Get the full picture
Photography on your wedding day is one of the most crucial elements because that is what you will look back on in years to come. So, because it is so important to us, we prioritised this in our wedding budget, and I took a lot of time to research photography. The Barn @ Barra is a picturesque setting, so we wanted to make sure that the photographer we chose would capture the day perfectly in our beautiful surroundings.
I spent a lot of time on Instagram. I looked up photographers in the area and checked out their portfolios. We were keen to find someone specialising in a natural, candid, story-telling type of photography. There are a lot of talented photographers out there, but finding someone we clicked with and could be ourselves around was important too.
I saw a friend’s gorgeous wedding pictures online and found out that Hayley Fraser Photography had shot their big day. After looking through their Instagram grid, the portfolio was precisely what we would love for our own wedding pictures. After meeting with Hayley, I knew that she and Craig were the photographers for us. She was so down to earth and easy to talk to. Hayley showed us through their portfolio of different weddings, and they were just perfect. The albums seemed to tell a story of the day, and that was exactly what we were looking for.
We recently met Hayley and Craig for our pre-wedding shoot at Haddo House. It was terrific fun and totally prepared us for the photos we will have taken on our wedding day, getting used to smiling and posing naturally when initially it felt a bit staged. I would recommend anyone thinking about a pre-wedding session to go for it as it really put me at ease (Tim was already there, he’s a bit of a showman in front of the camera!).
Lights, camera, action
I am very fortunate that my uncle, Stuart Burns, is talented in videography and anything technology related. He has very kindly gifted his services to us for the day. He filmed the video for my brother's wedding, and it was perfect. We will soon be meeting him to plan for our video, but our main priorities are the ceremony and the speeches…maybe some drunk dancing later! I think a video is great to watch back in the future and capture moments that you don’t see for yourself on the day. I know my uncle is the perfect man for the job!
Sharing precious moments
To get our guests involved in capturing memories on the day, we will have disposable cameras on the tables and have our own wedding hashtag so guests people can share the photos with us on social media. Amy at Cymbeline events is also providing us with a rustic photobooth backdrop so guests can take Polaroid pictures with optional props – providing a fun, alternative guest book idea.
Next month, we will be…talking all about the ceremony.
The Future Mrs Jones x
- As with every supplier, do your research and go on recommendations. Look through portfolios and check that they provide photography in the style you are looking for. We didn’t want a lot of posed shots as we would rather have more candid pictures – and that is what Hayley and Craig do best!
- Most photographers offer a range of packages. Look into these and think about what you want out of your photography. Do you want your photographer to capture part of the wedding or the whole day? Do you want to factor in the cost of prints and albums too? These are all things to consider when looking for a photographer and keeping within your budget.
- Practice makes perfect! I would recommend going on a pre-wedding shoot to get comfortable in front of the lens, and so you have a better idea of what to do on the big day. I know I personally feel a lot more relaxed after having a practice shoot and spending time with the photographers.
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