The preparation, the outfits, the nervous excitement, you with your bridal party and family! I usually start photographing the boys for 1 hour before I am heading to the girls. I will capture whatever the guys are doing. For example having breakfast, going surfing, playing games, having a few beers or getting ready if the guys are getting ready early. After photographing the boys I will spend around 1 hour at the girls before heading to the ceremony (please also factor in travel time from the girls to the ceremony).
Your styling at the venue: your cake, your flowers, all the lovely details. You’ve spent ages trying to create a beautiful event, you want to be able to remember all the details! Please let me know what time the styling will be set up - I’d love to have half an hour to shoot in the daylight if possible.
You show up, marry your true love and I take photos!
Please check with the minister / celebrant about which way you will be facing during the ceremony. Ideally the bridal party and couple should be facing either left or right, not straight ahead with their backs to the guests. That way, the guests will then be able to see your side profile instead of the back of your heads during the ceremony and you’ll get images that show your faces and expressions.
Big group shot
A huge group shot with everyone who attends your ceremony. Allow half an hour after your ceremony to hug people, but let them know they’re not allowed to wander off until they’ve all been in the big group shot! The shot takes about 1 minute to take, but 15 minutes to get everyone together.
Smaller group shots
Smaller group shots with your family, and any other groups you think are important. Get these straight after the big group shot. If there are specific group combinations you want – tell someone in your bridal party who knows everyone and can help me organise people. Allow another 20 minutes here, again because it can take ages to round people up!
Just the two of you
Shots of you two and maybe your bridal party if you like. I’d love a minimum of 1 hour for these. If we can shoot during the golden hour before sunset, this is ideal. If you’re mid way through your reception by the time golden hour starts, I’d love even ten minutes outside with you. If there’s no chance of golden hour photos, schedule this time for as late in the afternoon as possible to avoid the harsh midday sun (or we can find a shady spot!).
All the stuff that happens at the reception. Any speech giving, cake cutting, garter throwing, wild dancing. I’d love to tell the full party story – the emotional speeches, laughing guests, awesome dance moves!
Got a run sheet? Please send me a copy!
Please feed me!
Want me to be super energetic and cheerful? Please feed me at your reception. The best time for me to eat is when the mains are being served – you don’t want photos of people chewing anyway!