You’re planning your dream wedding, putting extensive thought and effort into every minor detail. After all, it’s going to be a day to remember for the rest of your life. But years from the wedding, all that remains are the moments, emotions and memories captured by your photo and video team. Aside from hiring a quality photographer, there are numerous steps you can take as a bride to guarantee incredible photos. From incorporating a first look to picking that long flowy veil in the bridal shop, we’ve narrowed down the top 7 wedding photography tips you should follow as a bride.
Create A Mood Board
To deliver personalized photography and videography, your photographers and videographers need to understand your personalities, preferences, and relationship. To help your creative team get to know you, it is best to create a mood board. This mood board is created on a website or app like Pinterest, where you can save images that you like and even images you don’t like. This is a way for you to visually communicate the style of photos you love for your engagement and/or wedding day photos. If you want to know how to create a moodboard, check out this article.
Schedule Enough Time For Each Section Of The Day
You must create a timeline for your wedding day, something your wedding planner can assist you with organizing. There should be an estimated start and end time for hair, makeup, reception setup, etc. Within that timeline should include all your photo sessions such as the first look, bridal party photos, and couple’s session. Not sure how much photo time you’ll need for each section of the day? Take a look at our Ideal Wedding Timeline to find out exactly how much photo time you should have set aside throughout the day.
Wear a Long Veil
There is something about putting on that wispy piece of fabric that makes you finally feel like a bride. That beautiful long veil makes for some of the best pictures, this is why we encourage brides to choose a long veil on their wedding day. The veil can be incorporated in numerous ways during bridal portraits and the couple’s session.
4.Incorporate a First Look Session
One of the most memorable events of a wedding day is when the bride and groom see each other. Suddenly all the jitters and anticipation fade away and just the two get the chance to enjoy this remarkable moment. The first look makes for some of the most heartfelt photos, a tradition you can’t forget on your wedding day.
5.Schedule The Couples Session During The Best Lighting
If you booked your venue because of the spectacular view of the ocean or the gorgeous vines in the winery, it’s essential to schedule your couple’s session 30-45 minutes before sunset. The romantic hues during Golden Hour make it our favorite time of day to capture the new Mr. and Mrs.
Include A Sneak Away Session
The beauty of twinkling stars and dark skies makes for a great photo backdrop. The Sneak Away session lasts no more than 20-30 minutes and is typically scheduled during your reception and after dinner. Another suggestion would be to get these shots at the very end of the night once all the guests have departed. The night sky adds a touch of romance and allows your photographer to create dramatic images with the help of lighting.
Incorporate A Sparkler Exit
You’ve planned your grand entrance, but have you thought about a grand exit? Sparkler exits are a great way to end a day of celebrations. Not only are sparkler exits unique and exciting, but it makes for stunning photos. We’ve seen nothing but smiles from guests as they send off the newlyweds. Although many venues allow the sparkler exit, others may not. Confetti, bubbles, and flower petals are alternative options to include in your grand exit and will still look great in photos.