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Wedding Photography: How To Nail Each Part Of The Day (Documentary-Style)

teacher avatar Michael Maurer, Wedding Photographer

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (1h 21m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. The Wedding - Prep

    • 3. The Wedding - Ceremony

    • 4. The Wedding - Drinks & Formals

    • 5. The Wedding - Meal & Speeches

    • 6. The Wedding - 1st Dance & Party

    • 7. How Do I Organise Myself?

    • 8. How Do I Set Myself Up For Success?

    • 9. Which Equipment Do I Use?

    • 10. A Few Closing Thoughts

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About This Class


Hey everyone!

I remember getting ready to photograph my first wedding six years ago - I WAS SO NERVOUS!

No matter how much I searched online, all the knowledge I could find back then was really technical and talked about how to frame, how to shoot and how to edit. Nowhere actually covered how to approach a wedding day and what to expect. Being a wedding photographer is about so much more than just taking photos, and I wish I'd known that back then. 

These are the videos I wish would have been around when I was getting ready for my first wedding.

I am going to talk you through an entire wedding I photographed last year, using 50+ examples of photos I took, and share with you how I approach each part of the day to take beautiful, unposed photos. I'm going to tell you how I took the photo and share the technical information behind the image. 

The wedding I will be covering was featured on Rock My Wedding earlier this year!

I'm going to cover everything I know about:

1) How I organise myself for the wedding day 
2) How I conduct my in-person meetings to get all the information that I need 
3) The mindset and guiding principles behind my candid, documentary-style approach
4) The equipment that I use and how I use it 
5) How I approach the entire wedding day, part by part 

Whether you are:

A confident and experienced wedding photographer with your own business and approach

Have never photographed a wedding before but feel comfortable around a camera 

Have done a few weddings and you want to learn as much as possible

Simply curious about wedding photography and have an hour to spare 

I believe that you will find something in this course helpful!

Weddings are entirely unpredictable by nature, and I hope that by watching this class you will gain the tools needed to approach any situation with confidence. 

Let's jump into it!

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You can see all the images with their corresponding technical information here. They are all referenced throughout the course. 

Want to see what gear I use? Check out my Kit page here.



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Michael Maurer

Wedding Photographer


My name's Michael and I'm a candid, documentary-style wedding photographer based in London. 

I LOVE what I do, and I'm so lucky to be able to do it for a living. I have photographed over 100 weddings and am an approved supplier at two beautiful London venues, Syon Park and Hampton Court Palace. I'm here to share everything I know!

I consider myself to be warm, approachable and easy-going on one hand, and organised, discreet and professional on the other. In my spare time, I love making pizzas, drinking coffees and playing video games. 

Thanks for dropping by! 

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1. Introduction: everyone. My name is Michael. Documentary style wedding. It's over for based in I've had the privilege of photographing on 100 weddings in some beautiful locations across the world. And I'm here to make the videos I wish would have been around when I started getting ready for my first wedding six years ago. I was so nervous. I had nightmares leading up to the wedding that my Carol would stop working on. The bride walked down the aisle. All that. I just go to the wrong church. Anyway, it all went really well. But thinking back to that moment everything I could find a lead so technical everything told about how to take pictures. How do you get them out of frame? How to compose Nothing. Told about how to approach wedding. That's what I'm here to share with you today. We're gonna go fruit together, a whole wedding that I photographed last summer. I'm gonna tell you how I prepare for the wedding day. I'm gonna take you through when I meet with a couple how they information dining to be prepared and how you approach each part today. Good guard from getting ready all the way to the policy and everything in between. And I've been approached this from two perspectives. The technical side, which means I'm gonna tell you how I take a photo happened Show shatter eso focal length on the more emotional saw. Which means I'm gonna tell you what I'm thinking about during that part of the day to get peaceful, candid photos, these videos for everyone, whether you're just starting out as a wedding, whether you're a seasoned better, that's just curious to see how others do it or if you just on your way to becoming a full time when it's over, I think you'll find some of this. So in terms of the cool structure, that's to be years before we jump into the details of the first one's gonna talk through how I get the information that I need to be as productive as possible, getting couple questions that I just make sure I have everything that I need to know everything about what's gonna happen next. The other video is gonna talk about approach in my cameras that used lenses that I use just a little bit about philosophy on how approach after that, we're gonna jump into the getting ready. I'm gonna go through the way. They part by part from the practice through ceremony drinks, kind of pays and family formals, wedding breakfast in speeches, the first answer party. And for every section. I'm gonna tell you how I approach that part of that. I'm gonna give you examples of the Patriots that I think I'm gonna explain. I took that particular photo at the very, very end. Just gonna be a little wrap up on a little project to set you on your way. Anyway, let's jump into 2. The Wedding - Prep : This is the part of the course where I'm gonna take you through a whole wedding that I photographed last summer. And I'm gonna go through the timeline with you. I'm gonna show you examples of the pictures that I took. And I'm gonna tell you what was going through my mind when I took those photos I want to make. This is detailed and helpful. It's possible for you. So this particular wedding took place in hardening Wales. The bride is gonna get ready at her parent's house. In the ceremony was gonna be the hard in village church, which is about a 10 minute drive away. Wanted to ceremony was done. All the guests walked over to the parents property and it was a marquee in the garden for the rest of the So these particular wedding, the ceremony was gonna be a before now, normally, I photograph about hour and 1/2 of getting ready. But just because I knew a lot was going to be taking place and the bride was gonna be getting ready with a lot of people, I thought I'd get there two hours before we were getting ready. I always say it's less about photographing the bride in her chair, getting her makeup done and more about just during all the excitement and anticipation that's in the air. I always say it's like a roller coaster the closer you get to leaving for the ceremony. My God, it is so much fun to photograph because there's anxiety in the air. There's anticipation is exact excitement as joy. It's just all these really great emotions present more that getting ready for me is a great opportunity to just build a little bit of report with everyone that's there to meet the bride's parents. To see the bridesmaids are who the honorees and just to start toe, get people, feel uncomfortable in front of the camera and just let them know that I'm a nice person and I'm just there, Detective. Really beautiful pictures of the wedding. As soon as I get to the getting ready, the first thing I do is just going say hello to everyone. Asked how everything's being house the morning did they get up to anything fun the night before? This is before I even take my cameras out. I really want to say hello to everyone. You don't want anyone thinking, Gosh, let's talk so rudely didn't even say hello to me. It's such a small thing. But for a lot of people present there, it's the first time they need. You might have heard about you, but first impressions really long way. And the way you come across the people at the beginning of the day is really gonna set the tone for the rest of the way. Now, in the past, the first thing I do and I get to the getting ready was immediately asked dress shoes, that bouquet and important jewelry and just spent, like, half an hour taking pictures of that more and more as my work involved, I realized that by spending so much time on the details are missing out. All these useful moments are happening around me. So well, do you now is I'll get there. Take my cameras out and I'll just our sobriety. Do you want some pictures of your details? Is there anything you want? Photograph Before I start, Just captured the moment on most of the time they'll say, Well, you know what? I'm wearing my dress all day. I really don't need pictures of it. happening in front of the wall or the window again. There are so many different approaches. The wedding photography under some people really value these details. Andi. They put a lot of emphasis on there, and that is absolutely fine. The way I market my work and the work I showed my website doesn't reflect that, which is why I tend to focus on the moments. I think the most important thing with any kind of approach notice a bit of a sideline. He should just be transparent, straightforward about what it is that you focus on throughout the day. I don't want people to hire me thinking I'm candy waiting photographer and then I show up and I spent half an hour flat lace and just hanging up the dress in really nice positions. So again, there's no right or wrong here. Just what works the best for you now, once I've done any of those details shot. If I get asked to do them, I really just focus on all the candid moments that happened. While everyone is getting ready on. Let's look at some from this particular wedding. There's really nice one of the bride, just city with hair and makeup artist behind her. It's really natural moment. She's smiling. Yeah, she is having her makeup, but it isn't the sort of usual, really posed. Look at the camera. Don't look at the camera moment that a lot of that I've seen quite a big. It's just a natural moment because I want her to look at that picture. Thank you so much fun when I was getting ready with everyone. And as the getting ready sort of progress is again, it's just me country. All these little moments is a really nice one here, father of the bride putting an earring on the mother of the bride. But actually, this is a really nice part of the bra just sitting in the chair. I was really lucky to say, because the room she was getting ready had a massive window make such a big difference for photos taken, getting ready photos and some really small and dark hotel rooms. And honestly, that's a lot more challenging when it comes to anything. But don't be put off by that. There's always a way to get nice pictures, no matter what life situation is like. Now it's getting ready went, Oh, there's always one moment where I get a little bit involved. That is when everyone's going to see the bride in her dress for the very first time. And I just came both to the point of making sure that I have everyone who's going to see the bride in her dress in a separate room, and the bride then comes into that room, and I'm ready to photograph the reactions of the people in the group. In this case, everyone was in the same room, and the father of the bride was standing in front of the windows. You can see he's really nicely let and there's a really nice picture, things saying they're the bride coming in through the door behind and again. It's all the anticipation, all that excitement, all that emotion on. As I said, this is definitely the most involved I'll get in terms of posing. It's not really posing. It's just making sure I've got everyone in the best possible light to capture this moment. And then obviously there's him actually turning around and seeing her address for the first time, and I think that's such a special moment. We were these reaction shots tend to always focus on the other person's reaction. Father of the bride, mother of the bride, and she's walking to write down the price. Major weather is in that room because I always think the Bryce can't remember how she felt in that moment. But having a picture of the person reacting to seeing her in a dress is really gonna bring back some nice memories. So the Bryson had drags. Everyone seen her getting ready to leave, and excitement is through the roof. And these moments is so much fun to photograph because it's quite like electricity in the room is really nice picture here of the bride in two of the bridesmaids just holding hands and you can really tell what they're feeling by looking at the photos and so allow this. I'm not saying anything. I'm not getting involved. I'm just dead to photograph things as they happen. And really, people forget you're even there taking photos. I always try to stand towards the corners of the room so that it's no like I'm occupying space in between conversations or in between what happening in that room. So when I walked into the house on. Before I started taking photos, I noticed this really beautiful staircase on my way up to where the bride was getting ready , and I knew I wanted to take a photo. So when it was time to leave, I made sure that I went down the stairs before everyone else and I was able to get a really nice photo three bridesmaids in front of the bride walking out the back with her mother, holding the dress. So now we're walking out the front door on. I know that I want to photograph the bride getting into the car. So I quickly spring to the other side just to make sure I could get getting into the car with the house behind on with the bridesmaids, Mother of the bride, standing kind of arch of the door right after I took that photo, ran to the arch of the door to make sure I got another photo a little bit more close up of the bridesmaids and a mother of the bride's who's kind of off to the side of the frame just because I want them to be able to look at these photos really remember all the excitement that was going on that was in the air. All of this was going on. Andi. Now I'm here. I'm traveling with the bridesmaids on the mother of the bride Maid of honor to the church. It's only a five minute drive, but that doesn't mean there are gonna be some really nice moments in between these two locations. So I mean, the car with them and a really important thing when you're traveling in a car used to see that front. So in this case, I'm sitting at the front next to the driver. I'm shooting over my shoulder. I'm not really turning around because I haven't got the space, but I'm trying as best as I can. Just get everyone in the back into the fray about seating in the back. I wouldn't be able to do this because I might be able to photograph two of the five people there. And that would really miss the atmosphere of what was going on in the car. Onda Um, yeah, we are at the church. We are ready for the service. So let's jump to the next part of this lesson. 3. The Wedding - Ceremony: So we're at the ceremony now, Andi, I'd say this is arguably one of the most important parts of the day and also one of the most formal ones. So this where in the ceremony was at 4 p.m. Andi got there about 5 10 minutes area on. A soon as we get there, it starts raining down to wrench Aled ampoule on normally have sooner I get to church. The first thing I do is just go inside and make sure the right position for when I walk down the aisle begins. But in this case, I wanted to make sure to get a picture that would convey the sense of excitement, but also the fact that it was raining so heavily. So. There's a really nice picture here of the mother of the bride, with bridesmaids behind her on one of the groomsmen, just holding the umbrella on top of the mother of the bride. Now we have church weddings. If you let it on a wedding, or if you have done a handful of wedding, it might be quite overwhelming because it's not like you can pours the service and ask the vicar or the person officiating the Saudis. What's gonna happen next? So you want to make sure you have all the information you need, so don't be afraid to our ask if you need to go to the then you beforehand me with the person officiating the wedding. Do it. Take the initiative. No one will be upset. No one will think it's weird. No one will think it's awkward. You're just doing the right things to make sure you have everything you need so that you can do the best possible job on today. On a side mentioned before, there's definitely a difference between judge ceremonies and seven ceremony. So what I'll be covering in this video is church. So I've arrived. I've taken these pictures outside on now. Normally, what I do is that safe to just quickly go up, too. Him introduced myself, so make sure to stay out of your way. I just like to possible stand at the top of the hour when the bride walking down and then I won't be there again. Now, most of the time, I have already talked about the vicar or the priest with the bride and groom, in this case at the wedding meeting we had a month before. They will have told me then that this victor is pretty chilled out. Doesn't really mind me taking pictures. Even so, I like to say hello to the vicar when I get there. Just because it shows professional here toe work, I'm not gonna get in their way. And I'm just here to do the best possible job that I can. So in this case, I don't say hello to the big. That is because I was staying in this village tonight before, and I just quickly went when they were having the church rehearsal. Did you say hello to the vicar and introduce myself to the family? That was quite helpful because on the day the victim knew who I was, I knew that I would stay out of. He's wearing so rather church. Once I finish outside, I go inside and I go to the top of the I. Now imagine you're walking up the I always stand on the left side so that if I'm standing at the top of the hour looking down, the group is to my left. And now this just means that when the bride walked down the aisle. I have a lot of flexibility. I could easily pivot between photographing the bride to photographing the groom's reaction . Who's on my left? When I go into the church, I'll go up there. It's always a little bit awkward. You know, You kind of just standing up there who was looking at you use this person. Call serum is about to start, but really, you'll get over that quite clear. I always say hello to the group I asked. It's going how this morning Waas. How game Ready? Waas. If there's a second shooter with me, you know, I just make sure that everything went well on there. I asked him to point out where his parents sitting, and he's just has me because remember, I've already met the bride's parents know where they're gonna be sitting. They are, But I haven't made the groom's parents, so it just helps to know. Here they are sitting, Um, so it's time for the ceremony to start for this particular ceremony. It was quite traditional, so the bride walked down the aisle first, Azzan, right after the vicar on the bridesmaids, followed after. So what? I'll do this part of the day is I will shoot, walk down the aisle with an 85 millimeter and then I'll switch to my 35 pickup drop that come into aside, pick up the other one and start photographing what's happening at the front With 35 minutes . He's one was quite tricky because as the bride was walking to the front and actually got to the front and said hello to her husband to be on, her father shaped the hospital and they embraced. The bright teams are still walking up the road at the back, but I decided to focus on the groom and the bride in front because I know I can photograph the bridesmaid later on when they're walking back down the at the very end. So it's all the trade off. You just want to prioritize what you think is the most important again. There's no right or wrong here, so so this is tend to be quite serious and formal, so I just focused on what's happening folks on the action. Everything is an action and reaction on this case. The action is hymns, readings, people singing, maybe little kids, putting faces quite straightforward in that sense up until it's time for the registered to be signed. That's one of my favorite moments. Pause there for a second, because if you're American, you might not know what the register is here in England, almost every wedding the register will be signed at one point during ceremony, whether it's similar in charge. What that means is, the bride and groom in this case will just step to the back of the church, signed legal papers, the vehicles on the legal papers and the witnesses will sign legal papers. And when all of this is happening normally some music gets played in all the guests. Just sit in the pews, chatting to each other just quickly. Say it tends to last about 5 to 10 minutes, so it's over quite quickly. But it's a really nice opportunity for me to get to love. Candid photos. Because exporters like a pause, the witnesses, which tend to be the parents or people really close to the barn group, can't chance to say hello to each other, and they get a chance to congratulate the bride and groom. So there's a really nice picture here of Father of the Bride hugging the groom, the mother of the groom off to the left, on the mother of the bride, embracing the bride. And again, it's all about anticipating. I'm predicting that something like this is going to happen there and then. So I get into position to make sure I could capture that moment with the best life possible . Andi with church services, the keys tends to be towards the end. Now, if you're gonna photograph a service and you don't know where the first case is going to be , I definitely wanna ask again. Information is power after as many questions as you need to make sure you know what you'll needs to take those pictures on the day. So I'd say the first case is definitely one of those most half shops. It's one of the photos that I will always aim to get on. If it's a church, I would always photographic with my 85 millimeter from the I'll shoot up from the ill on this just gives me a little bit of flexibility to stand in between guests without to be too close to them. And it also means that most churches I get to capture the beautiful stained glass that is at the back off the air the very far end. So the kid is for this was in sort of finished the service on, you can tell on the walk back down the aisle. The bride and groom are really excited and then looking around them, you have to remember when the bride is walking into the church. At first she's probably quite nervous. She might be more focused on the groom at the front that she is on the people around her. But here all the pressure is gone. It's part of relax and enjoy the rest of the dairy and that you can see that in this picture that she's just really happy walking back down the aisle, looking at the people around, exchanging glances. Once that's done, it's time for the confetti shot. In this case, Groups been handed out to confess to you, and I simply had to tell people where to stand. Brian Group were waited inside the church for me to come and get them and tell them right guys extra looking 50 Shop This Way had about 200 guests, so it was probably the longest confetti line I've ever done, and it was so much fun to photograph. So for the Confetti shop, I will use the 35 millimeter. Make sure to set the camera to the highest burst mode because there's so much happening because confetti is just so crazy and unpredictable. I would make sure I take many photos as possible. This moment might deliver 5 to 10 because I want to make sure over delivering. But it's always really fun to look back through them. Onda and yeah, they're just really fun photos to capture. So that includes the ceremony. So for this service, it was about and how long, if I remember right should be the norm, with most church services in kind of the amount of time, that sort of. So, yeah, that's the service. Let's get ready for next year. 4. The Wedding - Drinks & Formals: so the service is over, and that means the most pressurized formal part of the day has come to an end. Everyone's really excited to say hello to the bride and groom to congratulate them rate, have fun. So the ceremony took place at the village church in Harden on the reception was gonna take place where the bride ready in the morning, which is hardly castle on. It's also where her family lives. So in this case, everyone was gonna make their way back to 10 year walking from the church. I think this is a really great idea, because again, it just gives me the opportunity to act so much more context to the day and get some really nice photos of everyone just making their way to the venue. On the other hand, the bride and groom going to com and they were gonna drive that. So obviously I have to make sure that I get to the value before they do, just so that I could get really nice shot of the car on the castle in the background. Just make sure I have that for the coverage of the day. So in this case, what I did was I jumped in the car with video. We drove over there on We just got into position and waited for the bride bruise car to turn up, which eventually did manage to get that really nice photo. Just a car driving along the road with the castle in the background. So for the drinks reception, even though the wedding was gonna take place, I guess I should say the rest of the way. I was going to take place in a marquee in the grounds the drinks reception was going to take place in the drawing room of the castle. So I wanted to make sure that I got some photos of the room NT before. Will the guest social to get there? Now there's no always going to be an opportunity for you to photograph these rooms empty because people wedding is all happening at the same. Then you might just don't get the chance because everyone might just get into that room so quickly that you won't get the opportunity. So don't put too much pressure on yourself. I just thought that because I had the time, I've just spent five minutes getting some empty shots of this really nice fruit. But what I'm really going forward during this time again. It's just that context, just something that adds to the memory of today. So another show I definitely wanted to get during this time was, although gas walking up to the castle on the best way to get that would be me standing at the back and kind of get the guests making their way towards the inference again. I'm just focusing on the context. And even though this isn't a moment, it's still really nice photo because it just conveys that everyone did walk from the church to the drinks reception. Now the drinks reception was scheduled to last two hours. So, as you remember, we talked about the ceremony. Being floor that lasted 25 on the drinks reception was gonna last from 5 30 to 7 32 hours is great because it really means were really meant that I could really take advantage of that time to get away the shots that I needed. The first thing I normally do during that time, as I mentioned in my video, is, do the family formals. Once the couple has arrived once the guests. There was the families there. I'll just Jenna go up to the couple and say, Hey, guys would be great if we could. Your family forms now world. Then do. It's just round up. Everyone that's gonna be in those photos and send them to the designated spot that I've chosen to take these pictures. Now remember, I've gotta lips. This is where it comes in. So handy. I've met with the bridegroom by a month before the wedding. We talked about the day they gave me a list of photos they wanted to take, including their family members. I've got it printed out, so it's just a matter of me. See? Okay, They want a picture with the parents of the groom. One another one with the parents of the bride. They want one with both sets of parents, which is the bridesmaids groomsmen. One bright women's group, etcetera. So once I've counted everyone, I'm taking them to the disk making sport where I'm gonna do these pictures, I just start working through the lace. Now, again, I take a very casual approach to these. It's no my aim to have everyone standing there really nice, organized line just looking really formal, uncomfortable. I want people to be able to relax into oppose if someone has a hand in their pocket gray a little bit, Greg. That's how that person feels the most comfortable. And I'm not there to take that away from them, if anything, having to capture that in the photo. So in this case, I chose a location which would have the castle in the background, and I got really lucky because the day was over cost. It's really nice to shoot in overcast weather because you get really soft if you slide, which means you don't get any harsh shadows. It would have been a sunny day would found somewhere in the shames to take these pictures because there's nothing worse in taking formal photos in direct sunlight, where people are squinting and there's weird shadows on their face again. This is personal preference, So here's a few examples of some of the formal photos. I always go between horizontal and vertical. I think it really depends on the amount of people are having the shop. If I've got anything around five or less, I always do a mixture of horizontal and vertical if I've got six or more, I'll just do a horizontal shop. I always take more than about 10 of each post. It just helps me make sure that I got at least one photo where everyone has their eyes open on is looking really nicely at the camera. I keep these really country again, Would you say, Well, just look over here, give me a quick smile and then pages taken once I'm done with photo. I didn't say Please have so so And then I just worked my way through the list on Bond. Sometimes some really nice moments come naturally like here's a picture of the bright side of the family with parents, siblings. Andi. I didn't tell them to put those hands in the air. They get it on their own. And that was just really nice, because again, you're giving people a space to feel confidence, to express themselves and just do whatever comes to mind. Once I was done with the family photos, I just heard on taking a few more photos of everyone mingling. It's a great opportunity to do this because everyone is seeing each other for the first time. Some of these people might not have seen each other for months, sometimes even years on and the reactions you get just so January. I normally approach this with a mixture of me just going around looking for the moments that are happening or me following released into the bride and groom steak around saying hello to people again. I'm approaching this with my two cameras by 35 millimeter on one of my 85 millimeter on the other. I really like the 85 millimeter for this part of the day because I can get these really nice on post moments at a little bit of a distance is really nice one here, the bride just hugging one of her friends, and again it was taken on the 85. They one is aware I was taking it, and that makes such a difference, because when they're not aware of the camera, you really get those genuine emotions coming through so well. Halfway through the drinks I've done the family formals photographed everyone having a really good time. But there's one more thing I want to do before the wedding breakfast begins, and that's the decoration. I know I keep going on and on about how I have a very candid documentary style approach and about how all about the moments. But to me, it's very important to photograph the decoration because it's something that the couple have spent a lot of time and effort to get. Right, So no money go to the wedding breakfast room in this case, the monkey. Just a little bit of time taking it all in what is here, What are the tables like? What's the seating plan like? What about the cake? Just photographing all of that, sometimes from really close on other times from really far away. I always go for a mix. I want photos, capture the whole room. What, all this, That country. Just a little details on the tables. So if I look through the decoration photos that I got for this wedding, there's a really nice one here where you can kind of just get a little bit of sense of place when you look at it, because you can see that it's a marquee. You can see what the tables pride, what, chairs replied. You can see the decoration, and then there's another one, which is a lot more close up where you can really see the decoration on the table, the cutlery, the napkin. And it's just a really nice shot. And I think they both go really well together because they just capture the separation from afar from really close up. So as the drinks come to an end, I finished their creation. I go back out just to get a few more photos of everyone mingling. Soon it's gonna be time for people to start making their way towards the Marquis. In my experience, they leave about 15 to 20 minutes for everyone to sit down before the bride and groom. And in this case, that's what happened. And so this time, with the bride and groom staying back, it's a really great opportunity. If the light is nice to just do a few pictures of the two of them and I keep the super casual, I don't pose them like to porcelain figures. I just give a little bit of direction here in there. Can you walk towards me? You turn your head just a little bit. Can you wish for something in her ear? Can you kiss? Can you look at each other for a second. And a lot of times I might say something really cheesy how you know, it's really cheesy, but more than anything, I just wanted to capture that reaction that I get. Know exactly what I'm telling them to dio heard. That makes sense, Andi again, I try to convey their personality through these pictures. Every couple is different, and every couple expresses love differently. And I think it's really important to notice and respect that. Another really nice thing about spending just a bit of time with the couple towards the end of the drinks is that they might not have had the chance to reconnect in the sense that they've been so attentive to other guests and their family members that this might be the first break. They get to just talk to each other, and I feed off that energy. A lot of times, I don't even have toe direct the couple because they'll laugh and speak from to photograph in their own way. So the light, these particulars any was beautiful. I remember saying that we had overcast sky, we were doing formal photo, but towards the end of a drinks reception, so it's about 7 20 At this point, the sun came out and it was lovely because I managed to get one of my favorite shots of this wedding. And that's the bride and the groom holding hands with sun behind them, walking towards the Marquis while the council is in the background on Um, yeah, it's just for me, A really nice picture because it's natural and again catches that context of today. You've got a sense of place you can almost remember. You can see on their faces what they were feeling, and I think that's really powerful. So, yeah, that brings us to the end of the kind of pace and drinks reception. So for these wedding lasted two hours, and during that time I did the formal photos. I photographed all the guests or most of the guests interacting with each other and just having a good time. I photographed decoration, did a few photos of just a bride and groom. So next thought. We have to win breakfast, so let's get into that 5. The Wedding - Meal & Speeches: it's wedding breakfast time on speeches time. Everyone's in the monkey, seeing down there really excited for the bride and groom to make their entrance. So it's 7 30 At the moment we're getting ready for the bride and groom to walk in. So I remember the last shot I showed you in my previous video was the constant in the background with the bridegroom. What can you cross a field towards the monarchy now? They're making their entrance. So in this case, the photo that I went for was just everyone looking at the bride and groom walking behind me and just cheering them on really, really excited that, you know, it's the way day we're having such a great time. So once the bride and groom make their entrance and they're sitting down, we spent a few minutes just focusing on the head table and some of the other tables to make sure I get a few of those candid moments and interactions now throughout the whole day, particularly now, when everyone sitting, I always want to make sure that I know where the important people are west. The bride groom, Where are the parents of the bride by the parents of the grave. Where is the best man Western maid of honor? Where the bridesmaids, Where's the grooves? But because I'm gonna be looking for these people throughout the rest of the evening, particularly when the speeches star. And if I know where to look for them, that's time I can save on time I can spend making sure I get those really nice, candid moments. So in these cases, everyone sitting down, I spent a little bit of time the head table, just getting a few photos of the bride. If she's talking to people around them and kind of just some more general atmospheric shots of the room to just really set the again the atmosphere, the feeling of what was going on. There's one here, for example, where you just see everyone with the mall cave. No, it sounds like a festival, and in some ways the energy that was there felt a lot like that. At some point Before I get into the speeches, I wanted to mention how photograph the meal. Well, I don't really folks profit because obviously no one wants pages of them eating. But if it's a three course, meal of similar like it was for this wedding. I always make sure they're just popping in at the room between courses because the bridegroom might just take the chance. My take the time to walk around the room. At this point. Just start saying no to a few people, and it's really nice to get those reaction shots because they might not have been able to say hello, check when they wanted to during the drinks reception. So they're using that time now just around. Thank you, Andi. Just say hello. So it's a really great moment to take pictures, because again it's there's really natural on posed moments. Now it's time for the speeches for this wedding. It was the traditional three speeches that we have in England, which tends to be a father of the bride, the groom on the best man. So during the speeches again, I'm going back to that action reaction, which I just mentioned. The action is speech reaction is everything that's going on around it and for the reactions . I'm really focused on the people closest to the bride and groom. In this case. If the father of the bride is speaking our focus on the bride and the groom. But I'm also focused on the mother of the bride because he might mention her in the speech . And I'm also focused on the siblings of the bride because they might get mentioned in the speech. Oh, they might just get really, really emotional at their father, giving a stage. So again, in the back of my mind, I already know alot. The important people are sitting, which makes my job that much easier in terms of photographing the right people at the right moment. So once the father of the bride has finished his speech, it's the grooves again. I'm walking around the room. I think such an important part of away Day is moving around. You never want to take away the pictures from the same perspective, and in this case, I ever see photograph the group, giving his speech from a slightly different angle than the father of the bride. Andi, I'm again going around the room. Getting the reactions is really great shots of the bride and her parents laughing hysterically at the groom's speech. And then there's another really nice shop of when the group finished his speech and sat down the bride's sort of snuggling up to him. And for me. What I'm thinking is trying to anticipate this. I know that as soon as he finishes his speech, which I knew he was a little bit nervous, for he's going to sit down on The bride is gonna be really happy and proud of what he's done. So there's probably going to be a little embrace that's happening. Order These happens at the back of my mind. I'm just anticipating and thinking what's gonna happen next, making sure I'm in the right position to photograph it. Another one of my favorite photos from this wedding watch during the Best Man speech. That's the bride on her dad sitting next to each other, laughing with the dad clapping in the air again. It's really natural moment on to get this. What I did was I was standing in between the tables, but what I normally do is I'm crouched down a little bit so that I'm making sure I'm not obstructing anyone's line of sight. I think it's so important to be self aware during away and to make sure that you know, making a lot of noise when there's a speech happening on that, you know, blocking the view for any important family members. I can't imagine the embarrassment I feel if I suddenly realized I've been stood in front of the mother of the bride for the entirety of Father of the Bride speech. So, yeah, just always take a few seconds to clock your surroundings and make sure you're in the best possible position for the shot that you want to get right after the speeches. Have Kate cutting the cake cutting is a fairly standard Shaw. It's just the cake, the bride and groom behind the keg kind. There's not that much you can do to spice it up on. Really, you don't have to. It's a really nice moment on. I don't overthink it when I'm photographing. So I didn't really straightforward bride and groom. Sharp photographing. Cutting the cake assumes I photographed, then cutting the cake. I knew there was gonna be a reaction, so I went behind the right group. I photographed all of the guests, cheering them on on the bride and groom, kissing out of focus in the foreground Again. I got really lucky here because I was able to get the action on the reaction in the same shop and that just adds so much more context to an image. So that concludes the wedding breakfast on the speeches and next up we have probably one of the funnest part of the wedding party. 6. The Wedding - 1st Dance & Party: So we finished the last video wrapping up the wedding breakfast speeches on the cake. Causing next stop is the first stands. So this wedding was a little bit of a leg one. So the first dance didn't happen to around 9 30 I would say that was about 1/2 an hour brave between the cake cutting, finishing on the first dance, beginning just for people to get a drink and kind of get really excited for the party to begin up until this point shot the entire day with ambient light. And I've tried to position myself to get the best possible photo without being a lot. But once that party begins, it's really dark. Only got the deejay nights, and I think that to really get the pictures I want, I'm gonna have to use flash. But I do this at almost every wedding. The way I used flash. It's that I put it on my show with 35 millimeter lens, and I pointed that directly up. I used to think I could get really nice results by using a diffuser, appointing the flash directly at the people I was photographing. Now that might work really well in some situations. But if I can balance the flash, I'm always gonna choose that option. In this case, it's brilliant because we're inside. A marquee is a white ceiling that's just gonna defuse the life really, really nicely. And get me those colors and there's really flattering shadows that I'm looking for. One of my favorite shots from this moment is everyone just gathering at the edge of the johns for and you can see there's a bit of a commotion is a bit of chaos. There's some people smiling. There's other people drinking and then in the corner of the bride and groom, ready for the first dance. Now for the first arms. I always tried to use the DJs lights to my advantage. What I mean by that is that I shoot into the lights, so I position myself so that the couple is in front of me on the DJs. Like behind that and what that means is you're going to get a really nice separation between the couple and the lights behind them and try to use this tactic all throughout the dancing on the rest of the night, because again, you just get a little bit of extra fire and see just a little bit of extra pop in those photos when there's mawr to the background than just the white marquee for this dance in particular, I moved around quite a big because I wanted to make sure I could get people's reactions on . But I also wanted to make sure that I could just get then from the best possible angle because obviously they're dancing and even to slow dogs, you almost always wanted to move with them so that you can photograph the summit of them that you want to be photographing. I hope that makes sense. What I'm saying is, if I would've stage in the position where there in front of me and the lights are behind them, that only works if they're facing me once they turned their back towards me. If they're slow dancing, I'm gonna want to move and make sure my folks wrapped it from the perspective I want to. So once the first dance is finished, it's time for the party to begin. Everyone will crowd the dance floor for that initial rush of just dancing on. This is always a really great time to photograph people just having a good time. That's really my main focus during the party. Approach it with my camera with 35 millimeter, 1.4, then normally shoot around one point A to point with my bounds flash, and I'll just be going around trying to fetch it off as many people as possible. I just want to capture the atmosphere, all the energy and the excitement that's happening on the dance floor now. I don't really get in people's faces, but I definitely get in on the action. I feel like any dancehall shops within 85 millimeter. You just don't feel like you're in there when you look at the photo and alongside that, whenever I first draft dance school, I always make sure I'm photographing at eye level. I don't really like to put the camera above me. I don't really like to ship from up, shoot from money. I like to take pictures from where people are looking, so when they look at the photos, they feel like they're there now for these particular ones. And it was really nice because the Bryants that her two brothers, the deejay, said on but it was just really fun to photograph. They played some of their favorite music. Everyone was really into it. They had some confetti cannons. Andi again. I knew about this because she mentioned it during a meeting. So I knew to be prepared. Or I knew that I had to be on the dance floor when they started playing on. Yeah, I think again. It's just about with the party getting people having a good time. Andi just being nice to people as well. While you're taking photos, someone might bump into you by mistake. You might get a little bit of a drink spill on you just be nice about it. Everyone's there to have a good time. No one's pumping into you on purpose. So really just go. So the deejay said, is happening. The party is well on the way. People are having a great time, and that's really what I'm trying to reflect in these photos. So at one point the bride changes into a second dress and there's a really nice shot of her and her husband sitting on some friend's shoulders, And so for this, I'll try to get there. I also hold the camera above my head and shoot, and it didn't just try to capture the atmosphere of the party and just really everything that's going on. And then, naturally, the party kind of flows into a bouquet throwing on with this. I will always stand in front of the bride, photograph the bribes, throwing it and then quickly try to focus on the people catching it and for this one. Okay, so it was really fun, because I think someone actually fell to the floor and he was quite chaotic. Anyway, it all turned out quite well. So yeah, the party is in full spraying, people having a really great time, and the bride and groom are getting ready to leave. And so they were going to leave in a special land special vintage Land Rover, and I wanted to make sure I got a shot of that. So I went outside for this particular shot. I bounced the flash on the marquee. I wish I was afraid a little bit for two, but it was pitch black, and I kind of did the best that I could. And then the last show of the night is just then driving away in a car on guests waiting them good bye. And yeah, that concludes the wedding coverage. So we've covered everything, get ready through to the ceremony through two drinks and can pays family formals wearing breakfast speeches, cake cutting the first dance party on the couple leaving. So I'm gonna have one more short video after these, just with some closing thoughts. 7. How Do I Organise Myself?: in this lesson. I'm gonna talk about how you organize myself in anticipation of the wedding day, and I'm gonna take you through how I get all the information that I need to be is time efficient as possible on the day. Information is power. I can't stress that enough. I couldn't imagine showing up to a way. No one met a photograph who the immediate family is allowed kind of service is going to be . But then, on the other hand, becomes have way too much information. You don't want that either. Chances are you probably don't need to know what time the cater is gonna start cooking. All the flora Siskind, Remember flowers. I'm here to help you find that bands navigate how to get the information that you need and ask the right questions so that on the way there you're not worrying about what's gonna happen next. But you just really focus on what's going on in front of you. So before I go ahead, I just wanted to say that there is definitely more than one way of doing this. There's no right or wrong. You just want to find what works the best for you. So by all means, feel free to just entirely copper my approach, or just take a little bits and pieces that you find the most helpful. I know a lot of wedding photographers like to send out questionnaires, and I think that's great. But I also think there's just so much more you can tell when you hear the couple say what's meaningful to them? What are they looking forward to the most? Because so much is lost when along these arms has written, typed out. I think so much comes across with the way something you said the body language that comes along with it. And for me, that's really important, because I want to be able to tell, What are they looking forward to? The most what means the most of them. And if I send them a questionnaire every now, I feel like my have all the information I need. It will be really hard for me to tell what's the most important now on to the actual questions. How I asked them. So what's the best for me is to meet up with a couple about a month before the wedding. I keep this super casual sent out an email about two months before Just say, Hey, guys, great. Forgive me for coffee or a drink or just have a video call just to talk about the wedding day. Once the actual meetings here again, I'll keep it super casual and laid back. For me, it's just about spending a little bit more time with them and for them to just feel a little bit more comfortable with having me around. I'll start the conversation now, just asking them. How they're doing, it seems, have been planning, has been going and then slowly will start talking about the wedding. So once I've been talking about the wedding, quite generally, I'll take out my notebook and say, Right guys would be great if we could go over the day and just kind of talk about the timeline of what's gonna happen. So in the note Berg, I've got the questions written down. This just means that I can spend more time focusing on the conversation, just kind of steering it with the right questions at the right moments and just making sure that I'm spending a little time as possible writing into the notebook and as much time as possible, just interacting with a couple, getting a good feeling for what they're looking forward to the most. What means the most of them. So much weapons in England tend to have very similar structure to each other, so it tends to start out with again, ready, then the ceremony. Then the kind of pays and drinks and everyone goes inside and six down for the wedding breakfast. Then you have the speeches, either before or after or in between the courses. Then there's no money, another little break, and then you will have the cake cutting the first arms. And then that sort of keeps off the party. Now what I have in my notebook the way right, right these half before each meeting itself, right down the couple's name, the date of the wedding on the name of the venue. Write down how much they own their balance when it's do. And then just a checklist of questions that I'm gonna ask on what I've got. Pieris. How many guests were gonna be waiting wall? Four family photos. Are you going toe to do? What kind of ceremony are you going to half? Is there a videographer on What's the Situation with Transport and then underneath that what I do is I'll sort of least every part of the day, all the way from the getting ready, up until the quality and just leave three lines in between. And what that then helps me. It's just feeling those flags as we go through the day and I hear them talk about those different parts on what's gonna happen throughout. After a lot of different parts of the wedding day, we have another section where I've written down groomsmen, bridesmaid siblings, and that's just for me to ask a couple and fill in information about who their siblings are . How many bridesmaids and how many groomsmen are on each side again? This just helps me build a picture of the day and know what to expect. I've had weddings with one bridesmaid, had wedding with 10 bridesmaids, and obviously that's gonna affect how much is going on. So rapid aging who you have to focus on for those really important moments. So I'd say the conversation naturally starts out with the getting ready part today. What I'm photographing Bryan Grove getting married. I'd say that 99% of the time. I'm asked to take pictures of the bride getting ready, so I'll just ask where you're gonna get ready. Who's gonna be there with you? Have people seen you in your dress before? I'm just trying to get as much information as possible so that I could be prepared and know what to expect. So once we're done talking about getting ready, ask about transport normally for wet, and I had to arrive to weather Bryce getting ready, take photos and then just carry on with someone from the bridal party for the rest of the day. Well, that means is that there to take pictures lovely in between moments from getting ready to the charge of the church venue or they're getting ready to live in you. And you also means that if something were to happen and they were running late or golf a bit, a car breaks down. I'm with them on the service probably won't start until they're all there now, when it comes to the service, I think this is definitely one of the part of the when you want to get much information is possible here in England, most weddings tend to be on the civil ceremonies. We'll chose ceremonies and most church ceremonies. In my experience, at least, the ones I've done tend to the Church of England ceremonies. Now my questions sort of gonna change depending on what kind of wedding it is, I find in my experience that civil ceremony sent to be a lot more laid back church, what is said to be a little bit more serious and formal, and I think that reflects or how you're going to move around on the day on, particularly during the ceremony. And what I mean by that is that some Vickers and some priests tend to be a little bit more straight about what you can come do where it's most. Registrars are really laid back and Islamist don't get in their way. They're happy for you to take pictures freely through ceremony. When we started talking about ceremony, my first question will always be what kind of ceremony are going to have. And then if it's a church ceremony, I'm always gonna ask if there's any rituals or traditions and I'm also going to ask what the vicar of the priest is like, whether they've been told anything about what I is the photographer Canada com Do the day again. I'm just getting much information as possible because there's nothing worse and turning up to a church in matching. You have all this free rein and then suddenly finding out you have to stay at the back for the entirety after service. Once you finish talking about the ceremony, I always ask, Are you gonna have a confetti shop? Most weddings in England have a confetti short, really nice tradition, and it's a chance. It's a really nice pictures of the couple clean out every confetti out. It's really, really fun to photo, So fill the confetti. Normally, ask the couple whether they thought about who's gonna hand it out of the day. This just helps keep in a straight for what is possible, and it means that there's a lot less to think about once the ceremony is over most of the time that have already thought about it. But if they haven't I, we suggest that they have one of the groomsmen. One of the bridesmaids just have a little basket at the end of the ceremony and asked people to take one of the bags of confetti. I also let a couple more than happy to help to get people into position for the Confessor. Short by that, I mean, is that ceremony is over. Just gently let everyone there. Hey, guys, we're just gonna do confetti. Shaw. If you could all stand two lines facing each other straight down the middle of this path, that be amazing. That's all it takes is always your polite. You raise your voice, get some more than happy to follow your advice. Now, after the ceremony, I find that people are really happy, really excited. There they get to say hello to the couple, get to say hello to each other and that, naturally reflecting the photos in English weddings after this era, you normally have during some kind of pays its about now on behalf, sometimes two hours. Some have even two hours long, and it's just time of the day where I find everyone so chills out a bit. Grab a beer granted, drink, eat. If you can pays talks to each other stuff, select, lose just big because they know that most forms part of the day. This ceremony is behind now for me, this is one of my favorite parts of the day to photograph. And it's also one of the part of the day when I really want to make sure that maximizing my time can pays operate, not just eating them. But it's a great time to really maximize that hour and 1/2 to 2 hours that you're given and get those key shots that you make sure you have. What I mean by that is Holway suggested a couple when I meet with them. To do family form a soon as possible after the ceremonies over this just means looking really fresh. People haven't had too much to drink, and once you've done that, he always takes away a little bit more pressure for the couple. Those right we've done the family photos can just enjoy the rest of the day. I see that most couples that I work with really hire me because they want that candidate documentary style approach on their wedding day. But even then they know just how important these family forms are. A lot of times it's a family members, the parents, the uncles, the arts, grand parents that really value these photos. I always make sure to say in my meeting stuff, even though I have a very hands off candid approach, I'm more than happy to take form family photos, and how I do this is when I'm meeting with the couple. I let them know that the best way to do this is to have a list of family photos that they want on that I mean a series of groupings. So in this case, bridegroom with parents of the bride, bride and groom, parents of the bride, parents of the groom Brian room parents off the groom. And so I normally say right guys for formals. I recommend about 10 but I'm more than happy to take as many as you like. It's just in my experience. A round tended to be the really sweet spot of where you can include everyone that's really important to you, but you're not stood around for half an hour, and your jaw starts to clinch up from how you're smiling, I think by mentioning this, mentioning the list. It also gives couples the opportunity to think about who they want to include in these photos, and it also means that on the day. They're not put on the spots to think. Oh, this person know What about that person? They've already thought about it. They know they're in good hands. I have to lose. And when the time comes to take these formals, I can just sort of check them off, right? Can I please have this person? Can I please have that person? We'll get into more detail once I'm actually covering the wedding on campaigns. But for now, I just wanted to mention that this is when I normally suggested once I'm done with the formal way, say it'll take about 20 to 30 minutes if there's 10 of them. So I allowed 2 to 3 minutes per group shop. I'll go on photograph, everyone just having a really good time. And after that, I'll photograph ratio. Sometimes the couple again, I'm going to more detail. I want to actually talk about the wedding day with the examples, but I just wanted to mention that it's really important. If you have these time windows 1.5 to 2 hours that you want 1/2 hours that you really used to the most of your ability, it might feel like nothing is happening at some points of the day. But really, that's when the magic happens. You just gotta be looking out for it anyway. I'm not getting a little bit sidetracked IBS. I'm talking about how organized myself in anticipation of the wedding day. So I'm with the couple were talking about everything we're talking. We talked from, talked about getting buddy talks. About 70 we talked about Can it pays for the drinks and now going into the wedding breakfast, the meal, the speeches, depending on the venue in the way that sets up? Sometimes the speeches happened as soon as everyone sits down, sometimes they happen at the end of the meal, and sometimes they happen in between courses. With the speeches again, I try to get as much detail as possible in England. Normally speeches Our father of the bride, followed by the groom, followed by the best man and for me to know that again, it just helped me anticipate what's gonna happen on the day. And it has to be ready for when it does happen that I can just focus on what's going on in front of me. So what's what I'm talking about the wedding breakfast on the speeches. The conversation actually flows into the next part of the day most of the times in English weddings. That tends to be a little bread between the speeches. And then the first time was happening. And that's just for the evening guests to arrive. And to be able to get a drink, just kind of settle into the day little bit before the party begins. Once I start talking about the first dance, I just ask them whether they prepared anything special. Whether anyone's gonna be singing a special song again. It just helps me have all the information I need to be prepared as possible and just make sure I know what to look out for. Once we're done going through the whole day, we've covered everything from getting ready up until it's time for me to leave. The polity is well in the way. I always asked a couple what they're looking forward to, and again, it's just gives me a little bit more information about what it is really excited about. Chances are, if there's something they are really excited about, they will have mentioned it as you walk through the day with again. This is why I prefer to do in person meeting because we've questionnaires. Sometimes that's just little things that are forgotten, which just come across a lot better in person. So once we finished talking about the day, I'll start wrapping up the meeting off. Triple. Check the date off, triple check the venue check can show me on the balance. And I mentioned when that's Dubai and I also let them know that I look forward to receiving the list of former family photos, and I just leave it at that really positive note. I let him know how excited I am. Make sure to say that I'm here if there's anything they need to talk about. Once I'm back home and I got all these great information, type it all up into a document and I'll print that out the day before the wedding and take it with me. So we all this information, I always make sure that I simply use it as a framework, and I let the couple Sometimes things might be late. Sometimes they might be running early, and it's my job to adapt to that wedding day by having all these timings that makes my job so much easier. Because I know if this ceremony is running late, it's gonna eat into my time of everyone having drinks and chatting to each other. So I'm going to have to sacrifice something. Do I take pictures of your remaining? Do I spend this time finish from the decoration? Do I take a picture of the couple? So this is where the framework is so great. The timeline just helps you have something to work with on the day to keep you focused on what's happening in front of you coming to the end of the lesser. I just wanted to do a little summary. We've covered how I organized myself in anticipation of the wedding. That, and one of the questions that I have to get along the information that I need to be as productive, time efficient as possible On the day I covered how I conduct my in person maintains what questions I asked what I do with that information once I have it, remember, there's no right or wrong, just what works the best for you 8. How Do I Set Myself Up For Success?: So in terms of my approach, I take a very candidate documentary style approach. I don't pose anything. I don't tell people what to do. In my main aim on the wedding day is just a photograph. Everything, as it happens, all the natural moment, all the sudden emotion. I want couples to be able to look at their photos and feel how they felt on the day and don't want there to be a disconnect between what their memory, their but their memory of the day is and how they feel like when they're looking through the photos. I think that's what makes this job so enjoyable. I photographs weddings for the rest of my life at the same venue, and I wouldn't get tired of it because every couple is different and I want that to be reflected in the photos. I couldn't think of anything worse than me coming into a wedding with a set of ideas and preconceived notions of what's gonna happen when because then I'm just making everyone in the same when I think the beauty in this lies in just capturing what's in front of you and capturing that without getting in the way so that the emotion of the day really reflects in those voters. Having said that, the other musical thing about wedding photography is that there is no right or wrong. There are a lot these styles of wedding photography, and they're all brilliant in their own way. So don't think that because I do this in this way that you have to do this in this way. I use a lot of natural life. You might prefer flash and speed lights. I use 35 millimeter on 85 millimeter. You might prefer 72 200 lens. Anyway, the best way is the way you another really important part of my approach lies in anticipating moments. Since I don't oppose anything I've come to learn through the weddings, I've done what's gonna happen at certain times of the day. I know what you look for when the bride starts walking down the aisle. I know that if there's a group at the front of the islands, probably gonna turn around. At some point, the mother of the bride might start looking at her. She might start crying, or when the bride walks into the room wearing a dress and everyone sees him for the first time. I want to make sure I can focus on the data on the bridesmaid. So the more you do this, the more you know to anticipate certain key moments by key people throughout the day. Another thing I want to quickly touch on was the kind of light that all news on the way. So I love natural life. I think there's nothing better than natural life, and the reason for that is is because the picture will look exactly like what I was looking out in front of me. Imagine you have a candlelit dinner. If I went and used Flash for those photos, I feel like I've been ruining the atmosphere. All the pictures would look the same. It would just look really bright and stark on not very flattering, in my opinion. So by using natural light and in that case, lowering my bumping, my so I'm gonna be able to convey that room that atmosphere just how it looked to the people that were there on the wedding day. Don't be afraid of a little bit of noise. Chances are most people won't even notice it. Don't just see the moment for what it's worth, even so natural, like can be quite challenging at times. Say, you've got a really sunny day, there's no cloud cover and it's just really hot and bright. What I'm gonna do in a situation like this is to try as much as I can to shoot into the sun . So I have a four wall of shade or shoot with the sun to my back so that what I'm shooting is let quite directly by the sun. You gotta get two completely different kinds of shots. What's gonna have really even lighting, and you're gonna have to work with those shadows when you're editing on the other one's gonna be really dramatic because you're gonna have really strong, like some parts and really strong shadows. In other parts, both can coexist. Both worked hand in hand, and if I could really sunny wedding reception or really sunny ceremony, that's outside. I'm always gonna makes both of these photos in terms of flash only really used to flash for the first arms in the party. And the reason for that is that at this point, it's so dark and there's barely any atmospheric line on the dance floor that I'm gonna want that flash to get those really clean, crisp photos that I'm going for for that part of the day. Now, the whale restructuring that situation is that bouncing a pointed directly at the ceiling fix wide or a wall if it's wired, or just anything that is bright enough to take the light reflected onto the subject, photographing in the way that we're gonna talk about today. First arms of the party in the evening took place in a marquee, and it had white ceiling. Really, That's the A one scenario you're gonna bounce because it just means that a lot is going up on that. Seating is gonna really nicely the fusing and spread it across the subject that you're photographing. Whether you're flash, it's over for or with the photographer that really loves natural light. There's no right or wrong, just whatever you feel comfortable with and what you feel like you could do the best. Having said that, I think there's so much that we can learn by stepping outside comfort. I want the biggest fan of flash, but I do know that there are situations outside of the party of the first where I'm just gonna have to use it. I had a wedding a few years ago where the groom and the groomsmen went outside middle of the night to smoke a few cigars. Now it's peach black. I've got a little bit of life coming from ticket this cigar, which is a on the lighter when it gets turned on. But it's not enough for me to get the picture that I want in this case. What I'll do is I'll have my flash and I'll advance it. This is something I learned by following some hurts patri on, and it is that you can bounce a flash from pretty much anywhere. In this case, it was a really big tree behind me, so I tend to flash pointed towards the tree, put it on the highest power, and I just took photos. Now those photos, they have a little bit of a green 10. But it wasn't anything that I could fix in post production. What I'm saying is try to step outside of the conference, even it's just a little bit during a part of the day, you feel comfortable enough to do it and see what happens. Really, that's the best way to what are the main principles that I used? That I think of quite a lot when I'm approaching away today is that I tend to look at what's happening in front of me as an action and reaction. I know that sounds quite obvious, but having that in the back of my mind, it'll affect my frame. What I'm photographing so in action will be the group giving this page, and the reaction would be the bride or anyone else laughing, reacting, smiling, crying around the group. Now, at any given moment during the wedding day, I'm always gonna try to photograph both, because really, that's how I can convey the whole story of what's in front of me. Sometimes the best pictures are when you can capture both of those in the same frame when you get the action and reaction in the same picture, and there's a really powerful photos because they really convey the context of what's happening in front of you. Another principle that I used to really guide. How I approach away is that I tend to separate everything into key moments in candid moments looking like this. The key moments, all those moments that are gonna happen, every single wedding they gonna happen in their own way, and they're gonna be very different from each other. But at their call, they are the same by the Army, moments like the bride or the person getting married, walking down the aisle first kiss. Any speech that happens, any family formals, the first dance on the cape. So those moments that are very likely going to happen in every waiting and that's what I consider a key moment. I always want to make sure I have that moment on photo. Now, the other moments I'll try to capture on candid moment. And these are the moments that are gonna vary wedding by wedding. They're never going to be saying. Obviously, the first case isn't going to be the same, but you probably know that it's gonna happen at some point during the ceremony. What I mean by these towns, moments are moving. So I'm just gonna naturally happen throughout the day, people talking to each other, people laughing, people smiling, people doing shots at the bar, even things like surprises that someone would have prepared for people getting married, those that supplement the key moments. But in the back of my mind, as I'm approaching the wedding day, I'm always thinking about this. I'm thinking, How do I balance the key moments with the candid moments? And I'm also thinking within that how I incorporate the action on the reaction of what's happening in front of me. 9. Which Equipment Do I Use?: So let's talk about equipment. I think it's really important to know that your equipment won't make up for what's missing if you have the eye and if you train your approach, you can take beautiful wedding photos with any camera. Having said that, having the right equipment will definitely empower you. No, I have to worry as much about whether you're right. So is too high whether your lenses are in focus about whether there is enough light in the room. So look it that way. Your equipment won't make up for what's missing, but it can definitely take your word to that next level. Now I shall my very first way with a Nikon d 7000. This was back in 2014. It was my very first camera, not even full frame. I wasn't even shooting to both Ste. Power sort. I might look back on. Those pictures now have mixed feelings about them, but at the time I didn't let my equipment hold me back. I made the most with what I had asked. Climbing on, I got a little bit more serious about wedding photography. I operated my equipment two d 7 50 on with the D 7 50 My 1st 2 lenses were 24 72.8 on the seventy two hundred 2.8. And I also bought the Nifty 50 which is a 50 minute meets at one point, which I think was around $200 pounds at the time, I'm just experimenting with. As time went on, I bought an 85 pride on a 35 crime. I soon realised those with focal lens. So as I kept a learning growing, I ultimately dish mining cons bought to Sony a seven threes, and I'm actually recording this video one of them. So I shoot every wedding with to showing a seven threes. I've got a 35 millimeter 1.4 Zeiss lens on one of them for 85 meets at 1.8 seconds on the other one. I used to SD cars, both cameras. Every photo automatically goes into both SD cards and actually get a little bit of extra peace of mind that if something were to happen to one of the cards, I've still got another one with all the files. Do you have a few backup lenses? But I say that I bear used just because of how much I love the 35 85 combo. It just works for me. It took me some time to find it, but once I found it, I knew that that would help me take the best possible photos on the wedding day. Again, there's no right or wrong here. Some people love primes. Other people love soon lenses. It's just important you find what works the best for you go into a camera shop rental ins. Maybe one of my friends is a camera could borrow for a few days, play around and see what feels the most natural for you talking That's so important. You wanted to feel natural. You want your camera on the buttons and the layouts to be an extension of your arm. You want to be able to turn the camera on, go to the right settings and take pictures. How even thinking about it and that will come with time. With muscle memory. With practice, it'll come naturally. If I picked up a cannon right now, I wouldn't know how to do anything. I was impressed the shutter, because I've got no idea have but they are, and that's absolutely fine. It takes time to learn things, and it takes time to get used to them. There's always went to put in the work you will get. Another really important thing to mention is that I shoot every wedding in aperture priority with both cameras. I know there's a lot of debate around these. A lot of wedding from summer visit. Photographers will tell you unless you shooting manual, you're not a roof, it's over five. Please don't listen to them. There is no right or wrong way to do this just the way that works for you. Obviously, I wouldn't recommend shooting wedding automatic but shut a priority. Actual priority. If it works for a year, do it now. The reason I should happen should priority is because on the day I want to have to think as little as possible about my camera. I want to be able to turn it on, adjust the exposure compensation to what looks good to me, and then just shoot. I might just the I. So if I'm going from a dark room to a light room or vice versa on the aperture, depending on what I want my depth of field to be, but I just want to have to think about the technicalities behind the camera. This is it was possible, and I do this because the less time to spend fiddling around with setting, the more I can be open and perceive into what's happening in front of me and the more I just anticipate those moments I will tell you about. 10. A Few Closing Thoughts: this is it the last video off cross I'm telling you know what I mean to say, other than thank you for watching my first scale share class. How organized myself in anticipation of winning. Just why do on the day to make sure I get best possible? I heard I've answered all your questions. I heard I give you a lot the information that you need to re empower to go to away and take the best possible, whether you're starting out or you've done 500 weddings. I hope you found something in this video. Helpful. I really appreciate it if you have to. Positive feedback on by a lot means let me know if you like me to make another car on anything wedding photography and be more than happy to put that now before I leave you. I just wanted to end because with little of sign on it, I should quite straightforward because it's something that's helped me so much throughout my career, and it's let the camera do the thinking for you. Next time you go out to take photos, take photos, rapture, poverty. I was shocked to priority. Just see how it feels playing around with it. See, get comfortable shooting in a mode. You don't have to worry about pictures being exposed or over experience anyway. Concept times. I appreciate you taking time to watch. I mean, ramble on how wedding found it somewhat helpful. And, as I've said over and over again, always there's no right or wrong waiting for the only way you do it takes amazing thank you .