Nail your confetti shot

One look through my Instagram feed and it will come as absolutely no surprise that I LOVE confetti! Confetti shots are just so much fun! My 2018 couples smashed the hell out of their confetti shots, so I thought I’d share a few tips on how to get cracking confetti photos…

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More is definitely more

To get the best confetti shots, the most important thing is to make sure you have plenty of it! Ideally you want enough for guests to have a couple of fistfuls each - the more the better!

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Petals or paper?

My personal preference is large, colourful confetti made from biodegradable paper. It looks amazing in photos and is light so it won’t hurt your face if guests get overly enthusiastic throwing it!

You can buy this from loads of online shops and can either pick colours to match your theme or chose full on multi-coloured. You could also make it yourself using shaped paper punches on tissue paper if you fancy getting crafty!

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Petals do look beautiful though, and my wonderful couple below - Sophie + Mat - worked out that 15g per guest is the perfect amount (thanks guys!).

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Again, you can buy this online in a vast array of colours or you can make it yourself, like Alice’s mum did (below), drying out petals from her garden for over a year! (super mum!).

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When + where

Traditionally, confetti was thrown as couples walked out of the church. These days, we can be a bit more flexible! You’ll want to check if your venue has any rules (they may also stipulate what type to use as well) and work with your photographer to agree the best time/location on your day. Getting a couple of your wedding party to help with distributing confetti around your guests is also mega helpful.

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Ready, steady, SMILE!

You’ve got your confetti, you’ve agreed a time and place, so let’s do this thing! Hold your head up and smile!

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If you’re looking for a Manchester wedding photographer who loves confetti, please get in touch!

To pose or not to pose?

My couples book me because they want a laid back and fun wedding photographer, who captures real moments and natural portraits on their wedding day. They nearly always describe themselves as either nervous or awkward in front of a camera and when it comes to portraits, they say ‘nothing posed pleased.’

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Well, I’m here to let you in on a little secret - the natural, relaxed portraits you see on my gallery? They’re kinda posed! Let me explain…

The word ‘posed’ can conjure up images of mega-cringe and awkward looking photos that look like something the couple would never normally do. ‘Posed’ is nearly always seen as a negative thing and I know photographers avoid using the word like the plague.

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But picture this, it’s your wedding day (yay!), you’ve stepped away from your guests and you have 15 minutes to get some portraits. Your photographer says ‘act natural’…what do you? If you’re like most people, you probably freeze up. You’ve never been more aware that you have fingers and hands and suddenly have no idea what to do with them, and that person you’ve just married? You now feel totally weird stood next to and don’t know how to interact with them!

This is where a good photographer would step in and give you some direction to help you get the best portraits.

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When it comes to directing my couples, I keep it very simple, getting you to interact so you’re more comfortable and look natural and relaxed. I tend to start by asking you to go for a little walk together, or to sit down and cosy up close - I even have a couple of silly games to play to help take your mind off the picture-taking part.

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The portraits you see on my website have all had this level of direction (posing) because it’s my job to help you get the best possible portraits, that really reflect you and look natural and relaxed. This is the part of the day I get to be most creative and I’m looking for the best possible light all whilst capturing you both looking happy, natural and like yourselves.

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What can you do to help?

Go with it and have fun. Be willing to participate - it’s okay to feel nervous, okay to feel a bit awkward - I can work with both those things. But if someone is unwilling to participate and just doesn’t want to get involved, then I can only do so much. Remind yourself of why you’re doing this - to capture some wonderful memories with the person you love, on one of the best days of your life. Relish the opportunity to spend some time just the two of you and cuddle up, have a snog, hold hands, practise your first dance - whatever feels natural to you. Enjoy it!

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If you’re looking for a Manchester wedding photographer specialising in natural, laid back portraits, get in touch!

What if it rains on my wedding?

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With weather as unpredictable as ours in the UK, there’s really no guarantee that it won’t rain on your wedding. Here’s my top tips on how to make sure rain on your wedding doesn’t dampen your spirits (see what I did there?!)…

Don’t worry about it, but be prepared

This is the most important. There’s literally nothing you can do to change it, so worrying or stressing about it won’t help things at all. In the lead up to your wedding, if the weather report is predicting rain, order lots of umbrellas and get yourself some wellies just in case and if you’re having an outside ceremony or reception, check with your venue about a potential Plan B.

I love how the colourful umbrellas pop against the cloudy backdrop!

I love how the colourful umbrellas pop against the cloudy backdrop!

Enjoy it

Cloudy skies make beautiful backdrops for photos and they also produce a lovely even light that’s wonderful and flattering to shoot in. Super sunny weddings can actually be much more unflattering than grey and drizzly ones!

At Steph + Tony’s wedding we made use of some trees and took advantage of the beautiful soft light the rain created

At Steph + Tony’s wedding we made use of some trees and took advantage of the beautiful soft light the rain created

Embrace it and be flexible with timings for your portraits

I’m more than happy to go outside and get some romantic, rainy photos if you are! Grab an umbrella and we’ll go find a shaded spot under some trees, or if you're up for it shoot out in the rain. Your outfit may get a bit grubby at the bottom, but your photos will be so worth it!

If you’d rather not get damp and you’re flexible with when we can do your portraits, we can either wait for a break in the rain or I’ll find some indoor locations as a backup with lots of natural light to work with.

Romantic rainy smooch under an umbrella. And Tony brought his gin with him…what a lad!

Romantic rainy smooch under an umbrella. And Tony brought his gin with him…what a lad!

Group shots

If it’s looking like there’ll be no break in the rain, I’ll find an indoor location to shoot family group shots and will have the necessary lighting equipment to do so. My preference is always to make the most of natural light, and if possible the great outdoors, so I’ll only shoot the group shots indoors if this is not possible. For your wedding party, if they’re up for it, we’ll brave the rain anyway!

Alice + her maids were not afraid of a bit of rain!

Alice + her maids were not afraid of a bit of rain!

If you’re looking for a Manchester based photographer who loves to shoot in any weather, please get in touch!