Wedding party photos take me about 20 minutes. I get a handful of really great group shots, an individual of you with each friend, a shot of you with your friends, and a shot of your partner with their friends as well as individually (bridesmaids, groomsmen, bridesmen, groomsmaids, etc). These shots are similar to the family photos and will be timeless photographs. I'll have you pose camera aware (looking at the camera) and I will also have you interact candidly.
During the ceremony, I am completely hands off! I'll document everything that happens and try to get as many reactions from your loved ones.
Typically I'll photograph family formals after the ceremony. These photos are the most traditional from what you'll receive. They are classic portraits of you and your loved ones.
During cocktail hour, I'll float around looking for moments of celebration, emotions & candidness. This is also a great time for additional formal photos with other groups of friends or family.
During dinner, I would love to be sat with guests, it allows me to blend in and be fully part of the event, rather than a stranger lurking around. When you eat, I prefer to eat as well (as I doubt you would want photos of yourselves eating!). If you have speeches during dinner, I quietly move around to get shots of the speaker and your reactions, as well as family reactions.
Then its party time! I love getting right onto the dance floor for some epic dance shots! I typically stay for about 30 minutes of the party and love when the couple stays on the dance floor for at least one fast song after their first dance.
In terms of the actual look of my photos, I deliver both color and black and white (usually about 20-30% of the delivered wedding images are black and white). The feel of the photos will directly relate to the energy of the day, if your day is full of laughter and silliness – it will totally shine through in the images, just like if the day is quiet, intimate and gentle – the photos will encompass this vibe.
It is so important that you find the right photographer for your wedding day! And in order to do that, I'd love to paint (photograph) a picture for you of how I work! Read on for a deeper understanding of how I approach weddings.
THE MORNING OF:
I'll start photographing the day as if I'm preparing myself for writing a novel. I'll consider the setting, my characters, the plot. Everything I photograph will be a part of this story.
During the getting ready process, I'll blend in as a guest or friend – it's important to me that I make myself a part of your wedding day rather than be a stranger. I'll give some direction, such as placement for better lighting, but other than that I like to let the story unfold naturally.
Throughout the day I will be keeping your story in mind, taking pictures that set the scene, building up characters and tell of how the day felt. I'll be looking at what the weather is doing, how people feel about each other, and all the beautiful moments in between.
FIRST LOOK // COUPLE PORTRAITS
A first look is a moment when you and your fiance get to see each other before the ceremony. It doesn’t have to be a grand staged moment, but I do suggest keeping it private between the two of you. This is entirely up to you and how you want your day to flow.
Couple portraits are often the only time my couples get to enjoy each other alone for the entire day, so I'll encourage you to snuggle in close and really embrace. Some couples are less touchy feel-y than others or want more direction and that's totally fine! I'll generally read your vibes and photograph you just as you are. For the most part this process is a collaboration between us. The biggest piece of advice to getting great photos is to relax and embrace the process (and each other!!).
MY IDEAL CLIENT
-Doesn't fuss over the little things! After witnessing over 100 weddings, I'm aware that things don't always go as planned. I'm a pretty “go with the flow” person and I mesh really well with clients who are too! You're my kind of person if you can let go of the little things, kick back and enjoy the day with your loved ones.
-Cares about photographs of moments rather than the things. I've found in the past that while I'm spending time creating a perfectly staged photo of the dress on the hanger or the shoes on the coffee table that there are 15+ other things happening behind me that I am missing. It could be a sweet gesture from your mom or your best friend tearing up as she's putting the finishing touches on her speech.
-Values the relationships in their lives and the people at their wedding. My inspiration on a wedding day comes from the beautiful love between you and your guests.
-Values photography. This might be obvious, but it’s super important that I am not just hired because you need a wedding photographer, but because you want one. I'd love it if you saw yourself in my work and it gets you excited for your big day! So take a good look around and if you like my vision I'd love for you to get in touch.
SO NOW WHAT?
If this doesn’t feel like the right fit for you I'd be more than happy if you e-mailed me anyways, tell me what you’re looking for and I can steer you in the direction of a photographer who fits your style preferences! There are so many talented photographers in the industry and we all shoot in our own unique ways.
If I've tugged at your heartstrings, let’s get chatting about your wedding day! I want to know all about your plans and your relationship! Contact me here.