It’s a cliché for a reason, a picture says a 1000 words. Looking at a photo can invoke emotions, laughter and wonderful memories. In order to make sure our wedding photos never become the awkward family portrait from your uncles 1980’s celebration Wedding Essentials enlisted the professionals that work on capturing your day. We have had the pleasure of working behind the scenes on numerous photo shoots with TinBox Weddings and have definitely learned a few tricks on how they get such flawless images but here is what they have to say!
1. Airbrush makeup, if it is an option, is an absolute must for the special day. Long lasting, smooth and flawless and doesn’t create shine. We always notice a difference with photos.
2. Avoid makeup with high shine or sparkle. Shimmery face powders translate as sweat not glow in photos. Matte foundation is best. If you really love the look of some glitter add a little shimmer but leave everything else sparkle free.
3. We always work with stylist for our fashion shoots. Our friends at Kontempo’s Salon suggest taking pictures when you get your trial hair and makeup done and see how it translates on camera. Those wedding pictures will last forever, and a bride may feel a little uneasy if she doesn’t typically wear makeup, but what seems dramatic in person, will look completely natural in photos, if done correctly. It’s crucial to find the hair and makeup team that will help you still look like yourself, but just an enhanced version for what will be one of the best day of your life.
3. Choose bridesmaid’s dress colors with some consideration to the girls’ hair color and complexion. Some deep reds, purple/reds or purple/blues are difficult to photograph and don’t translate to the true color you see in person. Deep purples can look more royal blue in photographs. Lime green never translates well. Any fabric which has iridescent effects don’t tend to translate as the way you see them in person.
4. We enjoy when everyone isn’t all matched up perfectly but wears different hues of the same color or a few color options are chosen. This allows for contrast in the photos rather than a big blob of color to form. If you are set on all matching bridesmaid dresses, consider allowing different styles, contrasting jewelry and of course don’t match the flowers. This will allow elements to pop in the photos.
5. Resist the urge to dress your bridesmaids in less than flattering styles or colors. Rest assured you the Bride will be the highlight of the day and a good photographer will always set you and your groom up to steal the limelight in your photos. It is important that your wedding party look and feel comfortable to enhance the radiance and beauty of the wedding couple. There is nothing worse than an uncomfortable wedding party looking frumpy behind a gorgeous couple.
6. We highly recommend doing an engagement session with your photographer. This allows you to get comfortable working together and learn some tricks and tips about how to hold yourself individually and as a couple. The photographer can offer advice about posture or put you are ease with any discomfort about photos. Think of it as a low pressure practice run.
7. Talk, flirt and laugh.
8. Ladies. Shoulders back, chin a little forward and tilted down and shift weight into one leg or the other.
9. Fellas. Lean forward at the waist, stand or sit tall and relax into your charming self.
10. Talk to your photographer about what you like and don’t like. Be open to their suggestions and even ask if they have advice for your two body types or “photo” habits.
11. Talk about black and white or color options and what you like. A mix is often nice. Don’t assume because a photo looks great in color it will translate the same in black and white. If you have your heart set on a stunning black and white portrait of the bride, let the photographer know so they can set up lighting or choose a setting accordingly.
12. Choose a fit and cut that truly flatters your body type, not the one of the magazine model. Being trendy is fun, but you may want to consider if a style will look dated or just isn’t flattering. This is so important as you want to be both comfortable and radiantly beautiful in your photos. A true fit is essential.
13. Proper foundation garments are a must and don’t forget dress tape to keep everything in place.
14. Realize that your dress will get a little dirty if you are out of doors for photos. Just be sure it is the underside of your dress touching or dragging on the ground. Also know that no one will be looking that close and really is a once in a life time event you will look at the photos again and again, the dress…not so much!