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. 


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