What do I actually photograph on a wedding day?

6 hour, 8 hour, 12 hour packages. How do you know what to choose, and what is a photographer even doing that entire time? Couldn’t you just have them come for a few hours?

Of course you could! The first rule to remember is that this is your wedding day and you can do whatever you want to do! The second rule is that all your decisions need to be informed and based on what is right for you. So let me share what I might capture if you hired me for the entire day…

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If I’m there early enough, I’ll start telling your wedding story from set up and capture the decor you’ve chosen and lovingly put together before your guests start fiddling and moving things around.

While you’re getting hair and make up done, I’ll go hang out with the groom & groomsmen wherever they might be, and gently encourage them to get ready & keep to time while giggling at whatever shenanigans they’re up to!

You’ll probably be sitting in a chair somewhere finishing last minute bits of planning while make up brushes and hairspray come at you. My first favourite moment of the day is when you get into your dress surrounded by your closest people. There’s this tiny moment where the magnitude of the day hits you and I love it. Some quick bridal portraits and we’re off!

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I’ll get there before you do and figure out where I’m going to stand so that I can be in two places at once when you walk towards your human. Then I become invisible. Ok, not really, but I pretend I am as I tiptoe around you making sure I’m getting a full visual of your ceremony - your face, their face, your guest’s faces, all the reactions and all the emotions.

Yay! You just got married! Queue confetti, music & cheering! Have you ever been hugged by 40 people in less than 10 minutes? I’ll get the shots that no one realised I’m getting where your best friend is beaming, your uncle is trying to get a photograph for the family WhatsApp group and you’re just wonderfully loved & overwhelmed.

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I’ll grab and wrangle everyone you’ve requested photos with, ticking off all the combinations making sure everyone’s eyes are open. Family photos are actually my secret wedding day superpower and I smash these out in 20 minutes!

You’ll grab a nibble & some Prosecco and then we’ll spend 30 minutes to an hour together. This is the first time you guys really get to hang out on your own and take in the fact that you’re finally married! So I like to let you revel in it, directing you as much or as little as you need to make sure you’re comfortable and enjoying your time together while I’m snapping photographs of your love - just as it is. The more time we have, the more locations we can try, and the more shots we can get.

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You get to walk into a room full of your favourite people! And we’ll normally go straight into speeches, toasts and reactions - I’ll covertly ninja around the room and capture everyone’s face when it’s beaming with joy, wiping away a tear or bursting into laughter. I’m also basically your shadow for the night, I’ve always got you in my line of sight and ready to swoop in at a moment’s notice to capture you hugging & laughing with Great Aunt Sue.

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Whatever you’ve got planned - I’m prepared. Throwing the bouquet? Watch me lunge to capture you throwing & your bestie catching. Choreographed a first dance? You’ve never seen someone swop lenses so many times in 86 seconds. Swaying together awkwardly? I love it. And when the dance floor starts pumping, I’m all up in it - especially when Paul Simon comes on! Tricking your guests into thinking I’m dancing along, when really I’m getting pictures of them having the best time of their lives.

While everyone’s dancing around or drinking up, I’ll disappear for a bit, do a bit of scouting & set up a beautiful night time photograph for you to take a break from it all and soak in the gloriousness of your wedding day.

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And that’s a pretty good idea of what I might get up to, why I love doing what I do and why I wear comfy shoes to every single wedding. But just because I could be there for 16 hours, doesn’t mean you need me there for that long. Still a bit confused by how long you should hire a photographer for? Why don’t you schedule a free 30 minute chat with me where I can answer your questions and help guide you to what’s right for you and your day?