It seems many of you found my last wedding tips blog useful. If you haven’t read it you can check out here. So here are five more for you! Don’t forget it’s still your day and if you want to mix it up and do things differently then that’s ok. So in no particular order, here are 5 more tips to help you plan your big day and to get the most out of your wedding day photography and videography- from a photographer’s perspective.
TIP#1 Time Your Ceremony To Flow Into Sunset Portraits
As photographers, we unanimously agree that the best time of day for portraits is around 1 hour before Sunset, known as Golden hour to those of us in the biz. I’m sure you’ve seen the kind of photos, beautiful rays of light shining down around the couple. A halo around them making them glow like angels. With a golden sky behind them and no harsh shadows to distract from the look of love in your eyes. Ok ok I’ll stop getting mushy haha. So if you’re sold and want these photos for you and your then husband/wife too, it’s my recommendation to plan your ceremony to finish with enough time for any congratulations from friends or family and time to travel to the portrait location you’ve organised in advance with your photographer. My recommendation is to arrive 1 hour before sunset. This will give you time to get into a flow, find some great photo spots at your location and capture stunning photos from that hour leading up to and including sunset itself. Oh and don’t forget to plan enough time to get back to your reception, maybe with a small break if you think you’ll want one before your grand entrance.
TIP# 2 – Special Guests & Family Portraits
There are two considerations here. Individuals and group photos. Perhaps there is someone special who has come from afar or someone who may not be very well and photos of them on your day are important to you. Point them out to your photographer and videographer on the day, and consider forwarding photos to them in advance so they know who to look out for. For the family portrait session, think in advance about which photos you’d like and who with. Consider having these written out on someone’s phone and let them know in advance you’d like them to gather up these friends and family on the day in order to make the most of the limited time you’ll have for these photos.
TIP# 3 – Consider A First Look Session
One of the most beautiful moments of your day will be when you and your fiancé first see each other all glammed up and ready to get hitched. Standing at the altar is a beautiful moment. But sometimes nerves, and the proceedings about to take place, can mean the moment passes very quickly. Taking the time out to do a first look together can mean you have more opportunity to enjoy this moment for longer, in private and without as many butterflies as you would standing at the altar.
TIP# 4 – Communicating Special Events And Surprises
This can include sparklers, confetti tossing, fireworks, bouquet tosses, cultural dances and more. While a good photographer will do their best to capture moments as they happen, giving them the heads up on special events is always a great idea so they can best prepare to capture these events for you in the best way possible. They may be to simply adjust some camera settings in preparation or it could involve something more complex like setting up external lighting. Whatever they need to do, letting your photographer and videographer know what you have planned- and when for, will ensure you end up with the best memories possible when the party’s over, and you’re be looking back at your images and videos in the years to come.
Tip # 5 – Lighting Your First Dance
Your first dance is one of the last moments where you and your husband or wife celebrate your love in front of all your friends and family on your wedding day. For you, and us photographers and videographers, it’s important to capture this as best as possible. With that, asking your venue or DJ to lower the lights in the room is a great way to showcase those special moves you may have rehearsed, and to capture the beautiful smiles on your faces as you bask in the love that surrounds you from all around.
That’s it for now! I hope you’ve found some useful tips here and as always I would love to hear your feedback, comments at the bottom of the page and any other tips you have about getting the most out of your Wedding Day Photography and Videography. If you haven’t read it already, check out my other blog below with more tips and stay tuned for more posts coming soon! xo