WEDDINGS…

…you simply can’t beat them for their complexity, raw emotion, timing and grace. So many hours go into planning them and for most couples, they’re over way too quickly. Every bride dreams of her perfect wedding day and the anticipation can be as magical as the day itself. But what is that magical ingredient that makes it all come together and what advice would I as photographer give a bride on how to approach her wedding day?

Be The First Person to Enjoy it the Most

Live in every moment. Eat well, laugh, dance the night away and be happy. There is no use in inviting your well-picked guests to a party that you yourself ultimately fail to enjoy. Remember: your guests are invited to a beautiful celebration and what greater privilege can there be to be invited to someone’s wedding? Their biggest burden on that day is to enjoy everything. It is not your responsibility to make them do so.

Your service providers are key to the enjoyment of your day.

The more professional they are, the more you can trust them. It is a great pleasure to work with professionals who are on time and know what they are doing. The more you can lean on them, the happier you will be. Let them know before the wedding day what you need from them. The less responsibility you have on your wedding day, the more you can be in the moment.

Your girls must put you first.

Yes, they’re there for fun ,laughter and a great time, but you can’t be checking up on them. Let them know how your schedule runs and when you want them to get dressed, etc. It is their duty to see to your needs first. You must be the most beautiful woman on this day. Period.

Less really is more.

There is truth in this cliché. Try to convey who you are at your wedding and forget about the cookie-cutter weddings. You have your own unique story to tell and what a beautiful one it is! Have the courage and conviction to do realise your vision.

Remember that it’s about the two of you.

It’s not about the people, it not about the rings and it’s not about the dress… Many a bride has found herself entangled with wedding duties, sometimes forgetting the essence of what it’s all about.

6. Weddings are rarely perfect.

Even though you may have worked out the timeline, life is life and people are people. But that is what makes it all so interesting. Every wedding should have an element of unpredictability. Don’t stress if everything doesn’t work out exactly as you planned it.

Give yourself to the photographic process

It will be hugely rewarding when you look at your wedding portraits afterwards and see yourself enjoying it. Happy photographs age well!

It’s OK to be specific.

A wedding is no small event and deserves to be big on detail. But communicate everything well, then leave it in someone’s capable hands as far as possible.

Just be you.

With so many awesome people on your wedding day, things can become hectic and overwhelming. Simply cherish each moment and resist the temptation to get to everybody. Instead, be at peace and let them find you.

©Karoophotography 2017

DO I MEET WITH MY PHOTOGRAPHER BEFORE THE WEDDING?

It's a great idea, having a face to face conversation over a cup of coffee will help us get acquainted and share some great ideas . I will ,after all, spend more time with you on your wedding day than anybody else (a crazy fact) and it’s important that you feel comfortable around me.

IS AN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT WORTH IT?

Yes, it offers a glimpse on your life before you tied the knot, which will become more precious as time passes. There are some practical benefits as well - you will have some good images to use on your wedding day and will get a feel for what it’s like to work with your photographer.

I’M A LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT BEING PHOTOGRAPHED, WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THE SHOOT?

A good photographer inspires confidence in his subjects and creates a relaxed atmosphere wherein nervousness eventually disappears. Being nervous is completely normal, but being photographed is hardly something to be scared about. After all, the images will be your property to do with as you please afterwards. The photo shoot will be natural and relaxed with loads of fun, it will hardly feel like you are taking part in a photoshoot.

I’M NOT A PROFESSIONAL MODEL, HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT TO DO DURING THE SHOOT?

For the most part, I will guide you in this process without you even realizing it. Any good photographer should possess this skill and know how to inspire and motivate his clients.

HOW LONG BEFORE THE CEREMONY DO I HAVE TO BE FULLY DRESSED?

Timing before the ceremony is very important. If a bride is fully dressed on time, she is more relaxed and feel in control of her special day. Typically, 45 minutes before the ceremony starts is enough for taking pictures of the bride and her bridesmaids.

HOW IMPORTANT IS MY HAIR AND MAKE-UP SCHEDULE BEFORE THE CEREMONY?

Very. If something runs late, it affects everything else, including the photographer’s time with you before the ceremony. Build enough time into your schedule for unforeseen eventualities. That way, you have room to move, which will lead to a stress-free day. A good tip is to work out your schedule backwards to the time you want to be fully dressed. This will give you an accurate estimate of when you need to do what. It can save you a lot of stress.

WE JUST WANT TO BE OURSELVES. WILL THAT BE A PROBLEM?

Absolutely not. This is preferable. In fact, you look best when you're relaxed and do the things that feel natural to you.

ME AND MY PARTNER ISN’T VERY PHOTOGENIC, IS THAT OK?

You are indeed photogenic when you act natural and feel comfortable in your own skin. You are unique and nobody looks like you. That is true beauty.

WILL I BOTHER MY PHOTOGRAPHER WITH TOO MUCH DETAIL ABOUT MY WEDDING BEFOREHAND?

Not at all, the more information, the better. A wedding is a big event with much detail, do not hesitate to speak your mind and inform him of your ideas and decisions.

HOW IMPORTANT IS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY? IS IT WORTH THE EXPENSE?

Absolutely. My own wedding photographs are priceless now, I cannot buy it back for all the money in the world. It is the only thing that you’ll have left to show of this special day, save yourselves of course. It is worth every cent and will only increase in value as time goes by. Your children and grandchildren will reflect on these images of your special day and it is therefore wise, if not imperative, to invest in good wedding photography.

©Karoophotography 2017