Picture Perfect

Photographer Liz Banfield offers her advice on getting the best wedding shots for your budget

Even amid regular editorial gigs with Real Simple Family and Martha Stewart Weddings, and her second book with event planner Tara Guérard, nationally renowned photographer Liz Banfield has stayed grounded in her gorgeous gray-and-yellow south Minneapolis studio. Late-summer/early-fall brides (now the most popular seasons to be wed), should heed her expert advice.

Hire the very best photographer you can afford. There are great photographers in all price ranges.

You will walk away from your wedding with three things: marriage, memories, and pictures. Those pictures become your memories.

Big statement dresses are back. Sequins, lace, beading—really big, detailed dresses. They’ve been dirty words the last few years!

Be rested and relaxed on your big day. It’s more important than makeup. But base is good to even out skin tone. Blotting papers cut the shine. Prioritize either eyes or lips. Remember: False eyelashes are fraught with problems.

Test out the position of your veil with your wedding-day hairdo. Your veil can change the shape of your face in pictures.

To save money, be flexible. Plan your wedding in less than three months. You can negotiate with vendors who know that day won’t otherwise be booked.

The most important part of great photos is being on time. Even the greatest photographer needs time to do her job. If the light is gone, it’s gone. Give false deadlines to your chronically late hairstylist or family members.

You don’t have to follow a formula. Weddings are an open script these days, whether in a synagogue or a field. Don’t worry about other people’s expectations.

The most photogenic thing of all is to have a good time.

Liz Banfield Photography, 323 W. 48th St., Mpls., 612-824-2465, lizbanfield.com


Dress by Monique Lhuillier, $1600. Earrings from Charm and Chain, charmandchain.com; vintage cuff from Hunt & Gather, 4944 Xerxes Ave. S., Mpls., 612-455-0250, huntandgatherantiques.com; No Rain pumps by Unlisted, shoemall.com.