It goes without saying that wedding photography is one of the most important aspects of any wedding day. These photos will last a lifetime after all, and you’ll want your photographer to capture every oh-so-special moment—from seeing your partner for the first time to making your grand entrance as a couple at the reception. And when it comes to beauty, there are a few shots that you’ll definitely want your photographer to snap, too, that put the focus on your flawless manicure or let your perfectly imperfect updo shine.
We spoke with NYC-based wedding and lifestyle photographer Jenny Fu about the essential hair, makeup, and manicure shots that your wedding photographer should have on his or her “must-take” list, plus the tips you need to know to nail every shot.
Below, the wedding photography tips you need to take the best bridal beauty photos on your big day, straight from one of Brides Best Wedding Photographers of 2018.
Capture your vibrant highlights or a beautiful updo with an outdoor hair photo, says Jenny. “Bridal hair photos look great when shot with natural light—you can see the texture of the braids or curls.” Ask your photographer to shoot from various angles so that you’ll have tons of options, too.
“I love capturing a gorgeous profile view of the bride because you are able to see all of the detail in the hair and the bride’s beautiful face,” adds Jenny. “Ask your photographer to take these detailed shots early on in the day, before it gets too messy.” We recommend getting these outdoor hair photos right before your first look or ceremony.
When it comes to showing off your wedding makeup, “Great portrait shots are all about angles,” Jenny explains. “Everyone knows that the perfect selfie angle is from the top down, and the same theory works when it comes to bridal photography.” Jenny says that she usually has her brides gaze down at a 45-degree angle over their shoulders to capture the perfect portrait.
It’s also important to capture those getting-ready moments before the wedding, so add a few close-ups of your in-progress makeup and hair to your “must-take” photo list. And before the big day, Jenny recommends to practice taking selfies on your phone, in order to learn which angles work for you and later communicate that to your photographer.
Whether you go for wedding nail art or opt to keep your nails neutral, Jenny says to make sure your fingernails are groomed and ready for their close-up, whether you want to show off that manicure in a spotlight shot or not. “You never know when your photographer will want to take a beautiful close-up shot of the ring on your finger,” she says. Our favorite? Lush bouquet shots that show off florals, that new wedding band, and your bridal manicure.
“Husband and wife rings shots are so romantic to capture,” adds Jenny. “This photo will definitely be one of the ones that end up in the wedding album.”
She also says taking mani shots gives you the chance to be playful and show off personalized items that you’ll have at the wedding. “I especially love capturing a close-up shot of the bride holding something personalized like a clutch or even a custom coconut!”