Preparation for a Wedding - Most of the time people see me walking around in a relaxed manner setting my camera and taking great photos. What's not seen is what I do in readiness for a wedding shoot .... Here's a brief insight which I appreciate may make some fall asleep if you're sat in a comfortable armchair on a Sunday afternoon 🙂
I make sure that I have as much information about a wedding day so as not to have to trouble the bride and groom about certain details on the day itself. I will always have all the venue information, road maps and sat nav set so I know where I'm going & get there in plenty of time. Where possible I will also visit a venue I've not been to before to check out the layout and also good photo opportunities.
I look for locations for the bride and groom but also where the group shots take place. I'm mindful of choosing somewhere for the groups near where everyone congregates so people don't have to walk far. I also ask for a list of groups and will ask for assistance perhaps from the bestman to get people ready - this really does help avoid group shots taking ages and it's the most common comment I hear from people when they mention a wedding they went to where the formal shots took far too long. I try and make the photos fun too so if you would like some quirky shots I'm happy to do this!
I have 3 main cameras to get ready (Canon 5D mark IV and 2 Canon 6D's) , backup batteries, multiple AA & AAA batteries to charge, my 2 main lenses (Canon 24-70 2.8ii and Canon 70-200 2.8ii) and backup lenses (35mm, 24-105 , and 12-24 wideangle) , 3 flashguns, tripod, step ladder (I get some funny looks carrying this around!!) . I also have off camera flash stands if the need for these arises.
After the wedding I do multiple backups when I get back and select certain photos to put on my Facebook page if you're happy for me to do this. I select the best photos & I do take my time over this - each of every photo selected then gets individually edited to get the best out of them in terms of lighting , colour etc. It has taken years of practice and experience to get this right and I really enjoy seeing the finished photo! This process can take upto 15 hours depending on how long the day was.
Once I've edited all the photos I will then upload them onto a password protected online gallery for the briede & groom to see and if they wish to they can share the link & password with members of family.
Soon after I will then post out a USB sitck with all the photos giving permission to share & print as you wish.
For a wedding package which offers prints as well, I'll then wait to hear which photos are wanted & order them from a professional photo lab.
I hope this gives a good insight but perhaps you fell asleep reading this 🙂