By Chenai's Guide to getting the best out of your Wedding Day Photos
I love working with great photographers and I have had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the best in the industry . Rachel Smuin of Rachel Takes Picture is one such photographer whose work is out of this world whether she is shooting a chic city or destination extravaganza. Rachel has kindly collaborated on this post to bring you some key tips to getting the best wedding day snaps.
Planning your shots.
Couples photos should ideally be planned for the last two hours before sunset, this is the best light and where the magic happens. Photos scheduled for the midday sun will not be the same as photos scheduled at sunset. Check out the shoot ByChenai and I did together here and you will see all this spectacular sunset magic!
Book a pre shoot
Schedule at least 45 minutes for uninterrupted couples photos or have a pre wedding shoot. If you are nervous about having your pictures taken it really helps. Rachel says that couples who book her for a pre wedding shoots are so relaxed on the big day itself. Those that don't and are a bit camera shy take a little more time for to relax in front of the camera - so it's definitely worth doing,
Windows and white walls are your friends - choose venues that have the biggest windows possible. The window light bouncing of the white wall acts as a big soft box which provides the most natural flattering lighting which will mean you are looking your absolute best.
Hire a planner or on the day coordinator .
Rachel has cited this as being a key factor in the logistics running smoothly on the day, couples are calm and focused solely on having the best day possible without any added stress. Rachel points out that sometimes it can be hard for the photographer to do their job and keep track of the schedule without a coordinator or planner. If you have enlisted your bridal party to keep track - make sure they are the more responsible ones in your squad, sometimes having too much (and too many drinks) means that the schedule is not necessarily adhered to.
If you want to have a sparkler photo don't plan for this to be the classic sparkler exit as by this time of the night everyone has usually had too much to drink and it becomes a) a nightmare to organise, b) an H and S issue and c) by this time of the night people aren't looking as fresh as they at the start of the day so the pictures are sometimes not the most flattering. Plan to do your sparklers just after the sun goes down. Even opt to try a sparkler lit first dance instead - trust me it will be pretty magical!