Some of my clients enjoy being involved with the planning of the photography, whilst others prefer to let me take care of it all. My clients know that they can have as much or as little input as they wish, but either way, the highest level of photography is guaranteed. For this to happen, I need to gather as much information as possible about the day, so I can make a thorough and detailed plan for the photography. This starts with the basic details from the Bride and Groom.
At the time of booking, I ask that they fill out a short details form. This will include the timings, the addresses of the venues, the names of the family members and important guests attending, and the family group photographs. This is everything I need from them to go and plan.
You can download the details form I use here.
I couple the information on the form with information I gather from the venue or planner and my site visit, to build up a complete plan for the photography. I will then relay the plan to the Bride and Groom for their approval and input, but by getting this information from them early on in the process, I am not adding additional pressure by asking lots of questions in the lead up to the wedding day.
In the next post I will move onto my suggestions of what to do once you have photographed your first wedding. In this series of posts on ‘How to Start a Wedding Photography Business’ I would like to focus on the business side as opposed to the photography. I will continue to cover photography and workflow in the weekly ‘Tricks and Tips’ posts. This week I will publish the first part of my guide to photographing the bridal couple photographs. This will include everything from finding the location, posing the couple, to the retouch techniques I use.
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