Thoughts and ramblings of a yorkshire wedding and family photographer


June 21, 2024

Hey, gorgeous brides-to-be! Congratulations on your engagement! Ready to dive into the world of wedding planning and make sure those moments are captured just the way you want? As a wedding photographer, I’ve had the honour of witnessing countless love stories unfold through the lens of my camera.

In this guide, I’ll share insights and tips to help you make the most of your special day, ensuring that every moment is beautifully captured for you to cherish forever.

Chapter 1: Preparing for the Visual Journey

Before the wedding day, schedule a consultation with your photographer to discuss your vision, style, and any specific shots you desire. Share details about your love story, the venue, and any unique elements you’ve incorporated into your celebration. This collaboration will help your photographer understand your expectations and capture the essence of your day. I usually combine a pre wed shoot and a consultation with my Soulmate package, or arrange a consultation over FaceTime or phone

Chapter 2: Embracing Natural Light

One of the most crucial elements in photography is lighting. If possible, choose a venue that offers ample natural light, creating a warm and romantic atmosphere. Consider the time of day for your ceremony and portraits, as the golden hour just before sunset provides a soft, flattering glow that adds a magical touch to your photos.

Chapter 3: Candid Moments and Authentic Emotions

The beauty of a wedding lies in the genuine, unscripted moments that unfold. Allow your photographer to capture candid shots that reflect the joy, laughter, and emotions shared between you, your partner, and your loved ones. These candid moments often become the most cherished memories captured on film.

Chapter 4: The Art of Posing

While candid shots are invaluable, posing is an art that enhances the visual storytelling of your day. Trust your photographer’s expertise in guiding you and your partner into poses that showcase your love and personalities. Be open to trying different poses, and don’t be afraid to express your own ideas.

Chapter 5: Scouting for Photogenic Backdrops

A skilled photographer can transform any setting into a picturesque backdrop. Work with your photographer to identify key locations for your portraits, whether it’s a scenic outdoor spot, an architectural gem, or an intimate corner of your venue. A variety of backdrops will add depth and richness to your wedding album.

Before a wedding, if I’ve not been to a venue before, I will research the best places for portraits and then once I arrive on the day, I will have a little scout around too!

Chapter 6: Details that Speak Volumes

As a photographer, I find that capturing the small details enhances the overall narrative of your wedding day. Ensure that your photographer is aware of significant details such as heirlooms, unique décor, and personalized touches. These details not only make for stunning photos but also tell the story of your love and the effort you put into planning your celebration.

Chapter 7: Unveiling the Unseen

Consider a “first look” session before the ceremony. This intimate moment, where the bridesmaids or parents/grandparents see you in your dress for the first time, creates a beautiful sequence of emotions that adds a personal touch to your wedding album. It’s a unique opportunity to capture genuine reactions and expressions.

Chapter 8: Communication and Collaboration

Effective communication is key to a successful collaboration between you and your photographer. Keep an open line of communication, share your preferences, and be receptive to their creative input. Trust the professional you’ve chosen, and allow them to work their magic, transforming your wedding day into a visual masterpiece.

As you embark on this visual journey, remember that your wedding day is a unique story waiting to be told through the lens of your photographer. By collaborating closely and embracing the artistry of photography, you’ll ensure that your wedding memories are preserved in a timeless and enchanting way. Cheers to a day filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable moments!

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Sarah is a fantastic wedding photographer. From start to finish, she was utterly superb. In the run up, she was helpful and replied really quickly to queries. On the day, she made everyone feel relaxed and at times you hardly knew she was there. We are delighted with our final photos. We highly recommend Sarah Warne for an outstanding wedding photography experience.

Helen carter edwards

Sarah is amazing, really lovely person and an excellent photographer !! She made our wedding day so special, nothing was too much trouble and she was so flexible to what we needed on the day. I wouldn’t go to anyone else now for photographs, she puts you at ease and is so gifted in knowing how to capture the perfect shot. Thank you so much

rachel orr

Sarah is a wonderful photographer. Not only are the photos we recieved beautiful and more than we could’ve imagined, she is a lovely person! She got married at our venue herself years ago so she knew all the best spots which helped when we didn’t know where we wanted them, she was organised with a list of groups we wanted and was fantastic at directing all of our guests and both me and my husband! We chose to have a second photographer in our package (Ginny) so that we had photos of my husband getting ready and other photos through the day from different angles, and I’m so glad we decided to do that! Ginny was awesome, and throughout the ceremony etc you wouldn’t even know they where there, they fit in as if they where guests and made conversations with everyone and made us all laugh! They both made us feel at ease, Sarah even helped my mum with the buttons on my dress in the morning as there was so many! I cannot thank them both enough, and we will definitely be using Sarah again for family photos and I have already recommended her to a few people! Thank you for capturing our day so beautifully, and for the quick turn around with getting the photos back (5weeks!!) ❤️

Katie Walker

Sarah is a wonderful family photographer. She always gets the best out of our two young boys and we always get such beautiful photos! Much appreciated Sarah ☺️

Stephanie cook

We had the best shoot with Sarah. We’ve never had a family shoot and were really nervous but Sarah put us at ease straight away. With 2 energetic boys I wouldn’t have blamed her to feel overwhelmed but she was so calm and in control. She kept things fun and my 5 year old was sad when it ended as he was enjoying it so much.

We were so happy with our gallery that I ended up buying them all.

We have now asked Sarah to photograph our Wedding and I need to get an Autumn shoot booked in! Thank you Sarah!

Emma Gough

I cannot recommend Sarah enough. She arrived ahead of time on our wedding day and was very prepared. She commanded the attention of our guests and easily assembled everyone for the group shots, showing great patience! Sarah came up with lots of different ideas for creative photographs yet was open to suggestions from us. At many points in the day, Sarah seamlessly integrated into the wedding party, snapping from a distance without disturbing the proceedings. We are blown away by the photos we have received from Sarah so far. Book today!