The key to beautiful wedding photos
Silver lining ... overcast skies create a soft light for photographers to work with. Photo: Steven Siewert
Looking good in your wedding photos isn't about elaborate hair and makeup or stunning backdrops, it's about being relaxed, says wedding photographer Graham Monro.
"If you allow ample time to chill then you get the best photos because people are having fun and being natural and interacting," says Monro, who is behind gm photographics.
Doing a trial run to see how you photograph is also a good idea.
"A lot of the time people have never been photographed before a wedding, a pre-wedding engagement shoot is a great way to see how you photograph.
"You can look at magazines and see how celebrities and models stand on the red carpet, there are certain ways of standing that makes your body look better."
Let your photographer know what you want and find photos that are a similar style to use as examples.
"People tell me what they don't like, well, why bother talking about that, tell me what you like ... tell me about the feeling you want, tell me about the colours," Monro says.
While many brides dread rain on their wedding day, clouds actually give photographers a nice soft light to work with.
"Everybody wishes for a bright blue sky but we wish for skies with dappled clouds to give more shadowed light as well," Monro says.
"An overcast day is the best for photos because you can shoot every which way without being in direct sun and having really harsh shadows."