Having an album full of incredible wedding day pictures is every bride’s dream. When you think about it, the photos are the only thing that are going to last forever. This means you’re going to want to make sure that you look your absolute best, and that these images are styled and taken to perfection. You want to look back at them with a smile for years to come, and be able to show your relatives and friends.
Below we have 8 ways you can end up with the most perfect wedding pictures. Take a look and see what you can do:
Start by creating a mood board. A mood board will help you to get a feel for the sort of images and photography styles that you really like, which should help you to create a list of potential photographers. Not only this, but when you have found your photographer, you can share the mood board with them so that you’re both on the same page.
Find ways to manage your stress levels coming up to and on the big day. Being a bridezilla could mean you say and do things you don’t really mean, which could create a tense relationship with your vendors, including your wedding photographer.
When you feel stress-free and relaxed, you’ll also look much better in your pictures. Try deep breathing, meditation, aromatherapy – anything you can to keep those stress levels at bay.
The last thing you want is for your pictures to have to be rushed on your big day. This is one thing you need to be able to take your time with. Find the best time for taking pictures (usually golden hour) and discuss this with your photographer. They may ask you to choose a north facing room for pictures, where the light will be better and pictures will turn out softer.
Overall you may be having pictures taken for a good couple of hours. Do not rush this!
Your hair and makeup is something you’ll probably think about carefully anyway, but do think of it from your photographer’s standpoint too. If you have all of your hair loose, it may cover your face during candid shots. If you wear a lot of black eyeshadow or eyeliner, it can make your eyes appear tiny in photographs. Be smart, and do your research on hair and makeup styles that will be more flattering in these types of pictures.
Scheduling an engagement shoot can give you a little preview of what’s to come, get you used to your photographer’s style, and give you the opportunity to tell them what you did and didn’t like about the outcome.
Make sure you interview various photographers before you make your mind up. Don’t just choose the first wedding photographer that you see. Ask for recommendations and look at testimonials online. Check out different portfolios and see what most suits your idea of the ideal wedding photograph. They need to be somebody you can gel with, too, so make sure you like their personality.
It can help your photographer if you write a couple of lists. For example, moments you don’t want to miss, such as exiting your wedding venue or the first look. It can also be a good idea to write out who you want in certain pictures, e.g. a few of the bridal party, the mother of the bride and the bride, and so on. Thinking about these things beforehand can save a lot of time on the day and make sure you and your photographer are on the same page.
Finally, one of the best things you can do to get the perfect wedding pictures, is just try to enjoy yourselves. When you’re relaxed and enjoying yourself, you’re going to look far better in your pictures, especially in any candid shots. The joy and excitement of the day will shine through in your images. Try to forget about all of your worries and just go with the flow. What will be will be!
Do you have any tips for getting the most perfect wedding pictures? Leave your input in the comments. Thanks for reading!