HEY GUYS,

Thanks for taking the time to go through this page. This is all about helping us learn more about your plans for your wedding day, as well as few pointers that we'd like you to keep in mind to help you get the best out of your photos. Take your time working through each of the 4 steps below and let us know if you need a hand with anything.


STEP 1.

A few things to consider about your photos

Be sure to allow enough time during the day for photos. Any everything else, for that matter.

Great photos take time and great moments are more likely to happen, and be captured, when people aren't in a mad rush.

For us as photographers, the difference between us being able to cover as many moments as possible and working in the more creative stuff versus just getting the basic shots almost always comes down to time. So to get the best results with your photos, we'd highly encourage you to pad your timeline throughout the day.

It's a fact that 90% of weddings run late. Couples will try their best to pack what they can into the timeline, but they'll almost always underestimate just how long certain parts of the day will take. This is especially true for things like hair and makeup in the morning, transport to the ceremony and other venues, or the family and couples photos. A tight timeline leads to unnecessary stress on the couple, a rushed mindset and, of course, will cut back on opportunities for other important areas such as photography.

As a married couple and having been with other couples for their entire wedding day, the absolute best piece of advice that we can give you is to loosen your timeline and overestimate how long you think each part of the day will take. A wedding day where the clock isn't in complete control will make a huge difference in so many areas.

Let's see if we can avoid the old family photos bottleneck.

Most couples see their family portraits as some of the most important photos of the day. However, anyone who's been to a wedding knows that getting people organised can sometimes be an exercise in sheer frustration. We're here to help you avoid that and hopefully let the party roll on without any hold ups.

In the form below, we're going to ask you to make a list of the different combinations of family portraits you'd like us to take, which usually happen just before or after the ceremony. This doesn't have to be a final list, but be sure to keep us updated.

This list will help us go through these photos as efficiently and smoothly as possible and not have you running around for 10 minutes chasing Uncle Bob.

We'd also encourage you to assign a trusted guest with the highly prestigious job of gathering people on the list as their turn comes around.

Help us focus on those who are the most important to you.

In the form, we're also going to ask you to create a VIP list for us. This will be a list of people at your wedding who you'd consider the most important to you, such as immediate family and super close friends.

The reason the VIP is important is that it'll allow us to focus our resources towards those who matter the most to you. For example, instead of getting 20 shots of your friend from school's +1 shredding it up on the dance floor, we'll just grab a couple of shots of them and then move on to the people who are on the list. Everyone will be captured at your wedding, but quite often there are a bunch of things going on between different people all at the same time, so we need to know who to focus our attention on.

This shouldn't be an extensive list, infact we'd encourage you to keep it relatively small, say 10-20 people or 10% of guests.

Thinking about a First Look? Here's some more info.

Something that has become very popular over the years is having a First Look on your wedding day. This is when the Bride and Groom have their own private meeting with each other prior to the ceremony.

The First Look usually takes place in a nice, secluded area with the Groom having his back turned to the Bride. The Bride will then make an entrance and the Groom will turn around and see her in her dress for the first time.

This moment is often very raw, as it allows the couple to fully share their excitement with each other and be themselves without the distraction of an audience.

From the photography side of things, we'll stand back and capture your reactions. And having shot First Looks before, we can tell you that these reactions are priceless.

Following that, we can do the couples portraits if you choose to, which are usually done after the ceremony. This has the added benefit of allowing you to relax with your guests once the ceremony is over, aswell as having the flow on effect of giving you a much more relaxing day overall due to the adjustments in the timeline.

The main concern that some couples have with the First Look is that they feel they will lose the excitement that comes with seeing each other for the first time when walking down the aisle. From real world experience with couples who have done a First Look, we can tell you that this isn't the case. After the First Look, couples are seperated and go back to being with their Bridesmaids and Groomsmen. Prior to the ceremony, the usual anticipation builds up and couples get to experience the excitement of seeing each other all over again in a different setting. The one difference is that there tends to be a whole lot less nerves!

Both the Traditional and First Look timelines have different benefits and the decision of which one to go with all comes down to the vision you have for the day. Either way, we'll be more than happy to help you plan and adjust your timeline to suit your needs.


STEP 2.

Wedding Details

This is list of questions that will help us get a better idea about your wedding day, as well as getting some important details. Don't be shy about being as detailed as possible with your answers. The more info we have, the better! Obviously there are some finer points about your wedding day that won't be finalised until closer to the date, so we'll discuss those with you when the time's right.

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- The names of your Bridesmaids, their relationship to you and who will be your Maid/Matron of Honour. - Any other details about your Bridesmaids that you'd like to share.
- The names of your Groomsmen, their relationship to you and who will be your Best Man. - Any other details about your Groomsmen that you'd like to share.
- The names of the important people at your wedding who you'd like us to place more focus on and their relationship to you. - Please keep this list limited to about 10-20 people or 10% of your guests. - Any other details about your VIPs that you'd like to share.
- Do you have a Wedding Co-ordinator? If so, please let us know their contact details so that we can keep in touch with them during the day.
- We'd love to hear about any other vendors that we may be working alongside during the day, including Videographers, Hair and Makeup Artists, Celebrants and DJs.
- Where will the Bride and Bridesmaids be getting ready? - Estimated start time for Bridal Prep. - Any other details about Bridal Prep that we should be aware of.
- Where will the Groom and Groomsmen be getting ready? - Estimated start time for Groom Prep. - Any other details about Groom Prep that we should be aware of.
Are you having a Traditional or First Look wedding timeline?
- If you're having a First Look, we'll discuss with you the best times and locations to do it. - If you haven't planned for a First Look but are interested in working it into your timeline, please let us know and we can help you make it happen.
- Where are you having your ceremony? - Estimated start and finish time. - Is this a religious wedding and are there any customs that we should be aware of? - Are there any special plans for your ceremony that we should be aware of (your secrets are safe with us)? - Anything else about your ceremony or the venue that you'd like to share.
- Please list the various combinations of family and friends portraits that you'd like to have.
- Are there any particular locations that you'd like us to try and incorporate into your First Look or Couples Portraits? We'll always look for the best spots anyway, so no pressure here.
- Where is your reception being held? - Estimated start and finish time. - If applicable, who will be the MC for your reception? - Will you be having speeches? - Are there any special plans for the reception that we should be aware of? - Anything else about your reception or the venue that you'd like to share.
- Are there any specific photos that you'd like us to try and work into the day or anything you'd like us to place more focus on? - As an example for a specific shot, you might like us to incorporate a dramatic silhouette into your couples portraits. For things to focus on, you might like us to pay extra attention on moments between Grandma and the Bride. - We want to avoid creating a 'shot list' here, so please keep it as limited as you can.
- Any other details about any aspect of your wedding that you'd like to share with us. - Any questions for us?

STEP 3.

TIMELINE

Please send us the current timeline of your wedding day, particularly for the ceremony and reception. Include all the important details, such as meals, cake cutting, speeches, first dance and so on. A rough outline is fine if that's all you have at the moment, just make sure that you keep us updated as your timeline becomes more concrete.

Please don't hesitate to ask us any questions you may have about your timeline. As your photographers, we'll be around you for most of the day and timelines are definitely one of the areas that we can help you with to make your day run smoothly.


STEP 4.

VIP Photos

If possible, we'd hugely appreciate a photo of each of your VIPs. Your wedding day is all about the people and as your photographers we feel it's important for us to get to know your family and friends before we even arrive. The photos don't need to be anything fancy (please don't embarrass them!) and you can send them to us by email, Facebook message or whatever else suits. Please include your Bridesmaids and Groomsmen as well.


THANKS!

This will give us a great base to work off. We'll be in touch to discuss some of these points a bit further and, as we said, we'll work out all the finer details as your wedding gets a bit closer.

Talk to you soon,

Lynn and Justin.