Most couples still want group photos and despite the trend for completely photojournalistic wedding photography I think a few posed group photos is still a great way to commemorate the coming together of friends and family. I’d suggest keeping your list of group photos short and succinct so the photos fit around your day, not the other way round. I try to keep these informal and relaxed, so when you look back at your album you will see your friends and family enjoying themselves, not standing to attention.
When we meet I’ll ask you for a list of essential groupings, including names, and I’ll ask that you nominate an usher or bridesmaid who knows most people to help coordinate. Make sure to plan enough time in your wedding schedule for the group photographs – but I won’t keep your guests hanging around – I’ll do the group shots first so that they can travel to the reception and get the drinks in!
All the commotion and it’s easy to forget your wedding day is about just two people. Sometime before the reception we should get together for some photographs with just Mr and Mrs (and me!). Its great for you to get away from your guests and spend a bit of time together, and I’ll capture those essential bride and groom photos.
How long we spend is purely down to you and I think it is important that your photos do not interfere too much with the natural progression of the day. If you want to have a few key shots of the two of you and then get back to the party then I’ll make sure there’s definitely some keepers for the family album. If you have a bit more time we can sneak away and try something more creative, visit some different locations and take a more relaxed approach.
I try to give you some space, the time to yourselves will give genuinely romantic moments that make your photos seem more natural and real, but we’re not all models so sometimes I’ll suggest where to stand, and how to pose to get the photo I envision.
~Wedding Breakfast and Evening Reception~
The best photos of your reception will be candid ones from across the reception hall, as your guests laugh and chat, and you unwind and enjoy the party. Forget you’re on camera and ask your guests to do the same, no posing just natural, fun wedding photographs. I’ll be back in prime position to record the emotions and merriment during the speeches.
As the celebrations continue into the evening there will still be lots to take photos of . If you have asked me to stay onto the evening reception then I will ensure you have photos as you cut the cake (if not done earlier) , throw the bouquet and take the floor for your first dance, and generally capture the party atmosphere.
~After the Wedding Day~
Enjoy the rest of your night and we’ll speak again a couple of weeks later when you are back from honeymoon. First I’ll invite you over to view your images on a beautiful slideshow set to music designed to recreate your special day. Once you have approved your images- after the tears have dried – these will be put onto your own personalised cd, fully edited, colour corrected and ready to go. This allows you to select the images for your album and order prints and other products. All the images will be uploaded on to your password protected website so that you can share them with your family and friends. This will stay online for a year so plenty of time for them to order reprints should they wish.
Only now will I expect you to pay the balance of your bill for the photos – when you have seen them ,and when you are happy with them.
If you have decided you want an album we’ll sit down and work out which one suits you, you choose your favourite images and then I’ll get to work to create a personally designed layout. You should receive your final package between 2 and 6 weeks from your wedding date, depending on what you order, how long you take to decide on your favourite images, and the album printers leadtimes. I certainly don’t expect you to wait six months as sometimes is the case elsewhere! If you have just gone for a cd with all the images on this will be handed over on settlement of the package. An album can be chosen a few months down the line if you wish, and I offer easy payment terms to help ease the budget!