Your wedding day is going to be full of a lot of photos. Knowing what to expect and how to plan for the types of photos you want is a big part of it! The first step comes in choosing the perfect photographer, but the next step is communicating what you hope to get from your wedding album. The final ingredient for the perfect photos is how to pose when the camera comes flashing in your face.
Be open with your photographer about the types of photos you prefer. This will be very helpful when it comes down to making your timeline. Some photographers specialize in portraits or more artistic images. Are you hoping for a lot of candid photos or the more styled type shots where they are pre-planned? Does your photographer use film or digital? Do they have a second shooter to get multiple angles of the same image? Do you want to include videography? Do you want your photo set to look like a documentary or more staged? These are all questions about the style you are going to want to go over.
Next, who do you want photos of? Are you looking for a wedding party heavy photo set? If there are certain people or groups you absolutely need wedding photos with, definitely let your photographer know. Then there’s the first look. If you plan one, where will it be and what feelings do you want to evoke?
Last piece of the puzzle is how to pose! This is something that brides and wedding parties don’t always consider. Taking a great photo is about knowing your good side, really! We have some tried and true tips to perfecting your angles. A trick to the best smile is to press your tongue behind your teeth or on the roof of your mouth. This insider trick creates a full, natural looking smile. In group photos, angle your body slightly for a slimming look and natural stance. When having a portrait style photo taken, angle your chin slightly upward to minimize any shadow and elongate your neckline.
When choosing your wedding photographer, always be upfront and have a conversation about how you envision your perfect wedding photo book. Ask about what their packages offer and what they recommend for your vision! Before the big day (or any photos!), practice our tips on achieving the most genuine smile and most flattering angles!