How I work to capture your beautiful wedding day
The before, during and after of how I capture your beautiful wedding day
How do I capture your beautiful wedding day at your Cotswold wedding? How I plan and work to capture your beautiful wedding day? What I do to let you know about The Lemon House Gloucestershire wedding photography? What do I do after your wedding day? If you are looking for a wedding photographer, then please read on to see how I work to capture your beautiful day.
I recognise that you have been dreaming of and planning your wedding day for a long time, in many cases. For me, it is very important that you feel that you are in control of your day and not being directed by your photographer. To get this balance, I think it is it is essential that you have a great relationship with me that will be there for the duration of your wedding planning, your wedding day and also after your wedding.
I am there to answer questions and offer guidance on any aspect of your wedding photography or any aspect of your wedding for that matter. I do love talking all things weddings and work with and can recommend lots of excellent suppliers in the industry.
All weddings are individual, unique and of course beautiful, and as such, you can expect the following from me.
Searching for and finding your Cotswold wedding photographer
Often in the first instance, you may be looking for someone who is local to the county, city or even venue that you have chosen.
Searches in google for ‘Gloucestershire Wedding Photographer’, ‘Cotswold Wedding Photographer’, ‘Kingscote Barn Wedding Photographer’, ‘wedding photographer in Gloucestershire’ or even ‘local wedding photographer’ should get you off to a good start. It is then down to you looking at their portfolio of work, their pricing and packages and of course very importantly their testimonials. Once you’ve narrowed that down to a few, then give them a call or contact them. My site is all geared up to provide you with all of the information and images to help you make an informed decision on whether you think I’ll be a good fit for your wedding.
We have an initial discussion after you have found and contacted me – please do let me know how you found out about me, so I know where those marketing blood, sweat and tears have worked. I work to promote my business through my website, Facebook, Instagram and Google+ as well as referrals and word of mouth. Our early discussion can be on the phone, Skype, FaceTime or face to face as soon as we have confirmed availability for your date. There is no obligation at all of course.
I love to meet face to face so I can hear lots more about your plans for your day. I will also discuss with you how I work to capture your day and show you more examples of some of my most recent weddings.
I do recommend you see a number of wedding photographers, as we all have different styles and personalities. Of course, at the end of this process, I hope that you pick me but don’t be afraid to let me know you have selected someone else and if you can, why you made that decision. You are so lucky in The Cotswolds / Gloucestershire area to have so many amazing photographers to choose from. In the end, It has to be the photographer that “feels” right to you and offers the service you want for your day.
If you decide to book with me, I will send you a wedding agreement containing the terms and conditions (which can be viewed in the client lounge) and pricing. I ask for a 25% booking fee to secure your date; payment options are pretty much all of the standard payment types including bank transfer, debit cards, credit cards or cheque – all apart from cake or wine – although I’m still considering those!
Once your date is confirmed and booked the next step is to relax and congratulate yourself on a job well done. You have ticked off another significant “to do” on your wedding plan.
The pre-wedding photo shoot is complimentary; I find this stage invaluable as it gives us a chance to get to know each other ahead of your day. You can see how I am behind the camera and I can capture some lovely shots of the two of you both to keep.
You can request the location for the shoot to take place at a site that is important to you, such as where your proposal took place, or somewhere else that is special to you both.
All of the hand-edited images are yours to keep from the session, and I’ll even create a complimentary signing board ready for your guests to sign at your wedding.
Further information about the pre-wedding shoot and preparing for it can be found on my blog here.
Four weeks before the wedding the final balance is due – this can be paid earlier if required or in instalments – just give me a call to discuss.
We will be chatting/be emailing reasonably regularly at this point to discuss ideas for your wedding photographs. I will also be asking for final timing of the day – nothing too formal or detailed – usually start time, location for bridal preparation etc. I will also ask you for your formal / must have photo list for me to capture on the day. Please bear in mind that I will capture your story, but I do recommend that you have some family shots, e.g. your two families together, generation photo, bride with the bridesmaid, groom with best man and ushers etc. Don’t worry I’ll give you a list of ideas. There is a simple online form that I send to you to complete this information about a month before the day.
The day before.
If you are having a church ceremony then normally a day or so before the wedding you will have a rehearsal, I like to attend this so I can have a brief chat to the vicar about where I can stand during the service. If you are having a civil ceremony, then I have this chat with the registrar on the day of the wedding.
The Wedding Day
The big day has arrived.
I will turn up at the agreed time to capture bridal preparation. I will be with you for the rest of the day and most of the evening, but I stress I will not be interrupting your day, I will be unobtrusive but always there for questions, encouragement and a big smile. Rest assured I will be working hard to capture all of those beautiful moments of your day.
At some point in the evening – well after the first dance, usually around 10 pm, I will come over to you to see if there is anything else you would like me to capture for you. If not then it is time to say goodbye and to have a hug with the bride and a firm handshake (or a hug) with the groom. You will then carry on with the party to the small hours I’m sure.
I will return home and do a full backup of all the photographs, to my editing suite, also to a further backup hard disk and to a memory stick which goes into a fire safe until your wedding photographs have been fully edited and delivered to you. I know how precious these images are!
Editing your wedding photographs
Editing is a large part of my work during the weeks following your wedding. I start by selecting the best images that I am going to use to tell the story of your wedding day. Every one of these chosen photographs is edited. I use a light touch approach to editing, with few effects being used. I go for sharp, colourful images.I do some photoshop work as required; this is usually removal of fire escape signs and other distractions as well as removing any excessive shine on faces. After final cropping of the image I then decide which ones are going remain colour, be turned into black and white or provide one of each.
All of the images are then exported from my editing suite and uploaded onto your USB stick and your online web gallery ready for you and your family to view, share and print as you wish.
Delivery of your photographs
On return from your honeymoon, I will contact you to let you know how the editing process is progressing; I will aim to complete your photos and deliver them to your password protected gallery between 2 – 4 weeks after the wedding day.
I will send you access details for the gallery which you can share with family and friends and also send you a USB with all of your high-resolution photographs for you to share and enjoy always.
To see what your USB looks like please see the image above or go here for further information.
Ongoing customer service
Anything else you need, I’m always here to talk albums or to have a look at the type of wedding book I can build for you please click here for an example and then please feel free to contact me to discuss your requirements.
I suggest that you spend some time after your wedding getting to know your photographs and then, if you decide you do want an album, contact me to look at options then I will ask you choose around 150 images. We will then meet at my studio and design the album face to face. Delivery of my handmade in the UK leather albums takes around 4 – 6 weeks from sign off of the final design.
The final thing to say is, please do keep in touch; I love to hear about your honeymoon, key family events such as little ones arriving and hearing about how you all are.
I am a Cotswold and Gloucestershire based Wedding Photographer operating throughout the UK.
Please hear what my lovely customers have to say about the lemon house from my testimonials page here.
The lemon house wedding photography Gloucestershire, offering you an unobtrusive approach to produce a collection of natural, beautiful, romantic and fun wedding photographs telling the entire story of your day which you will always treasure. I’m a full-time wedding photographer working in Gloucestershire, across the Cotswolds and beyond. Please contact me if you’d like to discuss any aspect of your wedding photography. I love talking all things weddings and would be delighted to hear all about your plans for your day.
More of my weddings can be found on my blog. I regularly update it with photos from weddings that I have recently photographed. You will see wedding photography from some of the incredible locations I am lucky enough to visit. This includes not only the Cotswolds, Cheltenham, Stroud and the surrounding areas but also locations across the UK.
You can also keep up to date with recent photos and wedding on my Instagram feed
Booking now for 2018 (we still have a few dates left), 2019 and 2020 weddings.
Call me on 07891 321818 to talk all about your wedding plans.