Thursday, 31 August 2017

Artistique Wedding Photography - The Wedding Day Timeline

Artistique Wedding Photography
The Wedding Day Timeline
I thought I would write something about the importance of having a well prepared Wedding Day Timeline.  There are so many suppliers and behind the scenes aspects of a wedding to organise and the wedding day should flow seamlessly.  When I arrange a wedding planning meeting with my brides, I always prepare for them a Draft Timeline for the photography aspect of their wedding day.  Often I prepare this before a meeting and email it to them as well.
Usually (depending on the time of your ceremony) hair and make up for bridal party commences early morning as each bridesmaid's hair and make up can take 45min - 1hr and of course the bride as well.  Usually the mother of the bride, plus flower girls will add a little more time.  It's a good idea to organise two hair and make up artists if you have a large bridal party.
Photographic Coverage:
Most Wedding Photography Packages that Artistique Wedding Photography on the Central Coast offers, include coverage commencing in the 2.30hrs or so before the Ceremony.  I like to usually spend 1.30hrs with the bride and her bridal party.  On arrival I get those wedding gown, shoe, bouquet, jewellery, rings, perfume bottle, garter and associated shots.  I always check to see what is happening regarding hair and make up and capture those shots as well!  Then there are the boys to capture, often getting ready at the same venue, so I can spend a few minutes with them as well.  Then photos of the wedding gown as the bride has just put it on, putting it on with assistance of bridesmaids; depending on the bride's personal preference for photographic coverage at this stage.  There is then time for bridal portraits, window and mirror reflection and other portraits before I leave for the Ceremony location.  I leave for the Ceremony in time to arrive 30mins before scheduled Ceremony start time, that way I have time to capture guest arrival, photos of the groom and groomsmen and greetings.  I meet the bridal car 5 minutes before the Ceremony to capture bride arrival, a few portraits before she walks down the aisle.
Most ceremonies will take 20-25mins before the newlyweds are introduced to guests and usually there will be 10mins or so for guests to greet and congratulate them.  Many candid photos can be captured here. 
Next I capture the newlyweds and bridal party with all of their guests before moving on to the formal family photos for which I will have received from the bride, a photo list for family group combinations, which will most often take 20mins before heading off for formal bridal party photos for which an hour should be allowed, slightly longer if travelling to a couple of locations.
Below I have put together a Draft Timeline based on a Ceremony taking place at 3.00pm.
Draft Wedding Day Timeline:
12.45pm     Artistique Wedding Photography arrives at venue for bride getting ready
 2.15pm      I leave for the Ceremony location (travel time will vary)
 2.30pm      Capture Groom and Groomsmen and guest arrival
 2.55pm      Meet bridal car arrival and photos
 3.00pm      Ceremony
 3.25pm      Newlyweds introduced to guests and greetings
 3.40pm      Capture Bridal Party and newlyweds with all guests
 3.50pm      Announce names of family members required for formal photos
 3.55pm      Formal family photo group combinations
 4.15pm      Bridal Party formal photos
 5.00pm      Reception and guests drinks / canapes
 5.15pm      Formal bridal party photos conclude and travel to Reception venue
 5.25pm      Arrive at Reception venue and refresh
 5.35pm      Bridal party introduced into Reception
The format and timings of the Reception will depend on whether it is a served sit down meal, for which two hours will be required, whether it is a buffet style or a cocktail style.  Most often the formal part of the Reception is scheduled early; the speeches, so the Best Man, Groom and others making speeches can relax and party on early in the evening without going over their speeches!  The cake cutting is usually after dessert followed by the first dance.  I like to take the bride and groom outside for a few minutes just before sunset for a couple of photos in the beautiful light it offers.  Then later in the evening in darkness, some beautiful photos with bride and groom backlit.  A couple of hours later will be the garter toss and the bouquet throw and then the farewell.  A circle farewell will take 15-20mins and an archway 5-10mins.
A well organised, and planned Wedding Day makes for a seamless day where the bride and groom, bridal party and their guests can relax and enjoy this very special time.  Good communication with all suppliers is paramount.  Artistique Wedding Photography is always happy to advise on timings or even have an obligation free meeting.

Artistique Wedding Photography, Central Coast NSW

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Artistique Wedding Photography - Haley's Outdoor Photo Session

Artistique Wedding Photography
Haley's Outdoor Photo Session
Spring is such a beautiful time of the year for an outdoor Photo Session.  Such beautiful colours as plants spring to life after a few months of dormancy.  I love the scent of Spring and an added bonus is that it is rarely too hot outside!  Here are a few photos from Haley's photo session yesterday.


Monday, 28 August 2017

Artistique Wedding Photography - Studio Portrait Session

Artistique Wedding Photography
Haley's Studio Portrait Session

I am in New Zealand for a few days and had fun yesterday capturing Haley for her indoor studio session.  I had just purchased yet another prop to add to my large collection, the white wedding umbrella.  I find brides absolutely love the opportunity to use some of my many different styles and colours of wedding umbrellas.
Here are a few photos from yesterday's photo session, but first of all here are some new additions to my props in the form of hand fans.  I now have many different colour sets of these for the bridal party to use, or for portrait photo sessions:

Artistique Wedding Photography, Central Coast, NSW.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Artistique Wedding Photography - Unplugged Weddings

Artistique Wedding Photography

The Unplugged Wedding Ceremony

I am in New Zealand on Photography assignments for a coiple of weeks and decided to pop into the local supermarket to check out the wine, maybe a nice bottle of red with dinner.  I saw a bottle of "Unplugged" jump out at me, and as a wedding photographer it instantly rang a bell with me, the "Unplugged Wedding Ceremony".  I am sure many brides are familiar with this term as they go forward on planning their wedding ceremonies, perhaps the celebrant had mentioned this or the photographer.  Artistique Wedding Photography on the Central Coast, NSW recommends the Unplugged ceremony and for the following reasons:
  • Guests are paying more attention to their family members / friends exchanging vows
  • Guests remain in one place seated or standing during the ceremony and not moving up behind the bride and groom holding up the iPad to get that exchange of rings or the kiss shot
  • Photos are not immediately posted onto social media and some couples may request that guests withhold doing this until the professional photographer has submitted a sneak preview album 
Having captured hundreds of weddings I have seen it all, the iPad held up behind the bride and groom, the guest tripping over the legs of a speaker tripod and having it crash down on guests, a guest asking me to move out of the way and the list goes on!  

So please consider carefully whether you really want the majority of your guests clicking away during your ceremony!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Artistique Wedding Photography - Beautiful Milk Bath Maternity Session

Artistique Wedding Photography

Milk Bath Maternity Session

I had a very special Milk Bath Maternity Photo Session with Liv a couple of weeks ago.  Liv is expecting her first babies, triplets at the end of next month and being first babies and triplets I decided we had better have her special shoot a couple of months before they were due, as first babies and triplets can come early.

I think it is a beautiful session for a mother to be, so relaxing, and they get some beautiful photos to record this very special event in their lives.  We finished the photo session by going down to the beach at The Haven, Terrigal, NSW for sunset.  Artistique Wedding Photography is located at Toowoon Bay, Central Coast NSW and I am often asked after capturing a bride and groom on their wedding day, to capture a special maternity session.  I hope you enjoy seeing Liv's special session:


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