My style is natural, relaxed, documentry photography. I know when to capture those special moments and also when to capture those candid moments which truly reflect your day
BEFORE YOUR WEDDING
You’ve booked! Hurrah! This is so. flipping. exciting.
During the planning process it’s really important to me to get to know my couples. I often find that guests on the day assume that I’m a friend of the couple and I always take it as a wonderful compliment. Meeting isn’t always possible, but if you’re able to come to me on a weekday then I’d love to see you face to face, and I can even bring my camera along – you can find information about my couple shoots here. If we can’t meet in person don’t worry – we can chat on the phone or Zoom to put you at ease.
I’d love to know what you’re excited about for your day and how the plans are coming together. If you have photos of bits and pieces coming together, your favourite thing about your venue, details you love then send them over to me! Some couples send over spare invites for me to see which I absolutely love – I have quite a collection now.
Four weeks before your wedding your balance is due, which can be paid by via your client portal or bank transfer. Dont panic I will send you over a reminder, with exacly how much to pay and how to pay. Around this time I will also send you a final detail form, which includes a run down of timings on the day, locations, a list of suppliers, your list of group shots and a few other bits and pieces. If you would prefer we can meet in person to go over all the details its compleatly up to you.
I absolutely LOVE photographing the getting ready stage! It’s so charged with emotion. You can never quite anticipate how that part will feel when you’re in the moment… nerves, excitement, an eerie sense of calm… It’s when your wedding day properly starts so surround yourself with awesome people, soak it up, remember to eat something, crack open a bottle and make an awesome playlist.
So how do I approach capturing it all?
Well first off, unless you’re getting ready in the same location it’s not possible for me to cover prep for both of you.
Timing is key at this point in the day… I’ve learnt that if you’re not careful, even with the most lovingly crafted timeline in the world… getting ready can run over and easily run late. Usually I suggest about 2 hours of preparation photography to give plenty of time to capture things happening without you suddenly feeling like the paparazzi have descended. I will use these 2 hours to not only photograph you and every one getting ready but also you details and the venue.
I recommend being dressed and ready at least half an hour before the photographer plans on leaving. We always arrive at the church or ceremony venue at least 40-45 minutes before the start of the ceremony. If you would like photos once dressed, reaction photographs etc you will need to allow for this in your timings. Sadly, hair and make up don’t often run to schedule so please factor in some buffer time organise for the bride’s hair and make up not to be the last one so we can take the photos you’d like. These image will take about 20-30 minutes if you would like them please ensure you are ready about 30 minutes before the photographer needs to leave. You’d be surprised how little things like having to pack a bag for the day, waiting for others to get dressed, a quick touch up, lacing a dress, attaching buttonholes or tying a bowtie can snowball. Not only does this mean that you have plenty of time for those last minute things, but it means that I have time to get to the ceremony ahead of you to capture the action there that you otherwise wouldn’t get to see. Then, should something crop up that puts timings out we have that extra time.
If you’re getting ready in a hotel, try to make sure that there’s enough space for everyone in your room. I have been known to have to do a ninja roll over a bed when there’s no space to move round the room otherwise. I’d also recommend looking for somewhere with plenty of natural light because window light is just dreamy and one of my favourite kinds of light to shoot. It’s also the best light to apply make up in, if that’s something you’re going to be doing so: win/win.
If you’re getting ready at home: awesome. I love photographing people in their own space, surrounded by their things, favourite photos hanging on the walls. Don’t stress about it being perfect… in years to come you’ll love to remember what your home looked like at such an exciting time in your life.
If you want me to shoot specific details such as rings, outfits, accessories please get these ready to show me when I arrive. These kinds of shots can be great for setting the scene but detail shots are never my priority because my focus is on documenting the action. So, I’m not going to spend a long time meticulously arranging dresses or shoes because I could end up missing some brilliant moments.
I find this best done at the venue, depending on where the partner is getting ready we can arrange the best place. I normally advice for the groom and grooms men to arrive with out ties and waist coasts on, we can then use these for the groom preparation images. We keep things super relaxed and get some amazing images to help tell the start of your wedding day story. It is also good to get some images of the groom and the grooms men before the ceremony starts and the guest arrive.
I like to arrive at the ceremony about 45 minuets before the start of the ceremony this gives me time to find the best location, talk to the registrar/celebrant/vicar and also capture your guests arriving.
Most of the time my preference during the ceremony is to shoot from the front, if I can do so without being a distraction. I may move around a little but again, I will always try to make sure that your ceremony isn’t interrupted.
Some officiants have very strict rules about photography and I have, in the past, been told that I cannot photograph at all during the ceremony. It’s best to ask ahead of time if there’s a policy that we should be aware of to avoid disappointment. In some cases it’s not possible to know ahead of time who your registrar/celebrant/vicar is going to be before the day, and each one may have their own particular rules. I will always endeavour to capture the ceremony as best I can but there’s not much I can do if I’m given strict rules to follow.
Let’s talk about group photos! I always try to make this process as stress-free as possible but with the best will in the world… it can be a bit like herding cats. It’s really important to keep your list of photos short and sweet because the more time we spend doing group shots, the less time you have to spend with your guests and the fewer natural shots I will be able to take. I’m guessing you’re looking forward to actually getting to enjoy your wedding, taste the canapés, hug those people… so how do we make more of that happen?
My top tips for group photos:
I absolutely love shooting couple portraits… but I don’t want to whisk you away from your wedding for ages. I want to get some relaxed, creative shots but I also don’t want you to feel like you’ve not had the chance to chat to your guests. So, I will try my best to find the right time in your day’s schedule when we can take a little break, you guys can just focus on each other and we can make some beautiful portraits in the process.
Lots of my couples prefer to take a couple of breaks for portraits… Sometimes the right opportunity or some beautiful light is just too good to miss so I may grab you both to get some extra shots at a couple of different points in the day. Trust me and be spontaneous!
If there’s a special place that you’d like to go for photos close to your venue then I’m more than happy for us to go on a mini adventure to find some awesome backdrops, but you’ll want to allow some extra time for this. We can even do this before your ceremony if you’d like to have a first look earlier in the day.
Just in case you haven’t got the memo so far: I am all about natural storytelling shots. It’s great to make sure you have some portraits and groups but there’s just something awesome about shots of the people you love in the moment.
Most of the photos I take are unposed. I love to get in amongst the action, capturing the big moments, little looks, hands, belly laughs, speeches, tears and everything in-between.
There’s not much I can give you in terms of advice for these photos. Just trust me to do my thing and find those moments. Hug your friends. Forget about your hang-ups. Have the very best of times.
Twilight images are an amazing way to end the night with some amazing images. These images do take a little bit more time to set up, you might see me disappear to set everything up before asking you to join me. Normally I will only borrow you away from your guests for about 10 minuets.