A FEW OF MY PERSONAL TIPS FOR YOUR BIG DAY AND WHAT TO EXPECT...
Some brides have a flair for style and creativity; others want more of a helping hand. Included below is a summary of invaluable tips to ensure you get the most beautiful results from your wedding photography. Planning ahead and understanding how images are created will ensure you have a balance of fine art, stylised (even painterly) images for your walls, and a collection of gorgeous, candid moments to create a beautiful visual story to share with your loved ones.
Old cliches often ring true: timing really is everything! So, before you finalise your wedding day timeline, we will work together to ensure that what you intend for the day is both workable and sufficient to get you the results you want from your photographs. This includes leaving sufficient time for travel and thinking about how you and your guests will get between ceremony, reception and accommodation venues (if all three are in different spots); time for capturing bridal party shots, group photographs, venue details, reception room snapshots before guests enter for the wedding breakfast, candid shots during cocktail hour and, most importantly of all, time with you and your beloved! Daylight hours, weather and logistics will all play a huge part in dictating all of this - some things you can control, so it's always wise to make the most of them.
Where will you spend your morning getting ready? Ideally, you'll find a space with large windows and plenty of natural light; something neutral with light-reflecting colours works best, but in certain instances it's still possible to get good results from a room with a darker decor. It's worth thinking carefully about your getting-ready room so that it doesn't overwhelm your pictures. Elegant, timeless images with backdrops in natural colours (creams, soft greys, stone colours or soft pastels) help set the tone of your photographs. If you hanker to get ready in your childhood home, or if your chosen venue can't accommodate a getting-ready room that is suitable, we can get around this by taking some pre-ceremony images somewhere with better light or colour schemes once you're ready, but it's always preferable - and feels less pressurised - to stay in one place that fits the bill.
I can't stress this enough!!!! Keep your getting-ready room tidy and free from clutter (no one wants to see discarded make-up, stray shoes, suitcases and so on strewn across floors and tables in the background). Ideally, you'll be the only one getting ready in there. But, never fear, there'll be plenty of time for spending time with your mother and bridesmaids if you arrange a well thought-out schedule.
Clothing And Getting Dressed:
What will you wear for your bridal preparations? Not forgetting your bridesmaids too! You might choose a beautiful pair of pyjamas for you and your girls, and even for the mother-of-the-bride, or a silk robe each. Think carefully about your colour palette; steer clear of strong colours and keep away from patterns as they tend not to photograph well. In your chosen setting, a bright pink robe is likely to swamp your images, whereas we want you to be timeless and the star of the show!
When I arrive, you should be almost ready. That means: have your hair and make-up done. I can guide you through putting on your dress and shoes so that we can capture some beautiful, soft images of you in the final stages of your morning.
The mother-of-the-bride's attire can be its most beautiful when it fits with the bride's overall colour palette. If you have designed a blush-tone or soft-metallic wedding decor, for example, choosing something that complements it can be truly show-stopping.
Influencing what your guests wear to your wedding is always a tricky task; you tread a fine line between creating something truly stylish and being overbearing! I am a huge fan of black tie weddings, particularly for those ceremonies that start later in the day and have a sumptuous evening reception. The resulting photographs can be truly beautiful!
Too many brides overlook the importance of beautiful flowers and make the error of choosing something traditional or inexpensive. Even if you opt to do them yourself with plenty of practice, flowers are worth the investment and can be the most mesmerising part of your wedding design. Beware the unimaginative florist who steers you towards a tight bunch of ordinary roses or, worse still, bunches of Gypsophila in the interests of accommodating a tight budget. As much as with photography, research will pay off. Look at styles you like - note down the colours you warm to and the names of plants. Don't be afraid of foliage - a bunch of silvery-grey eucalyptus can be stunning just on its own, or with touches of white flowers within it; and don't steer away from truly undone, rustic bouquets with unusual additions like succulents (air plants). Just as your photographer should be, the right florist will work with you to realise your vision and advise you in their field of expertise. Make a careful note of the costs, including any charges associated with hiring jars, stands or hanging baskets. Investing in quality over quantity always pays off. One great tip is: don't overdress a church or venue at the expense of beautiful bouquets for you and your bridesmaids.
A common mistake is for brides to follow their bridesmaids down the aisle too closely. It makes for poor shots - the groom won't be able to see you clearly and nor will I! Try to ensure you get a clear run of the aisle - to do this, think carefully about timings and your music choice for the entrance.
One of the most beautiful touches for any dressed reception room is high quality linen. I can assist with recommended suppliers but, at the very least, choose linen that is pristine, well ironed, and is long enough to touch the floor to cover table legs without getting caught under chairs. Elegant swathes of soft-coloured fabric can make all the difference to your decor.
Assistant (friend and family) Photographers:
Aunty Sue, has the latest greatest and BIGGEST iPad of all time. She also has added in the biggest fold down case, and wants to photograph every moment, right next to or in front of me. While I don't mind assistant photographers on your wedding day, sometimes, these family members and friends, can be trip hazards, and also pretty photography hazards. There are moments, you might like to consider asking friends and family to pop the camera away and be present on your wedding day. This is the ceremony. You will only walk down the aisle once, you will only walk back down the aisle once, and this is important to consider, in this age of technology. Do you want to be the first to post a photo of yourself on Social Media? Do you want happy smiling faces looking at you as you walk down the Aisle, or faces, hidden behind that big iPad? When you look back on your memories, what will you want to remember. Just food for thought.