If you're engaged and smack bang in the middle of wedding planning I'm sure you have seen the lists of images that you "must have", a shopping list of photos to hand to your photographer before the big day.
As a professional wedding photographer who has captured hundreds weddings, I am here to tell you - throw that list away.
Your wedding day will come and go in the blink of an eye but your gorgeous wedding photos will be cherished forever.
"The two moments that you captured perfectly for us was my father seeing me as a bride for the first time and my husband seeing me for the first time...I'm tearing up just thinking of those moments and your photos preserve those memories forever for us." - Nicole
A wedding day should reflect your personalities, full of love, family and emotions and you can't script those (and nor should you!). A good wedding photographer will capture your day authentically, the emotions will be yours, the moments uniquely yours. Sure there are images that are expected, but at the end of the day the images you will cherish the most will be the ones that have meaning.
Some of our favourite images from a wedding day are the unscripted moments, or the in-betweens when people forget that we are present. Their guards are down, and emotions are unchecked. These moments cannot be staged, and yet they are some of our most requested images.
Fathers seeing their daughter as a bride for the first time, grooms reviewing their vows, veils out of control, quiet kisses, or the groom's nerves as he waits for his bride.
A wedding day brings together family - the elderly, aunts and uncles will travel from far and wide, step-families, brothers and sisters and so on. There are very few occasions where families gather together in such large numbers so it is a perfect opportunity to capture memories together.
Let your personalities shine
It's your wedding day, so it makes sense that the images captured on your special day should reflect your personality.
The people you choose to stand by your side and support you on your wedding day are usually your closest family and friends. Take some time out of your wedding day to spend with your nearest and dearest, kick off your shoes, pop some champagne, grab a beer and enjoy!
Children at weddings are literally - The Best. They are a source of great entertainment for photographers as they are completely in awe of everything about a wedding day. The people, the church, the dress, the pageantry. While at the same time not caring at ALL about social niceties. and therefore providing an endless supply of candid moments.
Say what now? These images establish where the wedding was held. It adds an element of story to the image, and gives a sense of place. Couples spend a lot of time planning their wedding day, and a lot of thought and often tradition is tied up in the decisions.
A Hero Shot
At the end of the wedding day I am always ridiculously excited to get home, load up the images and see the magic. I know exactly how I want the shots to look before I capture them so it is such a buzz to see the shots come to life on my screen.
My aim when shooting a wedding is to create a piece of fine art for my couple that they will print, frame and happily hang on their wall, which won't date, but rather will tell a story about the time in which they were married.
Every couple celebrates their nuptials differently, for some it's about tradition with drums and dancing, for others its a quiet social gathering over delicious food, or a group of friends coming together to eat, dance and party.
No matter how you celebrate, the images captured should reflect the day in all it's messy, love filled glory.
Are you looking for wedding photographers that treasure real moments?
At de lumière photography we have mastered classic photography with just a little touch of magic. We’re with you in the lead-up to your big day, we’re present while the magic happens and when it comes to falling in love with your wedding photos. Letting the day unfold is our special ingredient for images that you’ll treasure for the rest of your lives.