 6. The more combinations, the more time you’ll be away from the party, and you’ll quickly get fed up. As photographers, we’ll recommend some standard group combinations for your formals, so we get all the important shots you want, without taking all day.
That’s enough tips for today, let me know if you enjoy these types of posts!
I’m Lauren and I’m a wedding photographer based in Bournemouth, Dorset. I love capturing fun loving, creative couples who love to have a bloody great time.
Being in front of the camera can feel like it’s going to be the most awkward thing ever... But that’s where I come in. With my super informal, relaxed approach to photography, you can just be you; Simply enjoying your awesome wedding day.