Choosing a wedding photographer is a big deal. I can totally appreciate that googling ‘wedding photographers’, and flipping through websites is a daunting experience. But, when you’ve eventually found me, this is how to make the most of me! 🙂
1. Meet me!
I get told almost every consultation by my potential couples that they hated their friend’s photographer because he/she was really bossy, got in the way all the time and took aaaages, “we had to do this and this….”. There would be nothing worse than hiring a photographer based on the images on their website, booking them, then later finding out that you want to kill them by the end of the day because they’ve been bossing you about the whole time. For 95% of my wedding photography, I create unposed, natural, documentary-style images. The only time I direct is for the formal photographs and when I take the two of you off around the venue for some couple shots.
You don’t even have to leave your house! I offer a free consultation where I come to your home at a mutually convenient time (usually a weekday evening when you are both back from work). We can then get to know each other, discuss your wedding day in more detail and talk about what is important to you in terms of photography, I also bring the albums I produce. If you both decide that actually my photographs are terrible and I’m a complete idiot, you are no worse off!
2. Introduce me to your family and friends
- When I arrive on the day to photograph the bride’s preparations, I will not know anyone. I do not know if the make-up artist is your long lost friend or a professional you have never met before. Please introduce me to your family and friends, I can then photograph them instead of taking 30 pictures of the make-up artist!
- If there are any guests who are particularly important to you, please point them out or introduce me to them. It is not always possible to get a photo of every single guest, especially at larger weddings and if I miss out someone important, you’ll be disappointed.
3. The Dreaded Formal Photographs
There are a few tips within this category!
Granny is still in the toilet and its beginning to rain, but the formal photographs need to be done. This is usually the most stressful and boring part of the day…but it really doesn’t need to be!
- Have a list of exactly who is going to be in the photographs and in what order. I suggest no more than 10 groups (each group takes around 5 minutes)
- Give a copy of this list to your ushers and get them to round up the relevant guests so when I am photographing one group, the next group will be ready to go. (I will give you an information sheet before the day so that you can give me the list in advance). If you decide on the day that you want a few more formal shots, this can of course be arranged.
- Have the formals while the reception is going on so the guests who are not involved can chat and drink and don’t have to wait around getting bored.
- Have the photographs slightly away from the group. This way you can pull relevant guests from the reception and they can join the formal photographs instead of everyone being in the background or, more likely, talking to you. It makes things so much faster.
- Think of a few fun shots to do with your bridesmaids and ushers!
- I will scout around the venue earlier in the day to find potential places for the formal shots to be taken. Open shade is the best type of light.
- Ask the ushers to ‘usher’ people towards our spot. That’s what they are there for!
- Lastly, any person who closes their eyes when photographed, or any ‘blinkers’, must be removed from the premises 😉
- If you have organised it like this. 10 groups will take 25 minutes, I guareentee.
4. Leave 30 minutes for your couple portraits
- These don’t need to be overly cheesy photographs of the two of you. It is just a great time for you two to take some time out and talk to each other as well as have a few photographs taken. I know it sometimes seems daunting but it couldn’t be less so. We walk around your venue and look for some nice backgrounds and get some lovely natural shots!
- The best light is around an hour before sunset. If you can organise a 30 minute window before sunset then we are on to a winner. However if this is not possible, don’t worry we can still get some great shots!
- Some of my couples like to make their own ‘thank-you’ shot’ for the thank you cards that are part of my package. Think of some ideas 😉
5. Create the ‘Ultimate Confetti Shot’
The confetti shot is always a great shot, this is how to create the ultimate confetti shot!
- Tell the ushers to ask your guests as they leave the church or civil ceremony to form a tunnel.
- Once the tunnel has been made, ushers provide the confetti to all of the guests.
- Then, both of you walk through the tunnel and we have the ultimate confetti shot!
- Make sure you close your mouth! Confetti may look nice but inhaling it isn’t the best look!
I hope this helps and if you have any more questions you want answered, feel free to send me an e-mail. If you are looking for a natural light, fine-art wedding photographer do get in touch. I am based in Oxfordshire, but I can drive fly anywhere in the world 🙂