Do’s & Don’ts to help you through your Wedding Day (Part 2)

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Take a comfortable pair of shoes with you.

Over the years as a wedding photographer one of the most common comments I’ve heard has to be "I wish I’d chosen more comfortable shoes!"

Every bride deserves to wear amazing shoes on her wedding day.  However as most wedding dresses cover the shoes who would know if you were wearing your slippers?  At least take a comfortable pair of shoes to the reception. You don't want blisters and aching feet to ruin the best party of your life!

Choose your photographer wisely.

Make sure you choose a photographer with whom you can have a laugh; they will be with you most of the day.  Be sure to tell your wedding photographer about any ideas you have for pictures. You may want black and white images or a vintage feel, maybe something more simple and elegant.  Speak to your photographer before the big day if they don’t know your requirements they can’t cater for them.

Pre-Wedding Photo shoot

Having a pre-wedding photo shoot could improve your wedding pictures. After all, your photographer should be comfortable with the camera, but a pre-wedding photo shoot (or an engagement shoot) lets you spend time in front of your photographer’s camera, this can be especially useful if either you or your husband-to-be are apprehensive.  It may help you become more comfortable as the subject and should give you a good idea of how your photographer will work on the day; this in turn should help put your mind at ease.

Those great photos you’ve seen in the bridal magazines don’t just happen. They are planned and rehearsed.  The image you finally see have been picked from lots of photos.

Allow Time 


Discuss with your wedding photographer how much time is necessary for the organised photographs (or the must have photos).  We estimate approximately three minutes per formally posed photograph, so every five formal images will take about 15 minutes.  These shots may take some time, however the time spent on them can be speeded up and cause a lot less hassle if they are pre planned properly and put in a more natural flowing order.

Obviously the bigger your must have list the longer this process will take, so the longer you and your guests are standing around.  Approximately 15 – 20 minutes should be allowed for the romantic shots these are fun but creative photographs of the Bride and Groom only.  

Coverage

Find out what it is the photographer is offering in terms of coverage, wedding albums, a musical dvd or even a disc of images with the Right to Reproduce (in other words, to be able to print and share the images.) This is different to Copyright which always remains with the photographer, and ensures that the images cannot be sold for commercial use without the photographers consent. CDs are great, but an album is so much better and can be easily enjoyed with family and friends.

Do's & Don'ts to help you through your wedding Day (Part 1)

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 You already have the perfect fiancé and the perfect wedding dress. Now you just need to enjoy your wedding day without turning into bridezilla.

 Over the years experience has taught us

Everything doesn’t always go to plan.




 
In most weddings not everything will go exactly as planned.  If you accept this, take it in your stride and go with the flow on the day, it will help you relax and enjoy your day a lot more.

One of our brides wouldn't change a thing about her wedding day, despite a few blunders; the organist played the wrong song for her entrance, and the vicar messed up the vows. But none of that mattered, because she was happy to be marrying the love of her life.  In fact the vicar’s mistake made everyone laugh and helped her relax a little.

Enjoy it.

Most brides agree that their wedding day was a blur. That's why we suggest from time to time throughout the day you stop what you’re doing and just look around the room, see what’s going on.  Everyone is there to share and celebrate your special day it would be a shame not to remember it.

We usually recommend during the reception taking the bride and groom off for 15 minutes to get some romantic intimate images and a little time alone, away from everyone so you can collect your thoughts. It's easy to lose track of the real meaning of the day, I’ve heard it said many times that this 15 minutes were the most memorable of the day and really needed.

Hire professionals.


Obviously do your research before signing anything.  When it comes to your wedding photography, meet your photographer beforehand, make sure you get along.  After all they will be with you for most of the day.  Check to make sure your photographer has insurance, backup equipment, a proven track record and knows what they are doing. At the end of the day, your photographs are all you’ll have to remember your special day so choosing the right photographer is a big decision.

Whilst the old saying “you only get what you pay for” is true, it’s also true that the most expensive is not necessarily always the best, so choose well.

Don't stress out.


I know it’s easier said than done but don't let the stress of the day keep you from enjoying what should be one of the best days of your life. I think the main ingredients to the success of a wedding is letting go and trusting the team of professionals you have hired.  So have fun.

We’re not sure how true it is but we've seen a statistic that says. “When asked what a brides biggest wedding day regret is 44% say stressing too much”.

Mark's Drum kit

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Following a phone call from an oil rig somewhere off of the Norwegian coast, we had the opportunity to photograph Mark and one of his amazing drum kits.  Due to the size of the kit we decided to use a local pub function room, where we could set it up on a stage.  Mark is mad about drumming and his passion came across as soon as he started setting up.

We all had a very enjoyable day and couldn’t help getting swept along with Marks enthusiasm. Mark turned out to be a thoroughly nice guy and we hope we can work together again in the future.  Our thanks to the Romany pub, for allowing us to use their function room and to Mark for allowing us to photograph something different.