Working together recording your day
Photography needs fitting into the day's events, but it is not the reason for the day!
Keep it in perspective.
The best wedding photography is achieved when the photographer and the bride and bridegroom work in close harmony. This is why we insist on meeting with you beforehand to plan the day's schedule, discuss the pictures and draw up a timetable.
As your photographer we will advise you on the best places to take photographs. Often, the formal groups are taken at the church or registry office (or wherever the actual ceremony is being held) and the less formal and more artistic ones at the reception. However, as the photographer we may suggest stopping at a park or local beauty spot on the way to the reception. This provides the opportunity for a few portraits of the two of you together, away from the hurly-burly of activity and in a setting with an attractive backdrop for pictures that are more than just smiling faces.
This interlude should not take more than 20 to 30 minutes and we would expect to take about the same time photographing the groups at the church. If you add these times on to the length of the ceremony, traveling times, receiving guests (often longer than you think), informal chat with your friends, you will find that you should allow about two-and-a-half to three hours between the start of the ceremony and sitting down for your wedding meal. We will do our best to help you plan a timetable so that you can enjoy the day without getting too anxious about time or the meal getting cold!
It is a good idea for the bride to have portraits taken at home before the ceremony. There is a time before she leaves home when the bride is perfect, with "not a hair out of place". Once outside, a wisp is soon disturbed by the wind; and once the confetti is thrown, you are never the same again! A few family portraits at home beforehand make a worthwhile addition to your record of the day. This need not only be the bride and her family; so long as time allows it may be possible to take photographs at the home of the bridegroom (if not we will take pictures at the ceremony venue).
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