Yay! You have booked me as your photographer. I have put together some info for you that will help us both on your Wedding Day.
once you have all the information for your wedding day please fill out the form at the bottom of the page and send to me. this will be used as a run sheet and timeline for the day.
Getting ready can be such a beautiful time to get those genuine pre-wedding shots. But sometimes the energy is ruined by the aesthetic. A cluttered, messy, dark room takes away from the genuine moments happening and the beauty of the morning. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Clutter: I know there is a lot going on, but try to keep clutter hidden and to a minimum. Keep bags, suitcases, laundry, etc in a different room, or the closet. I often do a short sweep when I arrive to clean up the area anyways!
Light: Window light is my favourite light. If possible, get ready in a room with lots of window light, where we won’t need to use lamps or artificial light. Having an orange tungsten light mixed in with the window is not ideal for colour. So I always prefer to turn all lights off and rely only on window light whenever possible!
Hair/Makeup: If you have a hair and make-up artist, they will need as much light as possible. I suggest doing your set a space up next to the window, for them and for me!
Presents/special events: If there is anything special happening, gifts being given etc. please let me know so that I can capture all of these little things.
Don’t forget about the groom! He is just as important, and his photos will look way better in a well lit, decluttered room.
If there is time, once you have your dress on and you are ready to go, I would like to have 5 minutes to take some photos of you alone, likely by the window. Its a few minutes of anticipation before you see each other, and makes for beautiful photo making opportunities.
A first look shoot is when the bride and groom see each other for the first time in a more private setting before the walk down the aisle. It doesn’t have to be a big staged moment. It can be simple, genuine and intimate.
The reasons a first look is a good idea:
1. It calms the nerves. There is nothing that relaxes nervous brides and grooms more than finally seeing each other and enjoying a few moments alone before the official events begin.
2. It gives you time to take it all in. You can share what you’re feeling, you can hug, you can actually say “wow you look incredible in that dress”. You can do all things you can’t do when you’re at the front of the aisle with everyone watching.
3. It makes the timeline of the day more relaxed. If you can see each other before the ceremony, some family photos and the bridal party photos can be taken before too. This allows your family to go and enjoy the cocktail hour straight after the ceremony and we can get to couple portraits right away. This means you miss less of your cocktail hour too!
Alternatively if you’ve always dreamed of the walk down the aisle as the first glimpse of each other, then I am happy to do it that way too. It is completely up to you.
GROUP | family PORTRAITS
If you have opted for not having a "first look" then the best time for family and group portraits is after the ceremony. This can get quite difficult and so I like you to nominate someone, who knows both your family and friends, that can help me get each group together. The quicker this part of the day can be done the quicker the cocktail hour and fun can begin.
If we’re taking just a handful of shots (parents, immediate family, bridal party) then about 20 minutes is plenty of time. I recommend keeping the list short, because on your wedding day smiling at the camera posed with tons of different groups will get tiring!
We will work together on a family portrait list that I will have with me to make sure I check off every group you list.
I recommend two portrait time slots for portraits of just you two together: after the ceremony for 20 - 30 minutes, and at sunset for about 20 minutes.
Why after the ceremony? Because the pressure is off, and you’re ecstatic, giddy, in love, and ready to party. I’ve gotten some of the best, most genuine joyful moments at this time.
Why before sunset? Because its when we get the best light, At sunset we’ll get great golden light. And right after the sun disappears we’ll get some of the best moody light in which I love to shoot.
The most important thing to ensure we get great photos is trust. If you trust me to create the photos you’ll love, I’ll be able to do my thing and guide and direct you well. It’s all about collaboration and trust!
Ceremonies in nature are my favourite: the setting, the light, and the freedom for me to shoot all around. For outdoor ceremonies, light and sun are super important factors in the photos. Spotty sun light and harsh uneven light are not ideal. So if you’re having your ceremony close to midday, try to always backlight yourselves. This means, try to set up the ceremony so that the sun is behind your officiant, so you two are backlit, evenly,
You could also plan your ceremony later in the day, so the light is nicer, closer to sunset. Just be sure to leave enough time for any delays, as well as couple portraits around sunset.
If you are unsure, feel free to ask me about your ceremony spot and I’d be happy to help!
An unplugged ceremony is when you ask your guests to refrain from taking any photos.
Asking your guests not to use cameras or cell phones allows all guests to really take in your ceremony, without fussing with cell phones and flashes.
If you don’t want to entirely unplug, I would at least recommend that guests take photos from their seat, without getting up into the aisles. If anyone is in the aisles during any part of the ceremony it will definitely affect the photos I am able to take.
A FEW MORE THINGS
Dinner: It is ideal for me to be served as soon as dinner begins. so that I can eat quickly while guests are eating and be done in time for any toasts or dances that might happen during or at the end of dinner. Some caterers insist on serving vendors at the end of the meal, so please make sure you speak to your caterer about this so I don’t miss anything! If you have a buffet, I’m happy to go through it and grab my own food too of course!