If there’s one thing that can ruin a lovely photo, it is finger fringe!
That’s the inventive name one of my brides came up with for that finger sized lump of hair that falls off the fringe and comes down over your face (thanks Laura). If it covers the eye in a photo, it can be very difficult to fix in Photoshop - and sometimes impossible, meaning the shot could be lost. It’s not so important for family group shots, as I will spot it and get it sorted, but if you are walking back down the aisle with your new husband, then it’s a bit more difficult to rewind that part of the ceremony!
Best way to avoid this is to work closely with your hair stylist and ask them their solutions to fix this. And have a best girl with some hairspray in her purse!
If there’s one thing that can ruin a lovely photo, it is finger fringe!
New FAQs →
I’ve been updating my frequently asked questions section on my wedding photography website and there are many more additions and changes to come over the first part of the year. I think I am in Spring cleaning mode already! The link above will take you to the site, just click on FAQ!
TIPS FOR BRIDES - 10: Staying Positive!
I am always around to help my brides and grooms throughout the day and really put a lot of effort into making sure things run smoothly, but sometimes, things are beyond even my control.
What if the flowers arrive and are the wrong colour? What if an impromptu receiving line happens, and 20 minutes disappears from the schedule? What if a parent goes missing at a very important group photo? What if bits fall off the cake before it is cut?
I’ve had to deal with all these things and more, and my advice is always the same - keep calm, think about how many people are involved in the day, and how some small things may have to change - relax, get your best people to handle it, but above all accept it and don’t let it ruin your day - stay positive!
Ruth and David’s wedding was a lovely one to shoot at The George Hotel and I was delighted to receive a very warm, kind testimonial from them:
“Thanks to Phil for giving us some wonderful memories of our wedding. Phil was excellent throughout the day, making sure neither of us were bothered by minor details regarding our photographs and helping to coordinate the larger groups and making sure we got all the shots we wanted. He really captured some great moments throughout the day as well as some fab ‘posed’ photos. Phil is so down to earth and calming and couldn’t recommend him highly enough. Thanks again Phil, for everything! David & Ruth :)”
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This always comes up as a ‘hot topic’ at every wedding meeting I have. It’s mentioned in all the magazines and photographers all have their opinions too, with some even going as far as having strict limits on how many can be shot.
While I would never go that far, it’s not in my nature, I think that there is a need for young couples to understand the implications of the group shots on a few aspects of their day.
Timing is the most important aspect. Once you sit down and actually plan out what is happening when, you may be surprised by how little ‘breathing space’ there is in the schedule. It’s a big important day and you want to strike the right balance between formalities, enjoying yourself and spending time with your guests, as well as setting some time aside for the professional photographs. I am often approached to chat about groups when the schedule is nearly complete and the list for groups can be up at about 15 shots, all with different people, to fit into a 30min slot. Even working as fast as I do for groups, this would present a challenge.
Small groups take an average of 3mins per shot. So 10 groups will take 30mins. If everyone was waiting at one place at one time, then I could knock them off in 10mins, but this is real life and people are always needing rounded up from various places. While I employ the ushers or bridesmaids to round people up while I am shooting, it still leads to the 3mins figure being more or less right.
Large groups are a law unto themselves, but I always plan 10mins per large group - particularly when they are of indeterminate size - such as All the men, All the Women, All the men in kilts, Everyone. Often they have to be shot in a different location from the small groups for purely logistical reasons and people are always missing for a few minutes - and it is always someone critical to the shot, like the groom!
So 10 small groups plus a couple of big ones may take 50 minutes out of your schedule. If you know this and those groups are important to you then all you need to do is set this time aside in your schedule and discuss the logistics with your photographer in advance. I always do a venue visit before the ceremony with couples and we agree which groups will take place where and when they will be done.
Two small but important factors to be considered in the schedule, but never added in are the ‘real’ start time of the ceremony. I don’t think I have had one wedding start exactly on time yet, you brides do like to keep your partners waiting! This has a small knock-on effect to timings. Then there is the 15min period after the wedding ceremony and before the photographs where you can bask in the glow of being newlyweds with your family and friends. This is a lovely time for all and can lead to some wonderful photos.
Other than the timing, you need to be clear what you liked about the photographer’s style in the first place and think about which photos of his/hers you loved. I am betting that is was the spontaneous, mood-capturing, funny, tender ones and not a family group. The more time taken up by formal shots, the less time will be spent on those candids. And how long do you really want to be spending standing around posing? Would you rather be chatting to your guests and relaxing?
So, I am fully aware of all the decisions for your day and hope this guide helps a little. You will find me more than co-operative when we shoot the groups and I almost always get told how easy I make them, which is always a pleasure to hear. I work very hard to ensure that this is the way things happen and ultimately you get the photos you want.
It’s going to be a busy weekend at the Corn Exchange Wedding Fair. Come along and chat to us on Stand 82.
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WEDDING FAIR THIS WEEKEND
You can catch me at the Corn Exchange Wedding Fair this Saturday and Sunday.
Here’s a glitzy wee video promoting the event.
I’ll be on stand 82, as always and look forward to meeting you. If you would like a good chat, then come early or late in the day, as it gets so busy during the middle of the day.
It opens from 11am till 4pm both days. See you there!
I thought this was a joke at first, but it looks legit. A bride in Italy had a veil 1.8 miles long! 600 helpers gathered it up when required and held it up as the bridal car travelled.
I wouldn’t like to take the photo when the bride says “..and can you make sure to get the whole veil in…” Helicopter anyone?