The photographies of your wedding day are lasting memories that you will cherish for years to come after the big day, which usually goes by way to fast. So have you ever thought about what things to keep in mind to make the most our of your destination wedding photography? We have Anneli Marinovich with us today who shares her experience as a destination wedding photographer… Take it away Anneli!
1. “From the moment I wake up, before I put on my makeup”
For me, the bridal preparation part of the day is very special to photograph. Maybe because, as a past bride, I loved my own bridal prep photos so much! To get light & bright images, make sure you get ready in a room where you have abundant natural light and plenty of space. It also helps to choose a beautiful room as a backdrop for you getting into your dress, putting your shoes on etc. I also ask my brides to have their dress, accessories, shoes, jewellery and wedding stationery ready in the room, for me to photograph where I feel it works best. Once you are dressed, give your photographer enough time (i.e. at least 30 minutes) to take beautiful portraits of you before the ceremony.
2. “Beautiful light for beautiful images”
As much as we all love glorious sunshine, bright sunlight creates harsh shadows and can be quite unflattering. For this reason, it is always better to shoot in open shade where the light is even and softer. I also prefer to do the couple portrait session during the hour before sunset – the “golden hour”. The light at this time of day is soft, even and very flattering and with a beautiful sunsets, you’ll have that gorgeous golden haze, adding that sought after Mediterranean feel your images.
3. “It’s not about having time. It’s about making time.”
This is a very important point. You are investing in a gorgeous destination wedding, so make sure give your photographer enough time to capture the venue & surroundings as well as all the little details you have lovingly used to style your day. Speak to your photographer in the run up to the wedding and ask for their guidance on timings for the day – use their expertise and past experience to help you plan. For example, it is crucial to set aside enough time for your couple portraits if these are important to you. For a destination wedding, to make the most of the setting, I would suggest 45 – 60 minutes with your photographer.
4. “Fresh as a daisy”
Most couples head to the Med to get married in the summer time when it gets quite hot, so keep in mind that you may need a few touch ups during the day, to keep you looking fresh and beautiful for your photos. A little clutch bag works a treat so you have your make up and perhaps a little brush at hand.
5. Adventure awaits…
You are jetting off to an exotic wedding location, so why not make the most of the opportunity with a post-wedding shoot the day after the wedding. The shoot normally takes place, in a different location to where you got married and gives you an excuse to wear your wedding dress one more time! A romantic couple session on the beach or a wander around a vibrant city like Barcelona. Make your destination wedding weekend, one to remember.
Such great advice, thank you Anneli! If you want to check out Anneli’s destination wedding work, make sure to hop over to her blog!