Planning your Wedding - Helpful tips for creating a timeline

Have a chat with all of your vendors about a timeline for your wedding day. This will help things run smoothly and you’ll be able to relax more on the day. Here are some tips to keep in mind for your photos.

PREPARATION PHOTOS

Get your girls together and open the bubbles! I like to allow 2 hours of coverage, starting 2.5 hours before your ceremony, for preparation photos. Talk to your hair and makeup stylist about the best time to start your preparations.

For preparation photos with the guys I allow 1 hour of coverage, starting 1.5 - 2 hours before the ceremony. If you want photos of the guys suiting up, hold off putting your suits on until your photographer arrives. Sometimes an activity like throwing a ball around or a game of cards can look great in these photos, but if you just want to share a glass of whiskey with the lads that's cool with us too. 

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CONGRATULATIONS

Allow some time (maybe 20 minutes) after your ceremony for guests to come up and congratulate you, before jumping into family photos.  This is a special part of the day and your guests will want to hug and congratulate you!

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FAMILY PHOTOS

Family photos can take longer than expected and sometimes it can take 5 minutes per group. Write down a list of the different family members in each group. Start thinking about this sooner than later, it can feel overwhelming writing this the night before! It's also a good idea to send a list of the group shots to your MC so they can help with finding guests on the day. 

BRIDAL SHOOT

It's becoming popular to have a 'first look' and your bridal shoot before your ceremony. This is definitely something to consider, I'm all for it. It's less traditional which might work for you, it also calms your nerves leading up to the ceremony.

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I recommend allowing 1-hour minimum for your bridal shoot. Take into consideration adding on travel time if you are traveling to a different location. 1-hour might seem like a long time for photos, but I promise the results will be worth it!

Let your caterer know what time you’ll be starting the bridal shoot as this may be helpful if they are preparing food for the bridal party to bring along. At the start of the bridal shoot, you can all relax, catch up and have a bite to eat. 

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Helpful Tips - Planning your Bridal Shoot

The bridal shoot is one of my favourite parts of the day. Usually, we start off with the whole bridal party and then the three of us separate from the group for couple photos. This is a chance for you two to have a breather and say 'Yay we are married’! I recommend at least an hour for the bridal shoot - it seems like a long time but you won’t regret it I promise!

THE BEST TIME OF DAY FOR PHOTOS

Talk to your photographer about the best time of day for photos and how to make this fit around everything else that will be happening on the day. The middle of the day is usually when the light is harsh, creating shadows and uneven skin tones, it isn’t the most flattering light for photos outside. Sunset is always my favourite time to photograph, this might not work with your schedule but we can always sneak out during your reception for these shots. 

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LOCATION

Consider all of the different locations where you will have photos during the day. Think about where you are getting ready. Allow enough space to feel relaxed and comfortable. Spaces with clean walls and lots of light always look great.

When it comes to your bridal party and couple photos think about a place that looks inspiring and is special to you. Logistics may come into play here, but let’s try and make it happen.

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TRAVEL DISTANCE

If you’re working with a tight time frame, keep your travel distance in mind. Is travelling to a location across town going to feel stressful? If photos are a big priority for you allow some extra time and lets travel to an epic location.

NATURAL IS BEST!

If you’re not feeling confident in front of the camera, talk to your photographer. We are here to make it easy! I love natural shots and I try to keep my directions to a minimum but will offer suggestions to help you feel comfortable.

Laughing is the perfect way of getting past those nerves and it looks great. While you laugh and be in each others company I will be working my magic.

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RAIN

They say its good luck having rain on your wedding day, so don’t worry too much! It is one of those things we can’t control unfortunately, regardless your day will still be special. Transparent umbrellas are great for rainy days and photos.

Q & A Wedding Photography

There is lot to consider when looking for a photographer. I’ve put together some of my most frequent questions. Hopefully this will help with the process.

Where are you based and do you travel?

I'm currently located in Wellington but you'll often see me hanging out in Taranaki and other parts of NZ. If you're getting married out of Wellington, no problem, I can travel to you.

What types of packages do you have to offer?

I have three different packages for you to choose from. These range from half day to full day coverage. I understand that not everyone wants the full deal, so I can create a custom package for you if you are having an intimate wedding and only want limited coverage.

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What is the price of your photography?

My most popular wedding package starts at $3200 NZD. I understand budget is something you will need to consider when it comes planning your wedding. One thing to keep in mind is your wedding photos will last forever and the investment will be well worth it.

To request a full list of pricing, please get in touch with more details about your needs.

Can we meet before we make a decision?

Absolutely! I love hearing ideas and getting to know couples. It would be great to meet with you in person or over skype. Coffee or wine, you pick?

Do you use a second shooter?

Yes! Most of my packages I will have a second photographer with me. It’s a big day for everyone and I want to make sure we make the most of out the opportunities for photos. There is no extra cost for this.

How long does it take to receive my images?

I aim for 4-6 weeks. It can be a lengthy process culling and then editing all of the images for you, good things can take time and I pride myself in producing the best results.

How many images will I receive?

This depends on the type of package you go for. It can range from 600 - 1000 different files.

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How will I receive the images?

I will first deliver these to you in an online gallery. The gallery will be yours to share with friends and family so they too can enjoy the photos. I’ll also send you a USB stick which will contain high resolution files which are great for printing.

What happens if it rains?

They say this is good luck! Nothing to worry about, lets talk about a plan B.

What is required to make a booking?

I have a booking agreement and a deposit which secures your date.

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Who owns copyright of the photographs?

Copyright remains the property of Jaymee Photography, you will have permission to use the images for non-commercial purposes, including printing and sharing as many as you would like with friends and family.

Waihoanga Lodge Otaki - Yuming and Bevan's wedding

Yuming and Bevan loved the idea of an outdoor wedding surrounded by nature. Waihoanga Lodge in Otaki was the perfect venue for making this happen.

The day started off with some rain which didn’t bother anyone. I loved the relaxed and easy going atmosphere. Yuming looked so beautiful in her red dress! Take a look.

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Peggy's Graduation Shoot - Wellington

Graduating from your studies can be one of the most memorable moments in your life. It’s a time to celebrate with your friends and family, and a time to reflect on all of your achievements.

Peggy and her family traveled to Wellington for her graduation ceremony. During the time they were here they wanted to document this occasion and explore the lower part of the North Island. We met up on the coast for a grad shoot.

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Graduation photography New Zealand
Wellington graduation shoot
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Family photos Wellington
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