30 Days of Wedding Photography | Day 30 | Albums

In today's dominant digital age, there's less and less that we consume in printed format, but for me, nothing beats viewing a set of your favourite images in a bespoke album.

After the wedding couple have had time to view their images, I ask them to narrow-down the collection to create a 'favourites' list. Clients can easily do this using their online gallery by using the favouriting system!

After this, I create a PDF proof for the album layout. This gives the couple an exact mocking of what the albums pages will look like when printed. When designing the layout, I try to chronologically reflect the "busyness" of the day with the layout. If there's an intimate moment that deserves more attention, the photo tends to be larger on the page. This also works the other way when the day is busier such as the nighttime photos when there plenty of action. This creates a nice flow to the story in the album.

After this, couples simply select their cover option choice and colour. Albums are usually produced and shipped within 3 weeks of order!

Getting an album isn't only a nice post-wedding present, but a great heirloom for future generations to reflect on the wedding photos!

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30 Days of Wedding Photography | Day 29 | Image Delivery

So, the wedding day has come and gone and you've had one of the most amazing days of your life, but you don't remember all of it! That's where I come in!

 

After photographing the wedding, the first process for me is to narrow down the photos taken into the best selection. I'm shooting an overwhelming amount of photos throughout the day, and it this point it's about sifting through to find the best for the edit.

 

My packages contain a minimum of 500 delivered photos, and all include professional editing. These include a right for the client to print the photos at will.

 

After making my selection, it's then time to edit the images. Mostly small tweaks with colour, contrast and sharpness are made at this stage to refine each image for delivery to the couple.

 

Once the edit is complete, the couple will receive a 6 month online viewing gallery, to share with family and friends, containing all wedding images. Images are edited and uploaded in no longer than 3 weeks from the wedding day.

 

Couples also receive a custom USB presentation as seen below. I've recently been loving the wooden USB boxes!

 

Image delivery is one of my favourite parts of the process as I get to resonate with the happy couple about the day, and share their cherished wedding memories with them!

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30 Days of Wedding Photography | Day 28 | Wedding Planning & Suppliers

Your wedding day really is a physical work of art. All your guests see is the finished masterpiece, but they don't really see how many different people work together to create the wedding! Wedding dresses, groomsmen suits, venues, churches, florists, wedding cars, entertainment, venue decorators, makeup artists, hair stylists and cake decorators make up the most common list of suppliers involved!


Picking the right team for your wedding day reduces a lot of the stress of wedding planning, but there's a huge amount of work to do with just that!


Planning your dream day can sometimes seem overwhelming, but assembling a good team of suppliers can make it work a treat!


My biggest bit of advise to a wedding couple is to get the date and venue booked before anything else. I know this seems obvious, but this is arguably the biggest task on the list. Not only will you have a date to tell other suppliers about, but you'll have an idea on what suppliers will work well with your chosen venue. Suppliers will be able to advise you on your planning with past experiences and stories from working at your chosen venue, which may point you in a productive direction with planning.


A good way to kick things off is to write down a wedding timeline, from the start and finish of the day. Then, work through the timeline to discover what you need to sort! This will give you an initial clear indication of what to book next.


After this, I would recommend with working through the list of suppliers, starting with the "largest" jobs first, such as venue and table decorators, dresses and suits, florists and photographers. These suppliers can get booked up pretty quickly, sometimes years in advance, so it's a good idea to get them booked in.


When booking your first lot of suppliers, feel free to ask them for recommendations for other wedding business' and ideas, as they'll be able to speed up the process for you and help you find what you're after!


Another great idea is to come up with a wedding theme. A theme can consist of a colour scheme, patters or a general aesthetic I.e vintage, rustic, modern. There's lots of ideas on the website Pinterest! When looking for suppliers online, use your themes keywords to narrow down your search.


Be sure to ask family and friends when looking for trusted suppliers too, especially those who have had successful experiences in the past for their wedding. Trust is everything!

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