Date : 27-05-2021

Professional photographer and editor, Fabienne Panto knows a thing or two about snapping stunning wedding photos and capturing unforgettable moments that last forever. 

Here are her tips on capturing the perfect wedding photos on your special day. 

Do Your Homework

To get the best wedding photos, you need to start before your big day and find the best

photographer for YOU. For this, you need to do your research. Here’s how:

  • Narrow it down to about 3 choices and interview each one.
  • Look at their portfolios. Ask to see samples of their work, albums and slideshows. Do they have a wide range of work? Do they have a website?
  • Ask to see a whole wedding they’ve shot, not just a few pictures. You may come to find out later that they may not work well under certain conditions, and you don’t want to find out the hard way.
  • Find out what can they offer you. Is it a style that you prefer? Can they tailor their style to meet your needs? Find someone who is willing to work with you, not against you.

Schedule an Engagement Session

Why? Three reasons:

  • It gives you a chance to get to know your photographer before your big day. He or she is going to be with you for most of your day, so it’s a good idea to get to know this person before the big event.
  • You get a chance to see their style of shooting firsthand and ask questions. Are they a director or are they a “just let it happen” kind of shooter? What kind of equipment are they using and how do they use it? Can they pose you to make you look your best?
  • The biggest advantage? You get to see samples of their work with YOU in them, before you make that final deposit.

Decide on the Right Style 

A professional photographer distinguishes all the subtleties of shooting a wedding. They’ll know exactly when to photograph your groom as he first sees you walking down the aisle, how to achieve the perfect confetti shot, and what to do in the event of rain. A creative and flexible approach often results in the most breathtaking and brilliant wedding photographs.

Make Sure Your Hair and Makeup Are Perfect

If you want to look your best, always do a trial run before your wedding day so you can make any necessary tweaks before the big day. Here are a few things, from a photographer's point of view, to keep in mind:

  • Bring a camera to the hair and makeup trial. You want to make sure the makeup works well on camera. Some makeup foundations/powders are highly reflective and can appear very white on film.
  • Your makeup should last throughout your wedding, so wear it for a day and see what happens. You don’t want to find out on your big day that your makeup is gone after the first portion of your ceremony.
  • Ask about wear-proof makeup, touch-ups or any other thing you might need to keep your makeup flawless.
  • Stay away from glitter. Yes, shiny is pretty, but once that flash pops…you will get a lot of tiny bright white highlights in your pictures.
  • For the groom, I recommend bringing some sort of blotting cloths or tissue to keep him from looking shiny, especially if it is hot. Shiny equals white on camera.

Know What You Want

What kind of shots are you envisioning for your big day? With most weddings, photographers know there is a general list of images to capture (i.e. the kiss, the first dance). But are there any other images you would like? Work with a photographer who understands what you want. I always ask my brides to think about whether there are any other shots they want from their wedding. For example, is there a special locket you want to be photographed? Maybe a pose you saw online? Discuss this with your photographer so he or she is aware of any other special requests and can accommodate you.

Be Yourself, Relax and Have Fun

Try to enjoy the moment! The best photos are ones of a relaxed and happy bride. Sometimes people don’t realise that they wear their emotions on their face, which shows in pictures. So just sit back and enjoy your special day.