I’ve wanted to write this article for some time now in order to provide you and potential clients with as much information as possible to help with the planning of your big day. Most of my research has come from my own experiences of shooting weddings over the past few years and compiling all of the small mistakes that can sometimes happen, I sometimes see and to offer as much advice to ensure your wedding day allows you to enjoy the whole day in the safe knowledge that the wedding photography is all taken care of and captures exactly what you desire.
Again this is just a guide, its not a definitive list of situations to plan for, even with planning sometimes these things just happen, situations out of either of our control can provide a challenge throughout the day at a wedding. But if we can provide each other with as much information as possible and ensure that the day flows smoothly then you can just then get on with getting married and enjoy you big day and in the weeks after, sit back and look through all of your stunning wedding images provided by me.
So here a few tips and ideas for planning your special day;
- Some couples book a Pre Wedding photo shoot so they get to feel comfortable in front of the photographer and then get an idea of how that photographer works and shoots. They will sometimes use the images in the form of invites, save the dates or a signing board.
- Getting to know me your photographer will help your big day go more smoothly. You’ll feel more comfortable about sharing your ideas and trusting how I work/shoot on your wedding day.
- It isn’t essential that I visit the location before the big day in order to familiarise myself with the layout and best locations to capture certain images throughout the day.
- I need to be fully briefed about any special requirements or unusual situations. Also about how the day is structured, and I will need all of the different addresses and locations for all the key venues.
- The bride and groom should check with the ceremony official that photography is allowed during the ceremony and that flash photography can be used. If you can inform me of your chosen venues rules for photography in advance, then its helps with the planning.
- Remind the guests to not use a camera that has automatic flash during the service, as that can/could ruin the images that I will be taking during the ceremony.
- The photographer should be made aware of any important people on the day aside from the wedding party, for example best friends, god parents etc.
- The couple must decide in advance what group shots and formal portraits are to be taken after the service, around 5 groups shots maximum are advised.
- The best man or chief usher should be given a list of the groups shots so that he can call people when they are required.
- If there are divorced parents, work out the positioning for the formal shots in advance and inform the photographer of the situation.
- Ensure the Bride doesn’t get ready first or last during the Bridal Prep, it allows myself to the chance to capture the details of the dress and then the portraits of the bride as she starts her preparations and once fully dressed, it also allows the bride to relax, and hopefully not to run late for her wedding day.
- Use the following online inspiration boards for ideas and styles of how you wish your wedding photography to be and fully brief me on anything particular that you have seen or like, we can even set you up a secret board so only us (clients & photographer) can see the images. For inspiration look here: Pinterest
- Be flexible when it also comes to your wedding photography ideas, sometime no matter what you plan for doesn’t always come off, so trust me on the day and know that regardless of sun or rain, I will capture you the images you deserve for your wedding day.
- Book a second photographer, if I’m shooting the wedding by myself, I cannot be everywhere at once, but by having a second photographer, it allows for full coverage of both bridal and groom preparations, but also different angels of the whole day from ceremony, reception and through to first dance. For the extra price of a second photographer, you get two professional photographers for the full days coverage.
- Ensure you plan enough time as best as possible during your wedding day to be able to capture some Bride & Groom images day & night, its a chance to escape your guests, take a deep breath and capture you both some stunning images, plus if we plan this, then I don’t have to keep trying to drag you away from your guests.
- Other than your memories, the photos from the wedding will be what you have left. In this day and age of the digital world and with your wedding images provided to you on a unique branded USB stick, why leave them to sit there on the memory stick? Why not treat your special day to what it deserves, a stunning & beautifully presented and custom designed Wedding Album as shown here: Wedding Albums. I can provide you with some sample albums at our consultation meeting to view and we can then design and deliver you you a custom made wedding album showing your wedding images to perfection.
- Most important: Remember, this is YOUR day. Relax and take it all in and let me do all the work.
I could write a lot more, but these are the general to most weddings i’ve experienced. Depending on your wedding there may be some other questions i’ve not answered above you may have for me as your wedding photographer, but feel free to get in touch and ask as many questions.
Rob Grimes Photography is a Nottingham based photographer specialising in creative documentary wedding photography – documentary style photography that tells the story of your day along with fine art couples portraits using creative lighting techniques. Rob is available to shoot weddings, elopements, couples sessions in Nottinghamshire and throughout the UK, Europe, America and worldwide for destination sessions.
To book me or enquire then please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.