A day in the life of a wedding photographer

Your wedding day is probably one of the most important and special days of your life.  I won’t take it lightly because I know you won’t either. 

Here’s how I do it:
Before the wedding

  1. With every wedding, I start by having a meeting with you to discuss your day and what is important to you
  2. We will talk about how much time we have to work with and what photos you most want
  3. Emails are sent back and forth about group photos until a final list is drawn up
  4. I map out the whole day and give you a photography schedule so it is clear where I will be and what I will be photographing when.
Camera equipment at my disposal

Camera equipment at my disposal

 

For typical all day coverage I will work to something like the following
  1. 6:30am startBatteries are charging
  2. Camera memory cards cleared and checked
  3. Addresses are entered into Sat Nav
  4. Several copies of the groups shots list printed off
  5. Camera bag checked against list of equipment needed
  6. Special photo requirements noted
  7. Emergency numbers noted down and taken
  8. 9:30am: 
  9. At the hairdressers with the bride capturing candid photos
  10. 11:00am:
  11. Photographing details and makeup being done (maybe at another location)

 

Wedding makeup being applied to bride in black and white photo

  • 12:00pm
  • Photos of the groom and the guys at another pre-arranged location
  • 1:00pm
  • Off to the church for details and people arriving (a couple of muesli bars to keep me going)
  • 2:00pm: Arrival of the bride
Bride walking with Father at St Audries Park wedding venue
Bride and Groom being married in the orangery of Hestercombe Gardens
  • 2:45pm: Ceremony ends
  • Candid photos
Black and white photo of bride blowing bubbles outside

 

Atractive young blond lady wearing sunglasses with colourful background foliage at a wedding at Gants Mill in Somerset

  • Group photos
  • Photos of the bride and groom on their own
Young married couple in an embrace looking at the camera and working mill in the background at Gants Mill
  • 5:00pm: 
  • Wedding reception

Pretty open sided tasteful marquee on a sunny wedding day at Sheldon Manor

  • Photos of all guests around the tables
  • Time for me to eat
  • Speech photos and candids
Black and white photo of good looking bride and groom listening to speeches at their wedding
  • 7:30pm
  • Mingling candid photos
  • 8:30pm: 
  • Setting up of, and cake cutting
Pretty bride and handsome groom cutting their cake in Royal Clarence Hotel Exeter
  • 8:45pm:
  • First dance and atmospheric photos
Black and white photo of drunk man dancing at a wedding with live band playing in the background
  • 9:30pm
  • I depart
  • 10:30pm
  • I arrive home and transfer images to the computer
  • 11:00pm
  • Day complete
Open sided wedding marquee at Sheldon Manor night with rich warm coloured lighting and people dancing

This photo was taken around the longest day of the year. I really wanted to get this shot so I stayed until 10:30pm before the hour drive home.

Typically about 1500+ photos taken for a final selection of around 250-400.

After the wedding day I get started on editing the photos.  To sift through 1500 photos to pick out the best ones takes 2-3 hours.  Sounds like a long time, but each photo is checked for sharpness and this can take time as the images are such high resolution.  Editing takes around 20+ hours over a few days along with the same amount of time designing, proofing, re-designing, ordering, emailing and delivery of the wedding album.

Luxurious Queensberry wedding album laid open at page of couple cutting wedding cake.

A lot is involved in a days wedding photography.  Even in these “tough economic times” there is no substitute for, or shortcut to good wedding photography.  There is no second chance and there is no better record of your wedding day.  In years to come, your venue, cake, decorations, food and drink will be long used, drunk, eaten or forgotten.  Every photo I take is a lasting memory of your day.  The vows being given, the signing of the register and the captured expressions will only happen once and won’t be repeated, let me use my experience to make sure they are captured well.

Moment Photography, each moment beautifully captured

Thanks for reading.

 
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