What is your style of photography?
If you've been reading the glossy bridal magazines or wedding blogs about how to choose your wedding photographer, you will probably have read you should ask your photographer "what is your style?". If you haven't been reading the glossies you may not have given it any consideration, but nevertheless "style" is how wedding photographers tend do differentiate themselves and it can be a guide to understanding what you will get for your money.
North Wales documentary wedding photography
You're probably thinking what are the choices? You may hear terms like "traditional", "documentary", "reportage" and 'contemporary" banded around, and depending on who you ask, you'll get different interpretations for each of these terms.
If we have to put a label on it I would say we offer "documentary photography combined with a bit of easy going contemporary portraiture", which is quite a mouthful! Ninety percent of what we do is "live action" and maybe ten percent is spending a little time with you as a couple to create some beautiful portraits.
To explain better, here in some detail is a description of how we go about photographing a wedding. Do bear in mind there is no such thing as a typical wedding, and we'll talk before your wedding to make a bespoke plan for your day.
Details, details, details
Lets start with the details. It's usually what we do first when we arrive for the bridal prep in the morning, and it gets the creative juices flowing. We set about creating beautiful, glossy magazine quality photographs of your wedding dress, flowers, jewellery, old, new, borrowed and blue.
We usually arrive where the bride is getting ready two hours before the ceremony time. After introducing ourselves, we set quietly about our work without getting in the way of the hair and makeup. We simply photograph whatever is going on, be it opening a bottle of bubbly, dishing out gifts to the bridesmaids, lacing up the back of the dress or putting in the veil.
Catching up with the guys
An hour before the ceremony time, we will hook up with the groom and his groomsmen. Sometimes in the pub or hotel bar, sometimes at the church or outside the venue. We ask for ten minutes for some relaxed and informal pictures of the groom with his guys. After that the ushers can go about their ushering and the groom and his best man can set about meeting and greeting. We will carry on photographing as your guests arrive.
Arrival of bridesmaids and Bride
Minutes away from kick-off this is no time for the photographer to be in the way, so a quick photo with Dad in the car, and the rest is live action. If time/weather/nerves permit, maybe a quick photo of the bridal party before going in. We slip inside the ceremony room first and take up our positions.
Prior to the ceremony, we will have had a discussion with your Celebrant, and agreed where we will position ourselves. We always take our guidance from them and follow their rules! It is always our aim to make ourselves as invisible as possible, so you are the focus of attention and not us.
As there are usually two of us, you get images from both the back and front of the room, and we don't need to move around. Win win.
Your chance to mix it with your guests. Our chance to photograph your guests and you mixing it.
Family Group Photographs
Most couples want some family group photographs, and we will have a list and who is needed in each one. We'll get through the list as fast as we can and with good humour. All your guests will be ready and eager to be photographed and we'll rattle through the shots in no time!
We have an article all about Family Group Photographs here!
Bride and Groom Portraits
At some point in the day, we'll propose a diversion for a few bride and groom portraits. How much time we spend on this and where we do the photos is up to you, and will probably depend on your venue and schedule. It could be in the gardens, woodland, on the beach, in a field or indoors. Again, its something we will have discussed beforehand. If there's a great sunset or a moody sky, lets do a few shots after dinner too.