5 mistakes that make your wedding photos look bad
Photography is heavily based on the composition and the framing. Wedding preparations on the other hand are usually messy situations. If you are renting a hotel for your preparations you have a lot of stuff with you; everything you will need the next day or even the whole weekend, your mom’s shoes, your father’s accessories, everything you need your bridesmaids to transfer for you at the church and the reception venue etc.
At the same time, the stuff of your make-up artist and your hairdresser is all over the place, your friends and relatives are passing by to see you, your mom is getting emotional, your nieces are running all around, your bridesmaid is waiting with the champagne for a cheers… it’s a mess!
And regardless how well you planned ahead every moment of that day, I assure you that it will get crazy as hell!
Your photographer experiences this a lot, in almost every wedding, and knows exactly how to cope in order to take all the photos that she/he needs, without messing with you or your schedule.
But the one thing that your photographer can’t do is to tidy up your room and make it look at its best for a wedding shooting (even though it has happened to me to hide shoe boxes, water bottles, and supermarket bags under the bed more than once…).
And I’m certainly not talking about sterilised, perfectly organised rooms. I mean that you have to take those couple of minutes to tidy up and prepare your room and the whole house, for a wedding preparations photo shooting. Yeah, after all it’s your wedding so you can ask someone to help! Remember to gather in one place everything that your photographer asked you to have with you at the moment of the wedding preparations (wedding rings, invitations, shoes, jewellery, perfume, etc) so as not to lose time asking around who has the rings and in which bag your perfume is!
In every wedding ceremony, regardless if it’s a secular, religious, or a civil one, microphones are often being used. Usually, their positioning is not well thought resulting in microphones, and/or their stands, being in front of your face during the whole ceremony!
Very often brides ask me about the right makeup for their wedding photos. My response usually is along the lines of: “the less you glow the better”! But if you have chosen an experienced makeup artist he/she already knows more tricks than me and can correctly identify the type of your skin in order to make you look beautiful during your wedding day.
Unluckily, this cannot be solved having a relative, a friend, or the priest holding the microphone; in this case not only a microphone but also a hand will cover your face!
To avoid such an unfortunate event you should ask your wedding planner or the priest where the microphones are usually positioned and take your photographer’s opinion. A good solution is to use a microphone stand and place it high enough between the bride and groom but lower than their heads.
The lighting and conditions at your wedding reception are of great importance; and of course the professionals that are hired by you or the venue manager know how to do their job! But a lot of times the equipment that they use is ugly and misplaced. They same can happen with the audio equipment: speakers, sound consoles, etc can be scattered all over the place. This can be especially true if you have asked for a slideshow projection during your soirée, if you have planned interventions and speeches or if you want a colorful ambient party. Remember to warn your lighting and audio vendors beforehand for the room layout,
Photographers, as well as make-up artists, know that a wedding day is a very demanding, one-of-a-kind day: You are getting your makeup done early in the morning and you are not followed by your makeup artist during the day; temperature and lighting conditions change all the time, and you are always moving and interacting with people and food. So, your wedding makeup artist knows that he/she will have to do his/her best for you to remain fabulous all day long despite the circumstances, by using the right techniques and products.
So the real question is who is the best wedding makeup artist for you! The result of your makeup depends on the makeup artist that you are going to chose. Always try to have a testing makeup appointment with your makeup artist; in this way you can describe to her/him exactly how you imagine your makeup, and at the same time you will be able to see if you are happy with his/her work, in terms of aesthetics, products, communication, etc.
Of course, the best solution is to use a lavalier microphones that are discrete and you can hide them in your clothes. Unfortunately, churches and town halls are rarely equipped with this kind of microphones.
the way and the exact spot of your entrance, your first dance, you champagne toast, your wedding cake so as they can place the equipment at the right place but not in front or behind you during all those important moments of your wedding day! We want you to look and feel magical, and usually speakers and stage lights make you look less so 😉
If you are not pleased with the result, if you don’t recognise yourself with this particular makeup, if you are not pleased in any way, keep in mind that it is a clear sign that on your wedding day you will not be delighted with the result either. There is no point in hoping that on your wedding day you will get a really different result. You should love the way your makeup artist works on your face from the first time around and then just adjust minor details in order to achieve the result you want. That’s the point of the test makeup session in the first place!
No matter what you do, at some point during your wedding day your makeup won’t be ideal. So, just make sure that you have taken the right decision; choose the makeup artist you like and trust, just as you did when you choose your photographer. And then just enjoy your wedding day! The happiness on you face will make you look stunning in the end!