I love to photograph a wedding and I want to share some of the things I have learnt along the way, from my observations and from my previous role as an event organiser!
Give yourself enough time.. in your head or computer you might have a spread sheet of how the day will go, this rarely goes to plan… the congregation are like cats.. have you ever tried to herd a cat…. I can tell you it's not easy! Things will take longer than you planned and that’s ok, but don’t try and put too much into your day.
Think about the locations you want you pictures and the type of image you want,, do you have enough time to get them all, in order to do everything else, cocktails and canapes, sit down for dinner, socialise.. have FUN!
Once the ceremony is over the 'cats' will all want to come and congratulate you, have a picture taken with you and chat to their family and friends who they haven’t seen for ages!
Formal shots – I suggest these are done as close to the ceremony finishing … outside the church is often a beautiful location, AND it means the congregation are still contained, there is less chance of them wandering away and more chance of them following instructions, it also means they can get a picture of you on their own camera!
Couples shots – I suggest these are done on the way from the church to the reception. This is a great time to have some ’quiet time’. You’ve just GOT MARRIED! I doubt you’ve had the chance to think about this or to really take in this, together as HUSBAND and WIFE!
So while everyone else goes to the reception we can go to another location and do the couples shots.
I recommend the following
- Bottle of water in the car
- Champagne with 2 glasses in the car
- Something to eat – it might have been a long time since you last ate
- Flat shoes or wellies if we are going cross country to get the shots!
- For the bride – a bag with things to ‘freshen up’ – lipstick, foundation, perfume, wet wipes – just to take a moment to compose yourself!
We can get the pictures done and you get to have some quiet time and reflect on what just happened.
We get the shots and then we go to the reception – where everyone will be waiting to greet you. This is a great chance to have the confetti shots, if you weren’t allowed to at the church.
Because all the formal shots have been done… you can just go and enjoy you party! No more posing just fun times!
- Don’t have too many on your list, it seems a great idea to get group shots of everyone, mums & dads, cousins, aunties uncles, best friends, etc etc, but as the list grows so does the time taken to do them..
- I would suggest the key shots – mums & dads, grandparents, close cousins, bridesmaids and groomsmen. Everyone will be captured throughout the day, either by your photographer or by themselves on their phones.
- You’ve paid for an amazing party – GO and ENJOY it!!
BUT please do remember to make your own memories, the visual memories that only your mind can see, that only you can laugh about inside your head. These are such special memories, remember to make these memories on your wedding day.
My Rural Tribe Photography