The secret … we have found, through years of experience, that most of the day’s important events occur within a four hour period.
Realizing this gave us the opportunity to offer luxury wedding coverage at a very reasonable rate. Luxury wedding coverage usually includes candid photos of the wedding party getting ready, the “first look”, family portraits, the ceremony, editorial style photos of the reception decorations, the details, the invitation suite and the cake, candid photos of the wedding party arriving at the reception, the first dance and the toasts. With some very thoughtful planning, we are able to thoroughly cover these events.
Timing is everythng…We time our arrival for when the wedding party is almost finished getting ready. We usually work separately to photograph the bride and groom getting ready, and this may be at different locations. One of us arrives at the bride’s location after she has her makeup done, but is still having finishing touches done on her hair, before she puts on her dress. The other arrives at the groom’s location to take some photos of the groom with his groomsmen. Then the two of us photograph the “first look” (if there is one).
Two are better than one… We photograph the ceremony together, but from different perspectives. Family and wedding party portraits can be taken before or after the ceremony, or a mixture of both. During portraits, one person photographs while the other person coordinates the photos.
Planning makes everything go smoothly… We request the names of family members and the wedding party, and a list of the groupings in order to handle all the portraits quickly and easily. We arrange to take photos of the reception area details, decorations and the cake before all the guests arrive. Then the two of us photograph the arrival of the wedding party, the toasts, table groupings and the first dance.
A few photos from friends and family… We encourage the couple to arrange for family and friends to photograph the cake cutting and bouquet toss if these will occur much later.
This has allowed us to offer luxury wedding coverage at such an incredible rate.