During our initial meeting and then again later, we inform the couple about our process. After the wedding images are posted online and they receive their DVDs, they then need to pick 20 - 25 images that they would like in their album. I also let them know that I may be adding some other images that I think help the flow of the album. I endeavor to tell the story of their wedding day in pictures and may need to add some images to accomplish this. Our basic album is 20 - 25 pages (although more can be added at the couples request) and the amount of images I use depends on the design. Each album is different.
When I receive the images, my work starts. I organize them by parts of the day. We almost always go to the rehearsal, we think it helps us the day of the wedding. The wedding ceremony is so much different now then in the years past. They take place in houses of worship, hotel function halls, outside the function halls, in a garden or even in the forest. We have photographed weddings in a lot of different locations and at each location there are subtle differences. Being there at the rehearsal insures that we are not surprised the day of the wedding, well almost lol. There are always little things that go on, like the ring bearer deciding he does not want to walk up the aisle. Maybe it's something about being male and seeing an aisle ????
Sometimes a couple will ask us to use an image from the rehearsal. Next, we would use the preparation images from both the bride and groom: although many times the grooms do not want pictures taken until after their dressed. Next, would be the ceremony pictures or some of the formals depending on time and the bride's wishes. The reception rounds out the coverage. We are there until the last dance, a long day but we feel it is worth it.
With Lisa and Brian's wedding, they did choose an image from the rehearsal. I used that as the opening image in the album: the obvious place for it.
We design some wedding albums with one page in this section and for other weddings we use two pages, depending on the images that are chosen. If there is a parent present, we try to capture their look for this section. You can just see the pride and happiness on Lisa's mom's face. We have another image showing the young ladies helping Lisa with her hair and then another image with the ladies all wearing their gowns.
We are now starting the pre ceremony formals: photographing the bride and her party first and then the groom with his party. Although at times we do photograph the initial meeting of the bride and groom alone seeing each other just before the ceremony, Lisa and Brian went with the more traditional ceremony. Here we have Brian photographed on the front steps of the wedding venue with his groomsmen including his dad. We also have Lisa with her bridesmaids in the garden area.
On this page we have the guys in a relaxed pose (you can tell that this was a wonderful autumn day).
Brian's brother was his best man so we have an image of Brian and his brother: one of Brian and his dad and then one with all three of them. Brian gave his groomsmen great looking watches and we had to get a shot of them.