Capturing Your Smile With Wedding Photography

[Wedding Smiles] Capturing Your Smile With Wedding Photography

When we started thinking about putting together a smile resource for Canberra Brides it became apparent to us pretty quickly that it wouldn’t be complete without addressing two very important parts of a Wedding: photography and makeup. Because this is not our area of expertise, we decided to consult with Canberra-based photography and makeup professionals.

We contacted Emily Hannah of esh photography to see if she’s willing to give us a professional photographer’s insight into capturing beautiful wedding smiles. She came back with plenty of tips and great ideas, which we’ve shared below. Make sure you also check out her section in our new resource ‘A Canberra Bride’s Guide To A Beautiful Wedding Smile’.

For reluctant or nervous smilers, what are your best tips? (How do you help them to relax and smile naturally?)

Choose a photographer whom you connect well with, don’t be too serious about the day when you get to it. The work is already done, it’s all happening, relax and be fatalistic about how the day unfolds. Focus on the people you love the most rather than straight into the lens of the camera. This ensures you will feel more relaxed with a natural smile.

“My cheeks hurt from smiling so much!” — How do you respond, and what’s the solution?

Don’t feel you have to smile the whole time, better that your smiles are not forced. Try and focus on the happiness of the day instead and on the people that love and surround you. The smiles will come naturally then.

What is your recipe for capturing beautiful wedding smiles from the entire wedding party?

Have fun! Enjoy the location shoot, it should be a highlight of the day, a time to relax and enjoy yourselves – not work!

As a photographer when directing bridal party’s it is crucial to smile a lot and have a good sense of humour about the photos, to make jokes and be a little bit silly at times. Whatever it takes really, to get natural laughter and smiles. It is also is so important to be well organised as the photographer, to pre plan shots and locations and to ensure the agenda is not over-crowded. It really is an event management role.

What’s your favourite wedding story about smiling?

I don’t really have one. So many weddings spanning over a decade, I have some funny stories, but all weddings are full of smiles.

(Just for fun!—we are a dental practice after all!) What colour toothbrush do you use?

I have two, one electric white one, one normal red one.


Emily is a contributor to our upcoming resource: A Canberra Bride’s Guide To A Beautiful Wedding Smile. This will be published on this site on September 30, 2015.


EmilyEmily Suzanne Hanna is the principal photographer of esh photography. esh photography does all kinds of photography, with a focus on wedding photography.

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