YOUR BIG DAY
The day you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! With all your hard work organising a million and one things beforehand, your wedding is the time to finally let go and enjoy the most romantic day of your life. Now you can let the people you’ve chosen do all the hard work. Hopefully I’ll be one of them.
I usually start 3 hours before your ceremony and generally focus more on the bridal party but if the groomsmen are nearby (and keen!) I’m happy to head over to see them as well. This gives me a chance to get some candid shots of the boys being boys (perhaps having a cheeky pint?) and as an added bonus I’ll make sure they’re on time! (The girls are allowed to be fashionably late…)
During the bridal preparations there are loads of details to capture including shots of the dress, shoes, jewellery, perfume and any other accessories. I generally do these photos first so everybody gets used to me being there and then in the background I quietly snap away capturing hair and makeup along with all madness of wedding preparations. If possible it’s great to get a shot of the father of the bride’s first look at his daughter looking stunning and ready to go as his reaction is almost always emotional.
It’s time to marry your best friend. I realise that this is one of the most nerve racking parts of the day so to ensure that I’m not adding to this I refrain from using flash during the ceremony, instead choosing to utilise natural light. I use lenses which allow me to maintain a comfortable distance while still catching intimate moments (and keeping my eyes peeled for emotional guests).
Now you’ve said the “I dos”, you can enjoy yourself with all your favourite people. All your friends and family will be excited and it’s unrealistic to expect that we’ll gather everyone for group photos straight away, especially while your eccentric uncle is hunting down his favourite tipple! I happily acknowledge this and ensure that you and your guests can enjoy this time before rounding up those involved.
I highly recommend keeping your group shots limited to the key people, a list of 5-10 is ideal, especially since I’ll be capturing tonnes of natural shots of your loved ones throughout the whole day. This is not said for my benefit but because I’ve witnessed many times that a long shot list means you’re tied into rounding up groups rather than socialising.
I also love to take advantage of the chilled out vibe in-between your meal and evening guests arriving to capture more casual group shots. At this point everyone has been well fed and had a couple of drinks so it’s easier to get some fun shots of all your favourite people larking about.
THE HAPPY COUPLE
Following your engagement shoot you’ll know what to expect and will be a lot more relaxed about the whole experience. Don’t worry there’s no cheese or awkwardness when we do your couple photos, just super chilled fun portraits. I’ll capture natural and flattering couple shots which bring out your true personalities.
I figure out all the best spots beforehand and we’ll head out for a maximum of 30 minutes before your wedding breakfast and another 15 minutes or so for an early evening round of shots. Hopefully we’ll be blessed with an awesome sunset. This gives you guys a varied set of couple portraits making the most of different lighting conditions and your venue.
I always have a plan of action (including creative ideas for wet weather) but I also find some of the most honest wedding shots happen spontaneously. It could be something you guys do without thinking or an idea that I come up with on the spot.
THE FINE DETAIL
After all the time spent creating a unique wedding I know how important it is to capture all the details big and small. With the average couple spending months of their life organising their wedding packed full of personal touches, from styling their wedding with flowers and decorations to the car and venue itself. Nothing will be overlooked.
Let’s get the party started and dance the night away! By this point all your guests will be thoroughly relaxed, allowing for some great off-the-cuff shots. During this time I will capture the cutting of the cake, first dance and your dad strutting his stuff on the dance floor. I generally hang around for an hour or so after the first dance ensuring that I’ve covered a decent amount of the evening proceedings and capturing any dance floor shenanigans.