How we do it.
Let’s start with getting to know you.
Often will have met at a show or you’ve been guests at a wedding we’ve shot, but not really had much chance to chat. Of course, if you’ve only seen this site then we’re total strangers and our first proper meeting will determine if we’re the photographers for you. Around four weeks before your big day we start planning things in greater detail, sorting photo and names lists etc. In the final run up (usually the last week) we have a meeting with you and as many of the wedding party as you can muster. Sometimes this involves tea and a biscuit – other times rather more! The ice gets well and truly broken and we run through the schedule and important details, so that when we turn up on the day, when you (the bride) may be in your dressing gown with hair in curlers etc, you are comfortable and relaxed as you can be.
The wedding morning.
If you chose to, we will cover the groom’s preparations, but experience tells us that unless the guys are going to do something a little different, the best results come from being with the bride and those around her. Ideally you’ll have us with you for at least the last two hours of preparation and are ready early enough that we can take some special shots before you leave. We love to do some fun stuff and also, if the circumstances are right, will quickly set up some lighting ready for the important ‘ready to go’ shots.
You needn’t worry about us getting under your feet as we can be as involved or in the background as you like. I must say though that we do like to bring a bit of fun and laughter to the proceedings and probably aren’t the best at being wall flowers! Having fun though doesn’t mean we don’t take our work seriously – behind the laughs we take it very seriously indeed.
Whether church or venue, the bonus of two photographers really comes into its own. Shots from the front and back during the service capture the detail as well as give far more opportunity for those stolen candid shots.
If your venue is new to us, or we haven’t been there for a while, or haven’t been there at the right time of the year, we always visit in the last week so there are no surprises in store. You’d expect the best possible preparation wouldn’t you?
Between Service and Reception.
We’ll have planned with you what you want to achieve and will have a schedule to try and keep to! Again, the two photographer approach comes into its own and our teamwork benefits you immensely, whether we’re concentrating on you – the married couple, getting the best out of your group shots or simply getting more great work in the can. Time is always the enemy here so we need to work fast and smart without spoiling the feel of the day – we want it to remain your wedding, not our photo shoot.
Don’t think that your photography is over when you sit down. We joke about not having soup because with ‘The Photographers’ it doesn’t stop here. You’ll probably want coverage of the cake cutting and first dance later, but there’s more (see between eating and dancing) and also, while one of us covers the speeches and goings on during the meal, the other is usually busy with another little job…………
The Slide Show.
……….creating a slide show of the days events so far which is running on a big screen by the time the meal is over. It’s very popular and goes down especially well with evening guests.
Between eating and dancing.
Once the breakfast is over we will take any opportunity you give us to work with you again. Often some of our best work with the couple is done in the evening, whether that’s outside to catch the best light on a summer’s evening, making our own light when it’s dark, or inside using the beauty of your venue or suite. We keep shooting until we go home – we’re your photographers for the day.
The Great British weather.
It’s that two photographer thing again! Be it January or July, rain or shine, we come to fully equipped to shoot the whole event indoors if need be. That means we have an array of indoor and out door lighting and love to use it to your advantage, especially with wet and winter weddings, or if you have us with you further into the evening we produce studio quality work for you and your guests – we’re usually kept busy!
We don’t say ‘no’ to much but the answer to, ‘Do you do a ‘Photo booth’, is one of them but we do offer an evening studio set up and will shoot whoever you want, however you want.
We can supply high quality prints on the night if required – it’s becoming increasingly popular for couples to gift prints to their guests to take home as momento of the day. Sometimes guests like the opportunity to take prints home when there’s an evening studio running too.
John loves a piece!
After the honeymoon.
After a couple of days you’ll have a password protected on-line gallery of the best pics of the day (usually between 4 and 500), all edited, colour corrected and ready for print. You’ll get a ‘proofing’ disc of all the images taken in low resolution so you can see if we’ve missed anything you’d like on the gallery. This is not for printing from but is great for screen viewing, Facebook etc. If you’re having a book or album we get together again before we design it so that you get an end product that you love. You get to check the draft and make any changes you wish – we send nothing to print until you’re entirely happy.
If you’ve got this far you’ll begin to understand how much time and effort is involved in giving you the best possible wedding photography experience – and that’s what we are about. The end result is important, of course it is and we believe our work is right up there with the cream, but it’s not just the getting there – it’s how you get there.
Thanks for reading.