WEDDING PLANNING: How to get the best couple picsThis is the most creative part of the day for me as a photographer, and you both get to go away for a wee bit of quiet time and have a breather as the wedding day can get a but overwhelming. most of my couples say they hate being photographed so here’s a few nuggets of info to help it feel less scary.
When to have your couple shoot & how long it will take
Unless you want to spend lots of time doing photos or are having an elopement… I’ll normally steal you away for 2 or 3 smaller sessions lasting 10-15 minutes. If the weather is looking iffy we might pop out for one 30 mins session or switch things up a bit.
I would normally take you away at the end of the drinks reception when your guests are being seated so you you won’t miss out on too much of your drinks reception. If you want to go away from your venue for photos I would advice doing this after dinner, if that’s not possible we can chat and and make a plan.
What about winter weddings or if the weather is rubbish?
The best time for photos can depend on the time of year, I can help with planning your timeline. I’ll often grab you for some pics if I see something awesome or epic, so trust me on that! If the weather is rubbish I always have a plan B in mind, I’m often known to stand out in the rain and put couples in doorways or under shelter so they don’t get soaked. Some of my fave shots from weddings have been taken indoors so we can do something just as awesome without going outside.
Sunset & Golden Hour
Nice sunsets are pretty rare and you need a clear evening with no or little cloud to get one. If you would like sunset photos please let me know, and I can have a look at the way the sun sets at your venue. The best sunsets I’ve seen have been on the west coast of Scotland and the west of Loch Lomand where there is little in the way of buildings, trees etc to block the light.
30-60 minutes before sunset is where you get the best light in my experience. This is also called golden hour where you get beautiful soft light and super flattering pictures… you’ll look all glowing and fantastic. If I see some amazing light, I may steal you away from dessert or between courses – trust me it will be worth it.
Dusk & Nighttime
The hour after sunset (aka. blue hour or dusk) before the sun has fully set is also a great time for photos, especially for city weddings. The ambient light of the city lights comes through into your photos or if you have fairy / festoon lights this is the best time for photos with these and the blue in the sky look fantastic.
Nighttime shots with flash or sparkler photos are a fantastic idea once the sun has fully set. This is a great option for winter weddings or if it was raining earlier in the day.
Don’t worry about posing
All of my couples tell me that they hate being photographed or they don’t look good in photos. I’ll get you comfortable in front of the camera (also you’ll probably have had a few glasses of fizz and will be full of wedding day smiles which helps too) and create some magic.
Relax and be yourselves, I’ll give you some small and easy directions (no uncomfortable or awkward posing) and you’ll be grand. A pre wedding shoot is a great way if you are super nervous.
If you have any questions about planning your day, or are looking for a photographer get in touch and we can have a chat.