JNP wedding day tips: GROUP PHOTOS

People often ask me if I find shooting weddings stressful, and the truth is 80% of the time I don't. I love them, I'm confident I'll get everything I need and I'm flexible when I need to be. But if there's one point in the day that can be a bit tricky, it's the group photos. It might sound a lot but having 2 hours between the end of your ceremony and the start of food or speeches is ideal, giving us enough time to get the group and couple's shoots done while still leaving an hour or so for you to mingle and chat to guests. Below are some pointers on how I think it's best to organise them and make good use of your time.

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JNP wedding day tips: THE BOYS

If you haven't read the first instalment of my wedding day tips blog series, go and check out the bridal preparations post. This is less specific to one particular point in the day, more just some general tips for grooms, because although we all know that brides often take the centre stage, the guys are still important, right?! 50/50? *black moon emoji*

In all seriousness, you do of course play an important part, no matter how involved you've been in the planning. I just have a few things I think can help with smooth running of the day. Please note I've deliberately left out mentioning how to nail the couple's shoot as I'll be doing a whole separate post on that one.

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JNP wedding day tips: THE BRIDAL PREPARATIONS

So, the first stop is the preparations. For most weddings, I personally shoot around 60-90 minutes with the bride and her chosen posse, capturing details such as the dress, jewellery, flowers, as well as all the fun of getting ready and general merriment. The large majority of what I shoot here will be candid; I want the images to portray the beginning of the story, the building of the excitement and progression to being ceremony ready.

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in five years' time...

Today is my five year anniversary as a wedding photographer and I'm looking through the engagement shoot images I took on Monday, at the very gorgeous West Wittering beach, with a couple whose wedding I'm shooting next year. If you'd told me five years ago that I'd be spending my Monday afternoon with my toes in soft sand, hanging out with two super cool people and their dog as my job? I wouldn't have believed you. 

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sunny spring wedding at cissbury barns

Pablo and Rose's wedding was my first of the season, and I was also recovering(!) from a month-long trip around the world and the associated jetlag, arriving home two days before. Obviously I made sure I got lots of rest and sleep before the wedding, but I still had those familiar butterflies which always seem to pop up after a few months' break. Pablo is also an incredible photographer and YouTuber so I knew everything needed to be perfect. But, I needn't have worried.

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