What To Expect
Lights, camera, action!
Getting married is one of the most important events in your life. It’s rather like preparing for the production of a theatrical West End show – you set the stage with the venue, add the props of the flowers and personal flourishes, select the costumes for the occasion and place all those who are playing their part into position. Then on the day you experience the thrill of nerves and eagerness as the curtain goes up on your big day.
I never underestimate how much time and effort you spend in bringing your dream to life. Every wedding creates its own unique story, and I will use my photographic skills to document it. I’ll record the day as it unfolds so that when you look through your photo collection you can enjoy the day again and again with the emotions, moments of magic and the memories of you and your loved ones captured for posterity.
The first consultation
The first meeting is about discovering the headlines of your wedding – personalities, themes and timings. Don’t worry if you are still deciding on the details – at this stage I would expect only vague ideas and plans that are bound to change! A rough outline is all I need to start planning how I will bring the photographic portrayal of your wedding to life. We’ll meet face to face so that I can get to know you a little. I’ll bring inspiration and ideas.
At the end of the meeting I’ll have a better idea of your characters and preferences, the traditional formal photos that you want to include and a glimpse of the schedule of your big day around which I can start to prepare. I can give you a document of top tips of what to consider when planning your day, a suggested running order so you can think about when I can get involved in taking pictures for you and hopefully a sense of excitement about what’s to come!
The second consultation
This is likely to be a phone call to firm up the details. We will discuss your final plans, the schedule of the day, the official pictures that you’d like and the timings around when I’ll join you during the day – before, during and after the ceremony. I may have already visited the venue beforehand to look at possible positions for shots, considering different locations that will show you off to your best advantage depending on whether the weather is wet or fine, low light or bright sunshine. At the end of the consultation we’ll both have a full understanding of what will be happening and when.
Pre Wedding photoshoot
Usually four to eight weeks before your big day this relaxed photoshoot is about getting to know you further as a couple – who is cheeky and playful, who is shy and reserved. I’ll observe your individual brands of humour and the sometimes unconscious interactions between you for clues of what to showcase in the images. We will spend about two or three hours together on location, trying different things and using our location for inspiration. See my pre wedding section for further details.
The week before
Although I’ll always be contactable to answer your questions, this will be an opportunity to touch base and make sure that you’re happy with all the arrangements.
On the day
I’ll chat with the best man, bridesmaids and key family members beforehand. They are the source of some of the best (and occasionally most touching) photos, so I want to get a feel for their personalities too. Their support may even be invaluable when I’m ready to smoothly gather the family together for their photo opportunities! It’s all about doing my homework. I will familiarise myself with the schedule of your day and find out what will be in the speeches so I am prepared for the reactions from your guests…
We have discussed when you want me to be ready with my camera, but whether it’s as you’re getting ready, travelling to the venue, at the ceremony, the reception, speeches, first dance and last shots of the day. I’ll be flexible to fit in with you. Part of the knack is to pre-empt what will happen next. I’ll be always on the lookout for intimate moments that others might miss – the things you wouldn’t always notice but they’re there.
I will steal you away for the wonderfully romantic first shots of the newly wed couple, and mingle with your guests for the wider aspects of the day. You can rely on me to melt into the background so you’ll hardly know I’m there. You won’t have to worry about what I’m doing, just let yourself enjoy your special day and leave the photos to me.
After the day
After your wedding you’ll be keen to see the photographs of the day, and that’s why I will provide you with some sample pictures within three days, even posting some on Facebook for you to share with your friends if you wish. They’ll give you a taster of what’s to come while I sort through all the images, selecting the finest ones for you to choose from. Within four – six weeks I will have around 300+ high resolution colour/black and white photos to show you.
If you have chosen a package containing an album if you wish we’ll organise a face to face meeting, where I will go through the pictures with you, advising you on what to pick for the album so that it flows as a diary of the day. We’ll discuss layout, style, sizes and even what images might look stunning if selected as a full page spread. Or alternatively you can simply let me know your choice of images you want included in your album which I will design with those in mind. You will have the chance to proof the album layout prior to being sent to my printers for production. This process from design to delivery can take between four to six weeks. Your album should be ordered within six months of your wedding date.
Your pictures will also be available on a password protected online gallery so that your guests can browse and order prints too.
I really enjoy this part of the process. As the pictures are unveiled I want them to stir you to catch your breath, smile and relive the occasion, perhaps even laughing as you recall the happy memories. I have this in mind as I am taking your wedding photos, envisaging pictures that will delight and entertain you!