Perfect Wedding Magazine - - Photography 101 -


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.


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).

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