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Expert Tips: How to Put Your Best Face Forward in Wedding Photographs

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Today’s expert tips come from Michelle Pattee, an amazing photographer that I had the good fortune of meeting at a event in San Francisco earlier this year! You can check out more from Michelle at her portfolio website and wedding photography blog.

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How to Put Your Best Face Forward for Your Wedding Photographs
by Michelle Pattee

I have been shooting weddings for almost fifteen years and have stared down many, many brides through my lens. Here I offer a few tips on creating wedding day images that will make you smile for years to come.

1. Get some rest, and plenty of it.
The night before your wedding will probably be a party, but make every effort possible to get eight hours of sleep. It is the best beauty treatment out there and it does not cost a cent. Try to pack in the sleep hours the week before your wedding also – it will definitely make a difference. If you are feeling overwhelmed with tasks, then delegate, delegate, delegate, so you can hit the hay!

2. Don’t get your first facial the week of your wedding.
If you have never been to an aesthetician, then pace yourself and schedule your treatments in advance. Your skin may react unpleasantly and you need a window of time for it to calm down. Skin treatments are more effective in a series, and should begin at least six months before your Big Day.

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3. Drink water.
I know you have heard this plenty before, but it plumps the skin. Plus, it ranks as another FREE beauty treatment and we like those. Eat something too. You may be too nervous for food on your wedding day, but you must eat, especially breakfast. You need the fuel food provides to get you through the party (and the photo session).

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4. Put your faith in yourself.
Go with your gut when you hire your photographer. She or he will be in very close proximity to you on a day in your life that is like no other. Listen to your instincts when you are interviewing prospective shooters and ask yourself these questions: Can I be comfortable around this person, even in my bathrobe? Will my family and friends be comfortable with this person? You will be relaxed and confident, and that will translate though to the photographs, if you are at ease with your photographer.

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5. Put your faith in your photographer.
Once you have hired your photo soul mate, hand over the reins and let them fly. Tell them in advance of your wedding day, about any insecurities or opinions you have when it comes to being photographed. Once that is covered, don’t give it another thought.  On the day of your wedding, let the photographer direct you and try not to second guess their instructions.

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4 responses to “Expert Tips: How to Put Your Best Face Forward in Wedding Photographs”

  1. Houses, Couches, and Babies says:

    Um. I know one of the brides and grooms you have featured! Crazy!

  2. Valerie says:

    These are some really great and simple tips. I will definitely be remembering these on my big day!

  3. These are such great tips :) I recently had a light chemical peel – the closest thing to a facial I’ve ever had & it kind of broke out my skin. So…..I absolutely agree that any skin care regimen needs to be started well in advance. Actually, it’s a good idea to have any hair coloring or cutting done a couple of weeks in advance, too – just in case.

  4. These are great tips! I suddenly became un-photogenic and definitely need some help! ;)