There aren’t many wedding traditions I feel really passionate about. I am passionate about each couple doing their wedding their way and I think sometimes wedding traditions can prevent couples from doing their wedding the way they truly want to. However one traditional I really love is the throwing of confetti! That perfect confetti photograph
I mean really throwing confetti. Like a huge tsunami of a confetti wave covering the couple in joy. Where confetti is concerned more really is more! Little tiny handfuls of confetti thrown by the few token aunties who remembered to bring it along, nah. If you’re going to do confetti then let’s do it right. Let’s make some amazing, vibrant, joy filled confetti throw photographs!
So how do you get the perfect confetti photograph?
Well firstly there is no such thing as perfect, and definitely no one size fits all when it comes to weddings and wedding photographs. However there are a few tips I have up my sleeve to help us get the perfect confetti photograph
Tip 1: The most important, be in the moment! Relax, don’t think about the photograph think about celebrating with your guests the joyous and momentous life changing think you just did. The very best confetti photographs are ones filled with natural, spontaneous joy; the vibrancy of huge smiles on the faces of a couple surrounded by their loved ones.
Tip 2: Supply plenty of confetti for your guests (or if they are bringing their own tell them to bring loads!) and make sure it’s venue friendly. Not many guests bring confetti to weddings anymore and most venues stipulate the type of confetti that can be used. So get in bucket loads of natural, eco-friendly, non-dyed confetti which should be fine for most venues, but do double check with your ceremony venue if you’re not sure. However much confetti you think you need, double it! So often I see pretty little baskets of confetti cones being handed out by ushers and bridesmaid who get about half way through the guests before they run out. There should be enough confetti for all of your guests to grab a huge handful. If you are investing in confetti, then invest in the best confetti shot – and that means mountains of confetti.
Tip 3: Depending on the location, the light, and the space we can choose between two typical confetti shots; walking through an aisle of guests who throw confetti as you walk past or standing still and being surrounded by your guests who all throw confetti at the same time. There are different advantages to each choice. Often couples find it easier to feel and act more relaxed and natural with the walking option, reactions are more real and smiles are more spontaneous. However, the standing still method often provides the best volume of confetti; everyone throws it at the same time from lots of different angles so the photo is full of confetti. This works amazingly well if you are able to just relax and be absorbed in the moment. Basically have a plan. I chat with my couples before the day about the logistics of their wedding and how we are going to approach different elements of the day, including whether they want a confetti shot and how it will work best on their day.
Tip 4: pretty much tip 1 again, because it’s the crux of everything. If there is one stand alone, all important, do not forget piece of advice I could give you it would simply be to forget about the camera, think about each other and enjoy the celebration. Here’s a few of my favourite confetti moments from last year…
Are you planning your wedding and are looking for a photographer who loves the perfect confetti photograph, I’d love to hear from you.