Kanika and Ricky chose the magnificent Angsana Laguna in Phuket for their destination wedding. It was a perfect destination wedding. Located along the shores of Phuket’s Bay area and surrounded by beautiful natural laguna flowing through the resort. As destination wedding photographer It was a treat for me to capture this beautiful Indian wedding.Read More
We have covered (In the previous blogs) how you can get stunning pictures from your pre-wedding shoot and for the getting ready part. Now its time to cover the actual wedding ceremony and reception.
Here are a few pointers that will help your wedding photographer in getting those awesome candid pictures for you
1) The ceremony
Your ceremony photographs will undoubtedly be some of the most important shots of the day. It also flies by in a nervous blur and you’ll likely not remember a whole lot about it, so these photos are doubly important.
Another thing to consider is to politely ask your guests not take photos during the ceremony. Guests holding up mobile phones are only going to be distracting for you and other guests (and may even ruin the professional shots).
2) Ignore the photographer
I know this seems counter intuitive but if you can forget the camera (unless the photographer asks you to) and just trust your wedding photographer, you appear as a radiant, confident bride in your wedding photos. Just relax and go with the flow.
3) Feel Beautiful!
After shooting hundreds of wedding days i can say there is one commonality between all of them; every bride is BEAUTIFUL! It is incredible to see the transformation that happens when a bride slips into her wedding dress. Confidence radiates from her, and every wedding photographer loves to capture these stunning images. Believe in yourself, love yourself and those amazing wedding photos will come easily.
4) Enjoy and feel the emotions.
I mean genuinely enjoy! If you have to laugh do it genuinely, after all, this is one of the happiest days of your life, right? If you are actively having a good time, everyone else will too, which will make for great photos. This is your big day, enjoy it and let yourself have FUN, and guaranteed you will get the most amazing wedding photos in doing so. Also if you feel the need to soak in an emotion do it, don't think about others. Its your big day, your story, live it to the fullest and feel it to the very core.
5) Mind your posture
Good posture is very important and without it, clothes don’t look good. When designers start making clothes, they work with a dummy and of course their posture is perfect, so clothes are made to be worn with great posture.
If you have bad posture it makes you look old. A good posture makes you look younger and more confident. Bad posture ruins so many wedding photographs and it’s one of the easiest things to fix. Practice standing up straight by holding a broom handle between your shoulder blades and pulling in your core muscles. Tummy in, chest out does the trick.
Standing feet by feet apart doesn't look so nice. The best way to change this is to stand at an angle. If you stand with both feet side by side and your arms are stuck to your side, you will end up looking like a mannequin and this definitely is not a good look!
So, stand at a three-quarter angle and put the heel of your front foot in the arch of the back foot. This will create a T shape and this will give the body shape and movement. It will also help you move easier because you can pivot on your feet instead of being planted on the ground.
6) Group shots
I know this can be a little tricky in India. All the guests want to pose with the bride and groom and it would be impolite not to oblige, so instead of shutting them off, you can quickly get it done but for the very close family and friends, its good to have them done properly towards the end. The wedding photographer should help you getting these organized so that the photos look balanced, symmetrical and professional.
6) Have guest activities during the reception
Having activity options for your guests provides your photographer with options for capturing your guests candidly. Plus, it’s a great icebreaker for uncomfortable guests.
This could be to serve a few themed cocktails some games to keep everyone involved. A bonfire late-night activity also makes for great photo opportunities.
I got an email from Kaycee (Kristina) enquiring about my availability for a pre wedding photoshoot at the Taj Mahal. The dates she was asking (Oct) was available and I was relieved i wasn't booked on that date because i wanted to shoot at the iconic Taj. It would be the first time for me to shoot there since i became a Wedding Photographer.
Kaycee had also requested me for a make-up artist for her. I reached out to my good friend Tito. He was free on the dates and was just as excited as me to go there. A day before the shoot we flew from Bangalore to Agra (Via Delhi). Kaycee and her fiancé Nico were reaching on the same day. They were flying down all the way from Philippines. We all met for dinner at the ITC Mughal to discuss everything about the next day. We were all set to experience the magic of the Taj.
We started early the next day so we could start the shoot just before the sunrise. We also had someone from the hotel to help us with the entry tickets and our transport from the hotel.
The early morning sunrise at the The taj is an outstanding experience, absolutely breathtaking. My heart skipped a beat when my eyes feasted on magnificence and beauty of the Taj. No words can describe how beautiful and perfect the structure is. What a joy it was to be able to appreciate its beauty while you photograph it.
We spent a few hours just going around and exploring Taj from all possible directions. If you have not been to the Taj let me tell you its huge...its flanked on its sides by 2 beautiful structures and on the back there is the Yamuna river. After we had taken all the pictures that we could we headed for a quick lunch and a change of clothes for Kaycee & Nico.
Post lunch we headed to the Mehtab garden. This garden is a little secret that most people don't know about. Its located behind the monument (right opposite) on the northern shores of the Yamuna River in. Its a centuries old garden complex.
After this we headed to the Agra Fort. We spent the remaining time till dusk shooting marvelling at the mughal architecture there.
Now every time i look back on the time spent with the beautiful couple at the backdrop of the enchanting and awe inspiring Taj, all i say is wah Taj, you beauty!
You would ask, how has your wedding planning got to do anything with wedding photography. Well, if you want all those stunning images that you have dreamt about then you have to ask the expert (photographer) what they think about your wedding plans.
The wedding photographer would have the experience of shooting many weddings and will be able to guide you to a wealth of information about all aspects of your wedding. Besides, this information is free for you. I'm not asking you to get your photographer involved in all the details of your wedding planning (If you do he will run away), but you should keep your discussion focused on getting amazing photos. All this advice can make a big difference in getting either average or outstanding wedding pictures. Let's go through all these points that you can discuss with your wedding photographer.
The venue for your wedding or the location for your couple shoot are very important decisions from the point of view of photography. Your photographer will be able to guide you on the pros and cons of each. I know the decision for the wedding venue has a lot more considerations to be made like the availability, price, size etc but it wouldn't hurt if you can have an extra opinion. But for the location of the couple shoot i think you should definitely discuss with your photographer beforehand. They will easily guide you to the best options available. I would even recommend travelling to new location where you aren't stressed or pressed for time to get those breathtaking photos.
2) Your Dress
One of the often overlooked things most couples don't consider while planning is what to wear for your couple shoot. The colour, style and design are all very important. I know you love your new dress and think it would look lovely in the pictures but perhaps not. If you haven't yet decided what to wear ask your photographer and their advice could help you in buying a new outfit for yourself. Be ready to shell out :)
3) Flow of the Day
Talk to your wedding photographer before finalizing the schedule for your wedding day. There's a lot to consider in terms of photographing and natural light. The photographer will be there with you right from the time you start getting ready to till the very end of your wedding party. They can easily guide to the best possible sequence to get the most from the day and to ensure there is nothing that gets missed out.
4) To Pose or not to pose
Couples are often confused whether to pose or not. Without knowing some couples either get conscious and everytime the camera is pointed at them they leave everything and just smile back at the camera. This can be awkward and you shouldn't do this because the pictures will all look very artificial. On the other hand some couples completely ignore the photographer and everytime the camera is pointed to them they look in the other direction. Even this is not right. This is the reason a good photographer will get his clients to be comfortable in his presence and will educate them on what to do. The best thing to do is relax and act naturally. Be in the moment. Be hopelessly in love with each other—the pictures will turn out smashingly!
5) A second shooter or not
I prefer shooting with another photographer ( tho i have shot alone a lot). Agreed this increase the cost but consider this: The second photographer offers another unique point of view throughout the entire day that you would not have had photographed yourself.
6) One Team is better than two
I personally only do wedding photography but i also have another team which specialises in wedding videography. I do this because i have seen having 2 different teams at a wedding leads to a lot of friction. It becomes like a constant struggle for both teams to coordinate and act like one team. Each team tries to capture the best shot from the best angles without consideration for the other. Many a times things can also go out of hand. The last thing that a bride would want is to mediate between the two teams. Worse still, what goes un-unnoticed is the impact that this friction has on the quality of work. The reason is because some photographers will just sulk and withdraw into their shells while others will make it a point to keep competing for the shots and make it difficult for the other team to do their work. The end result is the bride loses. It is to address this exact situation i try to present one team so that they can coordinate amongst themselves and give their best shot to their clients. I would advise that you can look for a single photography/videography team for your wedding, plus it makes your life a lot easier to deal with one person for all your photography requirements.
7) Letting Relatives Get in the Way
"Everyone who has a camera these days and everyone considers themselves to be a photographer. In a weddings all the photographers of the family come out with gusto with their big guns to show their skills. They may have all the right intentions and may even think they are doing you a favor by taking more shots but usually they just get in the way and makes us miss our shots. Tell them to leave the cameras at home and just enjoy their time at the wedding without making our lives difficult.
8)Trying to Make Things "Perfect"
Just have fun. Whether it's getting a little cake on your face or some thing didn't turn out 100 percent like you'd hoped it would, don't sweat it, go with the flow, have fun and keep smiling.