How to Get Great Wedding Portraits in 5 Easy Steps


Get great wedding portraits and have fun doing it

If you’ve got your wedding coming up, you may be wondering: ‘how do you get great wedding portraits? Is it just a case of standing somewhere nice and pressing a button? Do we have to be professional models?’ Thankfully, anyone can do it and it’s easier than you think. I’ve put together a quick guide to let you know how to make the most of your day to get great wedding portraits.

1. Pick the right photographer for you

The real secret to getting good wedding portraits is picking a photographer you get on really well with. You’ll want to check out their portfolio, see what they have to say for themselves in how they approach their work and just generally get a good feel for what they’d be like to work with. After meeting them, you’ll be able to judge if you’ll all get along well. This will get you 90% of the way there – chemistry is everything!

2. Talk to your photographer in advance

Have something in particular you want to do or something you want to avoid? Have a frank and honest discussion before the wedding day, ideally when you’re booking. This will help your photographer know how to approach your session on the day, and also how to select and edit the right photos afterwards too. You may have a few images as reference or a Pinterest board you can talk about, but this is only helpful up to a point. If you’ve picked the right photographer (see above!) you’ll be sure to like the work that they produce, which will be unique to you and not a clone of something you’ve seen online. (Case in point: a totally unique portrait for Jaclyn & George after they mentioned they wanted to do something with sparklers!)

3. Do an engagement shoot

If you were asked to do a presentation at work, you’d definitely prepare for it in some way. Perhaps even rehearse it in the bathroom mirror. I know I would! It’s exactly the same principle with wedding portraits. Chances are you won’t be used to being in front of a camera, so why not get some practice in? Engagement shoots are a great way to do this, and they have a whole host of other benefits. Not sure? Check out this blog to see if you’d benefit from an engagement shoot.

4. Make time for it

Wedding days go by in a flash, so making time for a portrait session is paramount! To get the mountain backdrop for Helen and James’ wedding (shown below), we spent an hour travelling to the location. But wow, it was worth it!

5. Break it up

A brilliant way to make the most of the way that light changes throughout the day is to do two, shorter portrait sessions. One takes place earlier in the day when the sun is higher in the sky, the other perhaps later on during ‘golden hour‘. You spend the same amount of time doing your portraits, but your guests will seldom notice you’re not in the room! You’ll also get great wedding portraits, too.

Featured weddings from this post

Emily + Pete

Jaclyn + George

Alex + James (blog coming soon!)

Emily + Jimmy

Emily + Nick

Jess + Nick

Naomi + Jonny (blog coming soon!)

Jess + Tim (blog coming soon!)

What about you?

Thinking of what your wedding portraits might look like? I’d love to help you create them! You can take a more in-depth look at my portfolio here, and find out more about my pricing over here.