Below, you will find short tips and tricks from my perspective. You do not have to go by them at all, however I would like to show you how can you make the most out of your Wedding Day, minimise time spent on taking photos and maximise time spent with your guests. If you use some of my tips, Great! If none, that’s OK! I will still do my best to capture your day in the most beautiful way.
I have divided this article to the sections on how the day would run. This is a gather of my thoughts from previous Weddings that I had an opportunity to photograph. Please be mindful, that some tips may relate to other parts of the day as well. I hope you will find the read interesting and beneficial when planning your Big Day.
Relax and Enjoy
As I capture reality, I am not able to add or remove things that did not happen during Your Day. What I mean by that, if you relax during your Wedding day, this is how you are going to be captured on photographs. Yes I know, this is the most important day in your lives and nerves are expected. Surround yourself with only closest of people in the morning. People that you enjoy being with and put you at ease. Have a clear time plan for the morning and add on extra 45 minutes for any delays. Don’t forget to eat a breakfast, that will keep you for bit longer. Work with reasonable people, that will keep you relaxed and excited about your day. Communicate with vendors beforehand to see how much time do they need for makeup/hair/flowers/car etc. Have a good sleep a night before (I know, its impossible ;)).
I decided to split it to two parts as different obstacles happens during different venues. If you plan indoor ceremony, there are very little things that can go wrong. You can control the elements of this part so we can move things around to suit us.
Make sure to have one or two people for delegation. Usually your siblings/bridal party are the perfect choice. They can round up people for us very quickly. We will agree beforehand, where about and when we could do the family portraits. We are weather dependant on the day so its good to have two options. I work very efficiently during that part, and you would be surprised how quick I get these photos done. The longest part of shooting family portraits, is waiting for all of the people involved to turn up. Once we plan that ahead, we will minimise the time to complete that part.
This is by far the most important element of your portrait shoot. Connection between two of You. How do I work on my portraits ? I give you freedom. I’m aware that you are not sure what to do in front of camera. I treat every shoot like a date. We set up ‘your first date’ and we go for a walk. That will keep a fresh and interesting energy between you. I will point out the spots where we can create something awesome. I can even direct how you can stand together for an intimate and close connection. I need to sense you, how do you feel in front of me. If you are a romantic couple, we will go this direction. If you are funny type, we will keep the shoot funny and sometimes awkward. Its important for me to capture real connection between You.