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10 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPY TIPS FOR BRIDES

You've put so much effort into planning your dream wedding, you've putting extensive thought and effort into every minor detail.  Afterall, it’s going to be a day to remember for the rest of your life. But years from the wedding, all that remains are the emotions and memories captured by your photo and video team.

Aside from hiring a quality photographer, there are several steps you can take as a bride to guarantee incredible photos; we’ve narrowed down the top 10 wedding photography tips you should follow as a bride.

1. Create A Mood Board

In order to deliver personalised photography and videography, it is important for your photographers and videographers to understand your personalities, preferences, and relationship. In order to help your creative team see and understand your vision it is a great idea to create a pinterest mood board where you can save images that you like and even images you don’t like. This is a way for you to visually communicate the style of photos you love for your  wedding day photos.

2. Hire Photography and Videography From The Same Company

Choosing a photographer and videographer from the same studio is a great choice for many reasons including:

  1. The Shared Incentives and Accountability 

  2. Better Communication, Workflow & Positioning

  3. The Common Shared Vision and Style

  4. Fewer Contracts & Admin for a combined Photography and Videography Package

  5. Discounted Wedding Photography and Videography Packages

3. Schedule Enough Time For Each Section Of The Day

It is crucial that you create a timeline for your wedding day, something your wedding planner can assist you with organising. There should be an estimated start and end time for hair, makeup, reception etc. Within that timeline you should include all your photo sessions such as the first look, bridal party photos, and couple’s session. Not sure how much photo time you’ll need for each section of the day? Click here for a detailed ideal photo timeline.

4. Minimise Your Photo Locations

In order to maximise photo time on your wedding day, we recommend minimising the number of photo shoot locations you choose. You don’t want to spend more time traveling from point A to point B than actually taking pictures. A great photographer should be able to make almost any location work.  Even if you don’t love the background options of your venue, trust in the creative abilities of your photographer.

5. Hire Quality Vendors

your vendors have a big influence on the flow of the day and this is why we emphasise the importance of selecting the right vendors. You wouldn’t want a makeup artist runing two hours overtime or a photographer with no wedding experience, would you? We suggest quality vendors in order to avoid the stress that may carry over into your wedding photos. Before hiring each vendor, do your research,  check your venue’s preferred vendor list and most importantly, follow your instincts. Check out our Favourite Wedding Vendors here.

6. Plan Enough Time for Hair & Make-up

Delays with hair and makeup can set the whole wedding day behind schedule, or see you missing out on some very special photo opportunities.  It is important to plan to finish the process well ahead of schedule, we often see brides rushing because of these unexpected delays. Many great hair and makeup artists will create a schedule to follow during wedding preparations. Your creative team will typically ask for at least one hour of phtoography time in order to document final touch-ups, getting dressed, portraits and candid moments with your closest friends and family. Take a look at our Ideal Wedding Timeline to find out exactly how much photo time you should have set aside throughout the day.

7. Wear a Long Veil

There is something about putting on that wispy piece of fabric that makes you finally feel like a bride. That beautiful long veil also acts as a fantastic photo prop and makes for some of the best wedding photos!

8. Include Toss Items

Whether it’s in your group photos, as you're coming back up the aisle, during your first dance or your grand exit, toss items add that extra touch to your photos.  Confetti, flower petals, paper planes, rice, the list can go on and on! These pictures radiate bliss, excitement and results in genuine smiles and laughter from both you and your guests.

9. Schedule a Couple Session During Golden Hour

If you booked your venue because of the spectacular view of the ocean or the gorgeous vines in the winery, it’s essential to schedule a couple’s session 30-45 minutes before sunset. The romantic hues during Golden Hour makes it our favorite time of day to capture the new married couple.

10. Include A Night Time Sneak Out or Sparkler Exit

The beauty of twinkling stars and dark skies makes for a great photo backdrop. The Sneak Away session lasts no more than 10-15 minutes and is typically scheduled just before the first dance.. The night sky adds a touch of romance and gives your photographer the opportunity to create dramatic images with the help of lighting.

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Island Bay, Wellington

New Zealand

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