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Tips to Completely Rock Your Couple Shoot

Tips to Completely Rock Your Couple Shoot

With the new wedding season, comes the super busy engagement season right on its heels too so I thought what better time to talk about engagement shoots and how to rock your couple shoot?!

The new season starts next week for me, and I am so beyond grateful that my year has been booked out! It does mean sacrificing my weekends with C and Ella, but it also means I get to do what I love with some amazing people, and share in their happiness too.

For some (most) people, having their photo taken is downright unnerving. I completely get that! I can’t tell you how awkward I am in front of the camera! But whether you love it or hate it, there’s no better way to celebrate your engagement than with a couple shoot to remember this time of your life by.

Here’s a bit of advice I’ve put together to help you prepare, and make the most of your shoot!

WEAR WHAT YOU LOVE

Being YOU is the best way to get great photos. I can only capture who you are, if you be YOU. Wearing clothes that you are comfortable, and confident in, helps to make you feel more at ease in front of my camera. Keep it simple and clean.

 

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PICK AN ENVIRONMENT THAT REFLECTS WHO YOU ARE

Whether that’s sipping on your favourite latte because you’re a coffee addict, or climbing up rock faces to overlook the sea, choose a location that encompasses your lives together. Surround yourself by what you love. Don’t have your shoot on the beach when you haven’t been to the beach in years! Or hate beach sand.  Have your shoot WHERE YOU ARE. If that’s at home, get the kettle on, I’m coming over!

 

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FORGET ABOUT THE PHOTOSHOOT

Forget about what you should be doing, and how you should be doing it, and just be you. If you’re shy, be shy. If you’re loud, be that. I want to keep your couple shoot natural and honest to who you are, and I can only do that if you’re being true to who you are. I shared an image of my daughter having tea with a plastic toy falcon, and people LOVED IT because it was an image of her, in her environment, as she is now, doing what she does now. I’m going to treasure this image forever.

IT’S A KIND OF MAGIC

This engaged feeling. This love. It’s a kind of magic. Embrace it and enjoy it. Spend the day doing fun things together. Take a break from wedding planning. So when it comes to doing your shoot, it’s not just something you’re ticking off your wedding to-do list, but rather another magical part of an already amazing day!

 

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BRING YOU

I promise to give you gentle guidance, so there won’t be any of that awkward ‘what do I do with my hands?’, but more natural laughing, sharing and creating. But it’s still up to you to bring YOU so I can capture you as you are.

Ready to start this adventure?
Tips to rock your couple shoot

THE WEDDING JOURNEY – Part 2: How to get the best wedding photographs

THE WEDDING JOURNEY – Part 2: How to get the best wedding photographs

Okay, it’s your wedding day, you can expect a whole lot of camera in your face. Your jaw will ache, your smile will wobble and despite being the happiest you’ve ever been, you’ll beg for a second to take a break from smiling. I’m not even kidding.

But when you’re surrounded by your family and friends and your new husband and all the beautiful details of your wedding day, you’ll smile.

And it’ll touch the corners of your eyes.

And you’ll be beautiful. 

Because that’s what brides are; beautiful, smiling versions of themselves dressed in an exquisite gown.

If you’re loud, spontaneous and out-of-this-world excited about everything, be that!
If you’re quiet, shy and a little more conservative with your emotion, be that too!
If your family is a little wild, and got me running around during a shoot, let them be that!

Don’t be afraid because you see photographs of people kissing, laughing or being natural in front of my camera and that’s not you.

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What I have learnt over the years as a photographer, is that it’s the moments that make a photograph beautiful.

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What is important to you, may simply be ‘photographs of your wedding day’.

But it’s more than that.

It’s this.

Choose a photographer on more than just their work. Choose them. Choose their personality, make sure you click with them. Because if you’re comfortable in front of your photographer, you’ll relax, knowing your photography is in good hands. And a relaxed bride is beautiful. 

Your photographer will love the confidence in them and will photograph all those spontaneous moments without you even realising.

I love giving photographs to a couple and hearing afterwards how I captured moments they weren’t even aware of. 

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Your photographer is there to tell a story. Your story.

And they’ll want to do it in the most creative way possible.

If you’ve hired the right photographer, trust them. Listen to their ideas and suggestions and trust them when they ask you to venture down an old path or off the beaten track. The more open you are to your photographer’s suggestions, the better the results will be.

Chat to your photographer ahead of the time if you’re a little uncomfortable in front of the camera. I’m incredibly shy in front of the camera and I’m all double-chin and awkward faces the minute I see a camera pointed in my direction. You don’t want that on your wedding day.

An experienced photographer will be able to help you relax and make sure you get natural, beautiful photographs.

Know that if you make your day truly ‘you’, and you’re celebrating together in all that love and joy, you’re guaranteed a beautifully captured story.

See Part 1 of The Wedding Journey here. 

Things to Remember on the Morning of your Wedding

I love arriving at the bride on the morning of her wedding. The atmosphere is jovial, the bride’s a little giddy and the room smells of happiness, fresh flowers and beauty products. It’s one of my favourite times to photograph.

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But no matter how excited you are and how much you just want to get out there and celebrate, there are things to be done!

Here are my top tips to having the best morning on your wedding day

Start your day with breakfast

I’d say it’s the number one thing almost every bride forgets on the morning of her wedding… to eat! It’s a long day with loads of champagne and alcohol to go out on an empty stomach. A platter of fruit, yoghurt and muesli is light enough for the morning or a sandwich before you get into your dress or have your make up done will keep you going.

Dress for Success

Matching gowns or tops are a lovely gift to your bridesmaids, and a perfect outfit for the morning of your wedding. Make sure whatever you’re wearing, it can be easily taken off without ruining your hair and make up.

Put your phone on silent

Leave Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp for the day after your wedding. Turn your phone on silent and hand it over to your maid of honour who can do all the answering of calls and texts.

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Hair & make up

Having your make up done beautifully sets how you feel about yourself on your wedding day. Make space for your make up artist to work her (or his) magic, and ask a bridesmaid to clean up the area around you so empty packets, bags of clothes and empty lip stained champagne flutes aren’t lying around. You will always remember how you FELT on your wedding day, at least have nice photos of this time to remember that by.

Tidy Up

Ask a bridesmaid to be in charge of making sure bags, shoes and any rubbish is packed away, or out of sight. While I try cut out the clutter, it makes my job far easier if I have space to move around and shoot from any angle and not squashed against a wall, with only one clear background. I try to get the general surroundings in my photographs during this time to really tell your story so a tidy space just makes for nicer images.
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Create a music play list

It’s a small thing, but plays such a roll in setting a jovial atmosphere. “Happy,” by Pharrell Williams, “Drunk in Love,” by Beyoncé and and “Marry You,” by Bruno Mars are ultimate wedding morning chart toppers!

Get your accessories picture ready

Normally I’ll photograph your jewellery, perfume and other details early on in the day, so it’s a good idea to have these ready and to one side. This will save time so I have more time to photograph you and the goings-on, than searching for earrings, shoes and a lost bracelet from a great grandmother.

Relax!

I’ve had a bride who had her DJ walk out on her an hour before she walked down the aisle, and a heavy downpour threatened to ruin her outdoor ceremony. But it all worked out and five minutes before she walked down the aisle and an emergency stretch tent was erected, the skies cleared and the DJ arrived. phew!

Everything will work out.

Relax, enjoy the day and all its glorious moments!

How to spend less time worrying and more time celebrating on your wedding day

How to spend less time worrying and more time celebrating on your wedding day

Okay, it’s your wedding day, you can expect a whole lot of camera in your face. Your jaw will ache, your smile will wobble and despite being the happiest you’ve ever been, you’ll beg for a second to take a break from smiling. I’m not even kidding.

But when you’re surrounded by your family and friends and your new husband and all the beautiful details of your wedding day, you’ll smile.

And it’ll touch the corners of your eyes.

And you’ll be beautiful. 

Because that’s what brides are; beautiful, smiling versions of themselves dressed in an exquisite gown.

Here are my five top tips on how to spend less time worrying in front of the camera (with a wobbly smile) and more time celebrating on your wedding day.

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1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER

Choose a photographer on more than just their work. Choose them. Choose their personality, make sure  you click with them. Because if you’re comfortable in front of your photographer, you’ll relax, knowing your photography is in good hands. And a relaxed bride is beautiful. 

Your photographer will love the confidence in them and will photograph all those spontaneous moments without you even realising.

I love giving photographs to a couple and hearing afterwards how I captured moments they weren’t even aware of. 

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2. WORK WITH A TIMELINE

Work with your maid of honour, wedding planner, photographer, whoever it may be, to set up a wedding timeline for your day. This alleviates any stress and you can spend more time celebrating with bubbly, and less time wondering what’s next on the agenda.

Let the service providers you’ve trusted for your day worry about that. And by ensuring your photographer knows exactly what’s going on, they’ll be there to capture it all.

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3. BE CREATIVE

Your photographer is there to tell a story. Your story.

And they’ll want to do it in the most creative way possible.

If you’ve hired the right photographer, trust them. Listen to their ideas and suggestions and trust them when they ask you to venture down an old path or off the beaten track. The more open you are to your photographer’s suggestions, the better the results will be.

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4. GOOD BYE AWKWARDNESS!

Chat to your photographer ahead of the time if you’re a little uncomfortable in front of the camera. I’m incredibly shy in front of the camera and am all double-chin and awkward faces the minute I see a camera pointed in my direction. You don’t want that on your wedding day.

An experienced photographer will be able to help you relax and make sure you get natural, beautiful photographs. Letting them know ahead of time of any insecurities will help too.

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5. JUST BREATHE

Things may not always go according to plan.

Your seating plan may get a little muddled, it may rain or hail and your favourite aunt might not make it for the speeches.

Just breathe. 

Soak it all up, smell your wedding flowers, eat your wedding cake, hold your husband’s hand… Don’t let this day go without cherishing every. single. moment.

Know that if you make your day truly ‘you’, and you’re celebrating together in all that love and joy, you’re guaranteed a beautifully captured story.

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