How to get the best from your photos
Don’t be scared - it is down to me to make sure I get the best from you and your day but there are things I need to know to enable me to do that. This page is about making sure we get the best from each other, hints tips and things I need to know and some things you should expect from me.
Things you need to tell me
There is a lot to think about and to organise when you are planning a wedding, and as much as you can leave me to photograph all the obvious (ie the ceremony, the speeches, you!) I will need some guidance on the most important aspects TO YOU. For example; has someone made you a special decoration, are you having a confetti cannon, has a cousin travelled all the way from Australia just for your big day and you want a photo of you both? Whilst I will mingle and take photos of as many of the guests as I can, if you don’t tell me the cousin Jo has made a special trip to be there and who cousin Jo is then I can’t guarantee to take a photo of her. And you know if you don’t tell me about that special person or thing that will be the one I miss. Likewise if you are having a confetti cannon or a parade of puddings with sparklers and don’t tell me when this will be happening, that will be the time I go to the toilet.
I suggest if you want some group shots you keep the list to between 5-8 because no one wants to spend hours being called upon or waiting around for the million combinations of various family and friend groups. Here are some ideas of groups shots:
Bride, groom and parents
Bride, groom and children
Bride, groom and immediate family (parents, siblings, their partners and children)
Bride, groom and grandparents
Bride, groom and bridal party
Bride and bridesmaids
Groom and groomsmen
One thing to help speed up the group shots is a family member or friend who can help round people up for me - someone with a loud and/or bossy tone is ideal!
When you get your wedding photos don’t be surprised that they are not sepia toned, vintage looking as that’s not my style. Hopefully you’ve looked through my portfolio and seen that I go for the natural, verging on light, style and that is what you will get. If that’s not what you want them I’m probably not the photographer for you as I’m not going to edit my photos differently to what you’ve seen already from me.
Also if you are rather fond of a selfie stick and a snap chat filter then my photos of you maybe not what you are used to seeing, but please remember that my photos are the real you and that is what is important as that is the you your partner is marrying. Please don’t ask me to alter your photos - your partner knows that your face isn’t wrinkle free and if your wedding photos showed that then they would be a lie (in this digital age camera never lies line is no longer true!) I know how easy it is to be critical of yourself in photos - trust me I am not fond of most of the images of myself - but I won’t photoshop you slimmer. There are little things you can do to get the best ‘you' in the photos, for example you can work out what is your best side (but make sure you let me know), perhaps book me for an engagement or couple shoot before hand so that you get used to having a camera in your face and a little practise session to work out what angles you like best and for us to get to know each other?
Ultimately your partner, family and friends see you every day without a filter and as long as you look happy in the photos the photos will be amazing.