When it’s your wedding day, the day is about you and your partner, the last thing you would want in the middle of your most important vow or speech is someone directing or telling you what to do.
You spent a lot of money and time planning for this day, for this moment. Your moment.
I am just here to do my best to capture it (helping any way I can)!
With any weddings, each is unique in its own way. Every detail, every arrangement, every conversation is unique on the day.
Whilst there will be big moments, there will also be smaller one, ones you may have missed during the ceremony. The father’s moment of pride, the guests’ smiles, the goofiness in games and maybe even the emotional ones too.
Following on from my style of photography, I will make sure that those moments will just be as prominent as everything else. Unobtrusive and natural. Sometimes the best memories are in the little moments.
For some, the formal photos of your families and friends are really important and this is absolutely fine! This is where I would highly recommend a second shooter, my associate Helen is also an experienced photographer who shoots in a very similar style to mine and would most likely take photos of the guests whilst the formal photos of families are composed. While your other guests are having fun elsewhere, you can be sure that both parts will be covered in the same time-frame.
The anxiety about hiring a photographer is a very real thing and I find a very good way to get to know each other, is often to just converse. As a person who grew up around people from all walks of life, from different cultures, different locales; I often find striking a conversation is the first step to many great moments. After several emails, video chats and face to face consultations, we usually get to the stage where we know each other a lot more.
One thing I highly recommend is doing a engagement/pre-wedding shoot. This is a great way for us to get to know each other but also gives us an opportunity to see how things mix! Its also a great preview to see how I work in a “photo session” setting. This philosophy of working together as a collaboration is something I strongly believe in, from my other collections.
The style of a pre-wedding varies as its a little bit more composed and everyone is different, but often than not its just a fun morning/afternoon out-in-town “going on a date” type of day, while I am there, again, to capture it all. Couples often want to keep these photos for themselves and sometimes even use these photos on their invitation cards or their own wedding websites.
My advice? If in doubt, then try the pre-wedding/engagement shoot first. There is no commitment for the big day even after the shoot.