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The Blog

Join me every month while I dive into sessions, show examples of my work in more detail and give advice to other aspiring boudoir photographers on my blog.  What can you hope to achieve reading this blog? 

An inside look into creative sessions

Each month I try to experiment with at least one session, these are discounted sessions for clients who are happy to share images and if you'd like to be considered for a creative session please do subscribe for updates. These creative sessions usually create amazingly different photographs unlike most boudoir photographers in the UK and I am always striving for a uniqueness that aligns with my clients personality and individuality. 

More in-depth full sessions 

I also show more in-depth shoots from parties, cake smashes and engagements among other on location and studio portrait sessions for those wishing to see a more in depth look at how their shoots may look and what I can achieve. 

Studio Boundaries

The blog is also where you may wish to read my studio boundaries for Boudoir sessions, these boundaries differ from studio to studio and I want to be upfront about these before you enquire incase you are looking to create images with a partner or video footage etc. 

Some tips and tricks I've picked up 

I love everything about photography, I definitely identify as a bit of a photography nerd! As I buy new kit and experiment I hope to pass on some of the lessons I learn to other photography nerds! 

A Definitive List- The Must Have Shots For UK Weddings!

I'll preface this by saying that any professional wedding photographer will have enough experience and foresight to know what shots they need to nail on you wedding day and you shouldn't need to tell them what's important. However, planners and over planners like myself LOVE a list and I have created this with the intention of allowing you to review a list of every possible image I can think of to look at what's important to capture on your wedding day and decide if it's worth the investment of choosing a photographer who offers a 'second photographer' option.


For the sake of ease I have labelled these Bride and Groom but this would work exactly the same for same sex couples!


Should I book a second photographer?

Second photographers are a fairly inexpensive option for couples who want to ensure every moment is captured and eternalised for example, groom prep and wedding reception drinks while you are having your couples shoot. And the ceremony from all the angles.


The generally accepted method of doing this is to speak to your chosen main photographer and they will source a second photographer as part of your package. I personally have a network of trusted and tried second photographers who I work well with to ensure smooth running on your big day and your photographer will likely have the same. This method ensures also that you receive one cohesive album that is edited by your main photographer.


The cost of a second photographer can vary greatly but I personally charge between £200-£500 for a second photographer based on time spent at the venue and additional editing.


What photos might I need on my engagement shoot?

Engagement shoots are in my mind multi purposed, you get a feel for how the photographer works and what you'll receive from them, get to have some fun and see what it's going to be like in front of the camera and you might use these photos for your wedding website or invites!


I spend roughly 25% of my time on engagement shoots giving my couples a masterclass in posing together, where to put feet and hands, where to stand, how to kiss and how to dip, we discuss what makes a great pose and what makes a bad one and from that foundation of understanding your wedding day photos will be elevated and you'll feel a lot more relaxed.


You don't need a lot for your engagement shoot because like I say, it's more about the experience than the results but I think these are the three most important ones:


  • The ring shot

  • The full length shot outside your venue (if you're having a shoot there!)

  • The playful shots

A couple go to hold hands in a field, black and white

What photos do I need on my wedding day?

Bridal prep

  • Dress

  • Details like your rings invites etc in a flat lay

  • Shoes

  • Bridesmaids getting ready

  • A shot of bridesmaids and bride in dressing gowns

  • Hair and makeup being finished

  • Getting the dress on

  • Mum/Bridesmaid helping

  • Shoes being put on

  • Final details like earrings etc

  • Flowers before they come out of the water!

  • First look with bridesmaids

  • First look with parent(s)


Groom Prep

  • Suit

  • Details like watches, cufflinks etc

  • Shoes

  • Groomsmen


First Look

A generally American concept that is becoming much more popular here is a first look between bride and groom ahead of the ceremony. This is a set up shot and an opportunity to catch real emotion away from the eyes of your guests, exchange gifts and break down any nervous about the isle walk! You might also want to use this time to get your couples photos before the ceremony so that you can enjoy the reception drinks with your friends and family.

  • A shot of bride walking towards groom

  • A shot of groom seeing bride for the first time

  • First embrace

  • Exchange of gifts

  • Opening gifts


Venue Photo Must Haves!

  • An establishing shot of the venue

  • A shot of the decor

  • Any details like chairs, arch etc

  • A shot of the reception space before guests arrive


Ceremony Photo Must Haves!

  • Guests talking

  • Bridal party entering

  • Bride entering

  • Groom reaction

  • Hand off to bride shot

  • Groom looking at the bride

  • Shots from the back- mid (Bride and Groom at alter)

  • Wide setting shot of whole wedding from the back

  • Guests & emotion in the bridal party

  • Bride looking at groom

  • Any special events such as music, readings etc

  • Shot of the first kiss

  • Walk out recessional

  • Last kiss at the bottom of the aisle


Exit

  • Confetti toss

  • Kiss in confetti toss


Reception Drinks

  • Receiving Line hugs

  • Details of canapés and drinks

  • Guests talking


Couple Photos

Talk to your photographer about how important these images are- will you print one for your wall, what do you imagine that will be? Do you need one for a thank you card? How long do you want to spend of your day doing these? Are sunset pictures important?

  • The classic full length

  • A romantic dip

  • Back of the dress

  • Walking away & towards

  • In front of the venue

  • Hands and rings

  • Checking out the reception space together


Group Photos

I talk about this all the time- choose too many combinations and your day can quickly get sucked up by endless group photos. Some are so important as a physical record for generations to come. I can't tell you the number of times I've looked at my parents wedding photos and said oh my goodness is that x person or wow, that's what they looked like because now, they're gone.


  • Family of grooms side

  • Parents of brides side

  • Grandparents

  • Family of both sides individually or together

  • Friends of both sides

  • Bridal party

  • Children

  • The whole wedding guest group


Also have a think about if you want your group photos to be formal, relaxed, posed etc. Posed photos with guests on steps, levels, chairs etc require more time and likely a second photographer to help orchestrate.


Meal

  • Plates of food

  • Table decor

  • Speeches

  • Reactions from guests

  • Toasts

  • Intimate moments at a top table

Evening Reception

  • Guests arriving

  • Suppliers- DJ, singers etc

  • Venue shots again

  • Candid moments

  • Shot of the cake

  • Cutting the cake

  • Eating a piece

  • First dance

  • First dance with Dad/Mum

  • Flower Toss

  • Dance floor shots

  • Evening food shots


A couple stand in white in front of Sandford Springs Golf Course

I hope you have enjoyed this list and found it useful, let me know if I've missed anything in the comments below!


Love Cat x

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