Indian Wedding Photography

Wedding Tips For Your Celebrations


As an experienced
Wedding Photographer, photographing weddings worldwide, I know how much hard work and time is taken to plan a wedding. Therefore, I want your photography experience to be the most relaxed process in your planning.

I have created this guide, and I hope you find it helpful and informative.

Couple in front of red London buses at Buckhurst Park Wedding Photography
Bride saluting getting married at Clapham Church

General Tips

  • If you are getting ready at home, a hotel, or the ceremony/reception venue, choose a location with beautiful natural light coming in.

     

  • Add cushion time to the timeline – to allow any unexpected things to happen.
  • Have as many bridesmaids as possible ready before you so they can help and look good in the photographs, too. However, you also don’t want to be last, especially if the timeline is tight.
  • Eat a good breakfast. It might be several hours until you sit down to eat.
  • Take a comfort break before getting into your dress.
  • If you want photographs of you getting into the dress, it will look nicer if your bridesmaids are already dressed and which takes place close to a window.
  • Allow enough time to get photographs of getting into your dress, especially if the ceremony is at another location.
  • Things might go wrong. That’s normal, so don’t stress. No one will notice.
  • Time management becomes even more crucial if the wedding happens in several locations. You don’t want to be stuck in traffic.
  • Relax, have fun and enjoy yourself. It will show in the photographs!!!
Morden Hall Park Wedding
Albert Bridge Couple Portrait

Moments & Emotions

Weddings can be emotional roller coasters (good ones!).

The ‘in-between’ moments narrate your story beautifully and uniquely. But with so much going on, it’s hard to see the ‘big picture’ of your day.

That’s my job. I have an expert eye for capturing spontaneous moments – raw, undocumented and unscripted. So, I inconspicuously collect the reactions, gestures, and interactions you see and don’t see. 

From the joyous, unbridled laughter to the bitter-sweet smiles as you remember those who couldn’t attend.

The couple hug at Spencer House
Crying bride at The Shehnai

Getting Ready

Having photographs from this part of the day helps to tell the complete story of your wedding day.

Have trusted family and friends ready for any last-minute delegation of tasks. Relax and enjoy the start of the wedding day with your family and friends.

The time will fly by. The ideal getting-ready space would be light, spacious and free of clutter. Don’t worry if it isn’t spacious or free of clutter.

 

The Speech at The Painted Hall Greenwich
The bride and bridesmaids getting ready

Good Light

Good light makes a big difference in the photographs. Ideally, you want your makeup done where natural light falls onto you (and your bridesmaids).

Do check if the place you are getting ready has natural light. If it doesn’t (windowless rooms exist), consider moving to where there are. Another room might have better light.

Indian Wedding at Boreham House
First dance at Claridge's Hotel

The Ceremony

The part of the day why everyone is here. Check beforehand for any photography restrictions at the ceremony location so you are not disappointed afterwards.

Please ask if the officiant in charge of the wedding is happy to have your vows photographed. Sometimes, restricted photography is only allowed. For example, photographing from the back of the church. (I have been sent to the back of the room before, and in a few cases, a total ban on photographs during the ceremony.)

Be present and enjoy the moments during the ceremony and day. Enjoy the celebratory happy hugs and kisses from the guests.

Planning lets you ensure the confetti/sparklers are captured perfectly.

Richmond Park Engagement Photography
Wedding Photographer Surrey

Go Unplugged!

An unplugged ceremony is where the guests have been politely asked to put down their cameras and electronic devices so they are present and in the moment during the ceremony.

I have had guests jump out before me, ruining moments such as the first kiss or walking out as a married couple.

Also, I rarely use flash during a ceremony, so when the flash from a guest goes off, it can overexpose the photographs I’m taking and ruin the moment again. You can have the officiant inform the guests just before the ceremony starts.

Couple Portrait at Buckhurst Park
Couple Portrait at Notley Abbey Wedding Photographer

Group Photographs

The ideal time for Group Photographs is either just after the ceremony at the venue if there is space or at the reception venue (if it’s different).

Each Group Photo usually takes 4-5 minutes, so you might want to keep this to a minimum if you want to spend the maximum time with your guests.

To speed things up, it’s advisable to have designated people round up the guests for each group. Let the people involved in the Group Photographs know when they are required. 

 

Group Photograph at Oxford University
Group photograph at Stowe Hall

Couples’ Portraits

Whether you are camera shy or super easy in front of the camera, this part of the day is an excellent time for you both to get away from all the guests. and have some quiet time together.

It’s up to you to decide how much time you want to spend getting fantastic portraits for your walls and albums. The portraits can be broken up to provide different looks throughout the wedding day.

One of the best times for couples’ portraits is during the golden hour sunset (assuming a visible sunset). The light is natural and beautiful. The sun’s rays are diffused and soft and are typically more flattering.

Oatlands Wedding Photography
Bride and Groom walking in the wall

Portraits In The Rain

Embrace the rain. Unique portraits can be made in nearly any weather condition. The beauty is it will give a different look to the photographs in your album.

vill Court Wedding Photography bride and groom portrait

The Reception

It’s time to relax and celebrate with your guests.

Make the Reception a reflection of who you are. Add touches to make it unique.

Think about the backdrop for the photographs where the speeches will take place. Are there big pieces (usually floral) on the table obscuring you or the speaker? If so, it will make it harder to photograph anyone behind them.

Having the speeches after the main course and just before the desserts will allow your guests to relax and enjoy their food and drinks. Also, asking for the plates to be cleared and not having the wait staff on the floor produces cleaner images. 

Cake Cutting at The Landmark Hotel
Confetti Time

The First Dance & Party

If you feel stiff and clumsy, practice dancing to the song before the wedding day.

Consider bustling wedding dresses with a long train so you don’t trip over.

London Wedding Photographer
the speeches at froyle park

Documentary & Editorial Wedding Photography

I enjoy shooting weddings and working across Surrey and the world to create beautiful, natural wedding photos for my couples.

My approach allows my couples to relax, have fun, and enjoy themselves, and it shows in the final images.