Hello and thank you for choosing me to be your wedding photographer!
I am super excited and I can’t wait to work with you. I have created this guide to help the photography side of things run smooth on your wedding day. This is just a guide, so if your wedding does not follow this exactly don't stress! Everyone's day is tailored their needs.
Photography time line guide
This is a rough guide on how much time I need for photos at your wedding. More time is always great, less time I can work around. Please remember I will need travel time between each location.
Groom prep - 30 - 45mins
Bride prep - 1 - 1.5 hours
Ceremony - I like to arrive about 30mins before the ceremony starts.
Family photos - 15-30 mins depending on how big your family is and how many different combinations you are having. Up to 10 combinations 15mins anything over 10 combinations 30mins.
Bridal party / bride and groom portraits - 1 hour. More time is needed if we have to travel to different locations.
Reception - Party time whoop whoop!! I will be there to capture the fun as it unfolds.
Things I will need from you at least four weeks before your wedding
1- Completed and up to date questionnaire
2- Detailed time line
3- Family photo list - please write your list in the format below. Make sure they are numbered so it is easy for me to read. Assign a friend or family member to coordinate the family photos. They will be responsible for getting everyone together and making sure no one is missed. Print out the list and give it to them. Try not to over complicate the family photos the more you have the more chaotic it will be.
1- Brides parents - Bride, Groom, Julie and Paul
2- Brides immediate family - Bride, Groom, Julie, Paul, Kate and Sam
3 - Grooms parents - Bride, Groom, Sally, John
4 - Grooms immediate family - Bride , Groom, Sally, John, Jessica and Lauren
Tips on how to get the most out of your wedding photography
Do your best to keep the space tidy and declutter as much as possible. If there are beds in the room please make them.
Have all your details easily accessible for me when I arrive. E.g Bride - Dress, ring, shoes, invitation and earrings. Groom - Rings, shoes, socks, tie, and watch.
Groom and groomsmen can be in pants and shirts only when I arrive. I will capture putting on the rest of the outfit.
Bride can be almost finished hair and makeup when I arrive. Ideally you will be at the touch ups stage. I will then ask the bridesmaids to get into their dresses before helping you into your dress.
A wooden coat hanger where the hook can spin is great for hanging the dress.
Even shade is great for outdoor ceremonies. I know this is not always possible so if you can't have shade try to avoid the sun shining directly into your eyes. Sun behind the couple is always better.
Consider asking guests not take any photos or limit the amount of photos they take during the ceremony. Not only will I be taking photos of the couple but I will also be taking candid photos of the guests. It's much nicer to see guest reactions rather then cameras and phones in the face. This also avoids phones and cameras sticking out in the isle while making your entrance.
Confetti or rose petals makes for some awesome shots.
This is only something I do if requested and I don't recommend it. It can sometimes be difficult to round up all the guests, takes a long time and disrupts the flow of the day. I like to capture candid moments of people congratulating you after the ceremony rather then trying to round people up for a group photo. You can never see everyone in the the photo and the faces are very small. I much prefer to get some smaller family photos then a big group shot. If this is something that is very important to you, I am more then happy to do it please just allow some extra time.
Tell family members ahead of time that they will be needed for photos after the ceremony.
Ask your celebrant or MC to announce the family photos.
Assign a friend or family member to coordinate the family photos and give them the list.
Try not to over complicate the family photos the more you have the more chaotic it will be. Anything over 10 combinations needs extra time.
An hour before sunset and 10 mins after sunset is the best time for portraits. In reality this does not work for all weddings, especially in day light savings. I will always choose the best locations for your photos at the allocated time. If your up for it, I can steal you away for 10mins at sunset to get some beautiful golden hour shots as well.
Popping a bottle of champagne with your bridal party can help you relax and makes for some fun natural shots.
A sparkler tunnel or sparkler first dance (if you are having an outdoor dance floor) is fun and makes beautiful photos. You will need the extra long sparklers 70cm or 100cm work best. Also check with your venue that is it allowed. It is your responsibility to purchase the sparklers. This will need to be done before I go home if you would like me to capture it.
Please let me know if you have any questions along the way. I am always here to help! You can reach me via email or phone.