So what will you get if you choose the full day package? Here’s a little guide to what I will be doing before, during and after your wedding day.
Consultation and Pre-Wedding shoot
I am happy to meet you before you’ve even decided to book so you can get to know me and ask any general questions you might have which is why I include a free consultation with any package. I know that it’s very important to find someone you feel comfortable with. After all, I will be spending most of your wedding day with you! If you then decide to book, I will meet you again at your venue so we can have a look around and brainstorm a few ideas for great photos. I am also happy to combine this with a pre-wedding or engagement shoot, which is a great way to try out a few poses and so you can start to feel more comfortable in front of the camera.
The Wedding Day
So what aspects do I cover on a full day? I’ll break it down for you here so you have a rough idea of when and where I’be.
Bride Getting Ready
In the morning I generally spend my time with the bridal party, taking fun photos of the girls getting ready and making sure to do all the detail photography of the shoes, rings, close up of the dresses and flowers. Of course this is a great time for a girly shoot with all the bridesmaids!
I make sure I am at the ceremony venue half an hour before the ceremony starts, so I can capture the guests arriving and the groom pacing around nervously – all the bits the bride won’t get to see! I then wait outside for the bride to arrive to get photos of her with her father and bridesmaids and then make a mad dash to the front of the venue so I can capture the shots of her walking down the aisle and the face of the groom as he sees his beautiful bride for the first time. I make sure that I am not obtrusive or walking around too much during the ceremony, that time is definitely just for you.
After you’ve had a chance to grab a few drinks and chat to a few people after the ceremony, I generally suggest we get the group photos done. This normally causes a sigh of dread in everyone as they expect to have to stand around for hours with achey cheeks from smiling too much. However, I generally aim to get the formal photos done in 20-30 minutes if possible. I think the photos look better if everyone is relaxed and happy so I don’t spend ages posing everyone. I always ask you for a list of who you would like in each photograph in advance so I am prepared and organised.
I will also take both of you away for 10-15 minutes for a few photos of just the two of you. Couples tend to be quite nervous about this bit, expecting it to be cheesy and uncomfortable. However, I am always really pleased to receive feedback saying that my approach really puts people at ease and it can even be quite fun! I don’t pose you too much, instead just letting you chat and laugh so the photos really represent you as a couple which I do think is the most important thing.
The Evening Reception
There are generally three more traditions important to capture: the speeches, the cake cutting and the first dance. Again, I take a background role, being where I need to be at the right time. This is a great chance to grab some shots of everyone laughing, chatting and enjoying the reception. If you have more guests arriving in the evening I will make sure to get photos of them arriving so you have a rounded collection of photos of all your guests and lots of memories captured!
After the wedding
After first dance I normally take my leave and head home to begin the great upload! After a whole day I will have roughly 1700 photos which I need to sort through and edit. A few days after the wedding, I will give you a small sneak preview; about five-ten photos which I will put on my Facebook page (if you would rather these images stay private, please let me know). Within two-three weeks, I will have all the edits (around 500) ready to give to you in a private album on my website, so you can have a flick through and request any additional edits you might want (such as black and white copies or maybe minor touch ups). Once you have confirmed you are happy with all the images, I will send them out to you on a USB in high resolution, and I will also include a copy of all the 1700 photos I have taken so you can have a flick through.
At this stage, you can always order any albums or other products you might be interested in.
And that’s pretty much it!
I know this is a lot of information, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
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