It’s getting really close to your wedding now and I’m really looking forward to photographing it for you.
As you know, I am a reportage wedding photographer and you chose me specifically for my style. What sets reportage photographers apart from the others is that I strive to tell the story of your day through natural pictures rather than set after set of formal posed images and dull group shots.
You have spent a lot of money on your wedding and I know you would rather spend your time during the day with your friends and family rather than being directed by the photographer and for that reason I encourage my clients to have as few formal group shots as necessary. This is often the most tedious part of the day for many of the guests and it can often take a long time to organise each group.
For any group shots you do require, it helps if you can prime an usher, best man, member of the family of wedding planner to be on hand to “gather” the relevant people. If you can give a list of the group shots to that person in advance too (though I will have a list with me on the day) that would be helpful so they can get an idea in advance.
Because most people’s experience of wedding photographers is the dreaded “grip and grin bossy photographer” it may be helpful to explain to your bridal party and immediate family that my style is different to that and I won’t boss them around, or in fact, ask to them to anything at all.
Sometimes people expect me to start taking formal photos at every stage – because that’s what they remember it being like. It may be worth mentioning to them before the wedding that that simply isn’t my style. Hopefully they will relax and enjoy the day whilst I get on and capture those special moments that you can only really get in a reportage way.
I will tell the story of your wedding through pictures but I do have one little piece of advice that may help:
- When you are walking down the aisle, please take a moment to think about the timing and bridesmaids etc. Sometimes the bridesmaids go first and the bride walks right behind them. This can cause problems getting shots of you walking down the aisle. I’d suggest spacing out yourself and the bridesmaids comfortably. Likewise if the vicar is walking down the aisle in front of you, think about leaving a few moments to let him/her get to the front of the church before you walk down the aisle. Also, take your time here – walk as slow as you are comfortable ….no need to hurry that walk you’ve waited all this time for 🙂
If you can fill in the form below I’d be very grateful. Feel free to email/call if you have any questions on any of it. I’ll confirm receipt once it drops into my mailbox.