Q1 | HOW DO WE CHOOSE A PHOTOGRAPHER?
You definitely have to love their style, first and foremost.
Your photographs are the visual memory of one of the most significant days of your life, so this will be one of the most important wedding planning decisions. Once you have found a couple of photographers whose work you love, make sure you meet up with them for a coffee/chai and a chat. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions and get a feel for what they offer and how they work. By the end of the meeting you will know if this is someone you trust to capture your wedding story and what their personality is like (you have to spend a lot of time with them on the day, so this is important!).
Please don't make your choice based on pricing alone as this could leave you disappointed with the end result. Everyone has a budget, I can offer suggestions of how to best maximise your coverage for the amount of hours that fits within your budget.
Q2 | WHAT IS YOUR STYLE & DO WE HAVE TO POSE ALOT?
Weddings are all about storytelling, lots of small moments making a collection of photographs that show how the day unfolds. One of the most important things I have to offer you as a wedding photographer is my 'eye' and how I see and anticipate heartfelt moments through the lens. I capture genuine emotion and authentic moments, together with crafting beautiful and creative portraits.
My style is light and airy with true to life colour tones that aren’t a current trend or that will date, combined with an occasional dramatic creative silhouette or flash lit portrait. I curate and deliver a professional, stunning gallery of photographs so that you can remember what the day not only looked like, but what it felt like.
It is natural to be nervous about 'posing', so I use some techniques that involve giving couple's actions to do, which are fun and result in gorgeous natural expressions (think walking together through a field holding hands, whispering in your partners ear). I capture alot of camera unaware images...so there are only a few times in your wedding photo's where I will put you in a specific pose. An Engagement Session is a wonderful way to get comfortable in front of the camera (these are discounted for couples who have booked their wedding photography).
Q3 | DO WE NEED 2 PHOTOGRAPHERS?
If you choose my regular (one photographer) packages, you will receive well rounded coverage, capturing beautiful moments and stunning portraits. I am very comfortable and confident with the galleries I deliver as a single shooter, especially with intimate, small and medium sized weddings.
‘So why would I need a second shooter?’ - having two photographers means capturing more angles, moments and perspectives. It means more comprehensive coverage for larger weddings and bigger bridal parties. This includes capturing the ‘Getting Ready’ images for both partners. This part of the day results in some incredibly beautiful, meaningful moments (often some of my favourite moments of the day). I would highly recommend two photographers for those situations above. If you and your partner are getting ready in the same location (ie. same hotel - different rooms) you could split the allocated ‘getting ready’ time and still have the one photographer option. You can add a second photographer into any of my packages for an additional cost of $175 per hour.
Q4 | HOW MUCH TIME DO WE NEED FOR CREATIVE BRIDAL PARTY PORTRAITS?
I like to have a minimum 1hr to 1hr 30mins for Bridal Party Creative Photos ie. the couple and their bridesmaids/groomsmen. If you have a larger bridal party and more than one location then absolutely 1hr 30min would be the minimum recommended time. It is surprising how much time can be lost with travel between locations. What seems like a quick 10 or 15min drive actually loses around 30mins of photography time when you factor parking, getting everyone in and out of the limo and walking to and from the actual spot. Another factor to consider is that if any part of the day has run behind (ceremony, family photos etc) then the bridal photos time is then cut short. My advice is to allocate the maximum amount of time possible so that this can be a relaxing, fun part of the wedding day rather than rushed. It also means more variety of photos as we get to explore the locations more…consider sticking to either one or a maximum of two locations. The ideal time for these ‘lightwise’ is golden hour which is the hour before sunset when the light is at it softest and prettiest. You might be curious about how much time to allocate for other parts of the day (I can help in this area as I create a timeline for you).