WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN SOMERSET
Documentary Wedding Photography
5 TIPS FOR STUNNING WEDDING PORTRAITS
Wedding Portraits are such an important part of the Photographic timeline to a whole Wedding Day. They also showcase all the time it took to find the “perfect look”, for each individual Couple.
As a Photographer, it’s my job to Photograph these Portraits with a lot of attention and care, especially if there are details that hold a particular meaning to the individual/Couple (like their something borrowed or a special family heirloom for example).
So Here's a Few Tips for How to Get the Best Out of Your Wedding Portraits...
Allow Extra Time - It’s important to allow extra time for Wedding Portraits, in order to make sure capture enough of each person, the Couple together, and all of those important individual details. Portraits are growing in popularity both on the actual Wedding Day and before or after the event (so there is a little bit of flexibility there!) Allowing extra time for Photographs together and individually can add to the collection of Photos that I’ll deliver to my Wedding Couples, allowing them to remember exactly how they felt on their very special day.
Wear Your Outfit/Shoes In, In Advance - I know this may sound a little bit o.t.t.! You may even be thinking, “But I had so many fittings, isn’t that practice enough?” However, it’s so important to be able to move/walk in your outfit! I always recommend that after the final fitting, my Couples walk around and get used to their Wedding Attire. Gowns can be heavy, and it’s so helpful to test out walking with the shoes that you will be wearing, as this will ensure that the dress fits perfectly – and that you will be comfortable wearing it for your entire Wedding Day. Suits can be stiff/tight so again worth “wearing in a little”. Also, if you have shoes with a little “bling” on them, you can make sure that they don’t get caught on any tulle or lining and also make any adjustments you need before the Wedding Day itself!
Consider Location/Time of Year, When it Comes to Hair/Outfits – Loose blow-dries are gorgeous, of course, but sometimes, this style does not bode well with a heavily wind-blown location – like Beaches. Ensure your hair is secure and photo-ready by considering your Venue and Wedding Season so your style team can be prepared.
Think About Those Special/Private Moments – It’s worth adding a couple of private moments into the timeline for Photos of each Couple member alone just after you’ve got dressed (*see below for examples). This not only allows everyone to take a deep breath and soak in the moment, but it also ensures that I’ll have some extra time to capture a few gorgeous, relaxed Portraits before even leaving the room!
Just a little bit of Planning will go a long way! - Even if you’re not planning on doing a "first look" and have only secluded time in for Photographs after your Ceremony (the key word being that you’ve secluded it and planned beforehand), sometimes just five minutes around your Venue will be enough time to capture those truly incredible Portraits.
The most important thing, of course, is just to relax and enjoy this incredible day. If you're truly having a wonderful time, that is what will come through in your Photos, I will also always show the images I take on the back of the Camera to allow you to see just how gorgeous you look. This is always a confidence booster especially if you’re slightly less confident in front of the camera.
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