1 What is important to you regarding the style of photography you would like? Is spending time with your guests important to you or a “fashion type” shot at a location away from your venue? If you are looking for natural photographs with no posed photographs, this style is called ”reportage” I have never seen a whole wedding shot in this style as there is always a few group shots that will need to be posed. The “fashion type” shot (just with the bride and groom) can involve several locations for up to an hour and half to two hour’s duration. You should however expect to get some spectacular photographs from this type of shot.
I have seen examples of both types of style. The reportage style can result in the day being rather disorganised if there is no structure to the photo shot. The “fashion “type can result in the guests becoming fed up waiting on the bride and groom arriving back at the venue. Most brides opt for a style incorporating aspects of both styles she likes.
2What time should I get married? If you marry in a church and then go onto your reception, you should allow plenty of time to go from the church to your reception venue. If this is not properly planned the photo shot may end being rushed, the bride and groom being unable to spend time with their guests and the venue rushing to take meal orders and prepare food. You should also take into consideration the time of year you are getting married. If you allow sometime for the photographs to be taken in the daylight, this is preferable for the photographer as natural light is more photogenic.
3 How much time should you allow for photographs? I would allow at least an hour and a quarter to an hour and half for photographs plus time to spend with guests and travelling time to the reception venue.
4What should I expect of my photographer on the day? You should have meet with the photographer before the day and seen examples of their work. I think it is equally important to have an idea how the photographer will deal with people as well as their technical skills. I have had many brides upset by the photographer on their wedding day due to the photographer being rude and overbearing. So many people commented how professional my husband and I are at dealing with the wedding guests and the wedding party, I have been asked by many brides to photograph their weddings over the years.
It is also beneficial to meet the photographer at the venue and walk round the venue pre agreeing an outline of the type of shots you would like. You can also suggest some shots to the photographer. One of my brides came up with a great idea: she let me have pages from wedding magazines of various wedding pictures.
5 Group shots
A massive amount of group shots can take over the wedding day. There are various hints and tips that can make this part of the day a lot easier. I always suggest a big group shot straight after the ceremony. Then one shot with the bride’s side of the family and one of the groom’s side of the family. To try to arrange this after everyone has dispersed can result in a lot of wasted time.
I then suggest doing the Bridal Party shots. If you are happy with one shot with the whole bridal party this will cut the shot list considerably. However, most brides like various shots with bridesmaid/ushers/best man and then with the parents.
Another good idea is appointing someone to help arrange group shots. They can direct guests to the photography locations and fetch specific people while the photographer is setting shots up.
I always ask the bride to give me a specific list of shots that she would like of any non-Bridal Party guests. I always then photograph any grand parents and any other elderly relatives. Many brides have commented on how glad that these shots were taken as they have lost a “loved one” shortly after the wedding. I suggest a “kiltie” shot and a “girlie” shot to add some fun to the day.
Finally, and most importantly I like to make the photography shot experience fun and enjoyable. It is a wedding day and properly organised photographs should add to the sense of occasion.