WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF THE DAY FOR PHOTOS?
The best time is the last 45mins before the sun sets. Ask your venue when that is as some venues lose light earlier than usual depending on surrounding hills and/or mountains. Alternatively, you can find out using the timeanddate.com website.
WE REALLY WANT TO SPEND AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE WITH OUR GUESTS AND DON’T WANT HOURS OF CREATIVE SHOOT PHOTOS. IS THIS POSSIBLE?
Absolutely, yes! I agree with this as a strategy and feel that 45 minutes to max 1-hour sufficient. Have a look at Lara & Graeme’s wedding and see what can be achieved in 30 minutes! There was extreme planning that went into this and not a single item ran late which enabled us to achieve this.
DO YOU TAKE GROUP SHOTS OF THE PEOPLE AT THEIR TABLES AND/OR PHOTO BOOTH?
No, unfortunately, I do not offer this at all. I do however take candid shots of people listening to speeches, laughing and enjoying the evening. Natural photos are what I specialise in. If you want to ensure you have photos of all your guests, I suggest you book a photo booth. They are lots of fun and most of them will give you a digital copy of all the photos afterwards. Please enquire for recommendations.
WHAT CAN I DO TO ENSURE THAT YOU GET THE BEST PHOTOS ON THE DAY?
Venue Photos :: Request that the venue is finished and empty 1 hour ahead of the scheduled “Decor & Venue” photos time. Most times the decorators and florists have completed their amazing work and it’s often enthusiastic Aunts or guests that come in early in the day to take photos of their own. I’ll need the room clear to ensure that there are no accidental photo bombers.
Venue Lighting :: The more natural light the better! But when it’s dark outside I will be relying heavily on the venue’s lighting. Candles alone are not enough to light up a room, and while I understand that they are ever-so-romantic, they are simply not sufficient. To keep with a romantic vibe the more fairy lights you can get your hands on the better! And remember to go for the yellow fairy lights and please not the blue ones… Please trust me on this one and you’ll see why in photos later. Chandeliers are also great but ask that the venue coordinator doesn’t dim them without consulting me before as settings will need to be changed at the slightest change in lighting.
Natural Light for Prep :: As mentioned, one of the most important things for me as a photographer, is light. The amount of light available in a room determines the outcome of the photos. If you like natural photos, I suggest you book a guesthouse or hotel room with lots of natural light for the time spent getting ready. White walls are always the first choice and a firm personal favourite.
Bridesmaids :: Ask your lovely bridesmaids to keep the bridal prep suite clean and tidy. This will include all clothing, glasses, plates and makeup. Also, there might not be enough time for them to pack up their things right before the ceremony so the more they can do earlier the better.
Make-Up Artist & Hair Stylist :: While their work is VERY important and they need good uninterrupted time to make magic, please ensure that they are on board with the timeline before the ceremony as brides of mine have often had to sacrifice their bridal portraits because hair and make-up have run over time. I can recommend talented and efficient MUAs and Stylists who stick to timelines if you would like their details.
Outdoor Ceremonies :: If you are saying your precious “I do’s” outdoors in an open ceremony please ensure that you are standing in full shade (mottled shade is a horrific no-no for photos) or under a shaded covering, bridal canopy or chuppah. This will help to reduce hard shadows/bright light on your face which can be unflattering.
Formal Family Portraits :: Please prepare a list beforehand that the MC and I both have copies of. If the MC isn’t familiar with both sides of the family please assign the task to a confident and respected family member that will gather the necessary people. I’d recommend you keep the list to 8-10 photos.
Surprises :: If there are any unusual surprise items on the day’s programme please let me in on the secret so that I can be prepared ahead of time to capture then as they unfold.
Be yourself :: Enjoy your day and be yourself. Relax and take in every moment. The happier you are, the easier it will be for me to capture the uniqueness of your day, the natural emotions & precious moments.
CAN YOU HELP ME WITH A TIMELINE FOR THE DAY?
Yes, I’d love to have the opportunity to assist with this. I usually work a timeline back from sunset so that the creative shoot can be at the most optimum time of the day.
Venue :: 30 minutes
Decor photos :: 1 hour
Groom Prep :: 1 hour
Bridal Prep :: 1,5 to 2 hours
Ceremony :: Your preference
Confetti & Congrats :: 15 minutes
Formal Family Portraits :: 15 minutes
Hang Out With Guests :: Your preference
Bridal Party Photos :: 15 minutes
Creative Shoot :: 45 minutes to 1 hour
From here I am at your disposal for as long as the allotted package time allows.
I will notify you 15 minutes before I’m set to leave that my time is drawing to a close. Depending on the travelling distance there may be an opportunity to extend for extra hours at an additional charge.
Please factor in travel times between locations.
DO YOU REQUIRE A SEATED PLACE AND AN EVENING MEAL AT THE WEDDING?
Yes, please. While this is a requirement stated in the booking form contract it is also greatly appreciated after so many consecutive hours on (by then) tired feet. It is not necessary for you to place me and my assistant or second shooter (both subject to availability) at a table with guests as a smaller suppliers table is just as lovely. Although it is imperative that it is in the same room and within clear sight of the main table and MC’s stand. We would hate to miss anything because we couldn’t see.
Please cater vegetarian meals for us and notify the venue/bar that we will be needing non-alcoholic beverages and water.