Having photographed weddings for 9 years, I am here to guide you through the process. Wedding photography is a bit more than your usual vendor/client experience, as I am with you throughout your whole day, in the big moments and little ones. I always recommend we skype or meet for coffee where possible, prior to your wedding day, so we can get to know each other a bit. My approach is very discreet, and most of my time is spent mingling with guests in the background, looking for ways to capture your unique story from different perspectives, without interrupting the flow of things.
Most people don’t want to spend hours posing on their wedding day, and I appreciate that. Long before your day arrives we look at your schedule together to ensure there is a little gap, when your guests are relaxing with a glass of fizz, for you two to slip away for a stroll to gather some relaxed couple photos. This allows me to find the best light/backdrop to your photos, it will only take about 15 mins - and I will coax and cheer even the most camera shy.
Since weather is always an underpredictable factor, even in the height of summer, it is good if you can keep an open mind for your couple portraits. Standing on a dark staircase with a flash will only create static imagery. Usually we can check our iphones and reschedule your portraits until later in the day. But if it is still raining, I recommend sheltering under a brolly, under archways and trees, as it will allow us to shoot in natural light, and create a bit of movement, keeping the photos in line with my typical style.
Moving away from ‘Victorian style’ line ups, when it comes to your group shots, I usually recommend making a short list of people combinations, which I try to compose in an ‘informal’ manner in keeping with the rest of your collection. I aim to stagger these throughtout your day to avoid too much standing around, and to keep your image collection interesting and beautiful. Whilst I’d probably gather elder relatives post ceremony - knowing they’d enjoy a traditional group photo - I might capture best friends on a cosy sofa later in the day.