Wedding Day Tips
I've started gathering information for brides & grooms to help with their day. Just a few small things that can save stress on your day.
Keep popping back as this is a work in progress and I'll be adding information as it comes to mind.
Meet your photographer
Make sure you like your photographer and their style of photography. Your photographer will be spending a lot of time with you during your day so you'll want to like them and their images. They are your lasting memory of your day. It's a
day where you don't get second chances for a retake. Don't be afraid to ask them questions and to tell them what you like. Bring images that you like to your meeting so they can see what kind of photos you like. Even though your photographer has their own style it's also your day and your photographer wants you to love your photos.
Does your photographer continue their photography studies, ie workshops & courses. There a many different
techniques to learn & improve photography.
Insurance & Governing Body
Check if your photographer has adequate insurance. Public liability and indemnity insurance. Is your photographer part of Australia's governing body - Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP)?
Using an Accredited Professional means that:
You are working with a professional whose status has been formally validated and recognised.
You are working with a professional who you can trust.
You are working with a professional whose creativity is constantly pushed and developed.
You are working with a professional who is a member of the only recognised professional imaging membership body in Australia.
You are working with a professional who adheres to OUR required level of service and quality, a standard we set, regardless of the standards the professional sets for themselves.
You are working with a professional who has been through our accreditation process.
You are working with a professional who is bound by our Code of Professional Practice.
Have a pre-shoot
Unless you're a model none of us are used to being in front of a camera, except when we're taking selfies with our phones. A pre-shoot will help you get to know your photographer and how they photograph before your day. It helps both of you to relax in front of your photographer's camera.
Prepare for wet weather on your day
You've paid for your dress, shoes, suits, bouquets, ceremony & reception, don't let a rainy day spoil your photos by being unprepared. Buy cute umbrellas that match the colour theme of your wedding for all of the bridal party. Cute gum boots can look gorgeous in photos or your dress can hide them if you don't want them showing. If you don't want to venture out in the rain for your photos find covered areas before your day for your photos. Being prepared for rain before your day will save you a huge amount of stress on your day.
If you're looking for places outside for your ceremony, look for places that will have deep shade with no speckled light.
Your photos will be exposed much better, also you won't be as hot during your ceremony. If you're outside in full sun, take note of where the sun will be during your ceremony. The last thing you want is to be squinting.
Have a plan B
If you're having an outside wedding have a look at what's behind where you're going to stand for the ceremony before the day. Things like bright wheelie bins can be a distraction in your wedding photos. If it's something that can't be moved a simple screen can save your wedding photos.
Family & Group Photos
Make sure you have a list ready on your wedding day of family or group photos that you want. It will save a lot of time if you delegate 2 people, 1 from each side of the family, to organise this. Give this list to your photographer before your wedding day. A good guide is to allow 4 - 5 mins for each group
Bridal Party Photos
Allow enough time in between the end of your ceremony & reception especially if you want photos at more that 1 location. As a guidance allow approximately 30 to 45 minutes at each location, allowing extra for travel time to get there. Your photographer will be able to help you with this. I don't charge extra for different locations but some photographers do so check what is allowed in your chosen package