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So, what does a typical wedding day with me around actually look like??
the wedding morning
I usually arrive mid-way through your bridal preparations. This is a great time to capture nice little moments like the first time your parents / bridesmaids see you in your dress. Gifts being received and opened. The final touches to hair and make-up. Wedding details such as bouquets, jewellery, your dress and shoes etc.
Relax, enjoy, soak up all those excited nerves – I am to blend into the background, shoot candidly and allow you to enjoy your wedding morning.
(for those who book a second photographer)
Men generally take a lot less time to get ready, if you’re having a second photographer you may want them to turn up a little later than I will for bridal prep, which is totally fine. I recommend gathering all your groomsmen and waiting until we arrive so we can shoot you doing your finishing touches such as shoes, cufflinks, ties, buttonholes etc, these can make for really cool shots and helps you relax knowing you have something to do whilst my colleague shoots away!
Groomsmen often head for a drink once they’re ready, my second photographer can either come with you and shoot candids, take some group shots of the chaps or go shoot some venue pictures.
My approach is very discreet during any ceremony. I keep movement to a minimum out of respect, particularly during religious ceremonies. I never use flash during ceremonies as it can be distracting and disrespectful.
Once again, I will be shooting candidly throughout, with an exception being a formal photo of you signing the register.
If you’re having confetti, then fab! This is one of my absolute favourite parts of the day. I’ll find a pretty backdrop and (with a little help from bridesmaids and groomsmen) usually line up everyone to form a confetti tunnel. As you walk down your confetti aisle, move slowly, take your time, look up and around, stop mid-walk for a kiss and continue – enjoy every second! I highly recommend lots of brightly coloured confetti for the absolute best shot.
This is the most formal part of the day and the only time I’ll really ask anyone to look at the camera. Group shots can be time consuming if you have large groups, a long shot-list and disorganised helpers!
So, I recommend having at least one person who knows each side of the family well to help gather people up. The aim of the game is to be super quick and allow you to get on and enjoy your wedding day.
Once the group shots and portraits are over, I shoot candid moments of you and your guests having fun. The best thing to do is ignore me and enjoy your big day.
If there’s time I like to shoot pictures of all the details you’ve put so much effort into too.
If you’ve had a Just Us Shoot, you’ll know what this is all about. This is a great opportunity for you to have some “us-time”. It’s probably the only time all day that you’ll be alone, so just soak up all those newly-wed feels. My approach to portraits is to assist you into natural looking positions with a little gentle direction. As with the rest of the day, it’s mostly best to ignore I’m there, look into each other’s eyes and just enjoy the awesome company of your new spouse. If you’ve booked me, there’s no doubt you’re after gorgeous, relaxed, informal, candid looking photographs so I try and keep these moments looking as natural as possible.
The best thing you can do is to just RELAX and let the magic happen. I try and keep your portrait session as short as possible to allow you to enjoy your day. I’ll need approximately 20-30 minutes during the drinks reception and if there’s some gorgeous light in the evening we can pop out for another short session as the sun is setting. If you’re after more portraits or think you’d like to go somewhere super cool for more photos, why not consider a post-wedding Just Us Shoot .
For me, this is my time for a drink and a well-deserved bite to eat. It’s time for your guests to relax knowing there’s no photographer to shoot pictures of them eating (nobody wants that!). I’m never far away so if you need me, just shout. If you’re able to supply me with a meal I’d be super grateful but it’s not the end of the world – just let me know either way so I can bring a packed lunch!
Once again, I shoot candid images of you and your guests’ reactions here. There is often a lot of laughter and a few tears during speeches, so these make for my favourite kind of images – natural, genuine, gorgeous.
Please make sure you grab me before cutting the cake! It’s often a quick moment and can be the easiest thing for me to miss if I’m off shooting elsewhere.
Arguably one of the most nerve-wracking moments of the day, but just try and get lost in the moment and forget everyone else. If you’re feeling extra nervous why not ask your close family and friends to join in after a minute or two.
Let loose and let the good times roll. Ignore me, I’m catching all the action!
Whilst my style is natural and documentary, and whilst I spend most of the day trying to capture the day as it happens, blending quietly into the background and without interrupting, I recognise that at times there are special things that you may want photographed that I might otherwise miss. I always ask clients to list anything extra special, so I know I won’t miss it!