As a lasting memento that tells the big story of your special day, your wedding album has got to be on-point. Your wedding photos will be something you look back on time and time again throughout your married life. With this, they not only have to look flawless, but they also have to truly capture the spirit of your wedding day and all those precious moments that made it the fabulous occasion that it was – so no pressure!
Contrary to popular belief, you can prepare for your wedding photos just like any other aspect of your wedding day and still look back on in-the-moment imagery that has the power to spark special memories long after your wedding date.
Discover six steps you can take in the run-up to your big day to guarantee a wedding album that you’ll be proud to show off.
1. Find the right photographer
Starting your search for the right photographer should begin months in advance. In fact, many industry insiders recommend hiring your photographer after your wedding venue viewing and booking.
As well as your wedding venue being able to point you in the right direction during your search for the perfect photographer – we have a list of trusted suppliers so every bride and groom marrying at St Audries can tap into the talent they need – it’ll set the scene for your wedding theme so you can find a photographic style that’s complimentary.
When deciding on a photography style, you have more options than you think as The Knot explains:
“First thing’s first: You and your partner need to decide which photography style you like. There are several options (think: fine art, photojournalistic and dark and moody) and photographers generally specialise in one or two styles… Knowing which aesthetic suits your wedding best will help whittle down your list and allow you to find a pro who can bring your wedding photography vision to life.”
2. Book an engagement shoot
One simple way to confirm if the photographer you’ve shortlisted is the right fit for your wedding day is to book an engagement shoot.
There are many reasons why an engagement shoot is an excellent idea. As well as testing out your chosen photographer and getting to know their signature style, you can use your engagement shoot to get comfortable in front of the camera, gain confidence and banish the nerves that could hold you back during your wedding photos.
3. Spend time at your wedding venue
Scheduling a few venue visits before your wedding day provides ample opportunity to get familiar with all the picture-perfect spots you want to see as backdrops in your wedding album. A leisurely stroll through your venue and its grounds will provide all the inspiration you need to prepare a shot list for your wedding day.
4. Fine-tune your big day look
Looking and feeling fabulous both on camera and in the flesh is important to every bride on their big day. In addition to finding a bridal gown you love for your wedding day, it’s important to select a hairstylist and makeup artist to complete your look and get your camera ready.
Once you’ve found all the right professionals for your big day glam squad, book a trial to test out their skills and a few bridal beauty looks. Take pictures of the finished looks to see how they translate on camera.
Remember bridal hair and makeup are only as good as their canvas. In the run-up to your wedding day, develop a bridal beauty routine that creates the perfect foundation.
5. Try out a few poses
Not everyone is confident in front of the camera, but remember, practice makes perfect. Trying out a few poses both alone and with your partner will boost those confidence levels and calm your nerves, even if you want to opt for a candid, natural photography style.
6. Just relax!
Rule number one for achieving flawless wedding photos is relaxing, which we understand is easier said than done on the biggest day of your life!
Use tried and tested relaxation techniques to ensure the chilled out feeling that always looks great on camera. You should also stock up on the supplies that will help you maintain your wedding look and feel your most confident all day long. Try your best to get a good night’s sleep before your wedding to prepare for all the fun and frolics of your special day.