Helpful wedding photography ideas from Boxer Visual Productions
Some useful ideas to make your wedding photography fun and stress free.
Photography at the groom's house
- Wear your trousers, shirts and shoes. But leave off the jacket, cuff links, ties, etc. so the photographer can capture the final part of you getting dressed. This saves time.
- If you have ties, it might be a good idea to pre-tie them and then slip them off your head, so they are easy to put on for the photography.
- A good photography prop is cigars. They make for great shots. (Smoking is a health hazard though, so don’t make a habit of it!!)
- Grooms don't change your shaving routine on your wedding day - this may cause rashes.
Photography at the bride's house
- Have your hair and make-up finished by the time the photographer arrives. It’s a good idea to allow half an hour per person for make-up and hair, as you might find the process takes a lot longer on your wedding day than you expected. If things are running a bit late, simply ask the hair and makeup artist to finish you before the bridesmaids.
- Before the wedding day, practise posing in front of a mirror. The more relaxed you feel, the better the photos will be, so spend time getting comfortable with different looks and poses. Wear your veil and try different things using the veil as a prop.
- Think about false eyelashes- they enhance your eyes in the photos.
- Try to avoid dark lipsticks - as they tend to fade throughout the day.
- Try not to overdo accessories/jewellery, as it can easily become a distraction…less is best!
- Be careful about having your hair in an ‘up style’. Often they can be too severe. And why hide your crowning glory? Show it off, don’t hide it! In fact, don't feel the need to drastically change your hairstyle from the way you'd normally wear it, as a different hairstyle may not turn out the way you expected and this will be on your photos for ever.
Photography after the wedding
- While the photographer always shoots a range of family photographs, he may not think of all possible combinations of family members that you would like. Especially if some family members are separated. It’s a good idea to make a list of all the family photographs you want and get a friend or relative who knows all family members by name to help arrange the groups for the photography on the day.
- PAY ATTENTION TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER, especially during the family portraits. People are very excited at this time, but if everyone follows the lead of the photographer, things will run quickly and smoothly. It would be helpful if you can nominate someone from the bridal party to help keep everyone focused in the shot, and not looking elsewhere, so the photography is beautiful and fast.
- Listen to the advice of the photographer.He is the professional and sees beauty in backgrounds and situations that you would not consider. If you follow his lead, relax and genuinely have fun on the day, your photography will be wonderful.
- Keep an ‘emergency kit’ during the wedding day (ask a friend to look after this). The kit may include: hair spray, brush, lip stick, make-up, sewing kit, safety pins, band aids, Panadol /Neurofen, deodorant, a towel and sunscreen.
- Be careful with spray-tan: Spray tans can appear over done in photographs, especially when compared to non spray tanned skin of others in the bridal party.
- A second pair of comfortable white shoes may come in handy for the location photographs, especially if you will walk on soil or sand. Shoes are usually not seen and can make your photography shoot much more pleasurable.
- Make sure you’ll have drinks and food for you and the bridal party (try to avoid red drinks or red sauces in case of spilling). Some car hire companies can provide food and drinks (so it may be a good idea to check with them).
- If it rains, make sure you have umbrellas for the whole wedding party. Ask your wedding car company if they have umbrellas.
- Bring some money for drinks and food in case you have photography in a cafe.
- In winter, coats will keep you warm during the photography shoot.
- Don't chew gum on the day - chewing gum on photos is not attractive and it may cost extra to photoshop out the gum!
- Use insect repellent. Ensure all people participating in the photography use it as well. A fly on the face is not a good look and they will be in the images.
- The photographer may have to change locations at the last minute from what you were expecting. Just smile and go with the flow. Sometimes unexpected things come up where a quick rethink by the photographer is needed. Don't worry, your photos will still be great. And remember, it is you that make the beautiful shot and not so much the location.
And most of all - have a ball and beautiful, beautiful wedding photography.