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How to get candid wedding photographs on your big day

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How to get candid wedding photographs on your big day
Get gorgeous natural photographs. Image: Laura Power Photography

Every bride and groom want Pinterest-worthy, natural wedding photographs to cherish from their big day. But how to do you achieve those beautiful candid photos? We reveal all…

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Choose the right photographer
The best way to get the photographs you’ve always dreamed about is to do your research. Find a photographer who specialises in natural reportage photography and go through their online portfolio thoroughly.

Once you’ve narrowed down your search, organise a few meetings (just a Skype call will work if you’re pushed for time) and check that you feel comfortable with them and find out about their approach on the day: how long will they be there for? What moments will they capture and what are their priorities?

Also ask to see a full sample album of work. Often photographers just put the highlights on the website so this will allow you to see the natural moments they caught (and any they might have missed!).


Image: Kobus Photography

Think about a second shooter
If you have just one photographer they will be concentrating on capturing all those key moments (first kiss, confetti, group shots etc.) and this will always take the top priority over candid shots (as it should).

Consider having a second shooter (if your budget allows) as they will be free to capture all those natural moments in between the traditional shots. They can also experiment with different angles and capture a wider variety of photographs which makes for a more interesting wedding album.

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Image: Ana Lui

Give them time
It might sound obvious, but the more time you photographer has to capture your wedding day the more shots they will be able to get of you and your guests looking gorgeous

Discuss whether you want your photographer with you in the morning to capture your preparations and later in the evening for some party photos. Be aware this will have probably have additional charges too so start the discussion now.

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Image: Ann-Kathrin Koch

Relax
The most important thing for you and your new husband to do is relax in front of the camera! Ask your guests to do the same and encourage them just to have fun and ignore the cameras.

For gorgeous candid couples shots, take a walk with your photographer to create some natural movement. If in doubt just smile!

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