A typical wedding journey at Fern Photography
"Great service, most organised suppliers out of all our wedding vendors!" Lindsay + Doug
How things work from the moment you get in touch with us to the point where we hand over your wedding images. It highlights the work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure that your photographs will be perfect memories of your wedding that you will both treasure.
The First Enquiry
Thinking of getting in contact with us? We know you’ll be doing the same with lots of photographers all at once asking about availability and pricing. We don’t want this to be an anxious time waiting for a response so we aim to respond on the same day. That said there are times in the year, particularly from the end of spring to the end of autumn, that responding so quickly is difficult. Even at our busiest times we always aim to respond within 48 hrs.
Let’s Chat Face-to-Face
When we first reply we look to arrange a video call (or in person if you prefer) with you both. This call is really important because it gives us all a chance to meet and get to know each other. It also helps us learn more about your wedding plans (whichever stage you are at) and how photography fits within them. A lot of what we do throughout planning for the wedding is about building a relationship with you both. It’s so important that we all get along and fit well with each other. A great relationship with your photographer is the foundation of great wedding images.
After the call, we’ll send out a quote for what we think will offer the best experience for your wedding. The booking process is pretty simple. The whole thing is done online, including signing the contract, so there’s no back and forth with paperwork. We ask for a non-refundable deposit of 30% of your total wedding photography price to secure our services. If you are postponing your wedding date we can do this for no extra charge. Find out more about postponing [CTA- here. – linked to covid FAQ]
You’ve got 6 months to go…
Once you are our clients we make ourselves available pretty much 7 days a week for any questions you may have. We’re experienced photographers with 500+ weddings under our belts so we’re a valuable resource for helping you plan all parts of your wedding in addition to the photography.
Pre-wedding session – 3 months to go…
The pre-wedding session is included in our standard packages. It helps us all get to know each other to make your wedding day run smoothly. It also helps you see how we achieve natural portraits at weddings. The ones where it looks like the photographer caught a private moment between the couple, rather than a more formal, staged portrait.
The pre-wedding session is fun, our couples always say they enjoy the experience and the great benefit of the session is that you both will be much more relaxed on your wedding day.
The timeline – 1 month to go…
One of the most important bits of information we need is the timeline of the day. This is so we can make a comprehensive plan for photographing the wedding, ensuring that we capture everything that is important. We do this for every wedding because no wedding is exactly the same.
With this plan, we can personalise our images to what will be most meaningful to the couple. It’s more work for us to photograph in this way but it means we guarantee the images will feel like personal memories rather than a photographer’s interpretation of the day.
One of the things we ask on this list is which formal family portraits we need to take. We’ll work with you on this list so that it has little impact on your wedding day and we’ll try to make sure that the group portraits are as fun and lively as possible. As an example, at a 100 guest wedding, we set aside 45 minutes for 7-10 different groups to be photographed. We find this gives everyone enough time to find your flower girl playing hide and seek or maybe to search for the best man at the bar.
The wedding day – zero days to go… it’s here!
We will have planned the wedding photography beforehand so that there’s nothing to worry about on the day. Everything we’ve done together before the wedding day will have made this bit really easy and extra fun!
A standard day for us is arriving between 10 and 11 am to start capturing the wedding preparations. We’ll photograph non stop until about 6 pm, the end of the speeches and the start of dinner. That’s when we’ll take a break, get some food and load all the photos to that point on to a hard drive. After dinner, we’ll be back with our cameras until around 10 pm when we will pack up and head home.
And for extra peace of mind…
After we finish photographing in the evening we copy the rest of the images to the hard drive too. When we get back home, no matter what time it is, we add these images to our cloud service. They are now backed up in 3 locations on 4 devices. They’re very, very safe.
After the wedding
Within the week we’ll give you a set of processed photos to share with your friends and family. Delivering the final set of photos takes between four to six weeks. Once you have your photos we can start designing your wedding album.