If you’ve never been involved in planning a wedding before, you might not know how much there is to fit in one day! Here is a brief guide to what a wedding day timeline usually looks like.
Hope this helps!
10am: Preparations begin. Hair, Make-up, champagne (required), getting dressed, flowers delivered, and photographer arrives
22 Top Wedding Photography Tips
Here we’ve compiled a quick run-down of some things you might not have thought about before your big day!
If you haven’t already you can read our guide on how to find the perfect wedding photographer for you.
#1 Before the Day
1. Does your venue allow photography? Are there any limitations? Think about the use of flash, position of the photographer etc. Some venues may not allow flash photography, particularly if you’re hosting your ceremony in a historic building. It’s a great question to ask when you go venue hunting. If photography is important to you, make sure you’ll be able to do it!
2. Want to go to the local park after the ceremony to take pictures? You might need a licence for that! Some City Councils ask for a fee to use the park for wedding pictures, so investigate this before you go ahead and organise park pictures. Find out more about Glasgow’s fees here.
3. It can be a good idea to send your photographer any pictures you come across that you like so they can get a feel for your style. They might not be able to recreate your pinterest Hawaii beach wedding board in Glasgow, but it’ll give them an idea of the style of photos you like and the look you’re going for on your wedding day. It also lets us know if you’re up for fun poses or prefer classy and chic, which will help the photography process go a lot smoother. You can see our pinterest boards at: www.pinterest.com/fotomakiphoto. We’d love to start a joint board with you to collect ideas!
4. Build a wedding day timeline; this may sound neurotic but there’s a lot of stuff to fit into one day, and the photography may take up more time than you think. You’ll need to schedule time after the ceremony for your formal family portraits, wedding party portraits and bride and groom portraits too. Check out our article about family formals and the shot list here.
5. Check the sunset time! This is especially important with winter weddings. If you have a 2pm ceremony there may only be 30 minutes of natural light available for outdoor photographs. Plan accordingly! On the other side of the scale, knowing when the sun goes down and scheduling your portraits about 1 hour before sunset can lead to beautiful golden hour photography.
Wedding Family Formals and Some Observations on Shot Lists
Dun, dun, duuuuun. You’ve probably heard of the ‘shot list’; that magic list that will make all your wedding photography dreams come true. The reality is, they are a bit of a photographer’s nightmare. We know the bride and groom just want to get perfect shots of their wedding day, but as professionals, we don’t need a list of obvious requests like ‘get the kiss’ or ‘capture the bride coming down the aisle’ – we’d be pretty rubbish wedding photographers if we needed to be reminded about these iconic shots!
What is really great to have on the other hand, is a list of family formals that you’d like taken on the day. The wedding day can be hectic and there’s a lot to remember and do, so we want to help you make family photos as quick and painless as possible; that’s why we slot them in immediately after the ceremony, at your wedding venue or at a picturesque spot nearby. Family formals are simple, posed images of the newly wedded couple with key family members. We understand that these shots become an important piece of family history, so we will handle them with the utmost care and attention to ensure everybody looks their best.
Getting Photos & Portraits Taken: Tips for a Successful Photo Shoot
Here are some of our favourite tips for a successful portrait photo shoot. These are guidelines only, so you don’t need to follow them to the letter, but we hope they help you have a little fun with your session. Mix it up a little and see what happens!
What will my final photos look like?
Share your vision with us! If you’ve seen any pictures online that you like the look or style of, please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can see what you’d like to achieve from the shoot. Or add us on Pinterest, we are: fotomakiphoto. We’d love to start a mood board with you that we can all pin our ideas to. Once we have these ideas we can start scouting locations and coming up with ideas that match your vision.
Before we begin, consider these questions:
Do you want formal, posed (looking-at-the-camera) portraits?
Do you want informal, candid photos with natural interaction?
Tell us what you want your portraits to portray; when people look at your pictures, do you want them to see a family that is easy-going? Fun? Energetic? Warm? Serious? Think of some descriptive words you’d like people to use when they see your images. This will help us choose poses, looks and styles that will suit the overall impression you want to display with your finished portraits. Continue reading
We give our top tips on what to do with your wedding photos, from prints and canvases to albums and custom cards. Make those memories last by doing it right!
Depending on what was included in your wedding photography package, you may only have digital files of your big day. What will you do with them? You can always go down the traditional route and slot your wedding photos into a nice photo frame or album. But there are also some really interesting options out there today. Here are a few ideas to help you enjoy your wedding day again and again – long after your wedding day is over.
It’s becoming more popular for clients to purchase only digital files, instead of photo products, as people think about saving money by making their own albums and prints. However, most of the people who walk away with digital files will never do anything with them – they discover that they just don’t have the time or expertise.
Our advice to all couples heading down the aisle soon: please don’t let your wedding day rot on a hard drive somewhere! These moments and memories should take pride of place in your home. Plus, you’ll really wish you had them when it comes to showing friends, children and grandchildren in the future.
Do something with at least some key shots – get them printed at Boots on their instant photo machines (if you really want to save money) or order some from your photographer and let them do all the hard work for you. The quality of photos through your photographer’s professional print lab is totally worth the extra pennies you might save by choosing a chemist or supermarket option.
Hang your favourite images on the wall; they’ll fill your heart every time you look at them. I have a wall of memories myself, and every time I open my front door they make me smile and think about how great a time I had during those amazing moments.
Fiona & Martin did something outrageous. They planned and executed their awesome wedding in only 12 weeks! Yes, it can be done! They seized the day and decided that this wedding was going to happen, and it all turned out perfectly. Their wonderful son was ring bearer and they had their family and friends all around them as they tied the knot at Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park Glasgow. The venue is beautiful and lends itself so well to weddings that you can have the ceremony, dinner and reception all in several stunning rooms throughout the house.
Martin’s very talented and lovely cousin Sorcha May provided music during the signing of the register and at the dinner too.
We also managed to get outside for some bride & groom portraits just as the sun was going down, our favourite time of day so that was a treat for us too.
The speeches were really lovely, especially when Martin got a bit choked up as he announced that he and his new wife have another baby on the way! Kristeen and I both started to tear up too!
After dinner everyone went downstairs to the party where It’s No’ Reel, a smashing ceilidh band, led everyone through some traditional dancing; the guests and us loved it!
We could not be happier to say congratulations to Martin & Fiona! Enjoy the photos!
Bethan & Don had a fabulous Autumn wedding at Logie Country House in September and we were honoured to capture it for them! The venue is beautiful and the staff were great, everything ran like clockwork. They also had the benefit of having the whole of Logie House for the weekend and with 13 seriously luxurious bedrooms it was like a great family & friends holiday too! We can’t recommend Logie House enough!
Bethan and her family & friends made so many of the little touches and details themselves it was so awesome to see that everyone had pitched in. Bethan’s Mum made her brooch bouquet, Don’s Mum made the wedding stationary and Bethan’s sister made lots of origami paper cranes which are for good luck!
Bethan & Don are a lovely lovely couple, our kinda peeps. They had their first dance to Biffy Clyro, they walked up to the top of a field so we could photography them with Bennachie in the background, then Bethan got a piggy back down! Bethan also had an amazing second dress which she wore to the reception.
They also have a wee one on the way so we could not be happier for them when we say congratulations to Bethan & Don, lang may yer lum reek! Enjoy the photos!
An engagement photo session can be a wonderful addition to your wedding package (and comes included in our ‘Deluxe’ package). Inside every romance is a beautiful adventure, and your engagement photos let you share that love story with family and friends.
An engagement session is a casual photo shoot that can take place before the wedding, any time from 2 years to 2 weeks before the big day. We recommend this session for several reasons: It will help us get to know each other and also help you learn what it feels like to be in front of the camera. But besides that, you’ll come away with gorgeous images!
You can to use the images not only in your home, but also on your wedding stationary (save the dates, invites, thank you cards) or as a photo guest book, as below.
Of all of the many details involved in planning a wedding, choosing a photographer is one of the most important. The day you’ve waited for will be over before you know it, and with the right photographer, you’ll have beautiful memories to enjoy forever. The perfect photographs will transport you back to each special moment of your wedding day, so you can relive your happiness again and again. Selecting the right photographer can be overwhelming, though, so how can you choose?
Take a second to think about why you want a photographer at your wedding. Before you look for a photographer, you have to know what it is you’re looking for. Do you just want a few pictures of the day as a record of the event? Or do you want every carefully planned detail and heartfelt emotion to be captured and presented in a beautiful custom designed heirloom album that you can pass down through your family? Or are you looking for something in between?
Know what you want.
Think back to weddings you have been to recently. What about the photography did you like or dislike? Did you hate the time consuming group pictures? Did you love that you hardly noticed the photographer all day? Did you like your friend’s custom designed wedding album? Now consider what you want from your wedding photography. Do you want a low stress, no fuss day? Or do you want a posed picture with every person there? Take a minute to think of some keywords that express how you want your wedding photos to feel. On one end of the spectrum you might have words like striking, posed, dramatic, or editorial. On the other end: candid, natural, relaxed, stress-free. Taking a moment to think about these things will give you a clear picture (nice pun) of what it is you want.