EMBRACE THE UNEXPECTED
Allow your wedding day to simply be what it is. Whether that means bad climate, forgetting that bangle you wanted to wear, or events running way off schedule, keep an open mind and enjoy each & every moment of your big day!
One of the most important parts of your wedding day is taking out time to make creative portraits of the two of you. Make sure to take out at least 40-60 minutes for the getting ready and couple shots. It's important to remember these portraits require patience but we assure you that you will cherish those creative frames throughout your life.
HAIR & MAKEUP
As you’re planning out your wedding-day schedule, ask your hair/make-up artist for an estimated time on how long this process will take, and then add at least 60 minutes as a buffer.
Pay that extra and get the makeup artist at the venue to make you ready. It saves a lot of time, avoids last-minute delays and most importantly we get the necessary time and space to capture the getting ready shots!
If in case you are getting ready at a makeup studio, check with your make-up studio well in advance if they allow photographers to take those beauty shots.
You can also refer to our article on how to look your best on your wedding day for the most useful tips.
FAMILY GROUP SHOTS
We recommend doing immediate family only right after the ceremony (parents, siblings, grandparents, close friends).
INDOOR EVENTS/ RECEPTIONS
The more lighting you can bring in, the better! Lighting and décor do play an important role in creating those beautiful pictures. Our suggestions:
- Use lots and lots of “Clear Rice Lights”. These can be mostly used as a backdrop and even on the trees if it's outdoor.
- We love up-lighting, candles, chandeliers, and twinkle lights.
- Multi-colored lights are simply a no-no as they cast strong colored patches on the face in the images which cannot be removed even in post-production. Use neutral or off-white colored LED for the best results. Avoid - Magenta, Blue and purple.
- Make sure to keep the upper ceiling/ cloth color for the covered area of the mandap to be white for best lighting and photography results. We might be moving around and bouncing our flash of the ceiling. If they are of a different color, it might again cast the color tones on your skin.
OUTDOOR EVENTS/ RECEPTION LIGHTING
We love tent receptions because the white canvas works really well with the way we use our flashes. To make it even prettier, add some sparkly chandeliers or lanterns.
If you’re having a completely open-air reception, under the stars, we recommend adding as much extra lighting as possible, such as strands of twinkle lights and candles in hurricane vases. The extra lighting will help warm up your photos and add a prettier, more dynamic dimension. Otherwise, you will have a completely black background unless the reception takes place during the day.
OUTDOOR DAYTIME CEREMONIES
Generally, the best time for an outdoor ceremony is 2-3 hours before sunset. The later time ensures the sunlight falls more evenly on the skin tones (no harsh shadows), and is consistent for both the bride and groom (so you don’t have one person in the light, and the other in shadow).
FACING THE SUN
Avoid setting up the outdoor ceremony facing the sun directly. It will create uneven shadows and highlights which cannot be fixed by post-processing for your photos and videos.
DECOR COLOUR THEMES
The decor colour is very important and should never ever match the colour of the brides outfit. This will cause the bride getting merged with the backdrop.
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Never wear the same colour attire on your wedding day..full stop! The bride and the groom should be distinguished by their own style and should not blend into each other.
However, complementary clothing is something you can always look forward to! For example, the details like stole or turban of the groom can be the same or similar in colour to the bride’s outfit.