I would say for the ladies anywhere from 60-80 minutes and for the guys around 40 minutes. There's only so many photos i can take of you getting your hair and makeup done ha!
Please don’t be fully ready when I arrive so we’re able to get some natural photos. Same goes for the guys, please don't be fully suited up when I arrive.
An example schedule of getting ready photos would go something like this -
Guys wearing casual clothes when I arrive to allow us to get photos of you suiting up, doing cuff link, ties, button holes etc. Then, when everyone is dressed we can get together for some portrait photos of the group/parents etc. (this could be different if the grooms men are doing an activity prior to the wedding that you want captured - golf, surfing etc)
Then, I’ll come to the girls house just as their hair is finishing up and makeup artist is doing final touchups. The girls should be wearing casual clothes or robes and we can take some photos of you popping champagne etc.
I’ll then come help the bride get dressed with her mum and maybe one of her bridesmaids. We can then do a reveal to dad and the other bridesmaids and/or her dad/mum
I should leave the house at least 30 mins before the brides planning to leave.
Its an awesome idea to have all your accessories together that you want photographed in one place when I arrive. These could include rings, jewellery, cologne, shoes, dress, wedding invites, bridesmaid gifts (anything really).
Natural light is super important for photos! I can't even describe how much of a difference it'll make to your final shots. I always recommend to get ready in big, bright, naturally lit rooms. Renting Airbnb's or cleaning up also reduces clutter in the photos which can make photos look nicer also.
Generally, the ceremony part of the day is pretty straight forward. I'll arrive at the venue before the bridal party and capture photos of the venue prior to anyone arriving as well as the groom greeting guests. Then the bride/bridal party will arrive and ill capture the entrance and then the ceremony.
Just remember the softest light is in the morning and afternoon. If you're having a lunchtime wedding, the sun will be at its harshest which may results in under eye shadows on everyones faces. You also need to think about what time you'd like your portrait photos (which i'll touch on in the next section) and what time you're having your reception.
A first look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. A first look can sometimes be a good idea if we will be unable to do the portrait photos post ceremony. This is commonly the case for winter weddings where it may be too dark outside after the ceremony. We will organise a private place for the groom to see the bride for the first time while i capture the emotions of this beautiful moment. Then, we'll generally go take some portrait photos.
I love ceremony exit shots! As the newlyweds walk back together down the isle for the first time, guests can toss confetti or flower petals creating a beautiful photo opportunity of the bride and groom in their 'just married' excitement.
Of course! I just don't generally post them on my social media or website. Immediately after the ceremony is my favourite time to take family photos before everyone disperses to the reception or leaves the venue. I just ask prior to the day, the bride and groom write a list of all the photo combinations they would like and give it to a family member or friend who can help organise everyone.
I would recommend putting aside 45 minutes. Things sometimes run behind and portrait photo time is always the first thing to be cut down and you'll definitely regret running out of time for portraits with your partner. Even though you may not think photos of yourself now are important, these are memories that you'll love in 20 years time.
The best time to take your portrait photos of you and your partner/bridal party is "golden hour". This is that beautiful, sunset time of day when the sun is going down and the light is soft and golden making everyone glow. I would definitely recommend planning your day around having photos photos in this time period. If doing the portrait session during golden hour is impossible, I generally ask if the bride and groom would mind being pulled away from the reception for 15-20 minutes during sunset so we can just get some quick photos of them.
I recommend looking up when sunset will be for your wedding day and plan accordingly!
If you see a photo that you particularly love, don't hesitate to send it to me! Although, don't worry about sending though a list of photos. I love capturing a wedding day as organically as possible although i always make sure to get all the star shots of a day such as the kiss at the ceremony, cake cutting and first dance.
I think most people are a little bit nervous to do their portrait photos as it isn't something you do everyday! What i always tell my couples is to have fun and enjoy this time with each other! It's generally one of the only moments you get to spend alone together on the day so you should relish it.
That's really up to you! Some couples like me to be there from start to finish where as others say after the formalities are done (cake cutting, speeches, first dance) then they're happy for me to leave. It's your choice, although i do love a good dance floor photo!
Yes please! I like to have a meal at the same time you're sitting down to eat so i don't miss anything. No one generally likes photos of them eating anyway!
If you do decide to keep me there till the end of the night, you should definitely do a special exit! Some couples drive away in a cool car or even do a sparkler exit where you walk through a tunnel of all your guests holding up sparklers. Makes for a really good photo!