Planning Your Fine Art Wedding Photography
I like to think that having shot many a wedding means sharing certain little nuggets of wisdom with my couples is a helpful thing to do. There are many aspects of wedding photography which couples don’t really think about so here are a few tips from me to you…
- Whether the Bride is getting ready at home/ at parents/ at a hotel, she is likely to be getting ready with at least some of her bridesmaids and even if the room is spacious, ‘stuff creep’ has a habit of happening. Put one bridesmaid in charge of keeping the room looking clean, uncluttered and devoid of unsightly empty drinks bottles or abandoned clothes. It really will have an effect on how the photos look!
- Make sure you tell your bridesmaids or whoever is getting ready with you that they need to be completely ready (i.e. hair and make up) and be dressed 20- 30 mins before you (the bride) put your dress on. Having all your bridesmaids in their finery really helps to make the photos feel more polished but also will leave them free to help the bride with anything she needs. Once the bride is in the dress, this is when the day starts to feel really real and often tensions or nerves increase at this point so bridesmaids need to be on hand to help with whatever the bride needs (not fixing their hair / or make up!)
- If you are getting married in a church / synagogue/ temple make sure you have spoke with the Vicar/ Priest/ whoever is leading your service prior to the wedding day about any photography restrictions. Gone are the days where I’m willing to face the wrath of men/women of the cloth in order to do my job. I will respect the wishes of whoever is leading the ceremony meaning if they want me to stand in one place and not move, I will do so – it’s my intention to be subtle, discreet and respectful of the ceremony. It’s important you know that this will affect your coverage during the ceremony. There are horror stories of priests and photographers and it can all be mitigated by communication prior to the day itself.
The Confetti Shot:
- The confetti shot always takes a bit of orchestrating, whether you want a ‘confetti tunnel’ or your guests crowded around you throwing confetti in the air, it will take a bit of time to make it happen! Make sure your wedding planner has the support of your ushers / bridesmaids to usher people into the right position / place. Also don’t underestimate the fact that post ceremony your friends and family will want to talk to you and congratulation you. This takes time so make sure you add an extra 10/15minutes for this. Shoving granny out the way because you’re trying to stick to a strict schedule is not cool or fun for anyone!
- Don’t have too short a reception! Make sure you leave enough time during the drinks reception for the couple shoot which takes a minimum of 30 minutes. The reason being that it sometimes takes this long for couples to relax in front of the camera. When it comes to fine art wedding photography it helps to have enough time for us photographers to do our thing and for you to relax and not feel rushed. And trust me the photos of the two of you after you’ve said your vows are the ones you’ll print and put in frames to remember for the rest of your life! Also bear in mind that if you want group / formal family shots this too will likely take 30 minutes. So make sure you think about how much time you’d like to mingle with your guests!
If you have any questions about planning your Fine Art Wedding Photography do get in touch here
See more of this beautiful styled shoot on Rock My Wedding HERE
Photography: Julie Michaelsen Photography
Styling & Coordination: Goose & Berry
Floral Design: Moss & Stone
Hair & Make Up: Tori Harris
Bridal Wear: Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture
Shoes: House of Elliot
Jewellery: Arabel Lebrusan Jewellery
Headpiece & Veil: Victoria Millésime
Cakes & Macarons: Gifted Heart Cakes
Stationery: Oh Wonder Calligraphy