Ten tips on makeup for wedding photography

Ten tips on bridal makeup to look your best self while walking down the aisle:

 

Stay away from trends:

Stay away from anything trendy. Trends come and go and when you look at your wedding album 20 years later you still wanna look fresh and classy in your wedding photographs.

Matching the foundation:

Make sure the color of your foundation matches not just with your face but more importantly your décolletage and arms. You will most likely have an open dress and if you have a routine of putting sunblock on your face every day, your face will be lighter in color than the rest of your body. This will really stand out in your wedding photographs and film/video and your head will not match with your body. Matching the foundation is the first step and it should be done in a good, natural light.

Go for more makeup:

Take your makeup one notch up on your wedding day. There will be a lot of pictures and videos and you want your features to stand out. It is a good idea to do “makeup trial” before your wedding day, so you can try some different options as well as get used to yourself having more makeup on.

Tears and mascara:

Always, always, always use waterproof mascara. When emotions kick in you maybe shedding some tears and you do not want them to run black. Curl your lashes first, then apply 2-3 coats. Loads of waterproof mascara will make your eyes stand out beautifully in your wedding photographs.

Eyebrows and grooming:

Eyebrows are the “frame” of your face. It is very important to have them nicely groomed. If any plucking or waxing is required do it a few days before the wedding to avoid any unwanted redness in this area.

Blush, blush and blend:

Be a blushing bride, apply two colors of blush, darker pink or peach on the entire cheek and a bright version of the same color on the apple. Blend well. Cheeks defined like that look delicious on camera.

Brighter lips:

Very natural or pale lip color may look washed out on photographs and film, choose brighter colors of pink, peach or plum to brighten your face up. Consider you will be kissing a lot of people expressing their love and well wishes for you new life. Choose matte lipstick or a stain. If you choose you may have your favorite lipgloss handy for the after dinner party.

Matte vs sweaty or shiny:

Avoid looking shiny by setting your concealer and foundation with powder. Press the powder with a brush or powder puff instead of just lightly dusting it on, specially on your T zone(forehead, around the nose and chin area). That will make your face looking matte and well defined without any unwanted sweaty looking shine for your wedding photos and videos.

Be prepared to touch-up:

Don’t forget to make a small touch up bag to keep with you. It should include: lipstick, powder, blush and powder rice papers (use the papers to take out sweat before reapplying powder to avoid caking up your makeup). You can designate one of your bridesmaids to be your touch-up bag keeper.

Glasses vs contacts:

Last but not least, if you are the lucky, smart, optical glasses wearing type you may consider wearing contact lenses for your wedding day. The camera likes to see your eyes and you will like seeing yourself in your wedding pictures too. If you decide wearing glasses avoid wearing the photo-chromatic ones. When outdoors they will get dark and your eyes wil not be visible at all.

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Ten tips for smoother wedding photography

Ten tips on how you can help your wedding photographer make your wedding photography go smoother and give you peace of mind.

 

Shots those are important to you:

You must create a laundry list of shots that you absolutely want and discuss them with your wedding photographer before the wedding. Your uncle Bob flew across the pond to play bagpipe at the reception and you want that to be captured or specific family combination portraits that you must have. Of course the wedding photographer will always be on the lookout but you telling them beforehand will have them prepared and you will have nothing to worry about.

Visiting the venue with your wedding photographer:

Professional wedding photographers would want to visit the venue before the wedding to check out the space and lighting to plan the wedding photography. It’s a great idea to accompany the photographer on this visit. This will serve two purposes. Firstly, you will be able to describe the events as you have planned in your mind. This will not only help the photographer prepare the shots, cameras, lenses, lighting much more efficiently but also be able to see the event from your mind’s eye. Secondly, this gives both you and your photographer an opportunity to spend time together and get comfortable with each other. This is very important for wedding photography. The wedding photographer is like a family member on your big day and the more comfortable you are with each other the better the photos will be.

Other photographers at your wedding:

Most wedding photographers will have in their contracts that they will be the only photographers at the wedding. The reason for this is twofold. Firstly, a lot of effort goes into directing people, getting the right timings and angles etc. So anyone following them and taking pictures and using them for their own promotion is intellectual property theft and is not going to help make the photographer focus on their work. Secondly, these days almost everyone has, if not professional, then close to professional level cameras and if they go about clicking photos then the flashes and the sounds affect the quality of both the photography as well as the video, and of course in the worst case when at a critical moment someone walks in front of your wedding photographers camera, then that shot is permanently lost.

Family portraits at your wedding:

In most weddings time is lost in getting the people together for the portraits. Of course it will help, and you must let people know in advance about the schedule of the wedding portraits shoot but in our experience what really works is having two people, one from the bride’s side and one from the groom’s side, identified in advance and introduced to your wedding photographer. These people will be responsible to get the families together for the portraits. This will allow the photographer to use that time to get better portraits without getting rushed and most importantly you will have nothing to worry about.

Rest of the guests:

All the guests at your wedding who are not going to be involved with the portrait shoots must know in advance where and what they will be doing at that time, so that you and your portrait group are left alone with your wedding photographer.

Specific rules for the wedding venue and ceremony:

Check out if there are any specific rules or requirements regarding wedding photography at the venue or from the officiant and let your wedding photographer know about them in advance. Some venues require liability insurance and sometimes flash is not permitted in some venues. Some officiants want the wedding photographers to stay at a distance.

Audio quality during vows:

Find out if there will be a microphone that will be fed into the DJ’s sound console. The DJ would know this. The videographer can pick up the sound directly from there. If not then check with the officiant if it is OK to place a small wireless microphone somewhere between the bride and the groom so that it captures quality audio from all three.

Divorced parents:

In case of divorced parents and step moms and dads at the wedding, speak with them in advance about what they will be comfortable with regarding getting photographed, especially for the portraits, and plan the portraits as you want, with each of them or together according to their comfort level and let your wedding photographer know in advance to avoid any embarrassing situation and also so that you don’t have to worry about it a bit on your big day.

Photographs that you DO NOT want:

It’s quite common for bride’s to want photographs while they are getting dressed, especially the shot of putting on the wedding dress, which for some can be a bit revealing. If you do not want such shots then let your wedding photographer know in advance. On the other hand some brides want to do a nude or partially nude boudoir shot and must discuss this with their wedding photographer in advance and specify any requirements like only having a female photographer. Not all wedding photographers will be doing these shots.

Trusting your wedding photographer:

Finally, at many times during the wedding you or your family and friends might want to suggest shots to your wedding photographer and if it is really important then you must. But trust your wedding photographer. They know what will look good and you are paying them for that. You will get better photography if you allow your wedding photographer to make decisions and provide direction.

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Bridal Bouquet

We did a wedding photo shoot on Brooklyn Bridge. Here is a shot of the beautiful bouquet by Flowers By Danielle

 

Wedding Bouquet by Danielle, Monroe CT

 

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Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
~ Oscar Wilde

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~ Dr. Seuss

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~ Shing Xiong

 

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“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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“If you want to be loved, be lovable.”
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“For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.”
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