Your wedding will be one of the biggest life events ever; it’s also why you would want to capture as many precious moments of this day as possible.
But we’ve all heard how busy and hectic the actual day can get and the day will just go by in a flash.
In the end when you go through your photos, you’ll realise some desired shots were missed out.
So, we researched and referenced professional wedding photographers and wedding photography websites such as Slice, The Pink Bride and Fuccis Photos , to bring you 10 tips every bride and groom-to-be needs to know in order to create the perfect wedding photo collection for this special event.
Before the Day of the Wedding
1) Book a Bridal portrait session before the big day
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You may think this is going to cost you extra but trust me, it’s worth it.
A bridal portrait session allows the bride to get to know their photographer prior the wedding; they will be able to discuss what angles and pose work best.
Hence, the bride will be much more comfortable and natural on the actual day.
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A bridal portrait session also allows the bride to get comfortable in their wedding dress and run a trial for makeup and hair.
The brides will be able to see how they look and make alterations prior to the date, and photographers will be able to determine how to spotlight the dress and photograph the bride on that day.
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Best of all, it’s all going to be about YOU, the bride! You get to be yourself and bask in the glory of being a bride. These pictures may even be the perfect picture gifts for your parents and husband.
2) Prep your photographer
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Convey your expectations to your photographer prior to the shoot to make it time-efficient. Look up Pinterest or Instagram and create a mood board of the poses and vibes you like.
In that case, they will have a better idea of what to capture on that day; directing you to get the best shots.
3) Consult your photographer when creating your wedding shoot schedule
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Some shots needs to be captured at a certain timing of the day to get the best effect, and the set up needs to be done prior to the shoot as well.
So discussing these with your photographer in advance will provide helpful information.
4) Discuss your preference for formal shots with your photographer
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Whether it’s your family, relatives, best friends etc, it’s good to let your photographer know all these information so no details and important people are left out.
It also helps to get all the formal shots done before the wedding ceremony so you’ll have time to entertain your guests at the reception and you don’t have to waste time hunting the people to take the formal shots.
5) Keep your photographer updated about your timeline for the day
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When your photographer knows what is going on for the day, he/she will be able to capture the important moments and not miss out on them.
This will also help the photographer plan his timing and location for set-up too.
On the Day of the Wedding
6) Have all your wedding details (rings, dress etc.) ready to be photographed in advance.
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While you are getting ready for your ceremony, the photographer will most probably want to take a few shots of the rings, your dress, bouquet, and jewelleries etc.; significant items you’ll use on the actual day.
So employ the help of your parents and bridemaids to layout these items the night before so they will be photo ready and that will be one less thing you’ll have to worry about.
7) Create a Wedding Hashtag
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While your photographer will be busy taking pictures of the ceremony, it will be great and fun to have some candid shots at the receptions and pictures of your friends and loved ones. Creating a wedding hashtag helps keep track of these pictures when your guests upload them and you’ll have a social media album of your special day.
8) Look at each other during your ceremony
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It’s the big day for both of you! You’re marrying each other, not your officiant. So look at each other lovingly, especially when you are saying your vows.
Many couples make this mistake and keep their eyes on the officiant most of the time and mouthing their vows awkwardly to him.
Looking at each other during the ceremony not only gives opportunity for good pictures, it also shows the truest emotions at the moment, making the photographs more meaningful #wesaidourvows
9) Look at each other as you recess out
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This will help the photographer take a dreamy romantic shot of you two exiting the ceremony as newlyweds. Afterall, the bride is the prettiest on your wedding day; don’t you want to lock this image in your memory as much as you can?
10) *Bonus* Have a “first-look” photo
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I presume most grooms in Singapore have their “first look” of their brides after they successfully gate crash. But for those who are skipping the whole gate-crash, you may want to consider capturing a “first-look” photo.
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Nothing beats seeing the true emotions on each other’s face when you see each other. The beautiful girl standing in front of you who is going to be yours forever and the guy you are going to spend your whole life showing his truest emotions when he sees you in your wedding dress. Well that’s one shot you don’t want to miss right?
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Last but not least… Even if the photographer missed a few shots, or if you may not look flattering in some photos, don’t sweat it.
The most important thing is that this piece of memory and experience is deeply locked into your heart, as is your marriage.
Photographs are just there to help remind you of these wonderful memories. Have fun and enjoy your big day!