Photo by Photogen Inc.
Your wedding day will come and go in a flurry of smiles, hugs, toasts, and laughter—your pictures, on the other hand, will last forever. And while you're sure to look your level best, it's easy to get flustered in front of the camera. We asked five local photographers to share their advice on how to guarantee great shots that you will treasure for a lifetime.
Relax! "I tell my clients all of the time to take deep breaths (and sometimes we do this together!)," says Eliesa Johnson of Photogen Inc. "It's amazing how one deep breath can center and relax you as a couple. When couples are able to chill a little bit, the best smiles, expression and moments are captured on camera."
Enjoy Your Dress. Jennie Sewell of Sewell Photography encourages brides to not worry about dirtying their dress, and just enjoy it. "There is much care taken to make sure your pristine wedding dress stays clean and white. But at the end of the day you will take it off forever, you won't remember the dirt, but you will be so grateful for the photographs. Get comfortable with it, live in it, own it, move, sit, twirl, hug, and have fun!"
Get Close. "Even intimate talking distance can be too far away in a photo," says Kelly Brown of Kelly Brown Weddings. "Close that space between you," she says. Brown adds that guys should position their hands around their bride or in their pockets. "At your side looks unconnected," she says. While brides should stand at an angle—about 45 degrees—for a slimming and more natural look.
Plan Accordingly. "Family photos and bride and groom portraits are some of the most beloved images that you will take," says Kristen Dyer of Kristen Dyer Photography. She encourages couples to have conversations with their photographer ahead of time so there's ample amount of time in your wedding timeline and you aren't left feeling rushed.
Try a Trial Run. "Setting up an engagement session is a great way for you to get comfortable in front of the camera," says Justin Graddy of Graddy Photography. "This often makes couples a lot less nervous come the wedding day because they have worked with the photographer and are more comfortable."