Be a Better Wedding Photographer

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Be a Better Wedding Photographer

Weddings are packed with photo opportunities, so make the most of them with these handy hints and tips.


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Published 07/10/2009

Being a wedding guest, you're often free to capture the most informal and surprising snaps of the day. While the official photographer is busy with formal photos, take the opportunity to capture more candid moments. Exactly the kind of photos the bride and groom will love in a wedding album or personalised Photobook.

Be snap happy

Get into the habit of taking a few shots of each scene; that way you can select the best of the bunch and avoid disappointment when someone has their eyes shut or is pulling an awkward expression. Make sure you pack a spare memory card so you don't run out of room!

Wait for it

It's important not to get in the professional photographer's way. For a more relaxed group photo wait until just after the professional formal shot has been taken and then take yours.

Act on instinct

Timing is everything. Some shots might not be quite how you'd like them but if you see something interesting just grab the moment. You can always re-crop an image at a later date at, but you can't re-enact spontaneity.

Focus on fun

It's the funny little things that happen that make each wedding unique. With so much going it's often such moments that get missed. Capture moments like the young bridesmaids running riot or the pageboy trying on a top hat that's far too big for him.

Use your advantage

Remember that the professional photographer won't know the people they're photographing. If you do, use this to your advantage by taking shots of couples and little informal family groups. This will give your pictures far more meaning.You can add text to photobook pages at,so why not go that extra mile and add comments about the bride and groom in the book?

Eye for detail

A variety of close-up shots will add interest to your photos. Details such as flowers, favours and menus will all have been carefully chosen, making them well worth photographing.

Mixture of monochrome

Monochrome can be an effective way of disguising a dull day or a poorly lit venue. It's also great for cutting out clashing colours and focusing attention on the emotion of the day, just what you want at a wedding. Monochrome wedding portraits look particularly stylish and powerful when blown up as a large-scale wall-mounted canvas.

Get in quick

Many newlyweds have to wait weeks after their honeymoon to get a glimpse of their professional photos and it might be months until their final album is ready. Get ahead of the game by sharing your images online at as soon as the celebrating is done. Create a slideshow or photobook and send out the link to the other guests. If they like what they see they'll be able to order prints before the bride and groom even jet off.

Ready and waiting

Bootsphoto photobooks are a quick and simple way to turnaround photos. Get online and select your photos, add your heartfelt comments and we'll print and deliver it before the happy couple return from honeymoon.

The personal touch

Turn one of your favourite photos of the day into a canvas or collage print. Far more personal than buying from the gift list and a guaranteed, sure-fire hit!

Get a great deal

When ordering prints, think who else might like a copy. Order an extra set of prints for the couple and both sets of parents, along with some individual prints of any other couples you've photographed. With standard photos from 5p, by ordering all your prints at the same time you'll get a great discount on the price, so everyone will assume you've been far more generous than you really have!

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