1. BE WILLING TO BE BLOGGABLE
I love to showcase beautiful weddings on my website. It’s what inspired you to pick me as your photographer. My work has a strong editorial and fashion influence. I capture and plan all of my clients weddings with showcasing these images on my website in mind. This inspires me to be a better photographer, challenge my own creativity and produce luxurious romantic images that will make your wedding album look like a magazine feature. I love to submit beautiful gorgeous weddings to third party blogs such as Style Me Pretty, with your permission.
2. HAVE YOUR DETAILS READY BEFORE YOU GET READY
At the start of your day before you are camera ready, I love to collect your special details and take them aside to photograph. I bring along my styling boards and create beautiful pretty, studio inspired photos of your most special details. Your details could include your oh so pretty rings, shoes, perfume, flowers, stationery (invites, announcement cards with envelope) buttoners, your dress and anything particularly sentimental or unique that you’d like photographed (maybe a piece of jewellery passed down through your family or a DIY project that you spent days on. *You could ask your florist (or allow me permission to ask) for a few extra stems so I can create pretty styled details for you using your wedding flowers theme. Purchasing a matching coloured ring box looks super cute to show off that amazing engagement and or wedding rings. http://themrsbox.com/ www.lapetitbox.co.uk Bring along a set of your oh so pretty wedding stationary for me to capture at this point in time. I’m in love with the Calligraphy + Design by Joy: http://www.studiofrenchblue.com/ *Don’t forget to bring or post to me your paper goods: Wedding invites etc… So that I can shoot these as part of your details collection.
3. TO THE BRIDE TO BE: THINK ABOUT YOUR GETTING READY WEAR
Getting ready is one of my favourite parts of the day to shoot. These photographs will be an essential part of the story of your day, so I want you to look and feel amazing. Match an outfit up with your bridesmaids for a cute and fun look. Or wear something oh so pretty and elegant. Wrap yourself up in the most delicate romantic french lace and opt for some tasteful timeless boudoir portraits once you’re hair and make up ready. (*Please remember to ensure you leave ample time in your itinerary). http://thelaceatelier.com/ have a beautiful range.
4. KEEP LUGGAGE OUT OF SIGHT
Keep the room you are getting ready in as tidy as possible. That way you’ll have the clean beautiful look you desire to see in your photographs.
5. DO YOUR FORMAL GROUP PORTRAITS WITH EASE
I understand that weddings require a certain number of formal group photos therefore I dedicate a small amount of time to getting these shots done as efficiently as possible. I would encourage you to have no more than around eight group shots, which can take around 15-30 minutes. Think about these in advance and write them down on more than 1 phone incase you forget the list. A helpful bridesmaid or usher can help during this time by rounding up the guests on your list whilst I focus on making sure everyone looks great on the photos. The time of day and location is important for these portraits. We want to avoid having groups squinting looking into the sun or half of the guests in shadow and half of the guests in light. This can often happen during the afternoon in summer when the sun is at it’s strongest. Be flexible about the location or consider doing them late afternoon when the sun is not so intense.
6. TIMING FOR YOUR COUPLE PORTRAITS
Here are some ideas for you to get the most out of your portraits.
Talk to me if you need advise about the best time of day for your portraits session in Paris. Light and other variables change throughout the year. If you are requiring a specific location this may need to be photographed at a certain time of the day.
In summer there are two times during the day when the lighting is incredible outdoors: early in the morning and late afternoon to evening. As a rule it’s best to avoid outdoor mid day harsh light (12-4PM) during the summer months. Two hours before and leading into sunset when the light is low in the sky produces a soft romantic portrait. Mid-day summer sun light can be harsh producing strong light and shadows and extremely hot. Depending on your wedding date, sunset is different all year round. Feel free to ask me for advice about light, sunset and your portraits.
Consider 1-2 hours in your timetable for portraits in Paris at varied locations. For 3 locations with travel time through the city, I’d safely mark out 2 hours which includes some buffer time.
If you are also working with a videographer, it is important to allow extra time for this part of the day so as you can get amazing results for both photography and film.
A morning ‘First Look’ can be a lovely way to create more time for portrait photography on your wedding day without the restraints of an afternoon timeline.
7. ARRANGE FOR US TO EAT THE SAME TIME YOU DO
We ask to eat the same time as you do (no-one likes photographs of themselves eating). That way we’ll also be ready to document the action as the timeline progresses.
8. CONSIDER GOING PHONE-LESS (As much as possible)
Mobile phones date very quickly and take away the timeless element to your elegant photographs.
Consider asking your guests not to use phones during the ceremony and other intimate moments. Remind them that you will happily share the professional photographs with them via the passworded website ClaireMorrisPhotography.com. Here you and your guest can download all your wedding photographs for free. Ask them to simply enjoy the moment and be present with you.
Groom to be; please remember to take your phone out of your pocket. The shape of the phone in your pocket can be very visible in the photographs.
9. HAVE A PRE-WEDDING SHOOT
A pre-wedding shoot is not only a really great way to practice being in front of the camera but an opportunity to tell more of your wedding story. You’ll get some really amazing photographs utilising the gorgeous location surrounding your venue as time can be tight on the wedding day itself. Together we can think up some really great personal ideas for the shoot so that it’s something unique that contributes to telling your love story.
10. PLAN GOOD TRANSPORT FOR THE PORTRAITS SESSION AROUND PARIS
Transportation is the responsibility of the client. Your wedding planner can help you with this.
You are welcome to hire a chauffeur service or use UBER. UBER isn’t always the best choice as waiting time can sometimes vary.
Although vintage transportation can look really beautiful, a chauffeur van is the most efficient recommended transportation for space and ease. A van can fit the bride, groom, photographer + assistant, and any hired videographer and crew in. Staying together is important so that nobody gets lost in the city. The Eiffel Tower area is especially large and meeting spots can easily get confused.
Please note: The Eiffel Tower is outside of the city centre. To give you an idea of travel times; the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower is 15 minutes drive in good traffic.
EMBRACE THE UNEXPECTED AND DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE YOU
Allow your wedding day to simply be what it is. Whether that means inclement weather forgetting that bracelet you wanted to wear, or events running way off schedule. Keeping an open mind will allow spontaneity and magic to surprise and delight you, and make your wedding uniquely yours.
Please email me if you have any questions or need any advise about your timeline. I love it when clients share with me your wedding planning ideas for your wedding colour and wedding style etc. It allows me to plan how I can tie your colours and style in with photographing your details all luxuriously and much more.
Feel free to send me photos of anything you confirm such as; your style and colours, your dress, bridesmaids dresses, flowers, shoes, stationary, reception styling. I will add these to your file and it really helps me to plan the photography to perfection.