Wedding Day Photography

Preparation is Key!

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Wedding Day Photography: It’s the day of the wedding and you have got up early after a good night sleep. You have everything ready to go. Your day, if a full wedding day, is usually going to consist of a traditional wedding photography checklist.

Note: Please bear in mind that this list is just a guide for beginners or newbies to wedding photography. All weddings are different and the theme or general run of the wedding may be completely different. This is something you learn as you progress. There are no short cuts ; )

  • Bride getting ready
  • Groom getting ready/waiting at church
  • Bride arriving at church
  • The ceremony (church, readings, vows, kissing, wine drinking, singing, register signing, walking down the aisle etc)
  • Confetti/rice throwing shots (if traditional British wedding)
  • Group shots
  • Somewhere special or "time out” photographs with Bride and Groom
  • Arriving at reception
  • Meal
  • Speeches
  • Cake cutting
  • First Dance
  • Party
  • Leaving venue (sometimes)

The Early Bird!

Leave your house early. You don’t want to be late at any part of the day and traffic jams and accidents do happen.

99% of the time I arrive at the bride’s house 20 minutes early. Like I said before, you can use the spare time to get detail shots. Is the car "jazzed up"? Is the house decorated? Are all their "wedding bits and pieces" lying around?

For my style of wedding photography, I like to shoot and record as much of the day as possible to cover all angles. I like to "over deliver" and again, I think of referrals. However, most times I sit and have a coffee with the father or something whilst waiting. There are occasions though where I was needed early. It doesn’t hurt to get there ahead of time.

At the end of the day, the more you prepare, the easier the wedding will be to shoot!

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