destination weddings

How To Get The Most From Your Wedding Photos

We are often asked by our couples what tips we can give to help them prepare for their day. Here are a few ideas that we hope can help on you on your wedding day.

In addition to these ideas, we send all of our couples a help sheet to give them a few more ideas nearer their wedding date in order to get the best out of their wedding photos.

Before your wedding day

Create a mood board…
It can be helpful to consider making a mood board of wedding photos that you like and share them with us. Often we find that you like certain aspects of our work. This can really help us get to know your wishes.

Schedule in the necessary time for each part of your day…
Schedule adequate time for each stage of the day - some people want more photography, some just a little. As long as adequate time is set aside for your photographic wishes then we can make your plans work seamlessly. For example if you would like photos of bridesmaids/groomsmen before the ceremony, schedule a few minutes into your timeline at this and each stage of your day.

Get your hair and makeup artist finished with time to spare…
Consider booking your make up artist about 30 minutes earlier than you think necessary - this prevents us being short of time for pre-ceremony portraits due to hair and makeup over running, which can cause delays throughout your schedule. If you want time for pre-wedding bridal/groom portraits or time for portraits with family or bridesmaids/groomsmen before your ceremony, then allocating time is useful and this is once your H/MUA has finished.

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On your wedding day

You can’t hurry love…
As a bride or bridesmaid when walking down the aisle don’t look down and don’t hurry. Touch and look at each other during your ceremony. Don’t rush your first kiss - go back in for a second! It’s your wedding day, after all.

Live in the moment…
Consider going phone free for the ceremony and group shots. It helps us work more quickly, looks so much better in photographs and encourages your guest to switch off and live in the moment.

A Sunset Photoshoot…
Depending on the time of year there will be different lighting conditions. Consider planning time for a second portrait shoot as a couple just before sunset - if you wish to visit a location please schedule in more time. You can arrange this with us / your wedding planners.

Gather your Loved Ones…
For the group photos try to keep the list small and assign two confident people to gather together family members and friends - they will know key people on the day, saving time.

Make it Visual…
Confetti cannons, sparklers and fireworks are all visually spectacular can all add to the evening entertainment, your first dance and your evening exit.

Try a Pre Wedding (Engagement) Shoot…
Consider a pre-wedding shoot; it gives you a practise run and valuable experience of being in front of the camera along with extra time to discuss your wedding plans. We also offer post-wedding photoshoots that allow us to visit spectacular locations a few days after your wedding.

Find an Expert…
Wedding planners and high-quality vendors will make such a difference. We believe that experience, professionalism, and ambition to provide excellent service set experts apart from other options available. We will happily recommend some excellent wedding planners & stylists to any of our clients. They really are worth their weight in gold and have the ability to create a truly memorable wedding day.

We try and meet all of our couples in person to discuss the unique characteristics of your day. If you want to arrange a meeting with us then drop us an email at info@bloomfieldphoto.com

The Wedding of Rachel and Luke at The Four Seasons, George V, Paris & The American Cathedral, Paris

Rachel and Luke have a love affair with Paris, not that I blame them for loving one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Rachel like many Americans has loved the city from a young age; it’s a passion that her and Luke have long shared, it is an enchanting city. Having personally spent months of my life there, I cannot say enough about the city, every trip (and every wedding) reminds me why I love it.

We met in London to discuss their wedding day, I knew that they were planning to marry in Paris, but knew little else at that point; it was probably very useful that I had visited the beautiful American Cathedral before and knew Ave. George V just off the Champs Elysees well, I will however acknowledge that I didn’t realise just how beautiful the Four Seasons in Paris, the penthouse suite was otherworldly and as you can see, it had the most incredible view of the city.

The service, the reception and the entire day was magical; just as any wedding in Paris should be.

Wedding: American Cathedral, Paris
Reception Venue: Four Seasons, George V, Paris
MUA: Four Seasons Spa, Paris
Dress: Blackburn Bridal, London
Shawl: Anna Campbell, Australia
Bridal shoes: Christian Louboutin

The Festival Wedding of Ysella and Nicholas, Devon, July 2018

The sun was setting across Worthy Farm when Nick got down on one knee and asked Ysella to marry him. It therefore came as no surprise to me that Ysella and Nick has chosen a festival theme for their wedding in their native Devon.

Ysella is and Nick are old friends of mine (I lived next door to Ysella at university) who have recently set up their own pop up restaurant, with dreams of making it a full time venture. They are kind, lovable people who are great company and fantastic hosts.

Festivals, fresh food (as demonstrated in their pop up restaurant), long walks, camping, adventures and the South West of England are part of their identity and the things they love. One of the many things that they got so right on their wedding day, is that they reflected who they are in their celebration. It was an emotional, caring and somewhat windy ceremony that got the festival vibe just right.

Their day had everything that a festival should have; live music, fantastic food, vibrant colours, and some phenomenal glamping tents to put your head down at the end of their two day wedding.

Here are a few photos from their day.

The Pre-Shoot of Billie & Billy, Malaga, July 2018

We have known Billie & Billy for several years now; they too are a couple who work together so perhaps we have a deeper understanding of each other than many couples do… it takes a certain person to be able to work with their partner!

Billie & Billy rebuilt our old photo studio and office space to make it safe for our daughter, their skilled carpentry was in keeping with the 400 year old building we set up our company in, so it is no surprise that Billy planned to propose with a self made proposal ring (photographed).  If you followed us on instagram back in 2015 you will have seen their handy work.

When Billie contacted us to photograph their wedding day in Malaga at the place they first met, we welcomed the opportunity to photograph and celebrate with them with open arms.  

It was great to catch up with them, to hear about their engagement in person and eat all of the tapas. We certainly did  eat! 

We really cannot wait to be a part of their beautiful wedding day, and to see all that they have planned for it.

Having a pre wedding photo shoot is a great way to gain confidence in front of the camera and to get to know us, to go to a location that is meaningful to you both. Forget about the cheesy staged shots, let's go to a mountain, beach, landmark or somewhere that just makes you stop and go wow. It's time to relax and have fun in the sun or maybe under the stars... We know that our couples are all different so we try and plan to make things as unique and personal to you as we can.

The Wedding of Andrea and Barry, Marbella, June 2018

We met Andrea and Barry in Nueva Andalusia last year and immediately felt at ease with them. They are kind hearted, relaxed people and we knew that we would get along with them fantastically on their big day.

People often underestimate how important a bond is between themselves and their photographer can be; when you click with someone you feel that you can trust them and the couple felt happy to entrust their wedding day to us.

June is a fantastic month to get married in Spain, it is very hot but not as stifling as July and August can be, and you get the longest days of the year and therefore some of the latest and longest sunsets. You’ll never hear of a photographer complaining about a beach visit for sunset and this wedding was no exception

These are a few of our favourite images from their day. You can find a few others on our galleries.

The Andalucian Lakes Styled Shoot, Istan, April 2018

“Complacency is the forerunner of mediocrity. You can never work too hard on attitudes, effort and technique”  - Don Meyer

The Wedding of Christina & Manjinder, Cobham, March 2018

It was great to fly out to our first British Spring wedding in March for the Wedding of Christina and Manjinder at Great Fosters in Surrey.

Through the moments of the couple getting ready, to the best man Kip practicing his speech to friends and the fantastic drummers in the evening it was a beautiful, heartfelt and memorable day.

Much like the couple themselves, their day exudes memories of warmth, a close-knit family and understated elegance. It was truly a pleasure to be a part of your day and we wish you every happiness in the future.

Venue: Great Fosters, Cobham, Surrey.