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.
I would certainly reccomend Dave to anyone, hes very professional, kind and overall a lovely character. Hes brilliant at organising for group photos but is also very inconspicuous at times and I totally forgot he was there, which resulted in some very natural genuine photos. During our couple shoot all we did was laugh, I felt very relaxed even though I am not a fan of having my photo taken. I looked to dave a lot on my wedding day for guidance, as to what to do and where to be and he was always more than happy to be of any help at all. He really captured some wonderful moments, all the photos are amazing and I am so pleased.Hanna Wise
BEFORE YOUR WEDDING
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 Skype 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 that I arrive about 2 hours before you plan to leave for the ceremony to give plenty of time to capture things happening without you suddenly feeling like the paparazzi have descended.
I recommend being dressed and ready at least half an hour before you plan to leave for the ceremony. 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 don’t tend to do much posing during this point of the day, partly because timings can prevent it and also because with so many nerves flying around it’s much easier to get relaxed posed group shots later on in the day. I tend to keep any direction during getting ready to a minimum, sometimes suggesting a good spot in gorgeous light to stand in to get dressed, or grabbing a quick portrait.
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:
- Make a list of up to 8 group shots. This is usually enough to allow for a few different family combinations, a shot of everyone, friends and wedding party, without it becoming too much.
- Trust me to find a space that works for the shots. If we’re outdoors on a bright sunny day I will try to find an open, shady spot. Don’t worry if the weather seems a little disheartening… so much of wedding photography is problem solving and I love a challenge.
- Have at least two people on hand as your designated photo helpers. Pick people who know names and faces, arm them with the list and then while we get one group shot they can be gathering the next.
- Relax! This bit doesn’t have to be all fixed grins and eyes front… I’ll also shoot the moments before and after the photo, when people are chatting and giggling… sometimes that can lead to some really natural moments in amongst the posed bits.
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.
THE MOST IMPORTANT PHOTOS
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.