Tips for a picture perfect day
Planning a wedding can be stressful, but your photography needn't be. Follow these handy tips for a picture perfect day.
- Discuss your budget and vision with your photographer from the start. Ask questions: can he/she provide a wedding album? Does the package include an engagement shoot? How long will you wait for your photos? What are the overtime costs?
- Please buy nice wooden hangers for your wedding dress and matching ones for your bridesmaids.
- Bring a set of your wedding stationery on the day for flat-lay shots as well as the little details you may want to capture such as your perfume or shoes.
- Take charge of your groom’s manscaping; his nails must be trimmed and clean for hand and ring close-ups.
- Make sure there will be time for pre-wedding photos of both wedding parties and let your photographer know if there are any last-minute changes. Give yourself 30 minutes to an hour’s buffer time to calmly get to the ceremony.
- Don’t drink too much bubbly before the ceremony and give yourself a few moments of quiet time if you need to.
- If you’re planning a special surprise for your guests, let your photographer know so he/she can be prepared to capture those moments. And discuss the spots at your venue where you would like to have photos taken, or if you want a particular image for your thank-you cards.
- The best time of day to photograph weddings - especially in the bush - is late afternoon because it’s cooler and the light is magical. Winter weddings are incredible in the Lowveld as the days are warm and the dry, stark surroundings create beautiful soft pink hues in the images.
- If your ceremony is taking place in the middle of the day when the light is harsher, check the venue has lots of shade.
- Make a list of the family photos you want taken and ask someone who knows everyone to be in charge of this. I don’t recommend more than 10 photos as it eats into your time for couple photos. I also suggest doing the large group photo as soon as possible after the ceremony.
- Ask a bridesmaid, your mom or special friend to carry a small bag for you with powder, tissues, lip gloss, eyedrops and Rescue Remedy (just in case!).
- Consider where the cake will be, what backgrounds there are and the lighting during your first dance; you don’t want laser dots or beams from a disco ball all over your face.
- Choose your bouquet flowers carefully - pollen on your dress and red eyes from a sneezing attack are not ideal. Have an antihistamine and eyedrops on hand if you’re prone to allergies.
- Don’t take hours having your post-ceremony photo session; trust your photographer to get it done so that you can get back to your guests.
- Remember that you wedding photos will be with you forever so be yourself and don’t drastically change your look before your wedding day.
- Provide water and soft drinks, a chair and a meal for vendors working at the venue, like your DJ, band, photographer and videographer.
- Lastly, smile! It’s your wedding day! Make eye contact, steal glances with each other and be natural. The camera will capture all those amazing moments.