Few words before we start.
Planning a wedding is a journey filled with excitement, and one crucial aspect is selecting the right photographer to document your special day. A skilled wedding photographer does more than just click the shutter, they help you organize and ensure that your wedding memories are captured flawlessly. Let's delve into the role of a wedding photographer through the various stages of your big day:
Hello, nice to have you here.
My name is Daniel and in this post I will try to briefly describe what a day of my work as a wedding photographer looks like. So lest begin from the first contact.
1. Initial Contact and Meeting
The journey begins with your first contact with the photographer. Whether it's an in-person meeting or a video chat, this is where you discuss your expectations and how your wedding day will unfold. It's essential to establish a connection with your photographer to ensure they understand your vision. After this meeting, if you decide to choose me, the next steps will be to sign the contract and pay the deposit, which I will also inform you during the meeting.
2. Pre-Wedding Conversation
A few days before your wedding, you'll have another phone call or video chat to finalize the plan. This step ensures that everyone is on the same page, and all the details are in place to make your wedding photography awesome how it supposes to be. I know that before the wedding you will definitely be busy putting everything in order, and I respect your time, so this time it will be a short conversation, confirming what we agreed on at the first meeting.
3. Wedding Day - Getting Ready
On the big day, I usually starts by capturing the preparations. Whether it's the bride getting her hair and makeup done or the groom getting dressed, these moments are filled with anticipation and excitement. During these time, I also take photos of details such as the wedding dress, shoes, jewelry and perfumes. My goal is to capture the genuine emotions of this time.
4. The Ceremony
Whether it's a civil ceremony in a town hall or garden, or a traditional church wedding, my primary focus is on preserving the key moments of the ceremony. Starting from the first look, through the exchange of vows to the first kiss, these are the memories that will last a lifetime. I try to take photos from different places to provide you with many shots.
5. Guest Portraits
After the ceremony, I captures images of your guests offering their congratulations and warm wishes. These candid moments add depth to your wedding album.
6. Post-Ceremony Shots
Following the ceremony, there's usually a session for official photos outside the venue / church. I takes advantage of this time to capture not only posed portraits but also candid moments that convey the atmosphere of the day. This is also the time for all your guests who can now turn into paparazzi to capture some photos with their phones ;)
7. Family Portraits
Family portraits are usually next on the agenda. To streamline this process, it's advisable to have a plan in place, starting with the largest group (all guests) and moving on to smaller groups (immediate family, parents), and finally, the witnesses). To make everything go smoothly, it is useful to have the help of a toastmaster or a witness who has a list with a plan for this part of the photographing and helps in finding people for the photo.
8. Couple (location) Portraits
The next step involves capturing stunning portraits of the newlyweds. This could take place at a location you've chosen or somewhere nearby venue that suits your vision. It's essential to be prepared with refreshments and, if the bride is wearing heels, a comfortable pair of shoes for moving around the location. Depending on the wedding, these photos take about 1-1.5 hours, but remember to take into account the travel to location time.
9. Reception Moments
Upon returning from the couple portraits session, I continues to document the day. This includes capturing the entrance to the reception venue and everything that unfolds during the dinner. Special attention is given to speeches, reactions, and any unique customs or traditions.
10. Cake Cutting and First Dance
I always ensures to capture the memorable moments of cake cutting, which can vary in style from wedding to wedding. Following that, the first dance and dances with parents mark the start of the evening festivities.
11. Dancing and Celebrations (Party! Patry!)
Throughout the evening, I captures the joy and celebration on the dance floor, including any games or contests that add to the fun.
A few words in conclusion
Remember, a wedding photographer does more than just take pictures, they become a part of your day, helping you organize and ensuring that every moment is beautifully documented. Finding a photographer who can connect with your vibe and adapt to the flow of your wedding day is crucial. Their ability to make you and your guests feel comfortable will result in photographs that truly capture the essence of your special day.