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PREPARING FOR YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
TO HELP ME MAKE YOUR DAY AS MEMORABLE AS POSSIBLE AND TO GET THE MOST OF OUR TIME, I HAVE ASSEMBLED TOGETHER A FEW POINTS AS TO HOW YOU CAN PREPARE FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY PHOTOGRAPHY. THESE SIMPLE TIPS CAN MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE TO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE!
typically I organise a wedding day into the following shooting sessions:
1: groom prep
2: bridal prep
3: pre ceremony | guests mingling, groom arriving
5: post ceremony celebrations | congratulations and group mingling
6: family and group shots
7: bridal party portrait session (usually we take an hour for this)
8: bridal party arrival at reception
9: reception guest shots
10: speeches, cake cutting and first dance
11: guests on the dance floor
12: bride and groom sendoff
HOPEFULLY THIS GIVES YOU A LITTLE INSIGHT AS TO HOW
I WILL WORK ON YOUR WEDDING DAY!
NOW ONTO THE TIPS.
1 | share your creative vision with me.
if there is a way you would like your photos shot, please tell me! for example; you may like lots of black and white, or perhaps you don't, maybe you really like the analogue, traditional camera grain aesthetic or perhaps you want a fairy tale, soft look with your images. please tell me in our consultations and I can tell you whats possible.
2 | prepare a shot list.
I do have a general shot list that I work to, making sure that I capture all the important and necessary moments. however, if you can provide me with a list of shots you want taken on your wedding day, I can try to ensure you get every image you desire- i.e. list the family groups or I really want you to take photos of the bridesmaids looking out the window while my makeup is getting done. it would also help me greatly, if you could assign a friend or family member to organise everyone for all the post ceremony group shots, this way we can get the most out of our time and then move onto your portrait session. yay.
3 | prepare a timeline.
please put a timeline proposal together that we can discuss during our pre wedding consult. you will need to list out the beginning and end time of every part of the day. your timeline is important to me, as I will use it a running sheet and know where I need to be and at what time. a timeline template can be found here.
4 | where can I stand during
you may need to have a chat with your pastor, priest or celebrant to determine where it is appropriate for me to move about and shoot during your ceremony. in some religious spaces I will be restricted to shooting in the isle only. knowing where I will have to shoot the ceremony from, determines what lenses I will bring with me on the day. also, my camera is silent, so it won't be making a single sound, while I am clicking away!
5 | bridal and groom prep.
without wanting to sound too cheeky, keeping your bridal prep space tidy makes my job much easier. i am able to move around with ease and obviously a clean space photographs much better! boys this applies to you too :) when deciding where to get ready, choosing a room or place with plenty of windows and light can produce some fantastic imagery. remember too, that depending on the time restraints of the wedding, if the bride and groom prep locations are really far apart (distance wise) it may make it impossible for me to travel to both.
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