What happens on your wedding day?
Let’s start with getting ready. This is a super crazy time; lots of laughs, probably some tears. There could be a huge crew or just yourself and your beloved; I tend to take a hands off approach; I may direct you to better lighting or move clutter and I will encourage you to let the emotions flow; but other than these subtle touches I let everything unfold without direction.
Are you doing a first look?
I do have a favourite way to have a first look unfold, that I am happy to share with you and help set up. During this moment I try to slow things down. I want you to feel everything. I want you to be fully present. I don’t want you to hide the tears, let them flow. It’s wonderful to see you laugh nervously, get sweaty palms, in my books it’s all ok. Just be there; in the moment. My style here is purely documentary. I want you to look back on these photos and remember every emotion.
I am mostly documentary. I capture the aisle walk. If you haven’t done a first look, I do have a little request that ensures I capture his face the moment you hit the bottom of the aisle; but otherwise, I am floating around searching for the stories. As you walk back down the aisle I will slow you down. I want you to take a moment and absorb the pure excitement and joy that is flowing from your guests. Then I am stealing you; for just a few minutes; to capture those “holy crap we just got married” vibes.
For the portrait photos, I help you to find a good location or spot for your family photos. We work through the important family photos, then move onto your wedding party and then finally to you as a couple. These are your first photos as husband and wife. I will do a loose pose for several but I much prefer for a couple to just interact; to touch, to kiss, to laugh, to snuggle and just be together.
The first dance.
Your first dance together as a married couple. It’s pretty special and kinda scary. Have you been putting in the time to choreograph an amazing dance? Let me know ahead of time so that I can ensure I am in the right place to capture all of your epic moves. But you know holding each other close and laughing at private jokes is pretty spectacular too. I will be moving around; capturing these moments from all angles.
The final piece of your day. I rarely direct anything and spend my time capturing the stories that are unfolding. During cocktail hour; I mix and mingle; snapping interactions as they happen. When you eat; I eat. No one likes food eating photos, but if you do have speeches during dinner; I will quietly capture your speaker and your reactions. The dance floor time; I capture your significant dances and then love to stay for the first couple of dances once your dance floor opens. Then I will slip away and leave you to celebrate your amazing day.