Looking great in your wedding photos

I thought it was best for a good 2012 update of this advice page. There are some things that you see in every wedding so hopefully this will help you

Love M xx

Planning stage

* Why have an engagement shoot? Well if you always look at photographs of yourself and think I hate that pic then you will benefit from it. You really will become more confident, learn how to pose, get used to me and Jason and most importantly have better photos on your wedding day. And if you are looking at making your day a bit different I have some cool things for you to do just that.

* Do an internet search for a celeb you always think looks nice. Look how they pose. First look at their feet that’s where you should always start, then work your way up to their face. See how their joints are bent and how they stand straight and confidently (believe me they are not probably feeling that, but you need to fake it!). Look at their hand placements. Now practice in front of a mirror, imagine a large camera pointing t you! You look amazing x

* When it comes to choosing how to have your hair and make the more classic you can go the better.

* If you are looking at strapless dresses but you would like to disguise your arms veils are great. If you

* Shoes are crucial. Remember if you have a long dress it is likely only the front of the shoe will be seen likely when you get out of the car. You will need to walk on grass which is most likely damp and will be on your feet most of the day. Some brides bring 3 sets of shoes now to cover the day, this always seems to work out great.

It’s a few days till the big day.

* The first kiss is important and I suggest you talk about it before hand and plan it!! So many couples get a little nervous and just quickly peck!! You have just become Husband and Wife, this is your first kiss, so you should go for it. You will get an amazing reaction from your guests and I will get some great photos. Take your time!

* The confetti shot looks great if you like colour and emotion and can create some beautiful images, but so many guests tend to forget to buy confetti these days!! If you feel the confetti shot would be important for you, get some confetti for immediate family and friends in the colour you would like and give it to someone to pass around.

* Important! De-clutter your room; you don’t want any mess in the background of the photos of you getting ready!

* Give your best man or a trusted groomsman the list of posed shoots needed so that he can help chase the people up. The quicker we get through the groups, the more time we can spend on more creative photography.

* A common beauty problem is the red blotchy skin on chests, backs and sometimes face when people get nervous. A reasonable number of brides suffer with this. I have been told these products work, I have not tried them so it’s up to you if you would like to try them. They are No7 Calm Skin Redness Relief Gel or Dermalogica Sheer Tint Redness Relief.

* Clean the mirrors in your house. Mirrors make for lovely shots of you getting ready.

* If you are getting ready in an hotel bring extra glasses for your wine or champers.

* Remove all tags from shoes, dresses, underwear, and accessories before the big day.

* Have a dress rehearsal!! Try on your dress and shoes a day or two before the wedding with the bridesmaids. Time how long it takes and try and factor this in your getting ready time. It’s not uncommon for the bridesmaids to get false nails a few days before the wedding and then struggle to do up the dress!

* Get a wedding kit ready. It should contain safety pins, tweezers, plasters, scissors (everyone always needs one of these!), needle and thread, wipes, tissues, paracetamol, make-up, hair-spray, hair grips, and anything else you think you may need.

* If you are prone to spots I would say you are most likely to come out in a huge spot right before your wedding day as you are likely to be a little stressed!! These are my tips, you may have your own methods but this tends to work for me. Get some good spot cream in ready, that means you want the stuff they sell behind the counter in pharmacies, as its the strongest. I use Freederm but there is also Oxy 10, and a few other makes, ask at your local pharmacy and get stocked up. Never squeeze unless its yellow! After squeezing apply tea tree oil with anti bacterial in it to reduce swelling and scarring. Gross I know, sorry!!!

* Now be vain!! Get in front of that mirror and smile in every different angle.

It’s your wedding day!

* Try and be ready at least 30 minutes prior to your wedding for portrait shots of you looking freshly made up with hair and make-up, these shots also allow us to practice a bit of posing and help you relax for camera!!

* Relax , laugh, hug, smile and be yourself.

* If you are arriving by car if you can remember to wind down the window so I can get a clear shot of you when arriving.

* Just forget the photographer is there, gaze into your husband’s eyes, hug kiss and let your day flow naturally. They make the best photos.

* That brings me onto traditional posed shots, if you love the new modern reportage style then don’t give me a massive list of group shots!! Because they are time consuming and will eat into the time I have to take the more natural shots! So think hard and be ruthless!

* Waterproof mascara could be a saviour if you’re a crier like me!!!

* Pose but not head on. To look thinner, keep your shoulder to the camera and avoid facing the camera straight on. Hide behind the groom a bit or tuck into his armpit to slim yourself down.

* Natural light is your friend and we must find it!! Keep windows free to let light flood in.

* You are beautiful and remember that, and will look so stunning on your day. Reflect this, be confident and the camera will pick up on that.

* And probably the most important point is relax especially Mothers of brides!! The tone of the day will be set in the morning if the bride is relaxed and enjoying herself this will filter out throughout her family and guests.

For more information plase contact Marie Lloyd Photography

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