Expert Tips for Best Wedding Pictures from a Top London Wedding Photographer

Expert Tips for Best Wedding Pictures from a Top London Wedding Photographer

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Expert Tips for Best Wedding Pictures from a Top London Wedding Photographer Its often said that a picture is worth a thousand words and wedding pictures are worth so much more says Iain Gomes of Gomes Photography, topLondon Wedding Photographer. What makes them eternal ĂŶĚ ƉƌŝĐĞůĞƐƐ ŝƐ ƚŚĞ ůŽǀĞ͕ ũŽLJ ĂŶĚ ƉƌŽŵŝƐĞ ŽĨ Ă ůŝĨĞƚŝŵĞ͘ &ĂŝƌLJƚĂůĞ ǁĞĚĚŝŶŐ ĂůďƵŵƐ ĚŽŶ͛ƚ ĐƌĞĂƚĞ themselves! On the contrary, there is a lot of meticulous planning that goes into every single detail starting from the venue, the weather, couple dynamics, the guests and surely the list goes on. Whist selecting the best wedding photographer is key to telling an entire story in one frame, here are some top tips to bear in mind to create timeless wedding photos. Location The start point for a fairy tale wedding begins with location. Pick a location that offers an abundance of light and captures the photography theme you have in mind. The getting ready area should be cosy and relaxed giving the photographer and assistant enough space to capture the magical pre-wedding moments. The location should provide opportunity to build a story around the special day. For destination weddings in Europe and across the world such as Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Croatia, Las Vegas, pay special attention to the local culture, law of the land, language and weather conditions to ensure things move smoothly.

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Expert Tips for Best Wedding Pictures from a Top London Wedding Photographer
Its often said that a picture is worth a thousand words and wedding pictures are worth so much more says Iain Gomes of Gomes Photography, topLondon Wedding Photographer. What makes them eternal aŶd pƌiĐeless is the loǀe, joy aŶd pƌoŵise of a lifetiŵe. Faiƌytale ǁeddiŶg alďuŵs doŶ’t Đƌeate themselves! On the contrary, there is a lot of meticulous planning that goes into every single detail starting from the venue, the weather, couple dynamics, the guests and surely the list goes on. Whist selecting the best wedding photographer is key to telling an entire story in one frame, here are some top tips to bear in mind to create timeless wedding photos.
Location
The start point for a fairy tale wedding begins with location. Pick a location that offers an abundance of light and captures the photography theme you have in mind. The getting ready area should be cosy and relaxed giving the photographer and assistant enough space to capture the magical pre-wedding moments. The location should provide opportunity to build a story around the special day. For
destination weddings in Europe and across the world such as Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Croatia, Las Vegas, pay special attention to the local culture, law of the land, language and weather conditions to ensure things move smoothly.
Leave Enough Time
The sooner you get your photographer involved in your wedding day celebration, you can be assured of capturing the plethora of raw emotions unveiled throughout the day. Make sure to cover various aspects of the wedding: bridal prep, first look couple portraits, ceremony detail and venue, immediate family photos, extended family photosaŶd Đouples’ sŶeakiŶg out. Reŵeŵďeƌ, ĐƌeatiŶg iŶtiŵate memories to last for a lifetime requires some time away from your guests.
Don’t haǀe fixed ideas! Go ǁith the floǁ
AutheŶtiĐity shoǁs, aŶd a skilled photogƌapheƌ ǁoŶ’t Đoŵe ǁith a list of shots thatworked at last ǁeek’s ǁeddiŶg. Be youƌself! Be UŶiƋue. Afteƌall, eǀeƌy Đouple has theiƌ oǁŶ ĐoŶŶeĐtioŶ, iŶdiǀiduality and essence and this cannot be duplicated.
Take direction
When it comes to wedding pictures, even just a tiny bit of direction from your wedding photographer can help create the most beautiful images. Take direction from your photographer, feel the moment. BeĐause let’s faĐe it, ǁithout aŶ eŵotioŶal ĐoŶŶeĐtioŶ aŶd a seŶse of iŶtiŵaĐy, youƌ photogƌaphs aƌe just pretty pictures.
Work on Body Language - Strike a pose
The best photos are the natural shots so the key is not to overthink. Good body language means making your body parts speak the right way. Practice good posture, strike the right pose, arch your back as it makes you look more confident. Most importantly, smile - nothing can make you look more beautiful than a genuine smile.
Meet your wedding photographer
After meeting the parents, meeting your wedding photographer is the next most important thing.If you are not having a pre-wedding shoot, arrange a meeting with your photographer in person preferably at the venue. This way, the photographer gets an opportunity to gauge the couple dynamics and energy, understand their expectations so on the day of the wedding, it can be all about click click, hurrah!
Introduce your photographer to your family and friends on the day
On the day of the wedding, with all the wedding preparations on, it is important to introduce your photographer to select family and friends and other wedding suppliers. If not they will not know whether the hair and make-up artists are good friends of yours or professionals you have never met before. This saves you from receiving photos that you will not want in your wedding album.
Relax and Savour the moment
The endless grinning for wedding pictures can be exhausting especially if you are walking in those killer shoes. The key to great wedding pictures is push the reset button through the day - close your eyes, take a deep breath, relax your face and bring on the winning grin.
Nothing is perfect
EǀeŶ the ďest plaŶŶed ǁeddiŶgs ǁill haǀe soŵe last ŵiŶute suƌpƌises. Afteƌ all its Muƌphy’s Laǁ. Oǀeƌ tiŵe, these suƌpƌises ŵake youƌ ǁeddiŶg ŵoƌe ŵeŵoƌaďle so doŶ’t sǁeat the sŵall stuff.
12 Tips On Choosing The Best Wedding Photographer For Your Special Day
Afterputtingin so much time, effort and moneyintoyour special day, it’s important to find the best wedding photographer possible to capture those special moments for your album.
So, whetheryou’re tryingto search out the bestLondon weddingphotographeror lookingfor the right person foryour dreamydestination wedding, Iain Gomes fromGomes Photographyhaspenned down a list of things to look and ask for:
1. How ManyYears Of WeddingPhotographyExperience Do TheyHave?Your ideal weddingphotographer should not only have a creative mind but years of experience in wedding photography.
2. Do TheyHave The Best Equipment & Team?Experiencedprofessionals will have the right kit to best capture each moment. A second shooter will helpensure the best moments are captured from different angles.
3. Can You Meet The Photographer In Advance. Do theymakeyou andyour other half feel comfortable? Do they have answers to all your questions & address your concerns?
4. See Their Past Albums. Flick through a few sample albums to see their style & creativity.
5. Testimonials.These give an indication of how satisfied past couples have been.
6. How ManyWeddingVenues & Destinations Have TheyClicked?Photographers who have snapped in iconic venues & destinations are more likely to be on top of their game.
7. Are TheyAvailable For Your WeddingDate?Goodphotographersget booked much in advance, so be sure to identify and enquire early.
8. Do TheyOffer Black & White WeddingPhotos In Addition To Colour?Good weddingphotographers will offer a set of black & whiteprints in addition to the coloured ones which can be a valuable add on.
9. How Will They& Their Team Dress For The Wedding?It’s important for thephotographers to blend with the guests & venue.
10. How LongWill TheyStayFor & What Time Will TheyArrive/Leave?It is important thatphoto coverage is available for the key moments which may be spread out over the day.
11. Are The Photos ProfessionallyRetouched?Photographyis a specialised field, and the best photographers usually have professional teams to edit and retouch the images.
12. How LongBefore The Final Photos Will Be Available?There can be a substantial difference in the time taken to get the final photos to the couple.
Inspired Venues To Tie The KnotBy ADestination Wedding Photographer
Sure, the food, weddinggown and flower arrangements are all important aspects of theperfect wedding. But, for those lookingto reallyWOW their family& friends, nothingpacks apunchquite like an idyllic destination wedding.
As a destination weddingphotographer I’ve snapped more than myfair share of sensational destination weddings. Here are a few suggestions for some amazing spots for your destination wedding…
Sicily As A Destination Wedding
Quaint cobbled streets andprettyseaside resorts make the towns in Sicilyan ideal and memorableplace to wed. Old town halls steeped in character can be hired for the wedding ceremonies and stylish receptions can be had in ancient castle styledguest houses. Here’s a recent destination weddingin Sicily(Taormina) that I enjoyed immenselypicture perfect, quite literally.
Sydney & The Opera House
Often tagged as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Sydneymakes for an incredible destination weddingespeciallyifyou canget the backdropof the majestic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. What a wedding album that would make.
The Hawaii Wedding
Few destinationspaint theperfect exoticpicture like Hawaii. There are manypossibilities for couples usingHawaii as their destination weddinglocation. Diamond Head beach in Waikiki has some bustle to it, or there’s a rainforest for those opting for Maui. Here’s a wonderful destination wedding that I shot in Oahu, Hawaii which was one of the most memorable I can remember.
The London Wedding
I’m a born Londoner myself, and as an experienced London weddingphotographer, it makes for a sensational cityto holdyour special day. Vivid in history, culture and landmarks those lookingfor memorable destination wedding photography will find many options to choose from.
For example,just a few topick from include the Mayfair Hotel, the Painted Hall in Greenwich and St Paul’s Cathedral to name but a few. I’ve enjoyed the privilege of doing many weddings in these venues.
Other Destination Wedding Ideas
The world is a bigplace, and there are no shortage of destinations for the ideal wedding. Here are some more bite sized ideas:
Vail Mountain in Coloradomaysound like a slightlyodd choice for a wedding. But the outdoor amphitheatre built into the mountain with views of the stunning Rockies below makes it a stunning venue.
We talked about Sicilybut Italyoffers no end of dreamyvenues toget married. For example, theCastello Di Vicarello in Cinigianois a 900year old castle nestled within twogreen hilltops. Couples can say “I do” amidst a crescendo of olive groves and guests can enjoy the finest Italian wines poolside, with views that will last a lifetime.
How about getting married within a rainforest that’s also set right by the Caribbean sea?Ladera SoufriEra in St Luciaoffers just that.
Your weddingshould reallybe a memorable, once in a life time eventand a destination weddingcan certainly help make it exactly that for the happy couple and all invited guests.
3 Inspirational Wedding Venues From A London Wedding Photographer
What’s the one thingI’ve discovered as a London WeddingPhotographer? There are no shortage of sensational venues in the capital to say “I Do”…
Over theyears, I’ve been spoilt bythe varietyand opulence of some of the Londonphotographyvenues I’ve snapped for mywonderful clients. The Capital reallyis awash withquirkytheatres, contemporaryart houses and opulent properties that are embarrassingly lavish.
Of course, thisplethora of choice means decidingon that special venue becomes even more difficultso, below, I’d like to share some images & memories from some of the most memorable London wedding venues I’ve been privileged to shoot at.
Hopefully it will make your decision that little easier.
The Painted Hall In Greenwich
Drama. Passion. MajestyThose whoget married at this stunninglocationget it all, as I’ve written before in thisChinese Weddingat Painted Hallblogpost. The artwork alone offers some vivid backdrops to work with, and the venue truly comes to light after sunset.
Thepainted hall is set amidst the River Thames, and aside from apopular weddingdestination is used as the backdropfor several tv shows and movies. Just some of these include Indiscreet(1958)and The Madness of King George (1994).
As aphotographer inLondon, there’s nothingthat excites me quite as much as a weddingshoot at the Painted Hall. In fact, I’ve been humbled bybeingthe recommendedphotographer at the Painted Hall, and the venue have used some of my images at a recentWedding photographyevent.
The Mayfair Hotel London
It doesn’tget much more iconic than the Mayfair. Set in thepulsingheart of Central London, it’s a real pleasure for any London wedding photographer to click this venue.
The Mayfairpresents agreatplace for superb destination weddingphotosfrom the luxuriouspenthouse suites to the ballrooms with its immense crystal chandeliers, there areplentyof nooks and corners for memorable wedding photos.
The Mayfair Hotel boasts a rich history that began in the 1660’s when after the Great Fire of London (1666) the English aristocracy built some splendid new structures, the finest of which was the Mayfair.
In 1927, the grand hotel was given royal recognition by King George V and Queen Mary, and during war times the venue was an oasis with bandleaders like Jack Jackson & HarryRoyentertainingthe London elite.
With such a vivid and rich history, and an ambience that can rarelybe topped, the Mayfair is a wonderful place to host a memorable wedding, as this recentwedding photography at Mayfairalbum demonstrates.
St Paul’s Cathedral
In 1981, over half a millionpeople were crammed into the streets of London to witness one of the most important royal weddings in history. Over 750 millionpeople witnessed the weddingwhich tookplace in St Paul’s Cathedral.
Since then, St Pauls has been touted as one of the bestplaces to wed in Londonand thephotos that a couple can expect to cherish verge on the sublime.
See some inspirationalSt Paul’s Cathedral wedding photography.