How I Work On The Day
Thank you so much for choosing me to capture your wedding! This means you like relaxed wedding photographs captured naturally as the day unfolds. So how does that work on the day? I’ve put together this guide about what to expect from me, your wedding photographer, on the day.
Before the Wedding
About a month before the big day, I’ll get in touch to arrange a meeting. I understand that planning a wedding is a busy time so I’m happy for us to chat over a Zoom call. I’ll map out a timeline of your day so that I know where I need to be and when. I’ll also make a note of any specific shots you’d like. For example, you might have an elderly relative who’s leaving straight after the ceremony and really want a photo with them before they go. The meeting also gives us a chance to get to know each other a little better and for you to ask any questions you might have.
The Morning of your Wedding
I usually cover the last hour or so of the bridal preparations. I’ll capture those last minute touches to hair and make-up and you getting into your wedding dress. I’ll capture those special moments between you, your family and your bridal party. Just pretend I’m not there and I’ll capture all the little moments as they happen. There’s always plenty going on so there’s no need to stop the action and set anything up. I’ll capture pretty bridal portraits naturally as you’re checking your lippy or putting on your jewellery. And of course, I’ll photograph your dress, shoes, and flowers so you’ll remember all the little details for years to come! It’s a good idea to have these laid out ready to save time on the day. And my top tip: bring some scissors! Or better still, remove all labels and tags before the day.
If the boys are getting ready nearby then I can capture a few photos of groom prep too! Usually though, I’ll meet them at the ceremony and capture some photos of them putting on buttonholes and straightening ties.
From the first look to the first kiss, the ceremony is the main event of your wedding day. Whilst you focus on each other and the vows you’re making, I’ll capture the key moments unobtrusively and creatively. I’ll liase with the registrar or vicar to find a suitable spot and you’ll hardly notice I’m there. Your ceremony may be filled with emotion and it’s the laughter and tears that I love to capture. And, of course, I love a confetti shot!
From old friends catching up to guests laughing over the best man’s speech, I’ll capture the moments you missed as well as those that will bring back how you felt on your special day! I’ll also photograph your venue and all the little details you’ve chosen to make your day unique.
Within a few carefully orchestrated group photos I will provide a formal record of everyone who was at your wedding: bride and groom family groups photos that can be given to relatives; a bridal party group to show off your style and colour theme and a whole group photo to give you a record of everyone who attended. I’ll do this as swiftly as possible so that you can get on with enjoying your drinks reception and chatting to your guests. Photographing the natural moments is what I do best!
During the welcome drinks, we’ll slip away for about ten minutes for some relaxed couple portraits. This might be the first time that you’ve actually had time to yourselves all day. Lots of couples who book me for my relaxed style say that they don’t like having their photo taken so please don’t worry. I’ll do my best to put you at ease. I’ll snap away as we wander around the grounds, stopping every now and then when we spot a pretty backdrop. Just be yourselves and let me do the work! I love natural shots as you interact with each other rather than staring down the lens. If we’re lucky enough to have golden hour after your meal, we can take a few more photos in the evening. I love the soft light at this time of day ~ it’s so romantic!
The Evening ‘Do’
The main events of the evening do are cutting the cake and your first dance. After capturing the first dance, I do find it hard to tear myself away from the dancefloor! I’ll capture some party shots to give you a snapshot of your evening celebrations before leaving you to enjoy the rest of the party!