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With the recent boom in “candid wedding photography”, pictures from weddings have become starkly different from how they used to be in our parents’ times. No longer do we see pastel backgrounds against which couples pose uncomfortably. Instead, we now have couples going for natural and documentary photography that captures beautiful moments and not fake poses! If you are getting married soon, here’s what you can do to make sure you get the best photographs possible of your special day!



1. Practice a Few Poses Beforehand


There’s no harm in standing in front of a mirror and getting the hang of a few glamorous poses. Also, work on your smile because you’re going to have to do a lot of that!



2. Split the Photography Work


Hire one team to do traditional photography and hire another just for candid photos. Saddling the candid photographer with typical photography work is not always a good idea because then s/he can’t focus on capturing important moments at the festivities.



3. Hire Your Candid Photographer Carefully


There are so many good ones out there, so don’t get distracted by the biggies. If you can’t afford to pay a bomb, look at some of these candid photographers who are really doing some excellent work at weddings: Camera Waale Baraati, Varun Bhatnagar Photography, The Cheesecake Project and Candid Wedding Photography by Ankit Mehrotra.



4. Work the Right Body Language


We know it's tough to keep check throughout your wedding festivities, but try not to slouch or hunch your back. Keep your back straight and carry yourself with grace.


How to get the Best Wedding Photographs

Image courtesy Camera Waale Baraati

5. Use Subtle Makeup


Hiring the right makeup artist is very crucial. Brides often end up getting too much makeup done and this can have a detrimental effect on your final photos. With the new high definition cameras in play, brides can actually get subtle and delicate make up done and the camera will have no trouble capturing all the magic!


How to get the Best Wedding Photographs

Image courtesy Varun Bhatnagar

6. Make Time For a Quick Shoot Before the Ceremony


Schedule a session with your candid photographer for your wedding day, but before any of the ceremonies take place. Indian weddings can go on for hours leaving the couple very very tired! You don’t want to look stressed or exhausted in all pictures right? Do a quick round before the ceremony and you’ll have a stress free batch of gorgeous couple photos!



7. Keep the Photographer in the Loop!


Assign one person from the family who can brief the photographer about who the immediate family is and other important people who s/he must click great pictures of.


How to get the Best Wedding Photographs

Image courtesy The Cheesecake Project

8. Have a Drink!


There’s no better way to unwind and de-stress than to have a glass of wine before you dive into those endless wedding ceremonies. Drink, relax and laugh. If your eyes are smile, your photographer will be more than happy.



9. Don’t Forget to Have Fun!


No one likes to look at identical stuffy pictures of the entire wedding party standing around the couple, looking all formal with forced smiles on their faces. Ignore the camera and enjoy the company of your cousins, family members and friends. Trust us, you’ll get the best pictures this way!


How to get the Best Wedding Photographs

Image courtesy Ankit Mehrotra

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