You've had dance lessons and practiced not tread on one another's toes during the first dance. He's written and practiced his speech. You've both practiced saying 'I do' in front of the mirror (but neither of you will admit to it). Have you considered practicing for the wedding photographs
Your wedding photographer
will be well versed in getting the best from his Bride and Groom, however the number of times we've heard the words "I don't look good in pictures" and " I hate it when I smile in photos" never ceases to amaze! Indeed, very few people like their photograph - You look 'back to front' compared to what you see in the bathroom mirror. You're nervous and can't hold the cheesy grin for more than a few seconds without looking slightly insane, and your holiday photos always seem to put a few pounds on you!
That's why you've hired a professional photographer. We know how to make you look amazing, and more often than not, it's by capturing the 'real you'. Natural photographs taken to maximise the height of the bride, and minimise the number of chins on the groom! However, you can always help by knowing how best to hold yourself when being photographed. Here are 5 top tips for getting the best from your wedding photography
1. Know what you want
If you're anything like many brides, you'll have been planning your wedding day since you were 5 years old. Even if you haven't you'll have spent some time looking at magazines, ooh-ing and ahh-ing at dresses and flowers and will have seen many photographs you love and several you don't. If you have a good idea of a photograph you'd like to recreate, then let us know! Rip a few ideas from your magazines and show us when we meet, and tell us if they're for the album or to be made into a huge canvas above the fireplace. That way we'll have a better understanding of what images will make your day! If we agree to take some similar poses, then have some fun practicing them in front of the mirror and with your partner!
2. Don't pose!
Eh? OK, so your photographer will ask you to stand in a certain place, and maybe to place your hand on the Groom's shoulder. Little movements and directions that help you look great, but we're not expecting the Groom to throw the 'man at C&A' catalogue poses, or you to stare into the distance whilst thrusting the chest forward and the bum out. You don't need to 'smise' like America's Top Model. Just be yourself, smile naturally and have fun.
3. Take 5
Chances are, from the minute you woke in the morning, through the rush to the church and the beautiful ceremony, saying 'hi' to all those friends and family you've not seen in ages, checking on the cake, the flowers, the parents... the first time you'll get to stop, reflect on your wedding ceremony and spend a little time with one another will be during your wedding photographs
. We'll often ask you to take a slow walk around the venue, taking beautiful natural photographs of you both just enjoying one another's company. So take his arm, laugh about the little things you've seen and heard, give him a kiss or two and enjoy a few moments of relaxation before heading back to your guests. Our brides often tell us their photograph session is the only time their day slowed down and look back on the photographs with fond memories of spending time together. "I felt like a movie star... you know how to make people relax and enjoy.” we've been told.
4. Some dos and dont's
Do smile naturally. Don't be afraid to chat during your photos - hopefully he'll make you laugh and your smile will be natural. Don't try to hold a smile if it feels unnatural. Do keep your head up a little (both of you). If you're not a size zero, and you're worried about your arms, drop your veil over them a little - they'll appear slimmer as a result. Don't stand straight on to the camera, try to face into or away from your groom and look at the camera slightly over your shoulder. Don't hold the bouquet up in every photo. Do show him some love. Don't rush the poses - your guests aren't going anywhere! Do enjoy it!
5. Book a pre-wedding shoot
There's nothing like a practice run to build your confidence in front of the camera! Why not consider booking an engagement or pre-wedding photoshoot a few weeks before the big day? We'll spend an hour or two at a venue close to your hearts and walk you through some posing ideas. You'll get to know your wedding photographer
, building a relationship with him, before the craziness of your wedding day. What's more, you'll come away with some amazing portraits which you could consider turning into your invitations or thank-you cards etc.
Relax, listen to your photographer, and have fun, and your wedding photographs are guaranteed not to fill you with horror every time you open your album! ...more