Your wedding day needs to be picture perfect. And as the resident Wedding Photography Expert for Your Glos & Wilts Wedding Magazine, this was the question posed to me in the latest issue on sale today!
Q: We really want our wedding photography to reflect us as a couple with lots of portrait shots of us both on the day. How do we make the time for this in what we think will be a busy schedule?
A: It is so important that you spend time with your photographer before your wedding day. Not only to get to know them and for them to get to know you too; but to communicate how you visualise your wedding story being told. It’s your one record of your wedding day and it’s your historical marker in time.
Client Service is as big a part of my business as the actual photography itself. I often create mood boards for my Clients and encourage them to share their visual thinking through Pinterest boards and actual mood boards.
For me it’s essential to work closely with my Clients on the run up to and on the wedding day itself. Lots of catch ups in person over coffee and cake at the Studio or over the phone to ensure that we work as a seamless team on the day.
Taking the time and making the time for my Clients is key to creating gorgeous wedding photographs.
As far as scheduling is concerned again talk to your photographer. Rushed photographs will look rushed. On the run up to the wedding day my Clients and I scope out exactly where we are going to take their photographs so that we are not searching for locations on the day and so that the locations we choose represent and reflect their wedding day perfectly.
This also means that the photographs I take are unique to the couple even if I have been to a venue numerous times before. And if I haven’t been to a venue before I will always do a recce to ensure that this happens which also means that your photographs don’t drag on forever!
I always provide my Clients with an outline plan for on the day photography. Make sure you take the time to check that this matches with that of the venue well in advance and if it needs to change give your venue/caterers plenty of notice. Its worth pushing dinner back by half an hour rather than trying to shoe horn your romantic bride and groom portrait photographs into ten minutes.
It’s your wedding day so make sure you take the time you need.