“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.” ~ Annie Leibovitz
I fall in love with every single one of my clients a little bit. Not in a creepy stalker way but in a ‘seeing the amazing-ness of two people who totally love each other deciding to spend the rest of their lives together’ way.
It’s an intense thing, being a wedding photographer. I am asking people to entrust the documenting of one of the most important days of their lives to me. That’s intense in itself. But on your wedding day I am usually there from somewhere near the start to somewhere near the end. I am there along side your nearest & dearest, the most important people in your life, people you have known for years. At the same time I have to melt into the background and quietly watch and capture your whole day unfolding. To do that effectively I need to know you as well as I can before your wedding day, find out what makes you tick and what is important to you.
Skype call or coffee meeting
After we have exchanged an email or two I like to meet over Skype or coffee, logistics depending. I’ll send you information and my contract ahead of time so if you have any questions I can answer them right away. I go through how I work on the day, try and find out a bit about both of you and find out about your wedding day plans.
Once you have booked me as your wedding photographer I send you a questionnaire. I ask that it be completed at least 8 weeks before your wedding day so that I can then create a timeline for your day and make sure we have all of the timings down. The great thing about that is if things don’t go to plan on your wedding day we still know what goes where. So I won’t need to be distracting you with questions unless I really need to. I also ask a bit about the both of you, what is important to you on your wedding day, what you enjoy doing in your free time and what you like about each other. It helps get an idea of how relaxed (or not) you will be in front of the camera. Some people don’t let go of each other all day, some are quietly reserved and some are outgoing and giggly. There’s no right or wrong but knowing a bit about you means I can try and make sure that on the day you get the photographer and the photography you want.
One option is to book an engagement shoot. It’s a great way for us to get to know each other and also works really well for couples who are super nervous about being in front of the camera too. It’s a bit of a practice run photographically for your wedding day and also gives you some gorgeous photographs of the two of you. If you have children you are welcome to bring them along. However you might also want to reserve the time for just the two of you as it’s a rare thing once you have children in your lives. All of my engagement shoots come with a complimentary signing frame for your wedding day.
A two way thing
So the best way to get the best from me is for us to get to know each other in a professional capacity before your wedding day. We don’t need to be best-est buddies or exchange random messages about what we had for dinner. We don’t need to Skype lots (but at least twice is good) or even meet face to face. But I am truly interested to know what makes you tick. I want you to tell me the fun stuff about the two of you that you might think is boring but totally isn’t. I’m mostly unshockable. I’m a romantic sap at heart so love to hear the warm squishy story of how you met and the story of the proposal. So send me emails and ask questions. If you need help with the timings on the day then do ask and I’ll be happy to help.