When it comes to capturing memories from your big day, photographs play a crucial part. Wedding photographer Philippa from Philippa Sian Photography shares her top five tips for the perfect pictures below.
1. Choose the right photographer for you
There are a number of different options to consider before investing in a photographer. Is there a certain look you prefer? Do you know the difference between a film and digital camera, or documentary vs contemporary style? Once you've narrowed your choice down down, meet with your potential photographer to see if you think you'll get on and feel comfortable. The more relaxed you are around your photographer, the more confident you'll be in front of the camera on your wedding day.
2. Visit your venue
Once you've got your venue booked, visiting it before your big day is essential. If possible, visit with your stylist and photographer who can help to plan your photos. For example, the venue may tell you the 'normal place' to put the wedding cake is in the corner of the room. However, your stylist might find a beautiful spot that will work better.
It's always good to have your photographer on hand because they can assess the light. You may be planning a gorgeous floral wall display, but put this in the wrong spot and it won't photograph well. Your photographer will also be able to recommend places for indoor group shots if it rains, or scout out the perfect position for your couple portraits. All of this prep will help to get you the best photographs.
3. Do a practice run
An engagement or pre-wedding shoot is a foolproof way to make sure your wedding photographs are perfect! The practice sessions will allow you to relax, feel confident and get rid of any nerves you have about posing for the camera. It can feel daunting but it's really fun!
4. Get photo-ready!
Before your wedding photos are taken, it's important to understand the re-touching process. The odd blemish will of course be removed, but photographers won't remove under-eye bags or try to make skin look brighter and fresh. It only makes for unnatural photographs.
Perfecting your beauty regime in the lead-up to your wedding will mean you will look your best on the day, and your skin will photograph beautifully. There are lots of fantastic beauty products out there, and these simple tricks will mean you're on the way to being 'photograph ready'.
Get your beauty sleep in the week running up to your wedding! Make sure you aren't up late creating last-minute table plans and get some good shut eye. Drink plenty of water to make your skin glow and look clearer. Do not self-tan the night before—any mistakes will show up in your photographs. If you do want to feel a little bronzed, have a professional trial done in advance to make sure the colour and coverage is to standard. Once you are happy, have your tan applied two days before your wedding.
5. Keep things tidy
The morning of your wedding is such a special time. It's always easy for the space you are in to get messy very quickly. A photographer won't Photoshop out plastic bags or an untidy bed, so ask your bridesmaids to keep on top of tidying the room throughout the morning. Gather all your personal items for your photographer in advance. He or she will use some of the time to capture details like your jewellery, garter, perfume and stationery. Make your photographer aware of anything special you want included to ensure nothing is missed.
This article originally appeared on Harpersbazaar.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.