wedding photography

  • How To Look Good In Wedding Photographs

    The dress was beautiful, you got through the ceremony and reception without a hitch, but just when you thought your wedding was perfect, your pictures come back and you look awful. What can you do to make sure that your photos are as beautiful as the memories you have?

    Never scrimp on your photographer. Nobody’s going to remember if your bouquets had daisies or rare, exotic orchids. But years from now, your great grand children will be looking at your wedding album. They’re not just souvenirs, they’re heirlooms. Spend on them.

    Avoid complicated hairstyles and veils. You’ll be walking around, too busy talking to guests to check the mirror. You don’t want your veil hanging to the side, or your bangs plastered to your face. Keep it simple and elegant. If you want a dramatic veil for your walk down the aisle, look for a style that allows you to detach part of it, leaving you with something less cumbersome at the reception.

    Buy or make a small clutch bag or pouch that matches your gown. It should carry blotting paper, pressed powder, lipstick and blush. Ask your maid of honor to keep it handy for you.

    Wear waterproof mascara. You will cry a lot. It’s guaranteed. Black mascara will run and leave unflattering raccoon eyes.

    Don’t wear heavy powder eyeshadow. Again, you will cry. You will also sweat from walking around in heavy makeup, a thick gown, and hundreds of guests milling around you. Powder smears and cakes, and ends up under your eyes.

    Don’t wear sheer lipstick. You’ll eat it off. Or if you do, wear a matte or semi-matte base and apply the sheer lipstick as a top coat. Be sure to blot well, or it’ll end up around your mouth or on your teeth.

    Don’t wear heavy shimmery makeup – unless it’s applied by a professional makeup artist. It doesn’t photograph well under less than perfect lighting conditions. If you do, apply only on the eyes.

    Bridal makeup should be soft and romantic, not harsh. Natural pinks are most flattering, and really make you look like a “blushing bride”.

    Avoid hard-edged contouring and dramatic browns – unless blended well and kept close to the eyeline. Even lipsticks should stick to the pinks and brownish pinks. Bright reds look too harsh worn against a white dress.

    You’ll need good foundation that lasts long but doesn’t cake. The trick is to apply moisturizer first and let it “set”. This will prime your skin. Apply a matte or cream foundation, then concealer. Dust powder foundation with a brush.

    Take good photographs right after the ceremony, when everyone’s make up is still intact. You should have solo shots, couple shots, and group photos with your entourage, friends, family members.

    Ask for a few black and white photographs. They always have a soft, romantic feel.

    If you’ll be having outdoor photographs, light is most flattering in the morning and at dusk. Avoid any outdoor shots from 11 am to 2 pm; everyone will just be squinting.

  • Your ”Must Have” Wedding Photography Shots

    You picked the perfect photographer, the perfect date, and of course the perfect dress! You are already thinking about all of the beautiful photos you will get to look back on. 

    Besides the typical ceremony and reception photos, if you’re a little unsure of the types of photos that you want your photographer to capture, we’re going to be sharing a few of our favorite shots you won’t want to miss on your wedding day. 

    The detail shots

    We’re not saying you need a ton, but it’s worth grabbing a few! This is usually a flat lay of your rings, shoes, jewelry, and invitation suite, but this could also be close-ups of the centerpieces and plateware on the table. These detailed shots are great for you to look back on after the wedding day, as most likely the hustle and bustle of walking down the aisle won’t allow you to fully appreciate the details that made your day what it was. 

    Getting ready shots

    You may think you only want to start snapping photos when your hair and makeup is fully done, but if you don’t capture those raw moments leading up to the ceremony and reception, you’ll look back and wish you did. 

    Shots like you and your bridal party getting the finishing touches on their hair and makeup, your mom or girls helping you into your gown, and the groomsmen getting ready are some of our favorites!

    Up close with your gown

    You said yes to the perfect dress so you want to capture those beautiful details that make it so perfect! If you purchased your gown from a bridal shop, don’t forget to send some of these shots (or your wedding album) over to your bridal shop as they love sharing photos of their brides on their blog or social media pages!

    Want to take your gown shots to the next level? Order a hanger with your new last name to hang your wedding dress on!

    The letter exchange

    If you and your partner have decided to write a letter to one another, you’ll want your photographer to capture these emotions as you’re reading it, as well as a photo of the letter on its own.

    The quiet moments

    Ask anyone who’s gotten married and they’ll tell you how fast their day went by! Plan to set aside some time (even five minutes) after the ceremony to just sit with one another to reminisce on the day or sign your marriage license.

    The candids

    While the perfectly posed portraits are the ones you’ve dreamt about, the candid shots are the photos that no one plans but everyone loves! Not only can your photographer take these photos, but your guests can as well! For some fun, in the moment candid photos, leave a disposable camera at each table and develop the photos after the wedding!

    With these shots in mind, you can now feel armed and ready when you sit down with your photographer to create the perfect wedding photo shot list for your wedding day!