I wish I had a pound for every time that I’ve said to a bride – “on your wedding day make sure you enjoy every minute because it will zip along so quickly that before you know it you’ll be saying thank you and goodnight to your guests – that beautiful car that brought you to the venue will be safely back in its garage – the cake will have been eaten and the flowers will have already have started to wilt “. In fact the only thing that will remain of your wedding day is your love for each other and the images captured by your photographer and that is why your wedding pictures are so important.
Needless to say as a wedding photographer I would of course think that the photographs are the most important part of the day – maybe venue managers and wedding dress suppliers may take issue with that.
However, recently I’ve noticed that there is an increasing trend for couples to invite a ‘keen’ family member or friend to take their wedding photographs and although I can see how this can help ease an already over-stretched wedding budget it is important to make sure that the lasting legacy of your most important day is a good as you can afford.
Therefore, given the increasing number of persons willing to put their necks on the block and become wedding photographers for a day, we thought it may be helpful to provide a ‘check list’ which describes the way in which we do things so that for those of you wandering into the bewildering world of wedding photography for the first time may have a guide to help you through the day.
We hope that this guide will provide you with enough information to help you survive the wedding day and ultimately enable you to provide your bride, groom, their children and probably their grandchildren, family and friends with a set of images that they will want to continue to revisit and enjoy for the rest of their lives.
So, put on the kettle, settle in for the adventure that is my version of a typical wedding from the photographer’s viewpoint. I will attempt to explain my approach, how I go about preparing myself and the bride and groom for what is most probably one of the most important days in their life.
I will post this guide in manageable chunks and therefore my next post will deal with the bewildering subject that is equipment and the array of equipment I normally take to a typical wedding.