For all three packages , I provide a full day's photography, which involves me
arriving at the house 1 - 2 hours before the bride is due to
leave. This allows me time to photograph the bridesmaids together
and individually, the bride, and her parents. I would leave when
the bridesmaids do, to arrive at the ceremony venue to photograph
the groom, best man and ushers prior to the arrival of the bride.
Where possible, I will take photographs during the ceremony.
(Please check whether this is allowed with your vicar, priest or
registrar - I will also confirm this on the day). Photographs are
then taken after the ceremony with guests. I am willing to attend
a third venue for all packages, though I do
not generally stay throughout the meal and speeches. Before
leaving, I will take a mock cake-cutting shot, and ask whether
there are any last minute photographs required. By this time, the
guests are usually pleased to see me go home, and the bridal party
can relax to enjoy the rest of their day!!
- I ONLY EVER DO ONE WEDDING PER
DAY! Where possible, I try to bring an assistant with me to catch
back up shots and any extra spontaneous shots that may occur, but
I always bring with me two cameras and use both interchangeably to
ensure I have back up shots of everything.
- I tend to do a mixture of traditional
shots (family groupings as requested), but I also do a few candid
shots, and some set up shots ( as shown in the website
photographs). I try to personalise each wedding, so if the bride
and groom have a particular interest, or if the wedding is held at
a certain venue, I will try to use props to individualise the
wedding photos to try to make them just that little bit different.
- I try to be relaxed, approachable, and
fun, so that
we all enjoy your day. I want for the couple to look back at their
photos even in years to come, and for the facial expressions on
their photos to invoke a memory of something that was being said
or done. I get one chance at taking the photos at a wedding, so it
is important that I get lots of photos, and I appreciate it can be
boring for guests waiting around, so I try to make it as much fun
as possible. I try to photograph the friends and not-so-close
family first as they are usually chomping at the bit to escape to
the bar, saving immediate family and wedding party to last as they
are generally more patient and involved.
- I also take an unlimited number of
photos, often in the region of 1000 photos. Obviously not all are
required, so some may be deleted, but it does give the bride and
groom many options when choosing (sometimes too much choice, hence
the trimming down!) I frequently remind the couple that it is YOUR
day so YOU need to tell me who's important to you. I don't want to
miss anything, or have you look at your photographs later and
think there's none of Auntie Mildred, or someone who’s travelled
many miles to be with you on your special day.
I hope this covers all you need to know.
Please feel free to contact me with any further questions.
Wedding Photography in Leeds and
the North East, by Elaine Brookes