tips on getting better wedding photos

I am sure you are feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of the information out there about wedding photography. You’ve probably read some pretty crap information, and im sure you’ve read some good ones too. Where do I start? Who should I trust?

As a Sydney and Blue Mountains wedding photographer of nearly 8 years and seeing over 300 weddings all over NSW, I like to think I am qualified to give some first hand advice to you or someone you know getting married 🙂

I’ve seen some really awesome weddings in my time, and some that could have used some good advice beforehand!

Personally, I really love helping my couples and it’s my ultimate goal to give you peace of mind knowing you’ve made the right choice.

When it comes to your wedding photography, I want you to say hand over heart “we’ve got this” because I know my photographer is looking out for me and we you need to worry about is having the best day ever!!

Let me give you my 5 tips on getting better wedding photos and having more fun while doing it.

1. Hire a photographer that makes you feel good when you’re with them.

tips on getting better wedding photos
make sure you can be yourself with your photographer!

Probably my most important tip and why it’s the first one!

Ask yourself the question “Can I imagine this person sticking around with me all day on the best day of my life?” Here’s some tips on how to answer that oh so important question.

You want a wedding photographer who makes you feel at home. Like yourself actually! One that feels best buddy who you can completely be silly with and someone who shares the same values.

When you can trust that photographer completely and utterly, they are free to do the best job they. All you need to worry about is having the best day ever!

2. Wear clothes you feel incredible in

tips on getting better wedding photos
“Choose a wedding dress you can jump around in”

I know you have your heart set on the “perfect” wedding dress….but…if it’s so tight, so unwieldy that you can’t even move…is it going to make you feel good on the wedding day? It might turn you into a crazy bridezilla and your bridesmaids won’t like that one bit.

My simple advice (and I asked my wife this), is your dress should be super comfy, look and make you feel freaking amazing. Bonus if you can run laps and climb fences in it too!

Now to the boys (because it’s their day too)

Make sure the suits fit well and flatter. Nothing worse than an old, baggy ill fitting suit.

If you want to check out some great bespoke options for the boys, check out The Bespoke Corner or InStitchu because they deserve something nice on your wedding day. Plus, he will look so damn hot you’ll want to hug and kiss him all day long….(nice for photos by the way)

3. Nothing beats great “light”

The sunset is spectacular at Centennial Vineyards

The key to any great photography is light. The nicer the better.

The sun is the most hardest and harshest in the middle of the day, so avoid having your ceremony between the hours of 12-2pm if you can.

The best time of day for wedding photography is either early in the day, or later in the afternoon. That way no one feels too uncomfortable or has to squint to be able to see anything.

If the space allows for your wedding ceremony, a fully shaded area would be nice. As long as the sun isn’t directly in your face then it should be OK. Discuss this with your ceremony venue or stylist as it will help them decide where to set up.

If you’re indoors or in a church, no problems 🙂 It’s the same whatever time of day!

Try to time your wedding day portraits towards the end of the day, in the last 2 hours of the day. Allow yourself about 45mins to 1 hour for bridal party portraits.

4. Let it go.

tips on getting better wedding photos
This wedding was a complete wash out but we made the most of it!

Like Elsa said. Let it Go, let it go!

Can you tell I’ve been listening to way too much Disney’s Frozen?

Just let things happen and don’t stress if things don’t go to plan. Just enjoy and savour every sweet moment because the day is too short to stress about the little things.

Don’t freak out if everything doesn’t go exactly plan on your wedding day (you can’t control the weather, right?). It’s totally okay to be flexible. In fact, sometimes those improvised moments can turn into the best parts of your celebration.

My clients in this photo told me that despite the heavy rain all day long, it was the best day of their life. The rain didn’t “dampen” the mood one bit and if anything it made it more memorable for everyone!

5. Let your besties and family be part of your day

tips on getting better wedding photos
The ceremony was held under a great big tree so it was nice and shady

Involve your friends and family members throughout the wedding day. Ask them to read a poem for you, borrow a doggie for a cute ring bearer. They’ll love you for it and will feel honoured to be part of your wedding day.

I roped a few of my good friends for my wedding day and it made it so much more special. I had a friend who sang a song for me during my wedding ceremony, a friend helped me with the dessert table.

So that’s a wrap and I hope you like my tips on getting better wedding photos. Love to hear what you think and if you have any other great suggestions I’d love to know. Please share your comments!

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August 21, 2020

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