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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN WORCESTERSHIRE

Documentary Wedding Photography

October, 2018

WEDDING PREP PHOTOGRAPHY IN WORCESTERSHIRE

Why I love wedding prep

 

I absolutely love capturing images on a wedding day morning as there really is a wonderful atmosphere, as excitement fills the air! Being a part of it, as a wedding photographer, is always such a joy and privilege and each morning is so unique and has so many authentic moments in its own right, I really am so very lucky.

 

From a creative point of view, I also love photographing weddings with all of those little details, the outfits, the shoes, the florals, the jewellery – it is all just so beautiful. Arriving early, in this way, gives me the time to capture these details at your wedding venue that are so unique to you and that make up a lovely part of your story and reflect your wedding planning in your wedding photos.

 

As a professional photographer I’m always on the lookout for romantic images, magical moments and all the raw emotions, and a wedding morning is full of them, let me tell you! The excitement of your best friends, the butterflies as you step into your outfit for the first time and the look on your families’ faces when they see you, it is just wonderful.

 

I should also mention that practically it is so important to have your photographer around in the morning, if you can, as it definitely allows your guests/bridal party to get used to having the camera near them and therefore to feel more confident throughout the rest of the day. Whilst most photographers will have already met and/or had lots of contact with their wedding couple ahead of their wedding date, wedding photographers won’t usually have met with any of their couples' friends or family, so this time really helps everyone to feel at ease with me and my camera. I often shoot weddings with camera-shy couples too, and they can be put off by the thought of having photos of themselves getting ready, but in fact, I think they should be doing the opposite! I find that prep photography really does help everyone, on the morning of and throughout the rest of the wedding day, to feel relaxed, confident and comfortable and relaxed photos make for the best wedding photography imaginable!

 

I’ve definitely heard on too many occasions, “I wish I’d had my prep photographed.” It’s such a big part of the whole day in itself taking so much planning, and yet only a handful of people actually get to see it. Like the ceremony, it’s a part of the day that deserves to be recorded, in all its glorious detail, and for me to capture such memorable moments and incredible photos is an absolute must!

 

Tips to make sure you get the most out of yours

 

Think about...

  • The Location/Lighting – If you’re getting ready in a hotel, I really recommend going to look at it first if you can! You’ll be able to work out if it’s big enough for everyone who is going to be there and that there’s lots of natural light, which you’ll want, not only for your wedding photographer but also for your hair and makeup artists! And if you’re getting ready at home, it’s important to consider the space/lighting too. We all tend to look past the clutter and mess in our own home. The last thing you are probably going to want to do the night before the special day is a big clean, but having a quick tidy up (or getting a friend/family member to help or do it for you!) especially in the rooms you are going to get ready in, will make a huge difference to your wedding photos.

  • The Details - Little details make a big difference – if you and your friends are all getting ready at home, why not invest in some lovely nightwear/lounge wear that can be worn again? This makes for a beautiful "casual group image" and no one will be self-conscious about their well-worn pyjamas! Wooden coat hangers for the outfits also look so much better than plastic ones. These simple things make such a difference.

  • The Timings – In short, try to do a little bit of planning and leave lots of extra time – this will make for a super relaxed morning! Yummy nibbles, a range of drinks (soft and bubbly), clean bathrooms and fresh beds and a great preprepared "Spotify playlist" can make all the difference to the feel-good vibes!

 

For the ultimate wedding inspiration, please have a nosey at this full gallery of wedding photographs taken from a stunning morning at Caswell House, and I absolutely loved photographing it!

The delicate stationery was by Mara at Blush & Gold.

The hairstyling was by Kim Sandford Hairdressing and the makeup by Jenny Oj.

 Our bride wore a gown from The Cotswolds Frock Shop.

Wonderful and key extras including bridal lingerie from Extra Special Touch, Jewellery – from P.S. With Love and styling by Champkin.

 

Finding the right wedding photographer who will capture all of those special moments and timeless images is so important!

 Please feel free to get in touch today if you fancy a chat, my wedding photography packages can be found here, why not see if I could be the perfect wedding photographer, for you, with my unique photography style and to find out if we could make an incredible team?!

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