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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.

Packages differ from photographer to photographer. Prices range & styles vary.

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. 

THIS is what you get with your wedding photography

THIS is what you get with your wedding photography

Every bride’s list of essential service providers is topped with photography.

Packages differ from photographer to photographer. Prices range & styles vary.

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

But it’s more than that.

It’s the first moment you see each other.

It’s the emotions on the day that are so overwhelmingly precious, you’ll WANT to remember them forever.

The joy.

The nerves.

The eagerness to share your union with everyone.

The ability to relive that day, year after year.

It’s moments you didn’t even notice because you were so surrounded by love and happiness.

The tears.

The details.

It’s the last memorable flash of a gran who has passed.

A parent who is no longer with you.

It’s the evidence of a promise to love and be loved.

This is what you get with your wedding photography.

Precious recollections to share with generations to come as you reach old age.  Sharing the stories of your wedding day. 

Your wedding photography is an investment into your life story.

Because you’ll forget.

As the mind ages and the time passes, you’ll recall the detail on your dress with waning memory. Your mind will fog and the day will become hazy.

When you invest in your wedding photography, your story is shared visually time and time again.

Your wedding album, a beautiful heirloom, will be opened 10, 20, 30 years later and shared around the table with loved ones as you celebrate another year together.

And you’ll feel again.

   That love.

                That joy.

                           Those precious, precious moments.

This is what you get with your wedding photography.

I quit a 10 year career to follow my dreams

I quit a 10 year career to follow my dreams

In the last year, my business has done more growing than it has ever done.

Since my very first wedding in Newcastle a few years ago, I have wanted to quit my full time job to pursue my heart’s desire of photographing.

Three years of late night editing and weekend shooting, while maintaining a full time job  finally paid off and in September this year, I handed in my resignation!

After almost 10 years of a very successful career in journalism, I jumped into the world of self employment.

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Countless articles will tell you, don’t quit till you’ve got bookings lined up.  I prepared, planned and made checklists till they were coming out of my ears.

And then I did it, with barely any bookings and a very tight budget.

Taking that leap took guts. We had a baby on the way and bills to pay. Handing in my resignation without any guarantee that I’ll be able to pay the bills each month is scary, but I did it.

And I am excited!

I am so excited to focus all my energy on my photography business in the new year and so thankful for the bookings that have come my way for 2016, even though I’m currently on maternity leave!

Being a mom takes first place but raising Ella and a new business at the same time is a challenge I’m happy and excited to take on.
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I have learnt that fear will keep you in a place for far longer than you need to be and it will paralyse you. While I loved my job as an editor, I hated that I couldn’t give my 110% to my photography all the time. Mondays would come and I’d have to switch off from my photography business to go to work, only picking it up again late at night to edit or on Saturdays and Sundays to shoot.

Fear feeds on inaction. I had to do something. 

Earlier this year, I joined the Female Photographers’ Association and Shining Lights programme which has played a major role in my decision to follow my dreams and define my business and brand. I have found who I want to work with and the value in my own creativity. The way I view and run my business has changed completely and I couldn’t be happier with the direction that Tanya Jacobs Photography is going in.

For anyone wanting to follow their dreams, my advice is this: Find out what it is exactly that you want to do and figure out how to get there and then just go for it. It’ll be scary.

But sometimes life is about risking everything for a dream!

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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