Be creative with your background
When you take your wedding photography outdoors, try standing amidst a beautiful natural backdrop, incorporating as much of the countryside as is possible. Alternatively, try working with negative space; stand in front of a large wall, for example, and ask your photographer to take a wide shot – so that you and the bride/groom become the focal point.
Ask your photographer to take not only beautifully curated shots, but also shots taken when you’re unaware and simply relaxing with your loved ones. Pictures like this are invaluable, since they capture real-time moments.
It’s also a lovely idea to consider having ‘diptyques’. Having two pictures side by side that capture two moments of a single event, such as before and after the ‘first look’ is a great way to add motion into still images.
Secretive and intimate moments between the bride and groom should always be captured, and this can be done beautifully by the photographer ‘hiding’ amongst shrubbery, having this in the foreground with the bride and groom as the focus of the photo.
It’s also a nice idea to take a photograph from the perspective of being in the audience at the ceremony, from behind and up above. This captures the ceremony as a whole, pinpointing details that might not otherwise be noticed by the bride and groom themselves.
Moment before and after the ‘first look’
The first look is, without a doubt, one of the most emotional moments – and it’s one that you’ll want to keep looking back on in your wedding gallery!
The dress perceived as a piece of art
The wedding dress is something that’s only worn once in a lifetime, and can most definitely be considered a piece of art in itself. Try having photos taken of the dress before it’s worn, hanging in a secluded location.
The mirror is something of a treasured object throughout wedding preparation; it provides the bride with the first look of her chosen dress, and gives the seal of approval before walking down the aisle. It’s definitely something to be used and captured in wedding photography. Having special moments taken in a mirror is something truly unique to add to the photo album.
Make use of shadows
Shadows, particularly on the wedding day, can work to accentuate the focus of the image – and can also act as flattering silhouettes in their own right. These add something different to the average wedding photograph – but you’ll need to find an area of good lighting first.
Try asking your photographer to move some of your existing furniture into unusual locations. Putting an antique sofa outside, for example, can provide a unique set-up.
Wider shots of the landscape
Whilst close up shots can show the most intricate of details, it’s equally as effective to take a wider shot of the landscape, with the bride and groom in the centre. This is a truly enchanting shot, capturing the bride and groom in a world of their own.
Close-ups of your accessories
Whilst it’s great to get creative with shots of the people and surroundings, the details of your accessories shouldn’t be forgotten. Remember to get close-ups of the bouquet, bride’s shoes, wedding rings and details of the wedding dress.
We can’t wait to start supporting prospective brides and grooms through the excitement of their wedding planning. To find out more about our upcoming offerings, see here; alternatively, contact our team to find out more about our wedding open evening.