capture the moment

Choosing a photographer is probably one of the most considered decisions you’ll make for your wedding. The day itself will speed by, so you need to be sure you will be left with stunning photos to remind you of all the happy moments. Many photographers are booked 12 months before the wedding, so it definitely pays to do your research and get one booked early. Finding a photographer whose style you love, and who you get along well with, is essential. Yo’ll need to feel comfortable with telling them what you want, and knowing that they really ‘get it’.

Sophie Cornish offers the following tips in her book, ‘Your wedding, your way’:

  • Find a photographer with sufficient talent, expertise and experience with a camera; usually a professional, sometimes an exceptional amateur
  • Be clear about the style of the pictures you want: posed, or ‘fly on the wall’
  • Be very clear about the specific shots you want covered
  • Know how to look your best in photographs

So… how to look your best in photos. A slightly awkward subject – wouldn’t it be nicer if we all just looked naturally stunning in every photo we ever featured in? Sadly, life (and light) just isn’t that forgiving! However, giving this some thought before the day itself reduces the risk of photos where you don’t look your best. Here are some more of Sophie’s tips:

Before the wedding:

  • Get out all your recent photos and pick put the ones you like. What’s the common theme? Grinning or smiling gently? Photographed from an angle, or straight from the front? Chin down slightly, eyes looking very slightly up, or head held high (double chins work in mysterious ways!).
  • Be vain: spend time in front of the mirror practising those poses you like and working out your best smile. Do you look best with teeth showing or not? Then practise standing tall without looking stiff.
  • Learn how to make up for the camera: do not pile it on, but subtly define features and add a little natural-looking colour. Go for matt textures, not shine, and waterproof mascara. Get an expert to show you what suits you best, then go home and photograph it to see how it works on film.
  • Avoid very shiny fabrics for your dress.

On the day:

  • Relax. It really helps if you like the photographer, who should make it easy to laugh and smile.
  • Don’t be photographed in direct or overhead sunlight (a good photographer will know this anyway).
  • Do the model thing: between shots, relax your face, look away from the camera, and close your eyes. Just before the next round of pictures, look at the camera, open your eyes, put on a fresh smile, and pull your whole body up tall. Widen your eyes and look straight at the lens for every click of the camera.
  • Stand up tall and close together. Sitting is rarely flattering to the body, although sitting and leaning slightly forward is flattering for headshots.
  • Keep alcohol to a minimum.
  • Ask a friend/bridesmaid to warn you when to top up make-up and tidy hair.

Randolph Quan

We’re in love with these photos from Randolph Quan. His photography is by no means solely focused on weddings, having photographed celebrities from Gordon Brown and Benazir Bhutto to JC Novelli and Kazuo Ishiguro, and this wealth of experience has led him to create a reportage style of wedding photography that has a uniquely blended classic and modern look. Randolph spends time with the wedding couple before the big day, and gets to know the venue inside out to plan the best shots. He finds that telling the story of the day in a number of photos creates a more intimate, real collection of wedding photos.

To find out more about Randolph Quan, visit his website www.randolphquan.co.uk.

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