HEY, IT'S YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER!
I want to start by saying HOW EXCITED I AM to be photographing your big day! I know how it feels, to choose & trust someone to photograph your wedding, it’s a big responsibility but I am beyond passionate in documenting love stories. Seeing as I have the honour of capturing the most epic day of your life, lets get to know each-other a little better.
NAILING A SUPER FUN WEDDING TIMELINE.
Here’s the thing, planning a wedding is tough and it can be daunting. However it doesn’t have to be this way! To start off I will be sharing some tips and tricks on ways that you can achieve an epic wedding day.
11.00am – Photographer arrives to photograph prep.
1:00pm Photographer leaves to head to the venue to get ready for your arrival!
1.30pm LET THE CEREMONY BEGIN
2:00pm Ceremony ends, now it’s time for confetti, bubbles or even glitter.
2:15– 4:15pm Drinks reception
3:15pm Group photos
3:45pm Couple photos
5.30pm Enjoy some food
7:00pm Downtime for fun in the evening/ evening guests arrive
8:00pm First dance
8:45pm Golden hour couple portraits * (check time of sunset as this time will vary).
9.15pm - Time to tear up the dance-floor!
So you're booked! - What happens now?
1. RIGHT NOW
FIST PUMP, DO A MINI DANCE OR JUST OPEN THAT WEDDING PLANNER AND TICK FOUND MY PHOTOGRAPHER!
2. 2 MONTHS BEFORE THE DAY
THE FINAL PAYMENT FOR YOUR WEDDING COVERAGE IS DUE.
3. 1 MONTH BEFORE
YOU WILL RECEIVE A FINAL DETAILS FORM FROM ME
4. 2 WEEKS BEFORE
FINAL DETAILS FORM TO BE RETURNED TO ME!
5. 1 WEEK BEFORE
ENJOY THIS WEEK TOGETHER ITS THE LAST ONE AS A MISS!
6. THE WEDDING DAY
WELL THAT CAME ROUND QUICKLY. NOW RELAX AND ENJOY!
7. THE DAY AFTER
YOU WILL RECEIVE SOME SNEAK PEEKS OF YOUR DAY!
CUE ALL THE EMOTIONS 2-4 WEEKS LATER YOUR FINAL IMAGES WILL BE SENT. 5 WEEKS LATER YOUR USB AND PRINTS ARRIVE!
MORNING OF THE WEDDING
The day has finally arrived, you will feel an array of different emo- tions. From nerves, to excitement to not even touching that crois- sant that your friend is trying to feed you.
Capturing your day start from the moment you get ready, thats why I pride myself in telling both your stories from start, to the very end. I tend to arrive three hours before the ceremony starts. This gives you time to hate breakfast first thing with your tribe and to start capturing the day right from when the glam squad walk in to get you ready for the day!
How to create a calm environment
1. MAKE SURE YOU EAT YOUR BREAKFAST
You may not feel like eating, however you will feel so much better for doing so. It’s a long day ahead and you need your energy for that dancefloor!
2. CREATE YOUR ULTIMATE PREP PLAYLIST
Get on Spotify and start creating the ultimate prep playlist!
3. PLAN YOUR TIMINGS IN ADVANCE
Allow yourself to get ready first, your hair and make up will be done usually first to give you time to relax. Don’t worry, top ups can be done before you leave!
4. GET A GLASS OF BUBBLES IN HAND
It’s completely acceptable to pop the cork at 9 am, anything goes on your wedding day!
5. CREATE A TIDY CLEAR SPACE
As they say, tidy space, tidy mind. If you are surrounded by clutter that may trigger you to feel panicked. Everyone around you will ensure the space is clear so you can all get ready without tripping over last nights clothes.
1. HAVING AN UNPLUGGED CEREMONY
This means all guests have their mobiles put away and their attention is focused on the moment. Trust me, this is something I strongly advise all my couples to do. I will be there to capture the perfect angle, your reac- tion and the moment you say I DO. There’s nothing worse than looking back at your wedding photo’s and seeing someones IPhone cameraflashing as you seal your vows with a kiss!
This can be announced via a simple message from the celebrant/regis- trar or a notice board before the guests enter.
2. ALLOW YOURSELF TIME BEFORE THE CEREMONY STARTS Yes Brides, I am typically looking at you here! I learnt this mistake the hard way on my wedding day. Allow yourself plenty of time to arrive to the venue. You will need to take a moment to prepare yourself, there will be a mixture of emotions and its overwhelming!
3. THEME OF YOUR CEREMONY
Your ceremony is focused on three main things, your past, present and future. This will be a time where the officiant will comment on your journey as a couple, also you may include prayers, or readings (religious or non-religious!). The theme isn’t just all about the aesthetic decor, its about how all parties can help it reflect your relationship and how you have come together as one!
HOW TO ACHIEVE THE PERFECT CONFETTI SHOT
• Make sure everyone takes a generous handful of confetti
• All individuals to line up in parallel neat lines, leaving enough space for you both to walk.
• Accept that you will get confetti in your mouth, that is the whole fun of it!
• Purchase dried petal confetti, most ven- ues do not allow any other forms of confetti, also the colours capture beautifully on the camera.
• Take your time walking down the confetti aisle, your instinct will be to run, just enjoy the moment!
This part of the day is one that couples tend to dread and I get it! unless you are famous you are not used to being followed around by someone with a camera.
Rest assured, the approach and style to your couples photos will be no different to the rest of the gallery. I will create a calm atmosphere and capture you guys at your happiest, you will be so wrapped in up in everything that has just taken place, that I promise you, you will not have a care in the world. That is how natural, candid photography is acheived.
Always allow 45 minutes maximum for your couples photos, we want to make sure you have as much time as possible, also its an oppotunity for you both to enjoy eachothers company and get some valuable time together before the night begins!
HOW TO GET COMFORTABLE IN-FRONT OF THE CAMERA
1. First tip, this is your wedding day. It may not seem it right now, but you wont even notice I am there half of the time. The day is a whirlwind and you will be full love and excitement!
2. Spend time chatting to your photographer on the build up to your wedding. They will be spending 9-12 hours of the day with you. I love a good natter over a coffee, virtually or in person.
3. Consider an engagement shoot. If being in front of the camera makes you want to fold up into a origami swan (I completely understand!). Then
a pre wedding photoshoot is the perfect opportunity to see how we would work together and also get to know each other more before the day!
Group photos, here’s the thing they really do not have to replicate the awkward school photo. If there is one thing I can promise, it’s that your group photos will not be stiff or uncomfortable!
1. NOMINATE TWO MEMBERS OF THE BRIDAL PARTY TO ROUND PEOPLE UP This will help ensure we get the group shots done in good timing!
2. ALLOW 30-40 MINUTES FOR THESE SHOTS
This is plenty of time for us to all work together and create some wonderful group photos!
3. TRY NOT TO EXCEED MORE THAN 10 GROUP SHOTS
Before your wedding you will receive a final details form. There is a section for group photos which contains 10 slots, I would recommend keeping it 10 to a
4. SHARE YOUR PINTEREST BOARD WITH ME BEFORE THE DAY FOR INSPO There are some great ideas on Pinterest on how to achieve some different or quirky shots.
5. HAVE AN OPEN MIND
Group photos are notorious for being known as “the photos my parents want”. They have also got to be shots that you want, long gone are the uncomfortable group shots. I can promise you photos that will bring joy when you look back on them in years to come.
Candid - (of a photograph of a person) taken informally, especially without the subject’s knowledge.
These are the shots that are taken behind the scenes. In an unobtrusive way, we capture people enjoying the moment and embracing the day for what it is!
There will be a period in the day where after the couples photos you will be able to relax, enjoy the food, drink and interact with your guests. At this moment in time, I will be snapping all the cheers, hugs and emotional talks. Giving you a full 360 overview of your day. The day itself is such a magical whirlwind, looking back on those candid shots, you get to relive the moments and the joy of the day.
Candid photography is a huge part of the day, it helps tell the story. Documentary wedding photographers will find spaces in the day to capture all of the moments around them, which is what I will be aiming to do throughout your day.
EDITING & EVENING
WEDDINGS ARE ABOUT FOUR THINGS, LOVE, FOOD, DRINK AND FUN.
Before everyone settles down for food I will make sure I take all the detailed shots of the beautiful presented tables, food and array of drinks for the toasts!
During meal time, I tend to put my camera away and go refresh and refuel whilst the guests enjoy their food. No one likes to have their photos taken whilst eating!
Depending on the order of your day, the speeches will be photographed either before or after food how the order goes is personal preference to you. One thing to consider, if you have someone in the party who is really nervous to do their speech, its best to get the speeches done before food. That way they can feel more at ease and enjoy the food you spent months picking out for your guests!
Either way, I will be ready to capture the action once the food is done. This is when we start to pave the way into the evening where the fun begins!