Wedding expert: Photography - wedding picture do's and don'ts

Ultimately, along with the amazing memories and the rings, your pictures are one of the most important reminders of your big day. This means that getting your wedding photography right is key to being happy with the end result.

From awkward poses to clashing colours, we ask the experts all about the do's and don’ts of wedding pictures.

DO

… ‘Spend money on a photographer you trust and whose style you admire. There’s no point splashing out on your dream wedding day and then asking a friend to snap a few photos.’
Nicki Feltham

… ‘Check your wedding photographer is insured with all the correct liability insurance in place. If he or she accidentally damages anything at your wedding venue and is uninsured, the venue are likely to charge the bride and groom. Hire someone who takes this kind of thing seriously.’
Neale James
 

Photography wedding picture do's and don'ts - Neale James | CHWV
Image © Neale James Photography

… ‘Choose a photographer you get along well with. They will spend the day at your wedding and it’s important that you like them. The best photographer in the world won’t get the most perfect shots from you otherwise.’
Guy Collier
 

Photography wedding picture do's and don'ts - Guy Collier | CHWV
Image © Guy Collier Photography

… ‘Keep any group shots to a minimum so your photographer doesn’t take up too much time on the day. A good photographer should manage eight shots in about 20 minutes and that’s often plenty.’
Nicki Feltham

…’Make the most of a sunset if you’re lucky enough to have one on your wedding day. Even if you have to pop outside for a few photos in between your main course and pudding, it will be worth it when you look back at your beautiful photographs taken in the golden light.’
Nicki Feltham

… ‘Ensure your photographer is aware of the timings of your day. As a photographer, my job is to be your witness, not take you away for long photo shoots!’
Neale James
 

Photography wedding picture do's and don'ts - Neale James | CHWV
Image © Neale James Photography

… Consider outfit colours. In an ideal world, your bridesmaids, mother and mother-in-law should all co-ordinate and certainly not clash. Those colours will scream at you from a photograph for years to come!

… ‘Point out any details or special relatives you’d like in photos so they can make sure they have these shots in the bag on the day’
Nicki Feltham
 

Photography wedding picture do's and don'ts - Nicki Feltham | CHWV
Image © Nicki Feltham Photography

… ‘Enjoy your day and smile. Little things like a stain on your dress can easily be edited away, but a grumpy face can’t!’
Nicki Feltham

DON’T

… ‘Be nervous. If you’ve booked the right photographer, you’ll get along well and they will help you feel at ease’
Nicki Feltham
 

Photography wedding picture do's and don'ts - Nicki Feltham | CHWV
Image © Nicki Feltham Photography

… ‘Ask a photographer to take a style of shot you haven’t hired them to do. When choosing your photographer, always look at their overall style.’
Neale James
 

Photography wedding picture do's and don'ts - Neale James | CHWV
Image © Neale James Photography

… Get in the way of your professional photographer. Having one of your friends perched on his or her shoulder with their own camera can be annoying to say the least! Give your guests specific opportunities to take photos if they wish to.

… ‘Send your photographer endless photos of brides in the summer Californian sun for inspiration when you’re getting married in Surrey in March!’
Guy Collier
 

Photography wedding picture do's and don'ts - Guy Collier | CHWV
Image © Guy Collier Photography

… ‘Be too concerned about awards when choosing your photographer. They can show a level of competence but many of the most celebrated photographers in history have not been all that ‘decorated’!
Neale James
 

Photography wedding picture do's and don'ts - Neale James | CHWV
Image © Neale James Photography

… Adopt a new ‘pose’. This is the time to look natural. You’ll be smiling enough on your wedding day without having to put on a show.
 

Photography wedding picture do's and don'ts - Nicki Feltham | CHWV
Image © Nicki Feltham Photography

… ‘Worry about what kit they’re using. You wouldn’t go in to a restaurant kitchen and ask the chef what pans they have.’
Guy Collier
 

Photography wedding picture do's and don'ts - Guy Collier | CHWV
Image © Guy Collier Photography

 
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