6 MUST-TAKE SHOTS
It’s easy to forget about the evening do – once the formalities are out the way, you just want to get on and party! But if you ask your photographer to stay on after dark, you can capture some really magical (and funny!) moments. “The wedding doesn’t stop the minute the first dance is over, or the minute the sun goes down,” says Louise Young, part of husband-and-wife team Sam and Louise Photography (samandlouise.co.uk). “You can get really creative, ‘wow’ images after dark too!”
You’ve spent a year or more planning all those little touches, so don’t miss the opportunity to capture them on camera. On the day itself, you’ll be so busy getting married and mingling with your guests, you won’t have time to appreciate all your hard work. Ask your photographer to snap them before your guests arrive.
THE CONFETTI THROW
Not only is it one of the happiest moments of the day, but all that confetti makes for one very pretty picture! “I love shooting confetti shots as nothing says ‘wedding’ quite like a couple being covered in confetti,” says Manchesterbased photographer James Tracey (jamestraceyphotography.com).
With so much going on during the day, enjoying a moment alone as husband and wife or with elderly relatives comes as a welcome break. “Several times we’ve had couples contact us following their weddings to let us know that their grandparent had sadly passed away and just how precious their photos with them now were. Grandparent images can be so special!” says Louise from Sam and Louise Photography.
“For me, the morning preparations are some of the most important moments to capture,” says documentary photographer Andy Hirst
(andyhirst.com). “I find that the nerves and anticipation make for some fantastic shots.” Don’t forget to include the groom – many wedding photographers work in teams of two for this very reason.
Some of the most beautiful photos are not staged at all. A reportage photographer will snap away unnoticed, capturing each amazing moment. “Whether it be a tear at the bottom of the aisle, or hugging Dad as he sees you for the first time, weddings are all about the emotions, so take a breath and let it happen,” advises photographer Julia West (juliaandyou.com).