Preparing for the Wedding Day

September 30, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

This blog represents a summary of how I will present quite possibly the biggest day of Jane and Neil’s life.


Our Initial meeting was very productive and the informal conversation included dates and key timings, location photo opportunities and ideas, ceremony details and the event organizer’s contact details.
I look to provide a consultative approach which leads to a picture commentary of the special moments during the day and evening, I use a mixture of reportage and contemporary styled images.

Research
Planning is a serious consideration. I gain confidence ideas and inspiration by getting to know the venue inside and out well in advance of the big day.
The Deveres Hotel nr Swanmore is an amazing venue set in extensive grounds, I have visited the venue several times now and have taken several test shots indoors and out.
Preparations
The venue tour is now complete, test shots at the location have been taken and a run through has been carried out with Jane and Neil.

During the Wedding preparations, I will look to capture reportage (documetary) style images of the bridal parties preparation. Still life’s of shoes, hats, giggles, tongs, juxtaposition of wedding dress and curlers or other observances, posies, trinkets, satin and all shiny things.

Will capture group and individual shots of both wedding parties. The exquisite decor and extensive grounds of the New Place hotel are perfect for capturing memorable images.

The Ceremony
It is when the bride and groom meet for the first time that I’ll be looking to capture some close up images of tender moments. I will position myself discreetly and be in the perfect place to capture the vows, exchange of rings and the “You may kiss the bride moment”.

Signing The Register
With such a beautiful venue for your ceremony, I have been working with Fern and the team to ensure that photographs of this occaision are captured carried  in an idylic setting
as I’d like to capture a stylised sequence of images of this Landmark Occaision.

The photography on the day will be a mixture of reportage and organised shots, working with guests and the bridal party to capture a fun and vivid collection of images from Neil and Jane’s big day.

Interactions And Staged Photography
I capture the posse throw and catch, then the interactions as your guests interact with you for the first time as a married couple.


I will look to capture some reportage and contemporary guest and group shots, focus will be on key family and friends. During my research, I will have identified the best areas within the grounds for the outdoor Bride and Groom shots, followed by a selection of family and friends shots in a variety of beautiful locations.

Wedding Breakfast
Cake shots, artistic shots of cake, cutting the cake. food presentation shots, cutlery and flower arrangements. reportage shots of guests interacting.

Reception
Meet the couple shots, speeches, toasts, laughter emotions. First dance, couples family and friends dancing and partying.

The Wedding Album.

Preserving the special memories of the day is a very important factor for Jane and Neil.  I use professional studio software to create the album design and to layout the images,  I edit using non destructive techniques , always preserving the original raw files.

Preparing the album will be a fun task the bride and groom have tentatively selected the top quality “Renaissance” album, this is a beautifully handcrafted leather album. Neil being the print wizard he is, has seen and approved the album spec, Jane has discerning tastes, so the style and design concept will be a collaboration with Jane and Neil playing an active role in how the finished product will look, this normally occurs 2 or 3 weeks after the big day, this is when I catch up with the couple and relive some of the day’s great moment selecting the couple favourite images.

PRINT LAB
All images are sent to a print lab where they are checked and any colour corrections made before the high quality images are transferred to the high quality lustre paper that my print partner is renowned for.
A4 photobooks,  framed prints and other high quality products will be available to purchase following the big day.



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