I hated it. It was an awful experience. It was the middle of July, it was very hot and the guests just want to find some shade, sit down and enjoy the wedding day. The Bride and Groom were adamant that they wanted all 30 family formals doing and after the ‘everyone whose surname begins with an ‘S’ and was born on a Tuesday’ shot was done – the formals were complete.
My couples book me for my documentary style of wedding photography, with most of my couples not wanting to be standing around for ages having formal photographs – and because I can only be in one place at a time, if you have 3 pages of family formals it will mean I won’t be able to get the candid images of you and your guests enjoying themselves.
Family formal shots with me are 20 minutes, a small list of between 4-8 main shots which will cover all the important people who are with you on your wedding day.
Darren + Sharon plus Darren’s immediate family
Darren + Sharon plus Darren’s parents
Darren + Sharon plus Daz and Shaz’s parents
Darren + Sharon plus Sharon’s immediate family
Darren + Sharon plus bridesmaids
Darren + Sharon plus Best Man & Ushers
This is a tricky one and I would only suggest you do an ‘Everyone’ group shot if there is space at the venue for your guests to be on steps/stairs, a place where they can be layered so everyone can be in the photo, or a place where I can get high up to shoot down on the group. These photos tend to take around 10-15 minutes to get setup – so please factor this in to the timings of your day and the other group shots that you would like capturing.
Before you confirm your family formals with me, have a quick chat, text, facetime, or Facebook message with your parents; they might like to add some suggestions for some family formals, and it’s best to have these conversations before the wedding.
If you know that there are going to be some family formals which include ‘family politics’ that’s all fine, every family has its family members who don’t get along – just let me know as best you can the people who might not get along, and we can arrange the formals so things don’t ‘kick off’!!
I tend to do the formal photos following 15-20 minutes of mingling after the ceremony. I tend to let you guys have 15 minutes of greeting people, thanking people and hugging people before we start the family formals.
Depends. Honestly, it does. The majority of wedding ceremonies are completed between 12-3pm often when the sun is at its highest and also its most harsh.
If the sun is very bright and you have your heart set on a particular location, it might be that we wait for the sun to soften in the early evening before we do the family formals.
If you just want to get the family formals done, I will advise you guys on the day where the best place will be unless we have gone through this before the wedding.
It’s best to nominate a couple of friends who can help in rounding up the guests and it’s best to make sure that the nominated people know the majority of the people in your family formal shots. This should mean less waiting around for you guys as we can get the formals done much quicker with help.
There are going to be people looking at other people (often with mobile phones), there might be a slanted smile, there might even be a sneeze – so just go with the flow!
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At every one of the weddings I have photographed, I find myself drawn to the sounds of a wedding day, all the happy stories, the stories of loved ones who are looking down upon the wedding, the funny stories of childhood and stories from the stag do’s….
By using the sounds of the wedding ceremony, the speeches and the images from the wedding day all mixed together to create something truly special that can be watched over and over again.
The responses to the wedding photofilms have been amazing!
A Bride from last year who sadly lost her Dad a few months after her wedding, got in touch recently to say how important it has been to be able to hear his voice and his wedding speech.
It was her that made me push on with offering the wedding photofilm to all my couples.
Haha – no, just me – most of the time! However, there are some venues with limited space that means I need to employ one of my assistant shooters to help with some of the filming of the ceremony and speeches.
The way I record sound during the wedding doesn’t impact the wedding at all.
For the Wedding Ceremony, I place a small lapel microphone (typically) on the Groom (easier to hide on a suit rather than a wedding dress!), a small microphone on the registrar/priest/vicar and if possible a recording is taken from the PA system at the wedding venue or Church.
For the speeches – everyone who is doing a speech has a small microphone placed on them and also a recording is made via the venue’s microphone and PA system (if possible).
In 2020 during the COVID Pandemic, I was asked by a lot of couples if I could film the wedding ceremony so they could share and relive the wedding ceremony with family and friends who were not at the wedding due to the restrictions on the weddings.
I’m now pleased to offer Hybrid Wedding Coverage which includes video from the wedding ceremony which is incorporated into your Wedding Photography Photofilm. This enhanced Photofilm then mixes the stills, sound, music and parts of the wedding ceremony video into a stunning Wedding Photofilm.
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In this video, I talk about walking down the aisle at your wedding; these tips are especially helpful if you have page boys, flower girls and or bridesmaids.
Hopefully, you found this video helpful, I see so many Brides eager to get to the ceremony; the nerves have kicked in, the music is playing – but take your time, let the Bridesmaids, Page Boys and Flowergirls find their seats at the front and then it’s your turn!
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In this video, I talk about getting closer together during the wedding ceremony – it’s amazing how many couples stand further apart during the wedding ceremony than what they do when they queue for the weekly shop!
This video follows on from the previous Wedding Hints and Tips – Walk Down The Aisle video where the nerves on the day can kick in and you are so focused on repeating the words back to the registrar that you forget to hold hands and you forget to smile at each other – it looks like you have fallen out already 😀
What typically happens once you have walked down the aisle is the registrar will take the flowers off you (if you have some) and place them on the table or ask one of your bridesmaids or groomsmen to hold them for you during the wedding ceremony – at this point, with your hands-free – get close and hold hands!
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In this wedding photography video, I take a look back at a wedding photo from my very first wedding back in 2014. I talk about the importance of the image in me finding ‘me’ as a Nottingham wedding photographer and the parts of the wedding photo which draws me in.
-> All my work is done discreetly, unobtrusive, no stress, no bossing, and certainly no climbing up ladders to form a love heart group shot!
-> A documentary wedding photographer should be about telling a story, the story of your wedding, the story of the people at your wedding, the joy, the tears and every hug.
-> I work completely around you, I don’t ask you to change timings, I want to capture your wedding as you planned it.
-> All the wedding photography photos you see on this site – every single one is honest, no photoshopping sky’s, no adding in dinosaurs running after you, no-one slimmed, all the wedding images are 100% true to the day and my couples.
I hope you like this video, I hope you can see why this was such an important picture for me and why it continues to be the basis of my wedding photography.
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