Planning for your wedding day can be a daunting task for any couple. With so many suppliers to deal with and take note of during the day, it can easily feel overwhelming. That’s why I want to explain how I (your Ireland wedding photographer) work behind the scenes throughout the day and what you can expect from me so there aren’t any surprises.
Know that I’ve got your back. With that in mind, let’s dive in!
I typically split the day up into six ‘categories’:
- Morning Preparations
- Family Shots
- Couples Shots
- Dancing (applicable if you’ve booked a full day’s coverage)
Definitely one of my favorite parts of the day! I love the hustle and bustle and those beautifully candid ‘getting ready’ shots. I usually arrive about two hours before you are due to leave for the ceremony. My process begins with photographing the bride’s accessories such as shoes, jewellery, flowers, and her dress. I’ll also dip in on the bride getting her makeup and hair started.
Once the detail shots are cmplete, I’ll join the bridal party as they get their hair and makeup done, capturing fun moments as they happen. The laughing, champagne popping, hugs, and gigles. The last thing I’ll do is photograph the bride getting into her dress, final touches to her hair and makeup, and any family photos she wants completed then.
After that I’ll take my leave to the ceremony!
TIP: If possible, have all the accessories in a room with a lot of natural light where the photographer can work without being in anyone’s way.
Coverage at the ceremony is always very unobtrusive. Whether it’s a church wedding or a civil ceremony, this is the one time I do not want to be in the way or in people’s faces with a camera. Generally speaking, I’ll be up near the alter/ceremony table and will capture the ceremony from there, at the same time capturing guests reactions and expressions in their seats.
This is the most important part of the day, so I try to work as discreetly as possible.
TIP: If you are having a church ceremony, it is always a good idea to check with your priest about any rules they may have for the photographer.
I’ve touched base on these before in a previous blog post (click here to read more).
I like to start on these as soon as we arrive at the reception venue so everyone can relax afterwards. The key points to take away are: organisation, a family shot list, and communication. Be sure to let all family members know when and where they will be needed for photos to avoid any waiting around.
TIP: For a full run down of my tips, check out my previous blog post to help your family photos go off without a hitch!
Again, one of my favorite parts of the day! Once we’ve wrapped up the family photos, I’ll take the bride and groom away for a little stroll. We can chat, hang out, and take some really beautiful portraits! This is a time where you can relax, enjoy being married, and just have some fun. I will offer gentle directoin but for the most part it is a very relaxed and natural process.
TIP: Leave plenty of time and be sure to bring a pair of flats if you are in extra high heels!
This is a lovely part of the day to get those amazing candid shots. It’s also a great opportunity for you to mingle and have fun with your guests. While you do that, my second shooter and I will be working through the crowd capturing laughs, hugs, toasts, and general banter!
TIP: Want any photos taken with the girls from work, or the lads from college? Just call us over!
If you’ve booked a full day of coverage, I’ll be with you up until the dancing! For the first dance I’ll simply be circling around you and capturing the moment. Once everyone crowds onto the dance floor, I’ll get right in the middle of it – catching those people throwing mad shapes and having the absolute craic!
TIP: For the first dance, watch out for colored light from the band/DJ. While it’s fun for when the guests are dancing, no one wants a purple hue over them for the first dance!
Last but not least, how many photos can you expect?
It largely depends on what kind of coverage you book. Morning until dinner? Morning until dancing? Is it a big or small wedding? 30 guests or 300 guests? On average, I usually provide between 300-500 photos, in an online gallery that you can download, you can also share the link with friends and family!
If you are still on the hunt for an Ireland Wedding Photographer and have loved learning more about how I work behind the scenes, please contact me at [email protected]. I’d love to learn more about what you have planned for your special day and how can work together.