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Podcast Episode 2 : 9 Crucial Questions to ask your Photographer to achieve your Dream Wedding Day Images
Well, here at The Boho Bride Guide we have put together 9 crucial questions with the expert help from expert photographer Jamie Denny (www.jamiedennyphotography.com), to now ask your photographer to ensure you get the images you REALLY want from your big day!
1. What previous experience do you have as a photographer, both in the wedding industry and other areas of photography?
This will give you an idea of their professional background, their particular passions within the photography specialism and also breaks the ice when you ideally meet face to face.
2. How do you intend to ‘tell the story’ of our wedding day through the photographs? As well as capturing family and friend’s imagery and details from the day.
The photography should depict a beginning, middle and end to your day and tell the story as the narrative unravels.
3. What has been your favourite wedding to photograph and why?
Get a vibe of what makes them tick, what inspires them and why they work in the wedding industry. Also, it might be useful to ask why they became a photographer, which will again build picture of their motivations and help you decide if they are the photographer for you.
4. Are there any aspects of wedding photography you do not provide, or prefer to steer clear of?
This is important to check, as some wedding photographers with a totally candid approach to their work do not for example, do ‘staged’ group shots or follow a structured shoot list. Or vice versa, only do stages shots and no natural or behind the scenes imagery. Therefore, if you are looking for specific groups of people or to details from your day to be captured, or whether you want a mixture of both staged and candid, I suggest you discuss this upfront at your consultation.
5. How do you enable couples to feel at ease during the day, especially for those people that don’t like being photographed and centre of attention?
You need to click with your photographer and feel at ease in their company. If you can relate to this concern, then it may be the case that a photographer with a candid, reportage style would work well, with minimal styled shots. This means they would capture special moments without you having to take too much direction from your photographer and blend into the background whilst taking the shots.
Another idea would be to opt for an engagement shoot with your chosen photographer to get used to one another, so when it comes to your big day, you have a great rapport and the awkwardness has gone.
6. What pricing packages do you offer?
Talk money…don’t be shy!! It is important ask what you get for your money; how many images, how long will the photographer stay, their arrival time, what time they will leave and any anomalies to that fact, when will your images be delivered to you, how will they be delivered – in what format, will you be able to send a link to friends to print etc. etc.
When you receive them from your photographer… WAIT, ensure your first viewing is with your partner, using a BIG screen, ideally with your favourite beverage, to really absorb and enjoy your very first viewing, not on your phone during the daily commute home.
7. Can you talk me through the contract?
Extremely important! Read and digest your contract, and ideally run through it with your photographer when you meet. Clarify aspects such as; what insurance does the photographer have? If they don’t turn up for any unforeseen circumstance, what is the compensation? money back or deposit back? how much compensation? Etc. etc. Be thorough.
8. How do they back up the photos throughout the wedding day to ensure no loss of material?
What is their technology backup to ensure the full day can be captured and no content is lost? Your photographer needs to evidence they have thought thoroughly about this, as there is no take 2!! For example, do they have; 2 cameras on the day in case one breaks, 2 memory sticks that automatically backs up, hard drive back up, server back up etc. What is their process to ensure your images are safe!
9. What do you need from us to ease your job as the photographer on the day?
Ask your photographer this question to ensure they have all they need to do their job to the best of their ability. A popular request from photographers is to identify a responsible adult to assist them, so they don’t have to hassle you on your special day if they have any logistical queries. Another regular request is timings for the day so they can plan their work and ensure they capture all the essential part of your special day.
By the time you have gone through all these questions with your potential photographer you will have a good gauge and a gut instinct as to whether you want to work with them. First and foremost, you need to LIKE and TRUST them to create the images you require, in the style you love. And remember you are employing them to do a very important job for you on the biggest day of your life, so ensure everything is in place for this to happen!
I hope this is helpful, and good luck on your wedding planning journey!
Listen to the full interview below!
1. What was the inspiration for this shoot?
The beautifully romantic story of elopement, inspired this team to create a dramatic story entirely different from the usual. With a heavy nod towards the drama and mood of the Victorian era including a mix of simple elegant and luxurious fine details to the heavy use of decadent dried foliage displays. All with a heavy inspiration of William Morris’ theatrical home décor work who was once quoted as saying ‘There is no excuse for doing anything which is not strikingly beautiful’.
2. How would you describe the theme and look?
Our one line for describing this shoot would be 'Botanical Bohemia meets Victoriana Luxury'. An eclectic and dramatic mix of decedent detailing with a colour palette that echos the Victorian adoration for opulence and deep earthy hues and metallics. Contrasted against the soft relaxed feel of the bohemian bridal and groomsmen look with an edge of quirk. Any couple looking to be inspired on how to create atmosphere and a bit of drama through how they style their special day will for sure find this editorial content of great motivation to do their day their way!
3. How did you go about bringing your look to life through the details?
The place setting was shaped with wooden charger plates and set off with the metallic gold cutlery, echoing the bespoke table number brass frames and the mustard tinted cut glass glassware. Finally the table was completed with hand made corresponding menu and place name cards for each guest, featuring dried eucalyptus leaves and gold wax seals.
The wedding cake continued the theatrical boho theme, featuring a heavy macramé fringing, elegantly and dramatically draping towards the floor. The platted cord framed the angular tiered cake structure, which was covered with a lavish metallic coating designed to catch the eye. Again, a detailing of striking dried flowers and structured palms completed the look.
As guests would arrive at the 18th Century Potting Shed they would are greeted by a quirky vintage easel that housed the handmade pyrography welcome sign, draped in dried greenery garlands and bleached palms to give guests a hint of what is to come with the venue décor inside.
The bride is wearing a bespoke peasant sleeved silk chiffon gown that oozes elegance and romance. Her hair and makeup accentuates the alluring amorousness of the look, further complemented by a collection of handmade and ethically sourced jewellery pieces. The handmade floral headband of earthy hues that creates that additional drama and uniquely fashion forward bridal look that you just don’t want to stop starring at.
The second bridal look showcases when the newly married couple enter the gardens for their first moments as man and wife. A full length veil and halo of dried florals and foliage adorn the wide brim on her fedora hat, instantly creating a second stunning bridal look in a simple and stylish way.
The grooms classic look has an edge of quirk and individualism with his dicky bow tie and accompanying braces showing off his personality. Finished off with a set of Fairtrade silver rutile quartz handmade cufflinks, and white gold wedding band.
4. What palette did you choose to work with and why?
The strong yet simple colour palette of olive greens, plums and mustard hues are offset by the beautifully simple yet detailed outfits for the couple. The cinematic storytelling and intentional use of shadow and muted, deep coloured palette creates a dramatic atmosphere to showcase the beautiful objects and enables focus on their intense luxury.
5. How did you choose the location, and what did it add to the ambience of the shoot?
The whole editorial shoot was set in the enchanting 16th century Midelney Manor, hidden in the heart of the Somerset Levels and surrounded by 400 acres of farm and woodland. With magical walled gardens, flower beds and orchard trees surrounding the imposing barn with old stonework and ancient beams seemed like the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's imagination and perfect for holding a magical wedding ceremony.
The shoot tells the story of a couple that have disappeared to elope, the Bride to be found this enchanting place in the heart of Somerset to share their vows and marry one another, with only a couple of guests to witness their marriage. The Groom receives an invite the night before from his beloved, it simply tells him when and where to be and that his Bride will be waiting.
6. Which flowers did you use and how did they contribute to the look?
With the resurgence of dried florals and foliage across the floral wedding scene, they have been featured heavily in a relaxed and bountiful way with the theme running right through the entire styling of the wedding. From the luxurious wedding invites with their hand decorated floral artwork, vellum wrap and wax seals through to the decadent floral table scape centre pieces. All of which feature Avalanche Peach Roses, Chrysanthemum Paladov Dark, Jana Spray Roses with bleached palms and pampas grass adding structure and depth.
7. What do you think are the standout elements of this shoot/your personal favourite details, and why?
With my love for florals, the stand out elements for me are firstly, the dried botanical theme running through the whole shoot. From the dramatic macrame backdrop with draping dried eucalyptus, palms and pampas grass, to the sumptuous guest tablescape centre pieces, to the bridal crown and bouquet and groomsmen buttonholes, through to the wedding cake and the wedding stationery. I feel this golden thread of styling pulls the whole shoot together into a cohesive piece of theatrical artwork. Something which prospective bride and grooms can get inspired and excited by to implement themselves through their own wedding day styling.
The second element of the shoot that I am in LOVE with is the dark and dramatic photography style used throughout the shoot came from our desire to create a cinematic feel. The most important aspect of storytelling is the ability to make the viewer want to see more, showing just enough to make them eager to see what else is coming. With careful use of light, we bring characters and objects into focus whilst details remain in the shadows, just visible enough to create curiosity about what part of the story comes next. Our intentional framing of the scenes is taken straight from the movies: the ultimate medium for telling stories of love and passion.
@parkerandpeony.flowers - floral design
@thebohobrideguide - event styling
@midelney_manor - wedding venue
@jamiedennyweddings - photography and videography
@woodcraftbyjomo - wooden signage
@keepingitvintagedevon - event hire, place settings/ glassware/ vintage easel/ lanterns etc.
@cakedesignbyhollymiller - wedding cake
@idoinvit3s - wedding stationery design and print
@origin.bespoke - wedding stationery artwork
@ailsamunrobridal - dress
@julia_thompson_jewellery - jewellery
@lucydavismua - make up
@wild.glow.nail.design - nails
@flori_rosa_photography_uk - behind the scenes photography
@jeccalauren - female model
@mattfrombusted - male model
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