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Breakfast Friday, 27 September, 2002, 13:03 GMT 14:03 UK
How to take perfect wedding photos
It's supposed to be the most memorable day of your life

Lord Lichfield on Breakfast
Wedding photograpy is like the news: you can't re-run it
But, for many of us, the disappointment starts when the wedding photos come back from the processor.

"Most people don't realise what a complicated and precise science wedding photography can be," Lord Lichfield told us this morning.

"In 40 years of taking photgraphs, it's the nearest thing I know to news photography: it's the only thing you cannot do again."


Lord Lichfield will be speaking at the National Wedding show, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October 2002.

Here are Lord Lichfield's top wedding photo tips:

  • Shoot some photos in black and white: it helps capture the atmosphere of the Big Day
  • Appoint a project manager - the bride's mother is ideal. Don't expect the bride or groom to attend to the details on their day.
  • Visit the venue, do a "recce", plan every last detail in advance. walk through with the photographer the events and timing or the day ( a similar rehearsal to that of the bride and groom) so he/she has a precise knowledge of the layout, expected details and location of the wedding event. Then, add time and a half to account for unforeseen circumstances on the actual day.
  • Make sure you know who the important family members are - otherwise you will find strangers creeping into your valuable photographs
  • Photograph the bride before she gets into the car to take her to the ceremony - if wearing a veil this is the only time you will find her with it in place over her face. Make sure when she gets out of the car you have the children in place.
  • Always start your post -ceremony photographs with the biggest group and then start to discard individuals, this means you will not be searching for people at the last minute. Expect to work right through to the last photograph of just the bride and groom.
  • Get the children in the first photograph - otherwise they will get their clothes messy, tired and emotional or even lost!
  • Be ready for the speeches and cake - the photographer must not be distracted by the prettiest bridesmaid!
  • Be aware of the time the bride and groom are likely to depart - shots of confetti and the car are important
  • Take extension leads and check the circuits of the house - it's always good to have a few fuses on hand in case of overload and consequent darkness!
  • A good photographer will know the most flattering angles but generally it is not standing square on to the lens. Most people look best three quarters facing the camera, with their shoulder towards it and the head turned.

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