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How to get the best wedding pictures.

Relax, be natural and have fun. RELAX IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA as stress will show on the photographs, in your smile and posture. Remember that this is a day to enjoy being with your family and friends to celebrate your marriage. Smile, relax, enjoy, and don’t drink too much. Artificial smiles look artificial. If you tend to be nervous or particularly self-conscious, address that by doing whatever relaxes you best other than drugs or alcohol. Consider meditating, having a body or facial massage, a yoga class, or going for a run ahead of time. Try to enjoy the moment! The best photos are one of a relaxed and happy bride. Sometimes people don’t realize that they wear their emotions on their face, which shows in pictures. So just sit back and enjoy your special day.

Embrace the Unexpected: Allow your wedding day to simply be what it is. Whether that means inclement weather, forgetting that bracelet you wanted to wear, or events running way off schedule. Maybe the cake did not turn out as promised. Keeping an open mind will allow spontaneity and magic to surprise and delight you, and make your wedding uniquely yours.


Get really great and professional hair and makeup. When it comes to make up do not go for “more is better”. Use the same shades of make up that you would wear normally and do not do any radical changes. The idea is to enhance your face with makeup and not to cover up.Even if you want a natural look, there is a specialized kind of makeup for photography. For example, you do not want makeup with mica in it because it makes you look sweaty. Be sure to do a test run for your hair and makeup and have pictures taken then to see if there is anything you want to change. Have someone take several pictures from different angles and with different facial expressions. Then, look at the pictures. Do you like what you see? Too much make up or not enough? How about the hairstyle? Too much height or not enough? If something does not look right – start again and do it over until you are satisfied Also, hire your hair and makeup people for the day of your wedding so they can do touch ups as needed. Be sure to ask your photographer for hair and makeup recommendations – they know who to use and who to avoid. YOU MUST TAKE PICTURES and not only look in the mirror as pictures will give you a different perspective. Some makeup foundations/powders are highly reflective and can appear very white on photos. As you’re setting up your wedding-day schedule, ask your hair/makeup artist for an estimated time on how long this process will take, and then add at least 30 minutes as a buffer.


Create a timeline with your photographer. This is not the same thing as a timeline you set with your bridal consultant, location coordinator, or your hair and makeup people. The photographer’s timeline is specifically designed to ensure that you will get the balance you want between formal and informal shots and that you are being realistic about your preferences and priorities, and the tradeoffs that you are making. Keep your group portrait shots to a minimum and be very selective about your list of “must have shots.” Don’t over plan the photographer’s shots. Give your photographer the freedom to do what he or she does best – let the candid shots tell the real story of your wedding day. A great, experienced photographer knows how to schedule the day so it goes with ease and yields great pictures. Seek and follow your photographer’s advice.

Don’t forget about feeding your photographer and other vendors. Include your photographers on the guest list This accomplishes three important things for you and for us. 1) Send us an invitation like everyone else; this gives us time to photograph it for you in advance instead of getting a quick shot on the wedding day. 2) If your photographers are on the guest list, they will be seated with the guests, which ensures they are always with you and will never miss a moment of your reception. 3) This also ensures we are fed in a timely manner (instead of a cold sandwich in a back office far away from you when speeches are happening). Food is energy, and energetic, happy photographers are exactly what you want when you have four hours of dancing ahead of you.

Your photographer is constantly on duty and puts in a very long day. Schedule time and a comfortable place for your vendors to sit, relax, and have a meal — preferably at the same time as your guests are eating. Be good to your vendors and make sure that you are paying for and getting full plated meals for them from the venue. Make sure your photographer doesn’t leave without saying goodbye. Before we leave we always report and ask my brides if there is anything else they would like photographed. Sometimes you realize at the end of the night that you’d like a photo with “Uncle Frank” who travelled all the way from another state. Maybe you even want one more of you dancing with your groom on the dance floor with some high school friends. So be sure your photographer is willing to work “on the fly” and capture any extras that you may have missed throughout the night.

2 considerations about getting ready pictures.If you want pictures of getting ready — have someone on hand to clean the room up so it doesn’t look chaotic and unsightly. Also, be realistic in terms of what you ask for and what you are paying for. For example, you can’t have shots of both parties getting ready without a second shooter

Have an unplugged wedding. Have someone make an announcement for your guests to turn off their cell phones before the wedding ceremony and to refrain from taking pictures during the event. Rather let them enjoy the wedding and share photos afterwards on social media with them. You are spending big money on a professional photographer who is often blocked from capturing great shots because guests are holding phones in the air or sticking them out into the aisle. This means the photographer doesn’t get the shot, and instead gets a picture of the guests taking pictures. When meeting with your photographer to discuss your pictures, remember that full-length photographs capture all the beauty of the dress and the wedding attire as well as the background scenery. Close ups capture facial expressions and reveal more emotions. So it is a good idea to have a mixture of both

Do not use a stand-up microphone to amplify the couple and officiant.A stand-up mic can be an eyesore in an otherwise gorgeous shot. Besides being unattractive, it rarely gives satisfactory results. Most couples are nervous, few have any experience with how close they have to place their mouth to the mic, and there is no time to gracefully change the height of the mic as needed. All this adds up to awkwardness and uneven amplification at best. A far better solution is to have good quality lapel mics for the officiant and the groom.

Pacing of the processional and recessional is important. If you want your photographer to be able to get good shots of everyone coming up and down the aisle, a good rule of thumb is to have each person wait for the person or couple in front of them to pass the first or last row of guests before taking their turn.

Large wedding party? Rehearsel is very important.The chaos and confusion that is apparent when there has not been a good rehearsal shows up in all your pictures.

No one is invisible when the cameras are around.Here are some specific titbits of advice:

o Stand up straight, be as natural as possible, smile, and be alert.

o Make sure no one is wearing transition lenses or sunglasses.

o Have bridesmaids all hold their flowers at belly button height.

o Give groomsmen specific directions of what to do with their hands (my personal favourite is behind their back – holding hands folded in front communicates sexual insecurity in non-verbal communication).

Consider having ceremony pictures with and without the bridal bouquet. You spend a lot for your flowers, so it’s nice to have a few ceremony pictures with them. Just have the officiant cue you after the first or second ceremony segment to pass off your flowers so you and your partner can then hold hands.