[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]One year ago, a lady from my parenting group reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in doing her wedding photography. I practically fell off my chair. Until then the oldest person I’d photographed as a pro was about 12 days old. Could I really go from sleepy babies to adults? Adults who might post all over social media if my work was crap?
As it happens, I loved it. The whole process from start to finish was just the thing I needed to bring me out of the baby zone and back into the work I was missing dearly. (As an aside, I obviously love my kids too but I really did miss doing photographs).
The wedding itself was a very simple affair, small but perfectly formed. Tamsin & Andy got married with their baby boy and just their parents as witnesses. We took photos after the ceremony in a small courtyard. It was a sunny day in Birmingham city centre, perfect for my very simple but very explicit brief:
Do what you do. Documentary-style. Natural.
It was a steep learning curve, after which I decided to invest in some personal training. The philosophy I now work to ensures that both the bride and groom get to have their say as we hash out a plan in a consultation after booking. It also means that I am flexible, and always pay attention to what works best for their requirements when I’m planning my time.
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A Good Conversation Goes Both Ways
I’ve written before about why a consultation is such a good idea for any kind of photography service. With weddings I’d say it’s pretty much non-negotiable. Usually when people are planning a wedding or civil partnership they’re planning to do it just once, so they give it the time and attention it deserves. It is my job to pay attention to everything you say in your consultation, as well as everything you don’t say. I will ask questions and take notes, but this is just really a casual chat between a couple and their photographer. One of the things I do during a consultation is try to get a sense of who you are as individuals and as a couple, so I can work out ways to get photographs that best capture the vibe you two have.
The Details Matter
What’s a wedding without details? Even the simplest weddings have them. I’m about to photograph a wedding that is chock full of them, and it’s those details that make me so excited. Because I know what they are ahead of time I can plan how to get them all shot while the bride and
groom have fun with their nearest and dearest. Things like themes, colours, little moments you might have planned, all tell part of your wedding day story. I won’t skimp on the details of the day, and neither should you.
Have a Plan
With the information I get in the consultation I draft a schedule for the day. I’ll check it over with you to ensure it all looks good, and then you know you can relax and enjoy yourselves. I won’t be coming to you constantly to ask what’s happening and when, or asking you for lists of people to be in line ups on the day.
Have a Back Up Plan
Like a girl guide, I’m always prepared. So it’s raining? Let’s grab my huge umbrella and head out for some ultra romatic shots. So you’ve decided at the last minute you want a receiving line? Ok, if we have a spare 45 minutes that’s doable.
These Photos Will Last Forever
So I’ll make them the best I can.
Learn the Names
You, your partner, your family members and your friends. Weddings are a joint venture in every sense of the word. Every wedding I’ve been to has been a massive group effort, not just for vendors and venue staff, but the wedding party too. Bridesmaids and groomsmen, parents of the bride and groom, and extended family members all pitch in. And it’s not because they have to, it’s because they want to. If there’s a greater expression of love out there I’m not sure what it is! So I will learn their names, because it’s all about mutual respect. And you’re about to find out why that matters so much.
If I Don’t Know, I’ll Find Out
If you’re getting married in a venue I’ve not been to before, I’ll visit it. Actually I’ll probably revisit ones I have been in, just to remember them better. If you want something I’ve not done before I’ll go away and find out how best to do it. This is the core promise I make to you as a client: I will find out everything I need to know to get you the photos you dream of having.
This core promise extends to everything. I decided to include this here because my mother in law once told me a heartbreaking story – her wedding photographer didn’t even bother to remember her name. It smacked of hubris and a dictatorial approach – “you get what I give you” – and I vowed immediately never to treat my clients in such a way. So if there’s something you’re not sure of, we’ll discover a solution. Together.
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