All Images by Kelly J Photography

One of the most common concerns I hear from brides (& grooms!) is how to take good photographs? Think back to the last time you had a photo taken. Let’s be honest, it was probably on a night out, with friends somewhere, you had had a few too many and your first thought was, ‘I hope they don’t share that on Facebook?’ So is it any wonder that we all think that we can’t take a good photo? When it comes to taking professional photographs, I promise you it is soooo different. It is actually the most enjoyable experience and you will have so much fun, but for those of you still not totally convinced, we have invited photographer Kelly J to share her top tips for taking better, more natural photographs so that in the lead up to your wedding, you can feel more confident that you and your other half will know how to rock it on the day.


1. Trust your photographer.

Having pictures taken can be the part of weddings that some couples really dread. If the only kind of pictures you’re used to having taken are the “Smile. Say cheese. Oh wait the flash didn’t go off. Smile again” kind of photos, then no wonder it feels unnatural and stiff.

Having your photo taken professionally shouldn’t be like this. So take a deep breath, relax and trust that this will be a different type of picture taking experience. It also really helps if you’re photographer is someone you click with (pun totally intended) as the more comfortable you are with this person, the more natural the photographs will be.


2. Interact with each other.

The wedding photos should reflect you as a couple. How do you hug your fiancé when you come home from work? Do you have any inside jokes? How do you stand together when you’re waiting for a taxi, do you hold hands, link arms? Just be yourself when you’re together and don’t be afraid to laugh together if you feel silly, or take a moment just to hold each other.


3. Posing.

There are always a couple of things you can do to make yourself look your very best in your photographs; Stand tall and be careful not to slouch. Lift your chin slightly and bring it forward to elongate your neck and avoid double chin catastrophes. Give your limbs and body some space in between them for shape.

When it comes to posing however, listen to your photographers directions and move fluidly between the different poses. Your photographer captures everything between your poses and that’s where the natural images actually happen, so it’s best to move smoothly and take it slow rather than stop what you’re doing to get into the next pose.



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All Photography by Jules Photography

Hello Guys!! We are super excited to be welcoming back Atlanta based, alternative wedding photographer, Jules Photography to Bespoke Bride, as she shares her favourite reasons for being an offbeat photographer. As you guys know we love it when our couples switch things up especially when they are a perfect representation of the couple and their wedding day so who better to capture those special memories? Over to you Jules…

1. Be Yourself!

My number one goal is to make sure your personality shines through in your images. I, of course, will do some traditional poses, but 90% of your day will be FUN, stress-free and full of laughter. I am naturally outgoing so having fun and creating images you will love forever is the recipe to success for me. THAT is what makes me happy.

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2. Get Creative.

At some weddings the creative juices are stifled by strict  timelines and just the overall pressure of the day. While that is always going to be a factor to some extent, working with an alternative wedding photographer is going to bring out your absolute best laughter and smiles through creativity. Between random excursions to the most unique spot at your venue to the fun little jokes and poses we’ll come up with together, there’s no doubt you’ll get images like no other couple.

3. Stand Out!

Your photos will stand out all over the internet. Whether it’s your bright colored hair or the unique destination you’ve chosen your photos won’t look like any other wedding. Not only is that part of the challenge that is wedding photography, but for me that’s the definition of FUN. New places and new faces. 

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All Photography by Jules Photography Woo hoo it’s the weekend and to celebrate we have teamed with offbeat wedding photographer Jules Photographyto offer 5 very lucky readers in the States, a phenomenal offer. Although based in the UK,  we are proud to admit that we have a huge international readership, with half million readers coming solely from the US…


“I Love Weddings!” – 5 Reasons You Should Book Emily Johnson Photography!

Emily Johnson Photography

We are always on the lookout for new wedding businesses and talent here at Bespoke Bride, so you can imagine how delighted we were to be introduced to a fantastic emerging photographer, Emily Johnson photography. We spent some time chatting to her about photography, grilling her about her approach, creativity and style and we loved her so much that we thought it only right to introduce you. So we invited her to share with you the top 5 reasons you should book her as your wedding photographer!

Emily’s first point is particularly pertinent as you may have noticed that we are heavily into detail on this blog but that doesn’t mean we don’t notice the special moments! For us it is the photos that show couples tearing up with joy as they say their vows, the moment the father of the bride embraces his daughter with pride, the hugs, the laughter and the pure excitement that really make a wedding special. This is what makes Emily’s approach to wedding photography right up our street! Please give her a warm welcome…

Emily Johnson Photography

Here is what she had to say:

1. I Love the Special Little Moments!

My approach to wedding photography is incredibly informal. I like to document the story of your day as it unfolds. I am always looking for little moments. Whether that be your Granny making last minute alterations to your dress or the look in your Dad’s eyes as he walks you down the aisle. I love real moments, genuine expressions and my hope is that each and every client will have an honest narrative of their day.

2. I Love Getting To Know You!

I make a genuine effort to get to know each and every one of my couples before the big day. I think this really helps us have a laugh and get those genuine shots. There is nothing better than getting to know one another over a cup of tea and a piece of cake!