For upcoming brides, finding the right photographer is a key step in any wedding to-do list, as this is the person who will be capturing the most important day of your life! So you need to find the right one, and get ready for those must-capture moments from the engagement announcement to the first dance. Luckily for you, we got top tips for how to look your best in your wedding photos from Chicago photographer, and bridal expert, Cara Nava from Carasco Photography.
Nava started in the wedding business thanks to her own husband. She joined him as a business manager and has worked her way to becoming the lead photographer of their co-managed business, Carasco Photography. Since then, she has also launched Brides Bubbles + Bliss, an annual Chicago bridal event that includes a runway show, exhibits by bridal industry experts and a chance for Windy City brides to mingle with professionals to gain insider information on how to make the most of their day.
But she is first and foremost a photographer, and she has insider tips of her own for brides looking to get the most out of their wedding day photos:
Have a bridal baseline
Nava has favorite celebrity weddings (Fergie/Josh Duhamel and Kate Middleton/Prince William), dream gowns (Christina Ricci and Kiera Knightly) as well as her ideal celebrity clients (Jack Black or Bill Murray), and suggests finding a selection of your own inspirational photos: pictures of your dream wedding, your bridal style icons or blog images you love. The more examples and inspiration you can give your photographer, the better idea they’ll have of the vision you have for your day, and how you want that captured.
Get comfortable with your photographer
Nava says that the engagement shoot is a great time to build rapport, and the time to also make any “must have” shots or limitations known. Better to have a game plan set and feel comfortable advance of the big day than to have your photographer miss a key shot. Nava even recommends getting to know your photographer on a more personal level if you can.
“We also like a double-date night to get to know the couple too if we are able to schedule it before the wedding. The less the couple is concerned about photos, we can capture them as they are and let their personalities and love shine.”
Listen to the pro advice.
Nava has photographed quite a few weddings and know the poses that will – or will not – look good on film, plain and simple.
“Shooting from above and having the bride angle her body three-quarters toward the camera (rather than from below or straight on) usually creates a flattering photo,” Nava says for bride-only photos. And for the couple, she recommends “angling the bride into the groom and creating a sort of “v” formation” to showcase the fit of the gown.
Expect (and embrace) the unexpected
One of Nava’s favorite moments of all the weddings she’s done was something totally unplanned (captured below). And that spontaneous moment led to a great photograph and a truly unique memory.
“The groom fell out of the chair during the hora. We were all really worried that he would get hurt but he ended up being fine. The photo with the bride and groom’s expression is priceless. They were such good sports!”
Just be yourself!
Nava says more and more couples are approaching their wedding almost as “a brand.” And while it’s important to create beautiful memories that will be shared and remembered, it’s also key to have a fun day with your new life partner! Let loose for at least a photo or two and really let your personalities shine through. You never know what might be the best shot of the day!