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Getting creative with your wedding photos

By a Wedding planner & designer

Daisy Bonham

Head of Events at Smoke & Wildwood

Daisy has spent the last 10 years working on events in both an operational capacity as well as working on event design, photography, graphic design and marketing. Working on projects such as London Fashion week and numerous live music festivals, she now heads up all things over at Smoke & Wildwood, a design lead one stop shop for all things wedding in East Anglia.

Your photographer (and the bar) is one of the most important investments of your upcoming wedding. Once the day is done, your photographer is going to capture your memories for years to come and tell your unique story of how your special day unfolded.

Social media, the double edged sword, has opened the world up to endless photographic possibilities, whereas at the same time has the potential to create an additional layer of pressure and expectation to your day. With the conception of the ‘Pinterest bride’, more and more couples are turning to apps such as Pinterest or Instagram to help plan their big day.

If you are interested in creating beautiful style lead shots like the ones readily available online, initially begin your research into photographers of whom specialise in editorial, creative and portraiture.

Editorial is a style of photography used to illustrate a story or theme visually, a sort of photo essay to illustrate a story not communicated with words. It’s about having an edge (here is where it differs from photojournalism), especially in editorial fashion photography. This can be achieved through untraditional lighting, poses, makeup, location and props, which makes it perfect for creating beautiful edgy imagery where your personalities communicate not just from yourselves, but through design, mood and composition.

When communicating with your photographer, to manage expectations, consistency of your theme and communication of what you are trying to achieve is key. To do this communicate what you like and don’t like and collect and send imagery to reinforce this, so that everyone is on the same page, and make sure to pre-draft an on the day list of shots you would like to complete.

Additionally in the run up to the day reach out to your suppliers to see if they can support you.

Speak to your wedding planner about current wedding photography trends or alternatively how to create a timeless look that will weather well, and if they have seen any work that they have loved recently in the style of your theme that they can share with you (they do a lot of research to keep current so have a wealth of knowledge for you to tap into if you wish to utilise this).

Consult with your stylist about key props and if they have any recommendations on ‘set building’ and backdrops. Your florist will know what photographs well and what does not (masses of greenery tend to amalgamate into one and detail can be lost) and if you have hired a lighting technician, they will be able to create specific lighting effects and key focal areas - Most photographers will agree, lighting is everything!

Our main message and summary however that we recommend to our couples, is to stay true to yourself. Your style, your personality plus a great supporting team, a clear cut plan, and a brilliant photographer, mean together you will create images that you will cherish forever.

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All photos above sourced from Pinterest.

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