From a Photographers Perspective – below are a few notes to consider for Your Wedding Photography
Most importantly remember it is Your Wedding Photography and we are more than happy to fit with your ideas and flow of the day. Nothing is impossible!
Groom Preparation | Getting Ready photos
- We generally spend between 30-45 mins with the guys.
- We prefer if the guys are showered and dressed in their wedding pants, shirts and socks before we arrive.
- We can take photos of the groom and groomsmen getting ties, shoes, jackets on.
- Then head off to nearby locations (either indoors or outdoors) for some fun and formal wedding photography of the groom and groomsmen, if time permits.
- If the groom has the rings we will take detail photos in different locations using available backdrops.
Bride Preparation | Getting Ready photos
- We generally spend around 1.5 hours with the bride for wedding photography.
- We prefer if bridesmaids are dressed and hair and makeup finished (unless you want a photo of the bridesmaid dresses hanging with your dress)
- On our arrival we will photograph the wedding dress and snap some candids of people busy getting ready and maybe final touches to brides makeup.
- Please have your wedding shoes, jewellery, perfume, flowers and any special things you would like remembered so we can photograph them.
- Time permitting we will photograph: bridesmaids individually and together; bride getting into her wedding dress; bridesmaids helping bride get ready; bride and her bridesmaids; bride with mum, dad & family; individual photos of bride; along with candid moments.
- If you were wanting mirror shots (or anything particular) please try to have them cleaned and tidy prior our arrival.
- It is often a good idea to have the bits’n’pieces that you want to take with you, already packed and ready to go before we arrive so it is one less thing you need to worry about on the day.
- Sometimes we take photos of the groom and groomsmen at the ceremony location for about 15 minutes prior the guests arrival.
- It is a good idea for the bride to plan her arrival about 5 mins before ceremony time so photos can be taken of the car and with dad and bridesmaids.
- Have someone available to usher your guests to their seats to ensure no one sees the bride for arrival in the car.
- While Alan concentrates on photographing the brides arrival, Julie photographs the grooms anxious moments.
- Please mention to your groomsmen and bridesmaids, while standing beside you, to stay close together in a straight’ish line.
- For the ceremony we will capture the moments as they happen, depending on the space available we will photograph from different angles.
- For the signing of paperwork we request that guests wait to take photos until after the photographers have finished. This is generally the best opportunity for guest photos once you are all posed together.
Notes: Priest / Celebrant
- For church weddings we always (try) and approach the priest prior your ceremony to ask if they have any restrictions or requirements. We try to be as unobtrusive as possible, while photographing the important moments.
- If the church/chapel has an upper balcony we prefer if this can be accessed as often can get great wedding photography from this vantage point.
- During the ceremony try to look at each other angled towards your guests, rather than looking at the celebrant.
- When placing the rings, if you remember, try to angle your hands towards the camera.
- Celebrant can announce at the end of ceremony as a reminder that group photos will be taken immediately after congratulations.
Group / Family photos
- Generally large group photo and family/friend groups are done after the ceremony.
- It is a good idea if you can have 1 or 2 people who know your family/friends who can gather the people together – this will help save time.
- Put together a list of all the people you would like to have photos with. It is entirely up to you both who you want to have group photos with.
- We have occasionally spent over 1 hour photographing family groups.
- 10-15 minutes would be the average time to allow for group photos.
- If you only want photos with family or just mum, dad, brothers, sisters – no problem!
Location Photo Shoot
- Fun & Romance! We are very good at having fun … and we Love the romance of such a special day.
- 2 hours is our preferred time for the formal wedding photography photo shoot – especially if you were wanting to travel to a few locations for different backdrops.
- If you are staying in 1 location, less time might be necessary.
- Guys jackets are best unbuttoned if arms are raised (otherwise can be unattractive).
- Remember to look at lead photographer when asked and try not to be distracted. A perfect photo can be (less than perfect) if someones eyes are looking elsewhere.
- ** At least an extra half hour time is suggested if your professional videographer requires time during the formal photo shoot.
Restriction: No Other Cameras / Photographers at the Location Photo Shoot:
- We are very strict about not allowing other cameras during the location photo shoot, including bridal party, family and friends.
- We need the undivided attention of the bridal party and other people with cameras can cause distractions and possibly cause problems with our photos, such as over exposed from another flash firing.
- It is important that we know the time you are being announced into Reception (this is often different to the time guests arrive).
- Try to allow 10 minutes prior your entry into the reception for toilet / freshen up.
- Photographer needs to know where you and your bridal party will be entering into the reception, so he has time to set up his camera for the specific lighting conditions.
- Have the venue advise the photographer when lighting conditions plan to change. Especially at arrival, cutting of the cake, first dance, etc.
- Let your photographer know if you are planning a special entry – crazy dance, romantic moment, etc.
- Travelling time is included in your No Fuss wedding photography hours.
- Sometimes we’ve traveled 1 hour from bride preparation photos to the ceremony location. But please be aware that this travel time will use time from your wedding photography.
- Some couples have booked accommodation closer to the ceremony venue to reduce the distance to travel.