A wedding day is the one that has the fewest number of hours compared to all other days. If you don’t believe it – just ask any married couple! Morning turns into afternoon and then night in a blink of an eye, and there is very little time for anything. When a bride and a groom plan that special day, they usually book hours for a hairdresser/makeup artist; a trip to the church or a civil registrar and the ceremony itself; cocktails with guests and the celebration dinner. This is already more than enough for one day, and we haven’t even started planning a wedding photo and video session on the beautiful island of Madeira here.

In this post, we will help you to plan your wedding day in Madeira so that it has all key parts and you receive beautiful romantic images of a just married couple, and all your friends call it a perfect wedding and crave the same.

Wedding on a bridge Madeira
Bride and groom on a bridge

There are several types and modes of wedding photography, but we would like to concentrate on a romantic wedding photo and video shoot, a wedding walk or a wedding love story – there are several names for that. The main idea of this photo and video session is to have only the bride and groom in the frame at some beautiful location – an no one else. This type of footage allows to concentrate on feelings, emotions of the newlyweds, and also shoot some exceptional stunning solo and duo portraits of two people in love – which is possible only when you have time and space for that. Unfortunately, during the hectic wedding day, the bride and the groom can’t always find an hour for this dedicated photo or video session, but at Art Photography Madeira, we believe that this footage is very important – something that you will cherish for many years to come. So, how is it better to organise it?

Bride and groom at Ponta do Sao Lourenco, Madeira
Bride and groom descending stairs
Bride and groom on a sunny day

So let’s take a closer look at a wedding walk or a wedding love story photo session. If the newlyweds have time between the church and the restaurant, it would only be logical to use it for a photo and video shoot. Depending on how much time you have, you can choose different locations – mountains, cliffs, the seashore, or you can find something nearby – a park, for example, or quiet picturesque streets in the old part of the city. Luckily, Madeira has plenty of that, even in the capital, Funchal.

Beautiful bride with a bouquet
Bride is smiling at the groom
Bride hugging the groom

Attention, for a shoot in Madeira, you need to have Plan A and Plan B: if there are delays and the opportunity to go to a distant location disappears, turn to something nearby. From our experience, even a well-arranged schedule can have sudden overlaps, and a two-hour walk can become only forty minutes.

Bride and groom at Quinta do Lorde, Madeira

What to shoot during this romantic walk and how to turn it into an interesting story? Each couple can tell you about the interesting moments of their relationship, talk about their favourite places or locations which make sense only to the two of them. If the viewpoints are worthy for the shoot, and they match the timeframe, include them in the romantic walk.  

Bride with bouquet profile smiling
Portrait of a bride
Bride flirting

Also, keep in mind that some of the photos from the romantic wedding walk will most probably appear in the wedding album afterwards. It’s understandable: they look very solemn, clean, well-framed and usually compliment the looks of the bride and the groom, adding a beautiful touch to the whole album.

Groom's portrait in Quinta do Lorde

Therefore, a photographer and a videographer need to capture very diverse images. This includes full-body shots with a lot of background – sky, ocean, mountains; also, some half-body and head shots, finishing with photos of details and accessories such as the rings, the details of the dress, the bouquet, the watch and cufflinks for the groom.

Finally, the most important part of the wedding love story is emotions. But they are not so easy to evoke at the very beginning of the photo or video session. We will tell you about our approach.

Bride at the sunset in Madeira
Bride in a veil at sunset

Firstly, it will help if the photographer and cameraman can make the couple feel comfortable and relaxed, but this is a gradual process. As a rule, we begin with full-body portraits from the distance. The couple is feeling more at ease when they are some metres away from the filming crew. By the full-body shots, we build the image of a new family through simple symbols which everyone understands: two trees, a walk hand in hand, some static pictures with space and volume around. Madeira has many locations suitable for this type of photography and videography: a plateau in the mountains with a good view, a deserted beach, an empty road or a glade in the forest.

bride and groom at sunset in Madeira

Now the couple is getting tuned in the photo session, and a wide-angle lens is our tool.

The ice is already melting, and you can shoot the details up close, paying attention to gestures and glances. Such photos are best taken with telephoto lenses with a focal length of 80 mm. In this way, you will not literally shoot into the faces of the couple but will work from 2-3 metres distance and fill the frame with the necessary details. At this stage, the couple usually feels more relaxed, and you can ask them to turn for better lighting and direction. At this moment, the photographer should notice the best angles for both the groom and the bride. In order to finally relieve the tension of the couple, ask them to walk along together, and shoot full body portraits from afar. The images will be dynamic, and the couple will be distracted from the thoughts about the difficulty of working as photo models.

bride and groom in Madeira during the sunset at Ponta do Sao Lourenco

Then you can pause the dynamic walk and continue with real close-ups. Usually, at this moment the couple is comfortable to hug and kiss, and our task is to focus on emotions, close-ups of eyes, touches, etc. This is the most important part of the shoot. If everything is done correctly, the couple looks very good and natural – and eventually satisfied with the result!

Whatever the weather during the wedding walk, with these tips and tricks there should be a lot of high-quality material with the happy newlyweds!

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