Anatomy of a wedding photo shoot – Mayo

This is the second part of my Anatomy of a photoshoot series – you can see part 1 here

People often ask me about the photos after the ceremony – the wedding photo shoot. You know, when the photographer takes them off with the bridal party, for a few beautiful photos an hour or two after they are married. They’re the special photos that you will want in an album and on the wall, but what’s involved? How long does it take? There’s champagne and nibbles and a party to get back to!

I like to make this a special time. In some ways it’s the only time of the day, apart from dinner, that you will actually spend some time together. I remember at my own wedding, we got up from the table after dinner, and barely saw each other till the first dance! You’re the star attractions of the day, and everyone wants to say hello and chat. Generally people divide and conquer, and you’re both at opposite ends of the room chatting with friends and family.

So the photoshoot, or couples photos or wedding portraits (I’m not sure what it’s called) is a nice opportunity to take a walk away from the mayhem and have a laugh, and spend a little bit of time together. I like to shoot things as they happen. I give a little bit of direction – “would you mind standing there ..” or “can you hold hands..” or “just walk and chat, and I’ll snap away..”. Very relaxed and natural. I don’t pose people much, and I’m never entirely sure what’s going to happen. I usually have a bit of a plan on where to go, where the great views are, or the cool walls, and so on. But I like to just watch, see what happens, and have fun.

Caterina and Ric had a civil ceremony in the beautiful Belleek Castle near Ballina in Mayo. It’s a really stunning venue, with large grounds. You don’t need to wander far from your guests to find beautiful spots for photographs. We were never more then a few minutes walk from the champagne reception as we strolled around and made some lovely photos. These looked great in Caterina & Rics album!

–  Rory