When planning your wedding, it is good to think about where you will be getting ready and how many people are going to be there. Sometimes our photography and videography team (which can consists of 4 people) will arrive at a small hotel room with three or more bridesmaids, a hair stylist, a make-up artist, and parents of the bride! As a result there is no space to stand, and it can be an uncomfortable situation for everyone.
Try to cut the crowd down, so you can relax and so your photographer, videographer and makeup artist can do their work. Pick a getting ready location with a somewhat large open space and good light. To avoid any neon bras or plastic bottles photo-bombing your beautiful photos we recommend your bridesmaids place all their stuff in one corner, while getting ready.
Plastic or flimsy metal hangers can undermine a shot and can certainly take away from the beauty and elegance of the picture. Try using a wooden or designer hanger for your dress/suit shots. This is a simple detail that can make a big difference!
Fake smiles are not always flattering, but a fake laugh can be magnificent! To relax and loosen up for a photo, let out a forced laugh and then do it again and again. It will feel pretty ridiculous but it will make you and everybody else laugh for real! And the result will be a photo/footage that you will love!
Lighting can make or break your photos/film, try not to plan your photo shoot in the middle of the day or early afternoon, unless it’s overcast, you’re asking for trouble. If you are having an outdoor ceremony, plan it later in the day closer to sunset. The later time ensures the sunlight falls more evenly on the skin tones (no harsh shadows). At sunset, schedule in 10-15 minutes of down time for a mini photo session with your love. It will be nice to sneak away for a private moment, you will get stunning photos/footage and your photographer/videographer will LOVE you for it!
We recommend doing group photos right after the ceremony (parents, siblings, closest friends). It’s hard to corral a big group of people into a photo, so it helps a great deal if you have someone who will help in organising the groups.
One of the most important parts of your wedding day is taking the time to make creative portraits of the two of you. Good photos rarely happen in 20 minutes, so allocate a reasonable amount of time to get them. We recommend at least an hour for your couple portrait session.