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The formalities are over and it’s time to celebrate!
The reception is your time to surround yourself with your loved ones, eat good food, drink good drinks and dance the night away.
Before the reception commences, I always try to sneak into the venue and take some photos of your table settings, decorations and the venue as a whole.
Once people enter, I’ll be taking mostly candid photos of you and your guests, plus the occasional more “casual” group photo.
Here are two things to consider during the reception that can help you get the best photos:
Reception run sheets
I don’t want to miss capturing any important speeches, the first dance or cake cutting. While I'm able to go with the flow, having a reception timetable or run sheet in hand helps me to anticipate what photos to take and when, so I don’t miss any important moments.
As the reception will often run late into the evening, there is a wide variation of natural light available to capture your most important moments. Having decent indoor lighting not only improves the overall vibe of the evening but also really helps me out. While I'm always able to use the camera flash, having some warm indoor light will ensure crisper, more vibrant images from your reception celebrations. If your venue doesn't provide adequate lighting, you can also consider bringing your own candles or fairy lights, or hiring spotlights. Happy to chat about this with you to ensure the best outcome.