Whether you like it or not, someone will be taking photos at your wedding. If it’s not a professional photographer, then it will probably be your Great Uncle Jim on his super-ultra-zoom lens. Regardless of who takes the photos, after the wedding is over, you’ll want to look back at all of your photos and remember how you felt; relaxed, beautiful and bursting with love for your brand new spouse! Hiring a professional photographer to capture your wedding day is not just about the photos themselves, it’s also about making sure you have someone there who will make you feel comfortable and help capture the joy and celebration from this special day.
Here are three tips to ensure that your wedding portrait photos don’t feel awkward, look amazing, and tell the romantic story of the day.
Number One: Pick your wedding party people
Don’t underestimate how important your “crew” is in making the photos relaxed and enjoyable. By surrounding yourself with high-quality humans in your wedding party, you’ll have plenty of banter and jokes to share around the group.
As a photographer, I love bouncing off the chemistry between a couple and their besties. Here is an example of a prompt I would use with a wedding party:
“Everyone get in close together, and look down at your feet. Now, on the count of three, I want you to look up at the person who you think is the loudest in the group”
This kind of prompt almost always ends in laughter.
Number Two: BYO Music
Launching into a portrait session with your Bluetooth speaker blasting Katy Perry or Beyonce is sure to get everyone feeling pumped up and celebratory. Play some songs that make you feel like dancing, singing along loudly, or just plain having fun – it’s going to show in every photo.
Hot tip: Marry You by Bruno Mars is the perfect mix of “mushy romance” and “party time!”.
Number Three: Trust your photographer
A big reason people choose to pay a professional photographer is so they don’t need to worry about how the photos will turn out. That’s why it’s worth taking the time to research photographers and their approach. When a couple trusts their photographer, there’s a special kind of magic that happens on-camera that is hard to articulate. It’s as if the couple is saying to the photographer “we trust that you see us, so we are letting you into our little circle of love”.
Someone with 8 years of experience shooting weddings will undoubtedly be able to make you look and feel amazing, capturing all those special moments between you and your spouse.
Henry Paul Photography is a Sydney-based wedding photographer specialising in sustainable and inclusive weddings. To check if Hank is available to shoot your wedding, head to the contact page.