Pictures of wedding venues can cover any details of the building itself such as historic or unusual features.
We often arrive early and grab a few shots around the venue before we begin, as they’re a great way to set the scene in an album.
If you’d like pictures taking in a specific location, or with anything in the background, just let your photographer know, and they can incorporate it into any portraits or group shots of you and your guests.
If you’re arriving by unusual means, whether it’s a vintage car, a balloon, or a horse and cart, then your photographer can get some pictures of you travelling in style.
Photos of wedding details can include anything that you’ve prepared for the big day, such as table decorations, wedding favours, place markers, bunting or anything else creative that you want to include.
These images are a great way to remember the little things that have gone to make your day so unique.
If there are any important details that aren’t immediately obvious you can let your photographer know to make sure that nothing is missed.
This is a chance to capture the laughs and good times while you’re getting ready for the big day.
These pictures can cover the excitement and anticipation of this unique moment, which takes place so early in the day.
They are often documentary-style, showing the process of getting ready, along with visits from loved ones. They can show any unique traditions that you may have with your friends and family.
Then, as people get closer to being ready, the picture style can switch over to slightly more posed shots if you want, with everyone dressed up (but usually still larking about!)
If you have two partners getting ready at different locations then you can consider two photographers for this part of the day.
Or if both groups are nearby then one can switch between them.
Your photographer can have a chat about timings if this sounds like what you want.
Of course not everyone has prep photos; some start their coverage when they arrive at the venue; some wait until they’ve finished their makeup, and some start with everyone still in their pyjamas!
These are a good opportunity to take some more intimate shots of you relaxing together and enjoying each other’s company, in beautiful surroundings.
They are normally photos of just the two of you, away from the rest of the wedding.
They can be a chance for your photographer to try out some more creative and artistic styles, and possibly take a bit more time to set up shots, as well as explore some other parts of the venue.
This is also a good time to get individual portraits if they weren’t taken earlier.
A photograph of the all your wedding guests is a great way to remember the people that attended.
One of the amazing aspects of a wedding is seeing all the random combinations of people that come from different parts of your life. For example, your distant relatives dancing with your workmates or your in-laws chatting to your school friends. So it’s a great opportunity to capture everyone all together.
Some great locations for this are places where the crowd can be arranged on different levels, such as steps in front of the venue, or places where the photographer can shoot down to get everyone’s faces from above.
The venue coordinator will probably have some good ideas for locations, both indoors and out.
This shot is best arranged for a time when it can be announced to the guests. This can be straight after the ceremony or the wedding breakfast.
Of course, staging a big photo like this may not be for you. Again, if that’s the case just let your photographer know.
A list of up to ten group photos is easy to manage and doesn’t take too long for your guests. We do shoot larger lists, but please allow enough time to assemble people and take the shots.
Please also make sure that you’ve briefed your friends and family who will be helping out.
It will also help if you can shoot the pictures in a specific order. Then the photographer will be clear on where you are in the list.
If you have any family members who are infirm it can help to get their shots out of the way first, so that they aren’t waiting too long. Or, if you can, arrange the shoot somewhere with some seating nearby so that they can have a rest.
Also, if you have any family members in wheelchairs it can help to have some seats if you’d like other people in the shots to be sat down. These can be lawn chairs or something similar.
Of course, you don’t have to have any group photos, and not everyone does.
You can get amazing candid photos of your guests just having fun throughout the day, interacting and relaxing naturally.
Weddings are an amazing time to bring together the people you love from distant parts of the country (and the world!)
Weddings days are sometimes the first time that some family members have been in the same room for years, or even at all!
So group photos are an excellent way to capture everyone together (and when they’re dressed in their finest!)
But because group shots require some planning it’s really useful to prepare a list of shots beforehand.
It’s helpful if the list has the names of the individual people, as well as the name of the group.
So instead of just “Bride’s Cousins” it has “Bride’s Cousins: Zoe, Mike and Sarah”
This prevents any confusion on the day and helps everything breeze along.
Another useful tip is to brief one or more members of the wedding party that they will need to gather together the required guests for each photo.
The photographer will be talking to the guests in the current picture, making sure that everyone is posed nicely and looking great, so they won’t be able to leave that location to find the next set of people.
Members of the wedding party will be more likely to know the people involved in the next shot and they will be better placed to put names to faces (and cajole people to put their drinks down!)
We normally bring several paper copies of the agreed photo list (plus pens to tick off shots) which we can give out to any bridal party helpers. (This can be useful if they’re a bit merry themselves.)
If you can also announce to your guests that the group shots are taking place then it can help to keep everyone in the same place.
You can ask the registrar, the venue coordinator, the minister, or anyone else that would be appropriate, to make the announcement at the time that you need it.
(Some people take the opportunity of a quiet moment after the ceremony to go for a lie down in their hotel room, or to bring their bags in, if it’s a venue where they’re staying over.)
If you can let people know that the photos are happening imminently then it can be a big help.
If you can pick a time when people are likely to be milling around nearby that can also help to make sure that no one has strayed too far.
Immediately after the ceremony or wedding breakfast can be ideal, as everyone is naturally together at those times.
If you are providing drinks in a nearby garden, or people are relaxing in a bar area, then it helps if the photos are in the same area or just round the corner, rather than on the other side of the venue.
If you have a location in mind please let your photographer know.
If you’re meeting your photographer at the venue beforehand you can have a wander about and discuss some ideas. You can decide on some options that are outside, for good weather, as well as some indoors.
They can also give you ideas for locations, or they can pick somewhere if you’re happy to leave it to them.
On a sunny day, the best locations are normally where the sun is behind the guests, or where they are in the shade of a building or trees.
That can help to prevent everyone getting too hot or squinting into the sun, plus the soft light in shady areas is very flattering to your guests.
If you know the time that you would like to take the shots then your photographer can check where the sun will be on the day, and suggest some ideas.
Don’t worry if the weather means that your group photos need to be indoors.
On a cold or rainy day you can still produce beautiful results inside using the natural features of the venue.
With subtle lighting from your photographer, they should still be able to produce some amazing shots.
(It’s obviously still your guests who are the focus and they’ll still look great.)
For larger shots you can use steps and natural slopes to arrange your groups into tiers. You can also have the photographer up high.
(We’ve taken group shots where we’re stood on fire exits, balancing on walls or leaning out of upstairs windows.)
It can be helpful to get the large shots out of the way first. It’s always easier to remove people than to add them.
Sometimes a key family member can go missing before their photo. They can be feeling a bit unwell or tired.
If that’s the case don’t worry. Just tell your photographer and they can take the shot later in the day.
We have taken lots of adhoc photos later on when people have all got together again.