Okay, it’s your wedding day, you can expect a whole lot of camera in your face. Your jaw will ache, your smile will wobble and despite being the happiest you’ve ever been, you’ll beg for a second to take a break from smiling. I’m not even kidding.
But when you’re surrounded by your family and friends and your new husband and all the beautiful details of your wedding day, you’ll smile.
And it’ll touch the corners of your eyes.
And you’ll be beautiful.
Because that’s what brides are; beautiful, smiling versions of themselves dressed in an exquisite gown.
Here are my five top tips on how to spend less time worrying in front of the camera (with a wobbly smile) and more time celebrating on your wedding day.
1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER
Choose a photographer on more than just their work. Choose them. Choose their personality, make sure you click with them. Because if you’re comfortable in front of your photographer, you’ll relax, knowing your photography is in good hands. And a relaxed bride is beautiful.
Your photographer will love the confidence in them and will photograph all those spontaneous moments without you even realising.
I love giving photographs to a couple and hearing afterwards how I captured moments they weren’t even aware of.
2. WORK WITH A TIMELINE
Work with your maid of honour, wedding planner, photographer, whoever it may be, to set up a wedding timeline for your day. This alleviates any stress and you can spend more time celebrating with bubbly, and less time wondering what’s next on the agenda.
Let the service providers you’ve trusted for your day worry about that. And by ensuring your photographer knows exactly what’s going on, they’ll be there to capture it all.
3. BE CREATIVE
Your photographer is there to tell a story. Your story.
And they’ll want to do it in the most creative way possible.
If you’ve hired the right photographer, trust them. Listen to their ideas and suggestions and trust them when they ask you to venture down an old path or off the beaten track. The more open you are to your photographer’s suggestions, the better the results will be.
4. GOOD BYE AWKWARDNESS!
Chat to your photographer ahead of the time if you’re a little uncomfortable in front of the camera. I’m incredibly shy in front of the camera and am all double-chin and awkward faces the minute I see a camera pointed in my direction. You don’t want that on your wedding day.
An experienced photographer will be able to help you relax and make sure you get natural, beautiful photographs. Letting them know ahead of time of any insecurities will help too.
5. JUST BREATHE
Things may not always go according to plan.
Your seating plan may get a little muddled, it may rain or hail and your favourite aunt might not make it for the speeches.
Soak it all up, smell your wedding flowers, eat your wedding cake, hold your husband’s hand… Don’t let this day go without cherishing every. single. moment.
Know that if you make your day truly ‘you’, and you’re celebrating together in all that love and joy, you’re guaranteed a beautifully captured story.
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