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Tips for Achieving Perfect Wedding Photos
Avoid choosing flowers with long spikes. They are hard to photograph and
intrude into portraits. Also, pure white bouquets do not shoot well. With
all that white, you need a little color in your bouquet. Practice holding
your bouquet tipped forward so the handle and your hands are concealed.
Ask bridesmaids to hold their flowers in a relaxed way, so their hands
appear graceful, elegant, and uniform.
A wedding gown reflects a lot of light into a bride's face, especially
if it has a full bodice and the bride has a large chest. Also, overhead
light reflects off the bodice and bleaches makeup. Wear a little more
to offset the effect, usually more blush. Make sure the makeup base you
use matches your natural shade or your head will appear pasted on. When
you are inspecting your makeup, look at your neck and whatever body that
is exposed to be sure it's the same color and brightness as your face.
Blend well and be sure there are no lines or edges, especially near the
jaw line where the makeup ends.
- Use a little lip gloss to highlight the lip. That little reflection
can make a portrait sparkle! If your lips are cracked and dry, condition
them for a month before the wedding so they can be their most attractive
for your pictures.
- Your makeup should not be obvious. Sometimes it takes a lot of makeup
to make it appear as if you are not wearing any.
- Double check your bridesmaids. Try to get their makeup to match so
you don't have a heavily made up one next to a girl who hates makeup.
See if you can get the noticeably made up bridesmaid to tone it down
a little, and can we get a little lipstick and blush on the other?
- Stay away from makeup fads, since you want your look to stand the
test of time.
- Men in your wedding: Cummerbunds are worn with the pleats up. The
story is that they were worn to catch the crumbs at mealtime. The best
way to tuck in a shirt is to reach into the fly and grab the shirt tails
and pull down. In a more discreet fashion, put your hands into your
pockets, and using the pocket as a mitten, grab your shirt tails and
pull down. Many tux pants have a slit that allow you access to your
- Men often stand in what I call the jock pose, with feet shoulder width
apart and hands clasped in front. When the groomsmen (or ushers) are
standing at the altar, every guest in the wedding is watching them.
As difficult as it is, they should stand feet slightly apart, hands
at sides, and try not to slouch.
Walking Down the Aisle:
Brides should walk down the aisle slowly, head up, bouquet tipped slightly
forward. You can look around, acknowledge best friends in the audience,
wave or otherwise interact. It makes for natural, interesting pictures,
and your friends will appreciate the attention. Don't stare at the floor
and walk solemnly. This is a celebration! Bridesmaids should walk with
their heads up, backs straight, bouquets tipped slightly forward and smile.
Not as animated as the bride, but it's OK to look and see who is there.
Ask your readers to practice their selection as much as it takes to get
completely comfortable with it before the big day. Allow them to take
their copy to the podium, but they should know the speech and be able
to recite it audibly and clearly, without stumbling. And please, ask them
to look up once in awhile so the photographer can get a shot. If the reader
is hunched over, nervously unprepared, there will be no way to compensate
for this in the photograph.
Worst case scenario places the clergy in the aisle with his/her back to
the audience, and the bride and groom in front of them. No one can see
any of the ceremony, and it's very difficult to shoot.
The best layout places the officiate in back of the bride and groom,
with the couple facing one another. If the couple face the officiate,
with their backs to the audience, it is again very hard to see what is
going on, and there are few good pictures.
Mugging For the Camera:
We've changed our minds about this over the years; it makes for some fun
pictures. But for the most part, it's best to act naturally. Don't stare
at the camera. We will direct someone in the shot if it is needed.
Often brides are nervous about being the center of so much attention.
They want to play down their role so they don't appear to be showing off.
But you are the center of attention and well wishes - don't be afraid
to shine and go with the moment. Your friends and relatives have come
to celebrate and will want to share this joyous occasion with you to the
Your nervousness will diminish as the day unfolds, and by the end of
the day you won't want to regret having been in the background of your
own wedding! Relax, have a glass of wine. It's a very special day. Hire
the best professionals and trust them to do a good job.
by Lolly Fleming, About