10 Tips For Getting The Best Wedding Photos

10 Tips For Getting The Best Wedding Photos | CHWV

These ten tips will give you the wedding photos of your dreams!

Your wedding photos capture the most incredible moments from your special day, so to make sure yours are the best they can possibly be, we wanted to share some expert advice with you. We spoke to three amazing photographers, Neale James, Amanda Karen and Lydia Stamps, who have provided us with their top tips for relaxing in front of the camera capturing the best shots.

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1. Plan your morning routine

“Make sure you allow plenty of time in the morning for bridal prep. You can even do a test run to check how long it takes to get into your dress and allow time for this after your hair and makeup is finished. Speak to your photographer to find out how long they’d like for photos at this point so you can build it into your schedule.” – Lydia Stamps

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Image courtesy of Lydia Stamps Photography

2. Set the scene

“You also need to think about the setting for your bridal prep photos. Try and keep this area clear and tidy and if there’s lots of natural light here and space to move, so much the better.” - Amanda Karen

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3. Go unplugged

“Asking your guests to avoid taking photos during the ceremony will give your photographer all the opportunities they need to capture the most wonderful shots. Guests stepping out into the aisle with phones can ruin the moment and your photos. Let your photographer capture this incredibly special moment for you and let your guests just enjoy it with you, without any tech getting in the way.” – Amanda Karen

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4. Keep things simple

“Let the day play out. There’s a tendency to feel the need to constantly entertain or engage your guests when you can just simply enjoy their company. Special moments don’t need to be created or contrived. That said, breaking the ice can be really helpful – magicians and mind-readers can be absolute photographic gold if chosen well and they make for super drinks reception photographic micro stories!” – Neale James

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Image courtesy of Neale James Photography

5. Timing is everything

“I recommend having one and a half hours for your drinks reception at the very least! Give yourself as much time as possible and you’ll be able to stay relaxed. If Nana takes her time getting into place for the group shots, it won’t matter and you’ll also have time to relax and enjoy time with your friends and family.” – Lydia Stamps

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Image courtesy of Lydia Stamps Photography

6. Brief your photographer

“Weddings are about people,” says Neale. “Maybe somebody is coming from overseas who you haven’t seen in years or maybe there’s a particular guest who introduced you to your partner - those people and those stories are of extra importance.” – Neale James

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Image courtesy of Neale James Photography

7. Utilise the light

“Good light will make a huge difference to your photos. Natural light outdoors really is the best and will make the world of difference so if you’re getting married in winter, check the sunset time on your date and make sure that your ceremony is at least a couple of hours before sunset so you can have your portraits taken outdoors, or at least by a window, and in natural light.” – Lydia Stamps

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Image courtesy of Lydia Stamps Photography

8. Make the most of the ‘golden hour’

“In spring, summer and autumn, the hour before sunset is the perfect time for those super romantic couple shots when you’re bathed in a warm and flattering light. If you can make the most of this, you’ll be rewarded with amazing photos. The light will make your photographs sing, and because most of the official jobs will be done, you’ll be super relaxed. This is a magic combination for awesome photos and ‘golden hour’ portraits are often among my favourites from the day.” – Lydia Stamps

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Image courtesy of Lydia Stamps Photography

9. Start with an engagement shoot

“If you’re able to have an engagement or pre-wedding shoot before the big day, you’ll be much more relaxed on the day when it’s time for photographs. These are also really helpful because your photographer can find out more about you and see what works well for you before your wedding, plus you get another set of fantastic photos!” – Amanda Karen

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Image courtesy of Amanda Karen Photography

10. Trust your photographer!

“Photographers understand that being in front of the camera can be a little nerve-wracking, but if you trust your photographer, you’ll get wonderful photos. Listen to any direction that they give you but don’t worry about posing, just let your photographer capture you in a really natural, beautiful way. If we’ve done our job well, you should even forget that we’re there.” – Amanda Karen

10 Tips For Getting The Best Wedding Photos - Trust your photographer | CHWV

Image courtesy of Amanda Karen Photography

 

A big thank you to these fantastic photographers for providing us with their expert advice! Make sure you find out more about Lydia Stamps, Amanda Karen and Neale James and see how they could capture your wedding day in the most amazing way.

 

How do you know when you’ve found the right wedding photographer for your big day? Well, you can start by asking them these 10 Must-Ask Questions that could help you make that all-important decision!

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