What I Do
I always visit a venue before the big day, to scope out the best locations for photographs, and fully prepare myself for the event. In some cases, if requested, the couple can join me to go through some ideas and take a series of casual photographs. This pre-wedding shoot can also be offered in a different location if the venue itself isn’t convenient, with the intention of making them more relaxed in front of the camera, as well as becoming more at ease with me. This is becoming more and more popular with my clients, and does help to prepare us all for the big day.
The Wedding Day
If the bridal preparation has been selected as part of the package, I would come to the venue of the bride’s choice at an agreed time, and discreetly take reportage type photographs of the preparation stages of the day. I like to interfere as little as possible with the proceedings, preferring to photograph things as they happen, although I do occasionally set up posed shots if I feel it is necessary. The preparation stage can also involve the groom, should this be convenient for everyone involved.
For the ceremony, I will arrive some time before the guests to set up, and finalise locations for group & couple shots. Each wedding does vary, but generally I like to try and photograph guests arriving in a reportage style.
I will photograph the bride as she arrives in the car, and will take shots of her entering the venue. I am usually alone in the wedding venue to take shots of the ceremony as it happens, preferring to photograph the raw emotion of the moment in as discreet a way as I can. I then go onto take the more formal posed shots when signing the register, but everything else will be in a reportage style.
Once the ceremony is over, I will need some time set aside to take the posed shots. The time required for the group shots really does depend on how many groups there are. Obviously with lots of large groups shots, the organising can take some time, so it is up to the couple as to how much time they would like to put aside for this. Some people prefer to keep this down to a minimum, preferring to concentrate on the reportage style, giving the guests and couple more time to enjoy themselves, but this really is down to personal preference.
I then like about 30 minutes to take the couple off for a walk, and take some shots in a few chosen locations. Here, my intention is to take shots which look natural, and above all, relaxed, trying to tap into the couple’s emotions and personalities when in each others company.
Following this, the rest of the day is spent taking reportage shots, capturing the couple in amongst family and loved ones, focusing upon individual characters and moments. I like to document the day as accurately as I can, for the couple to look back on in years to come. The reportage can also involve speeches, cake cutting and right up the first dance, should this be selected in the package.
Although this is a rough outline of what we do, please appreciate that every wedding is different, down to the venue, time of year, weather, the number of guests, and the couple’s preferences. I am happy to discuss any ideas with prospective couples, and will gladly put together bespoke packages.