My Wedding Photography Style – Karl Drage, Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer
One of the most difficult things to get across without physically showing you one of my wedding photography photobooks is my overall wedding photography style. Predominantly, I’m a story-teller. I love to capture the real moments of your day in a reportage or documentary way. Beyond that, though, I do very much enjoy the time I spend alone with my couples. Contrary to popular belief, it should be a fun, enjoyable experience for all parties! 🙂 I’m also not the kind of photographer who will disappear for an hour here or there. I’ll always be on the lookout for photographic opportunities, even when there’s not much going on; your guests will always be interacting with one another!
How many pictures?
There are a number of factors that affect the number of images you can expect to receive from me. The most significant, as you might expect, is the duration of coverage required. Longer bookings generally result in more photographic opportunities, though the number of pictures per hour tends to be higher with a shorter booking. Other things that have a substantial bearing are the weather, the number of guests and the entertainment you have planned. I will generally deliver an absolute minimum of 500 different images to the client from a 10-hour wedding photography booking. There have been weddings where this number has doubled.
The Coverage Itself
So what aspects of the day will I normally be looking to cover? As you may or may not have discovered already, my wedding photography packages are all time based. The minimum duration of a long-range booking I am able to accept for a peak season wedding (Friday to Sunday, 1st April to 30th September) is eight hours. If, for whatever reason, you’re still looking for a wedding photographer with less than three months to go before your wedding and are looking for a shorter duration of coverage, please feel free to get in touch and enquire about my availability. I make no promises, but if I can help, I will.
If I’m covering the bridal preparations, I will usually plan to arrive somewhere between one-and-a-half to two hours ahead of the ceremony time, unless you specifically ask me to arrive earlier or later. Some brides are more comfortable without make-up than others. Some people like images of their whole entourage getting ready, too. The ball really is in your court on when you want me to start. If you do feel slightly uneasy in front of the camera, I always think the tail end of the bridal prep is the perfect opportunity to take the edge off it.
If we need to travel to the wedding venue, I will look to capture some pictures of you with the wedding car (ideally including your departure – especially if it’s from your home or your childhood home) before I make my own way there. Regrettably, logistics can mean this is not always possible.
Once I’m there, I will cover your arrival before heading off to see how your intended is coping with things!
INSIDE THE VENUE
I’ll endeavour to capture some of the finer details of your ceremony, such as of the flowers or any musical accompaniment you may have arranged.
THE WEDDING CEREMONY
For civil marriages I would expect to position myself at the front of the room for the ceremony itself. Normally, registrars are extremely accommodating in this regard, but things can vary greatly if you are getting married in a church. I have had vicars who have been quite happy for me to move around discretely during proceedings, and similarly I have experienced blanket bans on pictures. Usually the reality is somewhere in between. It’s important that you have discussed expectations with the person conducting your ceremony ahead of your wedding day, so that all parties know where they stand.
Once you’ve exchanged vows, rings and signed the certificate (sadly the official register is no more), we’ll do some pictures of a fake signing. Please note: I’m not allowed to take pictures of the actual signing due to data protection laws. If time permits (occasionally, usually on busy Saturdays, registrars can be time-constrained) we’ll bring in your witnesses and anybody else you want pictures with at that stage.
I’ll then move to the back of the room to capture you walking back down the aisle as a married couple. Hopefully your walk will be accompanied by lots of happy and smiling guests! If you remember in all the excitement, it’s a great time to have another kiss!
DRINKS RECEPTION / MEET & GREET
You’ll normally then have drinks, canapes and be congratulated by your guests. Unless we’re really pushed for time or the weather is closing in, I’ll let you enjoy the moment.
The CONFETTI SHOT
We’ll probably look to do the confetti shot next…. It’s always one of my favourite parts of the day and usually produces some great pictures. Most venues now have rules that only allow biodegradable confetti to be used. You might also want to consider supplying some yourself as limited numbers of guests seem to arrive with their own now.
I’ll then whisk you away to our pre-determined location(s) for some pictures of just the two of you. Where practical I’ll try to incorporate the wedding car and to make use of the venue’s surroundings. Feel free to supply some props of your own for this bit.
My bespoke wedding photography packages include both smoke grenades and sparklers for couples who would like to add a bit of extra wow to some of their pictures!
FORMAL GROUP SHOTS
Once we’re done, we’ll head back to the main party and get the group shots done. If you’ve not got a wedding car, I’ll probably suggest that we do the group pictures first to save everyone having to hang around.
WEDDING BREAKFAST ROOM
Ideally there will be a five or ten-minute window prior to the wedding breakfast where I can get in to the room before the guests. This enables me to take some general and detailed shots of your beautifully-presented room.
I will either plan to be near the top table or follow you in as you’re presented to your guests at the start of the wedding breakfast.
Thereafter, I shall put a long lens on and wander around capturing the interactions between your guests. Hopefully they’ll be blissfully unaware that the camera is trained upon them, as that definitely makes for the most natural images.
When your speeches take place is entirely up to you. It’s becoming increasingly common for some or all of them to happen before any food is served. My aim will be to move around (subject to space!) during the speeches with the goal of capturing not only the person speaking but also the reactions of those who are listening on intently. You see the whole range of emotions during this part of the day from sad tears, to happy tears as well as plenty of cringing from the groom!
GOLDEN LIGHT / SUNSET / BLUE HOUR
Depending upon the timings for your day and that of sunset, we’ll try to fit in another couple session after the wedding breakfast. The period an hour or so either side of sunset can produce some amazing colours and light.
I’m more than happy to respond to any requests from your guests for pictures of themselves with their families during quieter periods.
CAKE CUTTING & FIRST DANCE
With your evening guests now arrived, we’ll usually cut the cake and then go straight into the first dance.
You may have arranged evening entertainment for your guests.
Prior to purchasing my portable lighting equipment, I always treated the first dance as the natural cut off point. Now, depending upon the time of year and the duration of your booking, we might be able to play around after dark. I’d definitely encourage you to do this if your venue has any nice external archways, pillars, pagodas or other architectural features.
Fireworks and / or sparklers are always well received, too!
Whether you want pictures of you and your guests getting slightly worse for wear is a very personal thing – some couples LOVE IT and some couples are APPALLED by the idea. The beauty of my time-based wedding photography packages is that the ball is completely in your court!
KNOCKING OFF & WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
As you’ll note from the above, there is very little time where I am not actively engaged ‘on duty’. Beyond the time I’m actually with you, I will always do my best to get your fully-edited pictures to you in as timely a manner as possible.
This still represents just a tiny fraction of the images my style of wedding photography is likely to deliver. You’ll be able to view some slideshows from real weddings I’ve photographed within blog posts on the site. Please take a look.
If you’ve not already done so, please take a look at my WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGES – Karl Drage, Northampton Wedding Photographer.
For more information on what happens when you decide you want me to photograph your wedding, please see: WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY by Karl Drage – How I Work
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