Thank you for considering me to be your wedding photographer. At the end of the night, it is your memories and my photos that will remain, so for me it is a great honour to be able to document the first day in your new life together and I would love to help you make the most of your wedding photography.
At our first meeting and your pre-wedding session, we will get together to chat about your big day and I am on hand to help plan the day, making the most of your time by putting together a time line, family photo lists and location ideas. About a month before the wedding date, I will send out a wedding timeline based on our discussions and we will then finalise this two weeks beforehand.
All your photos are sorted and professionally processed after the wedding. This normally takes about four weeks but I always post a sneak peek to keep you going! Your card designs are ready within two weeks and album designs within six weeks. At each stage of the design process, I take care to take elements of your wedding style and create something very personal, and you will always have the possibility to change my designs to suit - it’s a collaborative process!
Always start by deciding what is the most important aspect of your day. If it's the moments before the ceremony then be sure to give yourself plenty of time. If it's photos with your new spouse, somewhere special away from the crowd, then this needs to be scheduled into the day. If it's important to spend time with friends and family then a First Look (couple portraits before the ceremony) is the best way to get to the cocktails quickly and enjoy the party!
Below you will find tips and tricks for making the most of each part of the day. If you are still deciding which wedding collection to go for, the information will help you to see the style of images you will get from each part of the day.
Every wedding collection includes a pre-wedding or engagement session. This is a one and a half to two hour session in a location of your choice. The aim of the session is to help you to feel comfortable in front of the camera. I will take you through some basic posing and initiate you into the way I love to shoot. The session is relaxed and easy going with no pressure to get any particular shot. I like to let my couples choose the location for their shoot so that it can be somewhere which has meaning to you. The best time to take photos is late afternoon/early evening, especially if you would like shots by the lake. I love to take pictures of people doing something that they love, so if you share a passion or have a special tradition we can include it in the shoot. It's all about you having a fun, relaxed experience!
Brides sometimes like to schedule a practice hair and makeup session on the day of the shoot which helps you to feel more confident and also lets you see how a look will come out. We can also schedule in a wardrobe change if you would like two different looks - perhaps one formal and one informal.
By the end, you will feel happy in my presence and any stress about photos on your wedding day will have disappeared! You will receive a gallery of approximately 50 fully edited images, from which you can choose 20 digital images to download. These images are special because they show the two of you at this time in your lives, enjoying time together and in your normal clothes. They can also make wonderful Save the Date cards, guest books or guest signing boards for the wedding day.
Bridal prep usually starts around 10am, depending on your ceremony timings. During this time I will capture all the special details of your day so it is a good idea to put a friend or bridesmaid in charge of collecting together the invitation, wedding day programme, flowers, dress, veil, shoes, jewellery and anything else you have put time and energy into creating for your day. I will normally shoot these while you are starting hair and makeup, if this is taking place at your home or hotel, or while you grab something to eat before dressing.
Towards the end of hair and makeup, I will take candid images of your preparations and this special time with your friends. It is a good idea to think about what you and your bridesmaids will wear to get ready as it will immortalised in your album. Gowns or simple dresses can be really pretty, especially in your wedding colours.
When it comes to getting dressed, the bride is the last to get ready. Bridesmaids and the mother of the bride should allow time to dress beforehand so that everyone looks their best. Be sure to try on your dress beforehand, and time how long it takes to do up corsets and ribbons!
Once you are ready we will spend 20-30 minutes getting some gorgeous bridal portraits and photos of you and the girls before heading out to the first look or ceremony.
Not to forget the boys! Groom prep takes barely any time at all but this is a great opportunity to get shots of the guys enjoying a drink to calm the nerves before the ceremony. As well as some shots of the handsome husband-to-be, rings and any special touches that he has thought of.
Depending on timings and locations, the groom prep can take place in the hotel before the bridal prep or at the ceremony location just before the guests start to arrive.
Many couples now opt for a "First Look", where they choose to see each other before the ceremony. This allows for some really special, relaxed couple portraits while you are both looking your best and can also be extended to allow for close family group shots too. Getting more photographed before the ceremony gives you more time with your guests after and more time to enjoy the party. It is also a moment of calm and quiet together to appreciate your day before celebrating with friends and family. If couple portraits are an important part of your day, or if your wedding ceremony is late in the day or between October and April, do think carefully about a First Look to make the most of your time and the natural light.
A First Look can be set up in a beautiful location so that the moment you see each other for the first time is just as magical as you've always imagined it to be. The first few moments are captured at a distance and I don't interfere until you let me know you are ready.
During the summer months, the best time for light is about an hour and a half before sunset. This time gives a golden, magical feel to your images. Even if you decide on a First Look, we can always find a few moments at the reception if you would like a couple of early evening shots too.
Just as in your pre-wedding session, your couple portraits will be relaxed and natural. We normally have a lot less time, so if couple portraits are of special importance be sure to allow enough time within daylight hours to get the shots you want. I will pose you to start with and it should be easy to fall back into the things we tried out before. I ask my couples to set aside 30-45 minutes for their couple portraits on the wedding day, but they can be as long as you like. If you want to go to a special location, don't forget to plan for travel. Most importantly these are shots of you and your new husband or wife, so even if it's raining we will be able to get some pictures for you to cherish this special day.
Whether you are having a church, civil or secular ceremony, my approach is to be as discrete as possible. I will only use flash or move forwards during key moments if it's necessary to capture the moment, and if both you and your celebrant are happy that I do so. The ceremony is not about photography and it is my goal to make you forget that I am even there.
For the best results for you and your family, opt for an 'unplugged' wedding ceremony. By asking your friends and family to put their phones, cameras and tablets away during the ceremony, you are asking them to enjoy this special moment with you and be completely involved, such a rarity nowadays. You will be able to share your digital images afterwards and an unplugged ceremony also ensures that there are no other distractions for you during your vows and exchange of rings.
I aim to arrive at the ceremony location at least 30 minutes before the start. This gives me time to set the scene and get ready for your grand entrance. If we plan to take groom shots at this point then we will need an extra 20 minutes. Coverage of the ceremony is candid and discrete. If you would like to make a big exit, just let me know beforehand and I can help you set up for the best impression and best photos.
Family formals are usually a must - if only for granny! - but they can be as formal or relaxed as you like. I always plan a minimum of 3 minutes per group and try to place this part of the day either straight after the ceremony or at the beginning of the apéro, when everyone can be found easily. On your first draft timeline I will give a list of the standard groups in the order that is best for speed and efficiency. Think carefully about how many groups you need. This can be a long and tedious time of the day for you if you have to stand for twenty different combinations of friends and family! Remember that we can always take a tour of the apéro for more informal groups with people toasting and chatting.
The best locations for group shots are simple with trees or doorways in the background so as not to distract from the people you want to share your day with. Group shots ideally need a light location in the shade, to avoid squinting. If feasible I will scout this out for you before the wedding day, or show you what we are looking for during your pre-wedding shoot.
If you would like a full group shot, I need to be able to get a distance above everyone. The best results are from a first floor window, soon after the ceremony when everyone is still gathered around.
After any formal groups, I take a discrete, candid approach to photos during the apéro, capturing the ambiance of the event and images of your guests enjoying themselves. I am also always available for impromptu groups and portraits. If there are any special events or surprises happening during this time, do let me know and I can help set up for the best reactions.
If you have planned special details for the food and drink of the apéro, we can schedule in some time for me to arrive in advance of the guests to capture this hard work before everyone arrives. This is especially important if you are arranging a procession of cars from the ceremony to the apéro as the photographer is usually at the very back!
Towards the end of the apéro is usually a good time for sunset portraits or, depending on the season, your couple portraits.
If your apéro and reception dinner are in the same location, I will normally take some time out during the apéro to capture all the details of the reception room and tables. Otherwise I will schedule in time to do this before the guests arrive at the reception location. The wedding day can go passed so fast it is nice to have this memento of all your hard work and planning. If you are hoping to have your wedding published as inspiration to other brides it is essential to have all these details to show your style and creativity.
For the rest of the evening, the photography coverage is candid with the goal of capturing the atmosphere of the party. I don't shoot during the courses - when no one wants their picture taken! But am on hand for all the speeches and activities you have planned. I will co-ordinate with your witnesses or major de table before the wedding day to make sure I know what is going on and when, and keep all surprises a secret.
The last event of the evening is usually the first dance, just after the cake cutting. At this point I will stay to capture some images of people dancing or leave you to party on into the night.
A wedding album for every couple and every budget. Each wedding collection comes with 400 CHF album credit which means every couple can go away with an album of their happy memories to enjoy for years to come. Upgrade for leather & silk covers, more pages, cotton art rag paper as well as parent and miniature albums. Also available to weddings booked on an hourly rate, please get in touch for pricing.
A beautiful fine art album with cotton rag paper, a wide range of cover options and 30 pages as standard. Prices from 1250 CHF for a main album.
Glossy photo paper mounted on thick board create a substantial wedding album. Available with leather or linen covers and 20 pages as standard. From 1250 CHF for a main album.
Glossy photo paper pages and a choice of colourful linen covers. Comes with 20 pages as standard. Priced from 400 CHF when bought as part of a wedding collection.
Not quite ready to pack up your wedding dress? Didn’t have time for some spectacular portraits on the actual wedding day?
This is your chance to have some fun with your dress. A photo shoot for you and your husband, anywhere you like, doing anything you want!
Before your session we will chat about the type of photos you would like and what you would like to do with them afterwards. One of the great things about a post-wedding shoot is that we can go anywhere you like and take time to enjoy the scenery. Fancy stomping through the snow or climbing a mountain? Combine your love of your favourite place with a spectacular portrait to hang on your wall.
The session price for past wedding clients is 500 CHF. It includes about a 2 hour shoot and travel up to 100km of Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland. My style is natural and creative, allowing you to express yourself while always there to give direction and ideas.
After your session you will be able to select your 20 favourite images in colour or black and white, to download and print at home. I will also put together your wall art, album or prints, whatever we have been shooting for to allow you to cherish these very special photos.