I know that as soon as you send out your Save The Date cards everyone in the world will be giving you wedding advice; where to get your dress, what caterer to avoid and what venue has a three year waiting list etc etc. Well this isn’t like that. This is about getting your day right from MY point of view, the guy that will be taking the photographs, the same images which will be your only reminder of your special day. Ah, glad I have our attention now…
Talk to me!
All my clients are given a special form to fill in asking what and who they specifically want photographed on the day. But I need more than that. Don’t hold back from sharing your Pinterest page with me (or checking out mine), show me images you love (and more importantly the ones you hate), tell me who to leave out, who to get in and any areas in and around the venues you would love to incorporate. I may disagree with you, I may even have better ideas of my own, but either way I can promise you that by working together every single image I capture will be beyond what you imagined.
Now there’s a promise to cut out and keep!
Weddings in Spain
Summers are hot in Spain. People know that but rarely factor it into their wedding planning. If you live in Ireland, the UK or Northern Europe, don’t schedule your ceremony for the same time as you would at home because it will affect everything from the flowers and comfort of the guests, to the quality of light in your wedding photos and the lack of shade during the speeches. An early afternoon ceremony in June, July or August is not comfortable (or as pretty in your pictures), whereas the evening light is amazing in Spain. So consider these points before putting together your timing schedule.
I love to capture the anticipation, preparation and run up to the big event. Some hours before the ceremony are laid back, champagne-sipping get-togethers, others are frantic races to the finish line (and all make for fantastic photography). So think about how you want to get ready and who you want around you, and stay as relaxed as you can. Also don’t jump into the dress too quickly on the day, save that for the final reveal to your bridesmaids.
Most Catholic churches in Spain have few photographic restrictions, but please check with the priest or wedding planner in advance. If you’re marrying in the summer in Spain, I would also advise trying to get the latest ceremony you can – in July and August the temperatures can reach 40c and no one wants photos of a sweaty bride and a squinting groom!
Outdoor blessings and ceremonies are very popular now. The light in Spain can be very beautiful, but not until about 3 hours before sunset. An early ceremony will mean the sun is higher and the light much less flattering, not to mention roasting hot, so think about that when considering timings and photography.
Nothing beats getting married on the beach, but think careful about what you will be wearing and where you will be standing. Wedding dresses on the sand are a lot different to bikinis! The beach is hot, has little shade and is open to the elements, so consider the timings carefully (early evening light is best). Also expect the unexpected on the beach – it can be windy and people may be walking past and staring, but embrace it and you will have very rewarding images.
Gotta love technology, but in the right place at the right time! Do you want your wedding photographer to capture the best moments of you walking down the aisle, or picture after picture of your nearest and dearest waving their mobile phones and ipads in the air ruining the shot? Consider asking your priest or planner to request that no pictures and videos may be taken during your ceremony. Your images will look a lot better for it and your guests can properly enjoy what they were invited to do: watch you get married. Leave the rest to the professionals!
Having a little time to create some beautiful creative portraits is really worth it. If you can spare just 30 minutes of your big day (and believe me, most couples cherish the quiet time away from the well wishers) we can create some stunning portraits. The best time for this is usually the hour before sunset and not directly after your ceremony and then again at dusk or after sunset. All that is required is a little patience and flexibility from you, and I will do the rest.
Depending on your wedding, group shots are best taken either at the start of your cocktails or the end (I will advise on the day, depending on the scheduling and location) in order for you to enjoy time with your guests before the main meal. I recommend immediate family only and the bridal party. Huge rowdy group shots rarely come out as planned, rarely do you fit everyone in and rarely do they get chosen to feature in the album. Best to concentrate on getting some great shots of the people you care about the most.
Lighting is everything. And it’s a misconception that it is super expensive. Having a few up lights, hanging lights, fairy lights and/or candles will make a big difference to how your venue or ceremony looks. Some of my best images have been captured by taking advantage of the magnificent lighting available in the evening or at night. You only get one chance to make your day amazing, so do everything you can to get it right.