SO WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
Firstly let me say Thank You again for choosing to book me to capture your wedding. It’s going to be amazing and we’ll have a great time on the day, capturing all the moments so that you can relive them as memories forever. This page will give you an idea of what to expect now that you’ve booked and also some little pointers that will probably help you out with your planning, so that you can get the best images possible from your wedding day.
THE SPACE BETWEEN NOW AND THE WEDDING…
Most couples, probably like yourselves, have booked with over a year to go before the wedding. That means there will be some time until we chat each other again to talk through the final plans. As seen on your booking contract the final payment is due one month before the wedding. If you have booked a pre wedding shoot, please think about where you would like to go and when. However, you don’t need to be a stranger in-between, feel free to follow me on my Facebook Page, Instagram, Twitter or even add me up as a Facebook Friend. That way you’ll be able to keep up with my latest work and see what I’ve been up to!
TELL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS…
Telling your family and friends isn’t a way to promote me, but simply a way to educate them about my style of working. As a documentary style wedding photographer I always encourage keeping family formals to around 8-10 key shots while the rest of the photos are natural, un-staged photos of you and your guests having the best day ever. As soon as they know this is the way I work then they won’t be surprised when there isn’t a shot list of 30+ family formals which will take well over an hour. The amount of couples I meet who have said they’ve been to a family or friends wedding and the family shots went on and on and everyone got bored, isn’t my style. My style is to capture the natural moments while allowing for some family formals.
HOW LONG DO WE NEED FOR PHOTOS?
While planning your wedding have a think about the timings of the day and what you’d like to get out of it. I’ll call you a few weeks before your day to go over your plans and timings. Here’s some of the sections from the day and the timings I’d advise you might look for.
I’d say allow at least 2-3 hours for preparations so I can get nice pictures of the outfit, shoes etc as well as shots with the make up being done and everyone having a great time. I also like to spend a little time with the your partner before the wedding ceremony. Don’t forget to factor in travel time to the service and I’ll have to leave before you so that I can get parked up and into place.
These usually take 20-30 minutes depending on the number of shots. As mentioned earlier I try to keep this list to 8-10 key shots which take an average of 3 minutes per picture. We plan this and I’ll ask for a helper in gathering the correct people for these, ideally someone who knows most of the people so that it will speed up the process for you.
My recommended shot list is:-
Couple with both immediate families (parents and siblings)
Couple with both whole families
Couple with both sets of parents
Couple with their wedding party (bestmen, etc)
All my couples say they want natural photos of people having a good time and being themselves. I usually say allow at least 20-30 minutes to get these photos before the wedding breakfast. Getting them before the wedding breakfast is usually the best time as it’s usually lighter and everyone is greeting and mingling after the service.
Everyone puts so much effort into getting the room looking amazing and how they want it, so it’s aways nice to capture the room before guests go in there and move everything around. I usually need 10-15 minutes to capture the room details like the cake, name cards, centre pieces, card box, flowers, etc.
Getting nice shots of the two of you to treasure, is also great for giving you both some time to yourselves. I’d always advise around 15-20 minutes minimum before the wedding breakfast and again later before the evening guests arrive. That way we can explore a few different locations and also shoot in different light conditions. For winter weddings it’s always worth doing more earlier while it’s light and maybe a little less later on when it’s dark. This is the perfect time for you to both be yourselves and for us to have some fun! Being in front of the camera can be a little strange but don’t worry, I just want you to be yourselves and to have a good time so that’s all we’ll do.
In summary, you should leave at least 1 hour and 30 minutes in-between the end of your wedding ceremony and sitting for your wedding breakfast, 2 hours is the ideal amount of time. Don’t forget to factor more time in if you are travelling around or have more activities planned.
First dance and into the night
If your first dance is at 8pm the dance floor is usually packed for up to 30 minutes after this (if the DJ or band blast out the right tracks.) It’s the perfect time for me to capture the guests going crazy throwing some shapes and having fun. I always try and capture 30 minutes of this until the evening food is served as it can go a little quieter once this it out.
AFTER THE WEDDING…
After the wedding, you’ll be working on your tan while I’ll be busy editing away in my little office. Turn around of images is usually between 6-12 weeks depending on where we are in the season but I LOVE to put a preview online as soon as possible. That way you can see and share a great selection of images from your day.
Once the main edit is complete, your images will be uploaded to your online gallery and your slideshow will be prepared. This will then be hosted on a private website page which will allow you to share with family and friends. You will receive an email detailing everything and a special gallery link which will allow you to hide any images you aren’t keen on and then download the images for your own use.
If would like an album then I’ll ask you to pick your favourite 70 images. This is done easily through your online gallery. You will then need to decide on which album you would like before the design process can begin. The larger more bespoke albums have more options and we can go over samples at your convenience.
Remember, photography, like any art, is subjective. You might not love every picture that I shoot on the day. As photographers we are artists and sometimes we see something and think it’s amazing but then others don’t see it. Take Justin Bieber for example.. Some love him, others hate him. The bonus with the online gallery means you can simply hide anything that you don’t like and keep the ones you love. By booking me and seeing my work I’m sure that means we’re already on the same page.
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