Some of you may remember the Engagement 411 post from last year that we did. It included some helpful tips about being prepared for your engagement photo shoot! Well, since it’s the start of wedding season, I thought I would share some of our favorite tips about the most important photos of them all: Wedding Day Photos! So now I would like to share some helpful tips, in the hopes that it will put you more at ease on your big day :)
1. Pre-Wedding Photos
This may be the biggest stress reliever a photographer can offer you. You’ve reviewed their portfolio online, you’ve exchanged emails, and you’ve met them in person, but how do they really work? The last thing you want is to find out on your wedding day that your photographer is too bossy (or not bossy enough), or that your personalities don’t quite mesh together. Most photographers offer smaller sessions, like family sessions, engagement sessions, or hourly sessions for a lower price than wedding photographers. This will give you the chance to get a real feel for your photographer and will definitely put you at ease knowing how they work behind the camera.
2. Hair & Make-Up
You definitely do not want to test out that new electric blue liquid eye-liner you just bought the day before your wedding today. If you are using a professional Hair/Make-Up artist, ask about doing a trial run. If they offer that option take it. This way there will be no surprises on your big day. I personally suggest going for a softer, natural look as far as make-up, and a simple and sweet hair style. Bottom line – just nothing too distracting.
BONUS: if you can get a trial done, make sure you schedule it for an important day, for example, your engagement session, or your bachelorette party! That way you can put your trial to good use!
3. Props & Details
This is something that can be easily over looked if it’s not something you’ve ever been told. Make sure that you have time for your getting ready shots. This doesn't just include taking photos of you putting your dress on and the groom tying his tie. It also means capturing the small details of your day. Please make sure you have all of your special details ready. For her it would be dresses, shoes, jewelry, perfume, flowers etc. For him it would be cuff links, ties, shoes, etc. Also don’t forget anything personal of yours, such as Just Married signs, wedding invitations, picture frames, etc.
BONUS: if you can, make sure your getting ready area is free from any unnecessary clutter. If you have the option, pick a room that has a lot of natural light and space for everyone to fit.
Your photographer will be able to guide and direct you here (chin up, tilt your head slightly to the left, look at your groom in the eyes, drop your right arm down, etc.), but it will definitely help you to be more comfortable if you can practice before hand (see #1). If you can’t do Pre-Wedding Photos, pull out that full-length mirror and get comfy. Decide which angle you find most flattering. Which smile do you like best? This will be a big stress reliever for you on your big day!
5. HAVE FUN
I also included this in the engagement post, but it is definitely worth repeating now! Do NOT let the little things stress you out. Relax and have a good time. Also know that in 3 years only 2 weddings we have been to have actually started exactly on time. And that’s okay! No matter what happens, you are marrying the love of your life today. Ignore the camera and just be yourselves. Tell jokes, hold hands, kiss. Be genuine. Be head-over-heels in love. Let us handle the rest :)