Welcome, lovely new clients!

Thanks so much for choosing me as your wedding photographer and I can't wait to work with you. It's a real privilege to share such a special day and I genuinely do enjoy every one (a quick disclaimer, I may also cry during the vows/any sentimental bits as I'm a big sap, but I'll still be snapping away!)

I've put this page together to provide useful information and answer some frequently asked questions about what will happen between now and your wedding, and hope you'll find it handy

Key bits before the wedding

Payments

You have already paid a 25% deposit to secure your date, and the remaining balance is due 30 days before your wedding day. An invoice will be sent over when the time comes, but you can always request it sooner if preferable.

If you would like to pay in installments, that is absolutely fine - just ask as soon as possible and I'll set up a schedule that suits you.

 

Pre-wedding consultation

About two months before the wedding you will get an email about setting up your pre-wedding consultation. This is a chance for us to get together, either in person or virtually, and iron out the details of your way so everything runs smoothly, photography-wise, on the day. If the venue is nearby, meeting there is a great idea so I can get the lay of the land and look at photo locations. The pre-wedding consultation is also a great icebreaker! We'll be spending a fair bit of time together on your wedding day so at your consultation we can get to know each other a bit and hopefully you'll feel put at ease for the day itself.

Ahead of your pre-wedding consultation, I'll send over a short questionnaire that asks you about timings and locations, as well as a 'must have' shot list and any special requests. If you can fill this out before we get together that would be helpful. And if you want any advice on what to put in your form, read on...

Wedding details questionnaire

A few weeks before your wedding, I'll also be sending across a wedding details questionnaire. I know, forms are boring, but if you could take the time to fill out who your other suppliers are and a few short sentences about your inspiration behind the day etc, I'd be so grateful. It means I can credit your other suppliers for their hard work, as well as make valuable connections, and adds a great bit of colour and a personal touch to your wedding blog!

A typical wedding timeline and must have shots

If you've never got married or hired a photographer before, it can be hard to know what kind of photos you want, or which parts of the wedding are really important for you to have photos of.

Each wedding is so unique to you as a couple but there are usually some familiar elements which I'll be capturing, so you can trust that I know what to look for and how to best tell your story through images. Please see below a timeline for a typical wedding day. I'm very flexible and believe your package should work around you, so your coverage can start and finish whenever you please. If you have booked a full day package and want more prep coverage and less evening, that's fine! If you really aren't bothered about pictures of you getting ready but want the whole evening reception covered, that's also fine! We can discuss your thoughts during our initial conversation, and you have plenty of time to make your final decision before your pre-wedding consultation.

 

 

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If you have booked me as your photographer you'll know I work in a documentary style and will be taking some candids throughout the day to tell the story of your wedding, alongside some natural couple shots, and the traditional group photos. However, if you want photos of particular bits of wedding decor, or your jewellery, for example,  I am happy to take requests. Below you can find a list of typical wedding photos to get your minds whirring about what's important to you.

Dress/shoes/accessories

Bridesmaids' outfits

Hair styling

Make-up application

Bouquet & flowers

Stationery

Bride/Groom's arrival

Walking down the aisle

Ceremony décor

Guests & candids

Vows & rings exchange

First kiss

Register signing

Confetti

Formal group photos

Couple portraits

Table & room décor

Rings

Venue exterior

Receiving line

Entertainment

Speeches

Sunset couple portraits

Cake cutting

Bouquet toss

Evening atmosphere

Evening entertainment

First dance

Why should you have an engagement shoot?

An engagement session is a perfect way to capture yourselves as a soon-to-be-wed couple, and can be added on to your package at any time (or come as standard with my Full Day+ package). With them, you get up to two hours shooting time in a location, or locations, of your choice, where we'll have a wander, a chat, and take some lovely, natural photos of the two of you. Engagement shoots are £350 when booked alone, or £250 with a wedding package.

 

If you're thinking about adding one to your package, here are a few reasons why you should.

 

You get amazing photos

This reason is pretty self-explanatory. Unless you and your other half are professional models, you probably haven't had a photoshoot before. The only photos you have together may be selfies. So having proper photos of you as a couple leading up to your wedding day is priceless. An engagement shoot will also help you feel more prepared for your big day, and are great for using as ‘Save The Dates’ for your wedding too!

It helps you get comfortable in front of the camera

An engagement shoot helps to break the ice and feel comfortable about how we'll be working together on the day. The more time you spend around someone, the more you get to know them and in turn the more comfortable you will feel with me as your photographer on the day. I love getting to know my couples and hearing about you both, your love story, and what the wedding will be like.

No time restrictions

It’s all about you! Wedding days can be busy and over in the blink of an eye. Engagement sessions are nice and relaxed; no drinks reception to get back to; no wedding breakfast due to begin imminently and putting pressure on you. You can take as much time as you need to get a feel for being in front of the camera, trying things out, and just having a laugh with each other.

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If you're having a hair and makeup trial, do this before your engagement session so that you can see if you like how it feels for a few hours, and also how it actually photographs. This gives you a chance to make any tweaks before the big day.

I hope this page has been useful, but if there is anything not covered here that you'd like to know, you are welcome to get in touch with me anytime at hello@queenbeaphotography.co.uk or on 07376 157985. During busy times it may take longer than usual for me to respond to your email, but if it is urgent please text me.

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