Final wedding photography tips from our professional photographer
Move your subjects to more interesting backgrounds
Planning a wedding means a bride having to make dozens of choices… and it is good to try to capture these details for the album. You can shoot the flowers, dress and accessories while the bride is getting ready, but don’t be afraid of moving them to somewhere where they look better.
“I like finding a pool of light from a window and then shooting several things in it (as I’ve done here),” says Kate. “This creates a consistent look that makes things easier when designing the wedding book.”
Hair and make-up
Taking shots of the bride making her final preparations are now a standard part of any wedding album. Rather than take pictures of the make-up artist or hairstylist in the midst of their work, post the shot at the end – at this point the bride is looking her best, and you can alter the position of the bride to get the best lighting.
Shooting in profile
You need to be careful when shooting the bride in profile. Many people don’t like shots where the shape of their nose is made obvious. The answer is to get her to turn her head so she is not facing sideways to the point where her nose is actually breaking out of the side of her face. The secret is to find an angle where you still get a sidelit look, but her nose is framed within her face.
The posy pose
The bouquet is a great prop… but Kate advises that you need to make sure it is taken out of water an hour before the start
Keep it clean
Most brides wear white and won’t want to sit on a grubby bench or wall (or boat, as here). Take a throw made from a luxurious fabric in a neutral colour or the accent colours chosen for the wedding for the couple to sit on.
Check the route
You can wear wellies, but the couple can’t – if your morning recce is muddy, find a drier location.
If you want to blur the background in your shots, stand back from the couple and then zoom in. This is especially useful if the background has details that are less attractive than you’d like but the overall colour is flattering to the bride and groom.
Look the part
Wear something you can move in (you may need to kneel), but make sure it’s smart. You’ll find milling guests do what you want them to more quickly if you look like a professional!
Ready to roll
Kate’s cavernous Lowepro roller case accompanies her to every wedding, and includes everything she might need. She stows this somewhere safe, and then just carries her essentials with her in her smaller ShootSac shoulder bag.
Look for the light
Wedding venues are often poorly lit, but many have attractive windows or doorways, so find the parts of the building with the best natural light to shoot in.
Get the guests
Get a list of important guests – parents, grandparents and so on – before the day, and tick it off as you shoot them.
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