To help your guests make the most of your special day, here’s some advice to help them snap some memorable wedding photographs, with even the simplest of pocket cameras!

Wedding guests usually have the smallest and simplest of cameras, when compared to the official photographer, but they can produce some alternative and unusual shots if they use their imagination and follow some simple rules:

  • Try to be creative and look for unusual angles from which to take   your pictures.
  • People often stand like soldiers in large groups so, if you have the opportunity, go for small groups of three, four or five members of the wedding party. The more people in the picture, the more chance   of there being problems such as guests with clothes clashing.
  • Try to position your subjects out of strong sunlight as they are likely to squint their eyes.  Choose more shaded areas, you will have better light and, most probably, a better background.
  • To get people smiling or laughing, get them to do things they would not normally do. It will also take their minds off having their picture taken. Alternatively, adopt a candid approach.
  • An idea that often works well is to reverse the rolls. Have the bridesmaids with the groom, the bride with the ushers.
  • Look for offbeat pictures. Button holes being fixed, ushers with guests or giving out order of ceremony sheets.
  • If you get a good picture set-up, then take three or four shots to guarantee at least one in which no-one is blinking. If you take only one shot, you may have wasted a good photo opportunity.
  • On the same theme, make sure you take plenty of film. You are going to be disappointed if you use up your only film early on and there are some great opportunities later in the day.


  • Check your camera before you set off for the wedding. If it has been in a drawer for a while the batteries may be dead and a film in it could be all but finished.
  • Try to create your own photo opportunities. Don’t just stand behind the official photographer taking formal pictures of the wedding party.
  • Try using black & white film as an alternative. You may be the only one and you may produce some unusual and atmospheric pictures.
  • Try to be in the right place at the right time. Have a look around the venue for unusual and interesting backdrops.
  • Don’t put your camera away just because the reception has started. There can still be some great pictures taken such as the cake cutting, the presents, the speeches and even the newlyweds having the first dance.
  • If you are taking pictures of children, get down to their level so you are straight-on to them.
  • Look out for body language. Expression is everything in a picture and there are some great picture possibilities to be had if you keep an eye out for them.
  • Most importantly, remember that a good sense of humour and an infectious smile go a long way in capturing the special joy of a wedding day!

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