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About My Wedding Photography

Although every wedding is unique in style and personality most have a similar structure in the way the day is organised around the main event. I will shoot in a documentary style for around 80% of your day which means that I will be capturing things as they happen rather than making them happen. I will, of course, give you some gentle direction if there’s a small thing that will make the picture better, such as keeping your head up for confetti or keeping the getting ready room reasonably tidy, but my overall aim is to create photos that capture a genuine look and feel of your day.

In addition to documentary style there is a small part of the day given over to naturally posed shots and I tend to give you as much direction for these as you need. This includes your bridal portraits and groom shots before the ceremony and of course, your couple shots later in the day. I’m always looking for the best light to place you in but having done that, the emotion is all yours. I won’t use any stiff poses and I certainly won’t get you to act in any way that doesn’t reflect you. I will give you a little encouragement if you need it, but that’s generally enough for most couples.

I will also shoot some family groups and line-ups if you want them but I ask that you keep the list fairly small (6-8) and I’ll do these as quickly as possible so that everyone can get on with enjoying themselves.

Other than that, it’s all about the details!

The following will give you an idea of how I work during each element of the day. Obviously none of this is set in stone as your own day is unique to you.

In terms of how my images look, I lean towards a more dramatic and contrasty style with often dark shadows and bright highlights as I like the way this creates more emphasis on the subject.  I love contrasty black and white images and colourful colour images. If you are drawn to bright, evenly lit or soft pretty images then I may not be the photographer for you so please do take a good look at my portfolio galleries and my blog posts.

your WEDDING DAY

I work in a ‘hands off’ and unobtrusive way.

This means that your photographs will reflect your day as it unfolds with very little contriving or controlling from me.  I’m always looking to capture those real moments with real emotion that only happen when people are at ease and not feeling like they have to perform for the camera. I do, however, also love capturing some beautiful, casually posed couple portraits of just the two of you during the day and of course, all of the details that go to make up your wedding story from your dress to your table plan and everything in between.

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STYLISH AND NATURAL

01.  getting READY

I’ll start the day photographing the brides details, the dress, shoes, flowers and anything sentimental. I’ll capture hair and make up as it’s being done, the fun with the bridesmaids and the tears when dad sees his daughter for the first time in her dress.

If everyone is ready in plenty of time I will also grab a few ‘looking at the camera’ shots of the bride and the girls, with mum and, of course with dad. I also like to have ten minutes to take a few beautiful bridal portraits before we go which also gives the bride some quiet time to take a breath and calm her nerves.

If you have a second shooter, they will join the boys and will capture some of the inevitable teasing and laughter as it happens. There will be some casual shots of he groom, the best man and any other boys including a few fun shots if there’s time.

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Bride and Groom at the altar Kent Wedding Photographer Penny Young

02.  the MAIN EVENT

I will capture the ceremony as it happens. Whatever the rules of your venue we are very respectful and very discrete.

I often capture family groups immediately after the ceremony and will take a few shots of the bride and groom in the beautiful church doorway light while we wait. After a civil ceremony group shots may come a little later in the order of things.

The reception is all about documenting guests having a good time and catching up with people they haven’t seen in ages.  At this point I tend to photograph the wedding table details such as the seating plan, favours, flowers and anything the couple have put together for the day.

03.  the COUPLE

This is the part of the day where a couple gets to spend some quiet time together. I respectfully ask that none of the guests tag along at this time.

My couples allocate around 30 minutes for this part of the day which means that their shots are relaxed and natural. Any less time and it will feel rushed and will show in the photos. I will put a couple in the best light and will encourage them to just be in the moment with each other and that’s usually enough to create some romance!

If we are lucky enough to have nice weather, couples often have a few more shots later in day when the sun is lower and the light is very beautiful. If the weather hasn’t been so kind we can also capture some night time shots.

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Bride and Groom at the altar Kent Wedding Photographer Penny Young

04.  the DANCING

The speeches are a great time to capture lots of laughter and tears.

During the speeches I will capture the emotion of the couple and the speakers as it happens and, as long as space allows us to move around a little, we will record the reactions of the guests too.

Cake cutting, more often than not, happens just before the first dance and I will stage one cutting shot before letting a couple enjoy their cake as they see fit. Other than that, the first dance and the evening reception is all about going with the flow and capturing moments as they happen.

your QUESTIONS

WHAT'S THE BOOKING PROCESS?

I will always meet my couples before they book, preferably in person but if that’s not possible then via a Skype call. We can chat through your plans and I can explain in more detail how I work and answer any questions you may have. If after meeting me you decide that I’m the photographer for you, I require a signed contract (booking form) as well as a deposit which secures the date.

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WHAT IF YOU HAVEN'T SHOT AT MY VENUE BEFORE?

I have shot weddings at a lot of venues across Kent and the South East but it’s not really an issue if I haven’t shot at your venue.  As a professional photographer I pride myself on having the equipment and the ability to tackle most situations you would find on a typical wedding day.  Having said that, I always arrange to visit the venue with you 3 or 4 weeks before your big day.  This will help me to get a feel for what you love about your venue and why you chose it and will help me to incorporate those important elements into your photographs.  I will always do this whether I know your venue or not.

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HELP! I REALLY DON'T LIKE HAVING MY PHOTO TAKEN.

Don’t worry, all bride and grooms say the same thing!  I don’t expect anyone to act like a professional model.  With gentle guidance I aim to put you in the best possible light and position where you look the very best for the camera. After that, I just ask that you be yourselves. I tend to shoot couple portraits using a longer lens from a distance so hopefully you can relax. If you do need it I will, of course, give you a little prompt here and there.  Just focus on each other, enjoy the quiet time away from your guests and you’ll be fine. If you are particularly worried, you may also want to consider having an engagement shoot to experience what it’s like to be photographed by a professional before your wedding.

DO YOU DO FAMILY GROUP SHOTS TOO?

Yes I do.  Generally it’s the more natural and often candid shots that really tell the story of your day but most couples want and expect a few family group shots too.  Group photos are important but I ask that the numbers are kept sensible to ensure that there is enough time for us to capture other things too.  I ask that there is no more than 6-8 groups which should be enough to capture the most important people but without unnecessary duplication.  I aim to do your group shots as soon as possible after your ceremony as that way you and your guests can get on with enjoying yourself..

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CAN WE PROVIDE YOU WITH A SHOT LIST?

Other than for family and friend groupings, I’d prefer that you didn’t.  A wedding is such a moveable feast in that the timings and availability of people can vary wildly during the day so it would be silly and wrong of me to promise to capture every shot from a checklist. Providing me with a long list of shots (when many of the shots I will capture anyway) can be counterproductive to my style which is mainly documentary and may result in a different look to the images that you’ve seen on my website. I would much rather create something new and beautiful for you rather than copy shots from Pinterest.  Having said that if there are a couple of shots that you really love (running across a field with balloons or holding a Mr and Mrs sign for example), then I will do everything I can to capture those for you – in my style of course!

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CAN OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TAKE PICTURES TOO?

Yes of course they can!  I only have a couple of requests, firstly that they don’t swarm the family group shots as it’s important that all eyes are on me so that I can get through the groups as quickly as possible.  Other than that they can snap away!  Secondly I ask that family and/or friends don’t come along for your couple shots because they can be distracting and I want all of your focus to be on your new husband/wife!  Also, this time is a lovely quiet time for you both to enjoy being more or less alone together.

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DO WE NEED TO FEED YOU AT THE RECEPTION?

No you don’t, but it would be really lovely if you did!  It doesn’t have to be the same as your sit-down meal and only needs to be one course but feeding us something hot ensures that we stay cheerful and won’t faint from starvation!  It’s better if we are fed at the same time as you as we don’t shoot while you are eating anyway and then we’re raring to go when you are.

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ARE YOU INSURED?

Yes, I have both professional indemnity and public liability insurance.

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WILL OUR WEDDING BE ON YOUR WEBSITE OR BLOG?

I will ask for your permission to do this. I like to share my client images so people can see my work!  You will however, always be the first to see your wedding photos and if you really prefer that I didn’t share them, that’s fine.

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