Your wedding is one of the most memorable moments of your life. Your photography, however, is how you and others will remember your wedding day. Especially for those who may not have been able to attend, or your future children looking at your wedding day through the lens of a camera. So, avoid these wedding photography fails slipping into the mix with the following tips.
Wedding Photography Fails + How To Avoid Them
You want to look hot, not sweaty: How will your dress hold up if you start to perspire? Wet underarms, a sweaty back or “under-boob” perspiration marks are a reality. Sweat can quickly put a damper (pun intended) on your wedding photography. The material and cut of your dress should be your first consideration. Light cotton fabrics are in for the spring and summer seasons according to Carrie Huyett, owner of Carrie’s Bridal Collection. Carrie recommends choosing a wedding dress made of cotton lace, organza or chiffon. These fabrics are light, airy and easy to move around in. Think boho, as this look is reasonable and also trendy. You also might want to consider a dress with a simple embellishment over an area that may be prone to perspiration. Or maybe an open back!
Leave the photography to the professionals: The Overwhelmed Bride makes an excellent point in this post. The scenario every wedding photographer fears – missing that shot due to a guest getting in the way while trying to capture the moment on their phone. Unless you have hired a second shooter (which is a smart move), give your guests a friendly reminder to comply with the rule.
Wear lip stain, rather than lipstick: You’re standing at the alter, looking stunning in your perfectly penciled and pink lipstick. And your groom leans in to kiss you. As he pulls away, you notice you’ve smudged the poor man. Click! the shots capturing your first official moments of marriage portray your man smudged with lipstick. And for those tears of joy, it’s worth investing in waterproof mascara and concealer. After the ceremony, do a quick touch up and you’ll be good to go for the rest of the evening.
Consider investing in lighting to avoid ruined pictures: Unfortunately, brides sometimes choose a venue with multiple weddings per day and get the short end of the stick when it comes to optimal daylight for wedding photography. Not realizing where the sun is going to be at the time of your wedding could result in being shot in the pitch dark. Or sometimes worse, with indoor fluorescent lighting that is far from flattering. If possible, tour your venue during the time (and season) you’ll be saying “I do.” It’s important to get a feel for the natural lighting scenario to know whether or not it’s worth asking your photographer to bring additional lighting.
Brides, what advice can you offer others looking to avoid photography pitfalls on their day? Photographers, we’d love to hear your expert advice!