Firstly and foremost, THANK YOU!
I am truly honoured that you have asked me to photograph your wedding and I can’t wait to hang out with you and your loved ones and capture the best day of your lives!
What happens now?
Now that you've locked in a date and you're starting to make some solid plans, you've no doubt realised that there are quite a few layers to this whole wedding planning gig!
Below are some tips to help you get the most out of your wedding photography.
Be sure to ask questions at ANY time!
P H O T O G R A P H Y T I M E L I N E
There are no rules when it comes to your big day and photography coverage, however here’s my two cents on how long to spend with you at each part of your day.
~ Partner one - 30 - 45mins
~ Partner two - 1 hour
~ Pre-ceremony/guests arrive - 30mins
~ Ceremony - however long it takes!
~ Congratulations/hugs + kisses - 15mins
~ Family photos - 20
~ Wedding party portraits - 20mins
~ Couple portraits - 40mins
~ Venue styling/detail photos - 10mins (sometime before guests are seated)
~ Reception - 2 - 3 hours. (I recommend coverage up until 30 minutes after the last of the formalities and when things start to get loose on the dance floor)
L I G H T I N G
I need to let you in on a little secret.... Everything looks better at golden hour!
Golden hour is the hour(ish) before the sun sets when the light becomes softer, warmer in colour and gives an incredible glow. It's hands-down my favourite light to work with. In fact a lot of the photos you've seen on my site have been taken during this time. My biggest tip is wherever possible, to allocate time for portraits during golden hour.
Of course, depending on your timeline, photos might not be possible during this “golden” window but rest-assured, your photos will still be fabulous. If photos are earlier in the day and it is bright sunshine, we'll most likely be looking for locations with shade.
If your wedding is during daylight savings, and therefore golden hour is going to be taking place when your party is well and truly underway, I'd recommend allowing 10 minutes during your reception to step out for a few portraits during this golden hour window.
C E R E M O N Y
Lighting is key to great photographs so if possible, consider the following ceremony times;
~ Daylight Savings Weddings ~
5 - 6pm to avoid brightness, heavy shadows under eyes, extreme heat, squinting, sweating guests & allow good timing for your portrait session afterwards.
There's absolutely no problem if you're planning an earlier outdoor ceremony, however I'd strongly recommend sourcing a shady location to avoid the harsh brightness and squinty eyes.
~ Non Daylight Savings Weddings ~
2:30-3pm, to make sure we don’t end up in the dark for your portrait session.
A great (rough) guideline is to set your Ceremony time around 2 to 2.5 hours before sunset.
P O R T R A I T S
If possible, allocate at least 45 mins - 1 hour for a portrait session on your wedding day.
This can be before the ceremony ( known as a “first look”) or after the ceremony. They can even be broken up into sections throughout your day.
Allocating an hour will ensure that we get a bunch of relaxed, beautiful and creative portraits without feeling rushed. I’ll always make sure there’s time for a glass of bubbles too.
If you have a wedding party, we will have portraits of you all together first-up (approximately 20 minutes), then we'll send them back to join the party while you spend the rest of the portrait session as a couple (approximately 40 minutes).
If possible, plan your portrait session 1 - 1.5 hour before sunset.
As mentioned above, if this simply isn't possible due to the timing of your day, please consider stepping out of your reception for a 10-minute stroll, to get a couple of photos during golden hour. I promise you won't regret it!
P O R T R A I T L O C A T I O N S
While I am more than happy to source interesting spots for your portrait session on the day and make suggestions during the planning process, please note that I do not ‘location scout’ prior to the wedding day.
Also, the responsibility of contacting locations prior to the day to check for permits, access, back up plans etc. is yours.
Finally, don't forget about a reliable wet weather back up plan!! At the very least grab a bunch of clear brollies for you and your wedding party.
F A M I L Y P H O T O S
I want to make sure that everyone you love is included in your photos.
Group and family photos are best done straight after the ceremony while all your guests are together and before Nan heads to the bar.
I recommend allowing 20 minutes for 10 family photos. Let’s chat if your planning more than 10 family photos.
The key to formal family photos is PREPARATION - know beforehand exactly which groups you want photographed, make a list in a logical order and give that list to a guest on either side of the family who can help organise everyone.
A F T E R T H E W E D D I N G
In the week following your wedding, I'll do my absolute best to send you a few sneak peek photos from your day. Keep an eye on my Instagram too!
Eight weeks following your day you will receive a link to your full gallery of between 500 - 800 high res edited images. Feel free to share these with family and friends. You'll have access to this link for 3 months. PLEASE ensure you save a copy of the images from the gallery.
Please be aware that I don’t store the RAW files and edited images once the final images have been supplied. So back up, back up, back up!
P R I N T S T O R E
Your final gallery will include a print store which is linked to my favourite Australian print lab. I’ve been using this lab for years and can guarantee the quality of their printing and framing. They also deliver straight to your door!
I give you more info on printing when I send the link to your gallery.
(A quick note here that printing at Kmart or Officeworks will not do justice to your images - please trust me on this, I’ve tried them all ugh!)
A L B U M S
Nothing excites me more than to see photographs printed, displayed and enjoyed in a home. We live in such a digital world of hard drives, USB's and cloud storage (which is ace for storing 27,000 iPhone photos from the last 15 years), however your wedding day memories shouldn't be stored in that magical cloud, they should be shared and enjoyed by your family and love ones now, and for generations!
I would love to make you a wedding album and to keep things simple, I offer one all-inclusive album which are $1400 if ordered at the time of booking, or $1600 if ordered after the wedding.
My albums are 10 x 10 inches in a stunning flat lay design showcasing YOUR favourite 100 images over 50 pages. You have a huge range of cloth and eco leather colours to choose from and of course, your names embossed however you please on the front.
I also offer a duplicate 8 x 8 inch parent album for $550. They make the perfect gift.
W H A T H A P P E N S N E X T ?
Your photography is now booked (tick it off the list)!
If we don't speak beforehand, lookout for your online questionnaire/run sheet in your inbox 6 weeks prior to your wedding day. Please complete it and return it to me as soon as possible, but no later than 7 days before the big day.
This is a magical time, enjoy every second of it.
See you soon,