6 Tips For A Successful Wedding Photo Shoot

The wedding photography can be an important section of your big day. It is your wedding photos that may capture the moments, preserve the memories and give you years of pleasure looking back. So even when you hate having your photo taken, on your own wedding day that is one time when you have to smile and relax involved with it. To create things easier on the day here are some ideas to help your wedding photo shoot go smoothly.
1. Well before the wedding day itself, plan with your wedding photographer exactly what photos you want from the shoot, how much time will be allocated to it and at what stage of the day the photos will be taken. Probably your photographer will be taking informal photos during the day, but if you want any portraits of you as a couple of or posed groups, you will need to decide the where so when and plan a slot in the schedule for the shoot.
2. Make sure you have an idea B in the event of bad weather. Good professional wedding photographers can work in most conditions, but it will not be much fun for you personally having photos taken on the beach in wind and rain, so check out your wedding venue for alternative sheltered spots that would also work well for the photo shoot, just in case.
3. When planning your wedding hair and make-up, make sure that it will work very well in photos. Your make-up artist will advise with this, but it may be smart to have a few photos taken at your makeup trial in natural daylight to observe how it all works on camera. This will give you more confidence on the day, to help you relax into the photos and not worry about how you look. Just remember that a professional wedding photographer will make you look one thousand times much better than photos taken by your very best friend on a small camera, so don’t worry if they’re not perfect. If your budget allows, it is really worth while booking a pre-wedding shoot together with your wedding photographer to combine with the make-up trial, so you get a really good idea of how you will look on your day.
4. Come up with a bride’s emergency pack for the wedding day, your chief bridesmaid can keep at hand to work with before the photos are taken. Include a lipstick, tissues and wet wipes, powder and mascara, not to mention a mirror, so that you could repair smudges and shininess due to so much emotion!
5. Ask your bridesmaids to keep a bottle of water at hand so you might sip, especially on hot sunny days. You can get de-hydrated and frequently the bride and the groom are the last ones to get drinks at the reception, because they are so busy greeting guests and having photos taken. A few snacks might also be considered a good idea to keep you energised during the photo shoot.
6. Practise your yoga breathing and relax. Overlook the details of the reception, schedules and if the photos are delaying things. Leave all that to the marriage planner or even to the caterers to sort out and begin enjoying your big day with a big smile for the camera.

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