How to Get the Best from your Wedding Photographer

For this week’s guest post I enlisted the help of the lovely David McNeil. As someone I’ve known for years (like before either of us ventured into this wedding world!) I know from first hand experience that his advice is killer…and damn it, he’s always right! This week, he talks to us about how you can get the very best from your wedding photographer.

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So, you’ve booked a kick-ass photographer for your wedding and you’re confident they are going to produce a set of images that you’re going to be looking at for years to come.  Can you just sit back, relax, and let them get on with the job?  Sure, of course you can – but when you come to planning your day there are a few things you might want to consider to help your photographer really capture the images you have booked them for.

1) Insist on a pre-wedding shoot

A pre-wedding shoot takes place a couple of months before the wedding and is a great opportunity to start building a relationship with your photographer.  On my pre-wedding shoots I experiment with different ways of directing you, positioning you, and what kind of things I need to say to capture the most natural shots I can.  At the end of it you’ll know that having your photograph taken really isn’t that scary, so when it comes to the actual day you can be fully relaxed for the photographs.

2) Consider a “first-look” and pre-ceremony photographs

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ROCK-SPIRATION…That’s Me!

What a nice thing this was to wake up to on a Saturday morning…I thought I’d share Iwith you too because I hope you’ll like what I had to say on one of our favourite bits of the wedding – dresses!

Last week I was contacted by Yahoo.com who wanted to run a feature on me (!?!?!?) and some of my all time favourite wedding dresses. I was of course happy to oblige! I got to rave on about all these gorgreous little things again. Enjoy…

Click here to check out the full feature

THIS is What it’s All About – Forget the Details & the ‘Blog-Worthy Wedding’ Obsession

There is always a lot of chatter around blog land about details details details. Photographers are obsessed with getting couples with detail-heavy weddings so that the blogs and magazine will want to feature them. While this is true (after all wedding blogs and mags are primarily read by brides-to-be who want to see weddings with ideas they can steal for their own big day) do you ever think that this obsession to have a ‘blog-worthy’ detail heavy wedding might be a little excessive?

I’m not one to slag aaaanybody’s wedding off but I do see some weddings circulating around blog land that just seem so…well…contrived. Like a circus almost. Like a made-for-blogs-wedding-circus. The results are pretty much always gorgeous and inspiring but do you ever look at weddings like that and feel depressed or inadequate about your own wedding? 

I wonder sometimes if a lot of us have actually forgotten the whole point of the wedding in the first place. Two people, in love standing there saying “I Do”. That’s it. That’s what’s important. Lets not forget that.

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Married On a Texan Mountain at Sunset

I’ve got a couple of really beautiful, super personal weddings for you today…starting with this little beaut all the way from Texas.

Jacklyn & Noah got married at Cibolo Creek, just outside of Marfa, Texas. It was just the two of them and their little boy. They decided they wanted their wedding to be just about them, “under the big sky”. Jacklyn wore a vintage Mexican dress from the 70’s, a 1930’s diamond bracelet that both belonged to her mother and a lace shawl that she had found in Italy at an open air antique market.  She carried pink roses and gardenia from their garden for her bouquet which she put with some wildflowers that she collected on the way down. Noah wore a shirt from the 70’s which they found the day before they left for Marfa.

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The Colour Purple

Jenni & George are another ‘inspired by Rock n Roll Bride’ couple who found their photographer Shan after she was featured on the blog. The couple, who got married on the Isle of Man, wanted to incorporate he things they love into their day – the colour purple and all things eclectic, antique and vintage. “I have a love of all things antique and vintage and my favourite colour is purple! So that’s where it began. I bought a lot of the antique bottles from places like eBay, Jurby Junk (!!) and our friend Roger Leece, who found a whole stack of bottles and jars buried somewhere up North apparently!” the bride told me.

They organised and created a lot of the wedding themselves, as they knew exactly what they wanted – ie something that reflected them and not anyone else. They wanted to create something unique, something different and something quiescently ‘them’. “I am not a big fan of your standard table centre-pieces so I decided that using sprays of different wildflowers would really compliment the style of the wedding” Jenni continued. “We had these both at the church and on the tables at the reception. I spent months slowly collecting various bits and pieces from charity shops and high street shops to decorate the marquee with. I am quite artistic and love interior design, so having the chance to design the inside of a whole marquee was something I was very excited about doing.”

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Thursday Treats – 29th July 2010

Credit: Siri Tollerod by Miles Aldridge via Fashion Gone Rogue (God I love this website!) ps this is so me – pink hair, crazy fashion & lots of gorgeous kitties. Yes please!

Today I am getting my sleeve finished! My third and final session. Oh the excitement…and yes, of course I will be posting pictures. Until then, why don’t you keep yourselves busy with this lot?

ps I have to say, the last few weeks have been nuts. Like, crazy busy and submissions coming in left, right and centre. I am eating submissions and awesome weddings for breakfast, lunch and dinner right now. However, it bums me out that I can’t actually physically feature everything I want to anymore. I have to be much more selective about the stuff that ‘makes the cut’ so I’d highly recommend that you check out these links as lots of them are really amazing…I just ain’t got enough time to blog them all properly! Booo…

As well as that, there are just load of lovely links from some of my favourite blogs from all over blog land, all condensed nice and tidily in one place for your viewing pleasure. I insist that you grab a cup of tea and enjoy tout de suite!

♥ Lovely lady Diana
Upcycled design for brides & bridesmaids
♥ {DIY or DIE} The Evolution of Our Homemade Bouquets
♥ I am so in love with this ruffly-lovely cake (scroll down)
♥ A diy & superhero wedding. I LOVE!
Cute cute cute beach engagement
♥ I love Paris in the Summer
Getting inked engagement sesh.
An Etsy wedding – details ahoy!
♥ Jenny & Luc’s do-it-yourself wedding is awesome but just check out this interpretive dance first dance radness. Check out the video below too!

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