Before the day:
We’ll meet as often as you’d like, at the venue or at your home, to talk through the timings, the details & the feel of your day, your concerns, any particular family dynamics (there’s often a few!) what you like & what you don’t like. If you feel uneasy in front of the camera, I find a pre-shoot can really help, & makes it no big deal on the day.
I’ll visit the venue &/or church to do a thorough recce, exploring options of what to do where, assessing the lighting conditions & finding sheltered areas for the Plan B ‘wet weather’ scenario.
Finally we’ll come up with a photography plan for the day – who’ll be where at what time, a list of group shots etc. I’ll give this to the ushers on the day so they can help me if necessary to ensure the day runs smoothly.
On the day:
I don’t have set time limits on the day so you will decide when my day begins. Often it’s arriving just after the hairdresser & begins with all the fun: painting nails, popping the cork, the dress hanging up, hugs, gifts, ironing.. But it can be later, when the bridal party is ready & looking fabulous, it’s your call.
During the morning I might pop over to catch the groomsmen straightening ties & fixing buttonholes, or possibly having a pint in the pub. Then back for the putting on of the dress & the big reveal!
During the ceremony, whether in a church or a venue, I keep a low profile, getting the pictures but staying out of the way. Once the bride has arrived I put away my flash & try to stay in one place, photographing the vows, exchanging of rings & so on without distracting.
A good photo of you coming out into the world as husband & wife is a ‘must’ & that’s often followed by a few brief group shots with parents & the wedding party before everyone gathers to greet you & throw confetti.
The drinks reception is the perfect time to take candid shots with everyone mingling & looking great so I’ll be milling about looking for laughter & affection, style & fun. Next it’s usually time for some group shots so I’ll find the ushers & the critical ‘group shot list’. My aim is to keep this part of the day quick, efficient & fun – no-one likes standing around & they shouldn’t have to. Although these shots are slightly more formal they don’t need to be boring.
If you’re happy I’ll take the pair of you for a 10 minute walkabout the grounds while the guests are getting seated for the meal. This a moment to catch your breath, & be together. A relaxed wander to a few picturesque spots where the light is good will make for beautiful photographs.
I take a break while food is served & appear again for the speeches. This is a great time to catch all sorts of facial expressions & hopefully a lot of laughter.
During the Summer months the evening light is often the most flattering & after the meal everyone is more relaxed so this is my favourite time for taking photographs – natural shots of people having fun & perhaps another stroll with the bride & groom to a different spot or a setting sun.
Then it’s party time, the first dance & possibly mad dancers, emotional friends & high-heeled hilarities will follow, after which I’ll slip away.
After the day:
I aim to deliver your photographs, in digital form, within two weeks of the day. A full day’s coverage usually gives around 400 final images.
I take my time editing & finely tuning the pictures, keeping plenty of choice but illuminating repetition & providing a comprehensive set of high quality photographs which tell the story of your day. I’ll make a selection for your approval to then put into a gallery on my website & provide the link for you to circulate.
If you’ve chosen an album I’ll help select the pictures for it with you. Once these are decided upon it takes around six weeks to design & receive back from the lab. I’m also ready to provide prints or parents albums at any point.