Advice from a wedding photographer to make life easier on your big day
1. Go Unplugged for the Ceremony
Nothing kills a shot more than someone’s iPhone sticking up in the air. Your ceremony is an important and precious event, so encourage guests to be entirely present in the moment with you and pocket the cell phones until the reception.
2. Take a Deep Breath.
Brides are understandably a bit stressed on their big day. Unfortunately, photographs easily pick up on tension, and the last thing you want is to look uncomfortable in your photos. Relax your body by taking several deep breaths, slowly rolling your shoulders back and forth, making sure your jaw is relaxed, taking a step back and letting yourself enjoy the magic of the moment.
3. Get in Close!
It can feel a little awkward – especially when you have a large group of people staring at you – but posing nice and close to your new spouse will increase the look of love and happiness in your pictures. This is one event that encourages PDA, so enjoy one another and keep it up for those candid shots!
Keep your photographer updated on the specifics of your schedule. Also consider their travel time and how long they need to complete certain shoots. If you need them earlier (or later) than anticipated, let them know! It will save you both lots of unnecessary headaches.
5. Be Prepared.
The moment your photographer arrives, be ready to put them to work. Have your wedding dress, shoes, rings and all other sentimental details ready to go.
6. Relax & Enjoy!
Pause for a moment and take everything in. This day will only happen once, and though it can be easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of everything, take the time to truly reflect on all the beautiful things happening around you. Posed pictures are pretty, but what will truly capture the magic of your wedding day are the candid photos of you and your love dancing, laughing, smiling, and enjoying the presence of friends and family on your special day.