Some thoughts to help you plan your special day
Tell family, friends and guests how I work. This can be key to ensuring that the natural and candid photography isn’t interrupted by people striking a pose for the camera. Everyone looks best when they’re not aware of the camera!
Don’t worry about the things you can’t control and delegate anything you can. Embrace the spontaneity of the day; it’s the magic that makes the day uniquely yours.
What sort of vibe do you want during your bridal preparation? A busy frenetic morning with everyone popping in and out, or a quiet relaxing time? What’s right for you?
Know how long your hair and makeup will take, and then add thirty minutes or so to be flexible. This will ensure you have time for a few photographs before I need to leave to get to the ceremony. I need to be at the ceremony at least 30 minutes before the start.
Ceremonies. When booking, always ensure that photography is allowed and if there are restrictions. I’m very flexible and will work with anything, but it’s best to know beforehand. Sometimes, officiants tell couples one thing, and photographers another.
Formal family groups. Always worth planning in detail, and don’t forget, you’ll be in all of them! They can easily eat up time if not organised well. Allow 5 minutes a group. Yes, really, 5 minutes a group. I recommend having dedicated ‘people organisers’ to get groups together so that they’re ready to step in for the next photograph. That way, you’ll have great family record, but everyone gets back to the celebrations as quickly as possible. I recommend no more than three formal family groups. Everyone is going to be photographed in a more natural way.
Consider how the lighting of your venue will affect the photography. Uplighters and spotlights are great, floating patterns and dots that shine on your face during the First Dance, not so much. Candles and all things that sparkle are wonderful. Yellow, red and blues are terrific, avoid green if you can!
Contact me to discuss any of these points. I promise they’re born out of experience!