This is the current kit that we take along to weddings:
1 x Canon 1DX
1 x Canon 1D MK 4
1 x Canon 5D MK II (back up cameras)
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens
Canon EF 45mm f/2.8L Tilt Shift Lens
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
2 x Canon 600EX-RT Flash
2 x Canon 580 EX Flash (back up)
LED Video light
If you have a list of family photos you want taken, we find it’s best to give a copy of this list to an extroverted (loud) family member, Groomsman or Bridesmaid, who knows who every one is and can round them up.
But if there is a certain photo you want with someone, or something special you want photographed, definitely let us know.
So with the disc, you will be able print photos for your family and friends at any photo lab.
- Preparation photos start a few hours before the wedding ceremony.
- I will generally start the day shooting the boys, mainly because the girls are on a strict hair & makeup schedule and it’s easier for the boys to work around them. I’ll be with the boys for an hour and the Groom and Groomsmen should be showered before I arrive and just dressed casually. I’ll shoot their wedding details (ie. shoes, rings, cufflinks etc) and then get them dressed in a very casual manner. No posing… just photos if the guys getting ready together. Once they are dressed we can get some nice photos outside of the Groom with the boys and with his parents if they are around.
- Alternatively I can shoot the boys while they are doing something fun together… like swimming, golfing, lawn bowls etc.
- Bridal Prep generally goes for about an hour and a half and will arrive as the final stages of hair & makeup are happening. So I’ll get natural and candid photos of what’s happening, some photos of the hair & makeup finishing, then go get some detail photos of your dress, shoes, jewellery, perfume etc. Once you get dressed I can get some nice photos of you with the girls and your parents.
- If you are both getting ready in the same hotel/resort/property and going between you both is easy, I will see the girls first to say hi and get a few shots, then go to the boys, and then go back to the girls.
- I will leave for the ceremony at least 15-20 mins before the Bride so I can find parking and get a few photos of the Groom nervously waiting.
- The wedding ceremony will be shot 100% photo journalistic. I won’t stop you for photos as you get out of the car, or ask you to look at the camera at any stage. I will just let it all happen naturally and would prefer you forget I am around. I will be shooting candidly and discreetly.
- I will capture you walking down the isle and the look on your Grooms face when he first sees you. And of course the rings and first kiss.
- I also won’t ‘stage’ photos when you sign the marriage certificate (which is what a lot of celebrants seem to think photographers want). I much prefer to capture it as it happens.
- After the ceremony I will capture all the hugs, kisses and laughter as everyone congratulates you.
- And when you are ready, we will do some family photos.
- The congratulations and family photos will generally take around 30-45mins.
- After the ceremony we will get some beautiful photos of the two of you together with your Bridal Party. I recommend around 60-90mins (just factor in travel time). I’ll give you a little direction but it’s more about the two of you enjoying each others company and showing the love that the two of you have for each other.
- At the reception I will take photos of all your decorations and details including the cake, place settings, centre pieces etc.
- Once you have entered the reception I will try to get table shots of couples or groups at each table. I will do my best but we cannot guarantee to get every guest… especially if you have more than a hundred guests, if the room is really cramped or if people move around. (Tip: If you want photos of each guest, one of the best ways is to hire a Photobooth. Photobooths normally give two copies of the photos… one copy gets stuck in a book and your guests write you a short message next to the photo. And the other copy your guests keep.)
- Then I will get lots of candid photos of you and your guests having fun and celebrating.
- “Half Reception Coverage” generally covers all the formalities at the reception, like speeches, cake cutting and first dance. As we find that these normally happen during the first half of the night. If you are planning on having your cake cutting and first dance in the last part of the night then you might want to consider “Full Reception Coverage”.
“Full Reception Coverage” will cover everything up to your farewell.