How much time is needed for formal group shots on the wedding day?

I don't have any traditions or formalities when it comes to photography, especially wedding photography. As for formal group shots on the wedding day, I only arrange those which are requested. Before the day, I contact my couples and ask them to think about what group shots they really want, if I'm going to start directing and moving people around, and more importantly keeping people from the bar! Then I want to make sure it's something my couples are actually interested in and want.

Some couples don't want any formal group shots; some want one or two and some half a dozen. Depending on your needs I'll be looking to spend around 10 to 15 minutes on group photos, so no time at all. The formals will be short and sweet, with added humour to speed things up a little and to get some great smiles and giggles along the way.

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Touchy-feely

The images I love the most are emotive and very touchy-feely, and I guess unsurprisingly hands feature heavily in my work. Emotions can be shown in an image in many ways; facial expressions don't always have to be seen to get a feel for the mood or moment.

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"...people will never forget how you made them feel".

I try the best I can to make my photography about relationships, friendships, the connections and the emotions that come with that. I love this series of images, and I think I really did capture the feelings and sheer happiness of those involved.

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

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What's the time, Mr Wolf?

This image has to be one of my favourite photos that I've taken. The aim of the experience I provide is to create a memorable time and for all involved and for everyone to have fun. When working with children, I like to encourage their natural playfulness and wonder by using fun prompts and games. My approach with this image is so simple, nothing complicated, and the reward is an image that is full of joy. Using the playground game of "What's the time, Mr Wolf" proved a winner and the dad made a great Mr Wolf. So much fun. 

 The girls are full of joy and beaming with smiles as dad enthusiastically acts out a fabulous Mr Wolf.

The girls are full of joy and beaming with smiles as dad enthusiastically acts out a fabulous Mr Wolf.