A kid-free wedding? Your guide to HELL NO!

Some couples wonder if they should have a child-free wedding photography or not. While that will guarantee a scream-free ceremony, it also means that you'll miss out on some wonderful, wonderful photos. 

From a wedding photography point of view, kids are fabulous to take photos of. They are so natural and spontaneous.

Here are some tips on how to make sure you'll get great wedding photos with kids in, and keep them entertained so the adults can have a ball.

1. Hire a babysitter - not a niece or friend's teenager - a proper, professional babysitter who you can boss around on the day! Make sure the kids feel comfortable with the babysitter - have someone you trust be responsible for introducing them well before the ceremony starts.

2. During the ceremony, give the kids a job to do. It'll make them feel very important and they'll be more likely to behave. Things like handing out programmes, putting petals down the isle, organising the 'kids area' etc. work well.

3. Have a 'kids area' outside with toys and games. Have games that are physical (for the kids who need to let off steam), plus an art space etc. for creative kids.

4. Having something like bubbles on the go makes for great photos. Or hula hoops, kites, an art mural - things like that - work well too. I know lolly scrambles are not PC, but they make for great photos! Just choose sugar free ones! It's hard to have a broccoli scramble.

5. If you want something really special to happen for the kids, hire a storyteller or puppeteer.

6. Have kids tables at the reception with activities on. They'll love having their own space. Again, the babysitter can organise kids meals etc.

Or talk to me and I'll help you come up with some cool ideas (I'm actually a wedding photographer in disguise!)

Leon & Kristy's wedding is one of my favourites because the kids were awesome.


Please make me look like a super model on my wedding day

Really? But they're anorexic and miserable! You have got this far in life by being yourself. Why stop now? Repeat after me...On my wedding day I will look stunningly beautiful because I will be so happy that I've found a man who loves me for myself...

That is what I will capture on your wedding day. You, as you are (with gorgeous hair and make-up of course). You and your man or woman will be relaxed as I take photos as you're enjoying each other, being excited about the day, and sharing what is on the inside.

You will also look the most beautiful because I will make you feel sooooo relaxed that you'll hardly notice my camera. Most of the time you'll be smooching or walking through a stunning garden or beach or special place, and I'll be just eaves dropping.

But if you do want some tips, here they are:

  1. Take some lipstick with you on the photo shop (job number 456,422 for your Maid of Honour, best friend or sister).
  2. Don't worry about what is your good side, or how your nose looks, or whether you're taller than him...worrying and tensing up makes for icky photos. You can share you neurotic thoughts about yourself with me before the wedding day and it will be my job to help you overcome them on the day!
  3. Taking some Rescue Remedy.
  4. Let's not choose too many locations. If you rush, I rush, photos rush and it'll look RUSHED. Let's breathe, calm down, be in the moment, and make time stretch. Your photos will thank you. This doesn't mean spending oodles of time away from your guests - an hour is max and depending on location, 45 minutes is fine.
  5. Trust me. I will let you know if you have chocolate sauce on your face or your hair looks like a Wellington southerly. All you have to do is be yourself and love the person you've just married.
  6. When you've been together for ten years and it's your anniversary, and you've just had a big fight, and you look at your wedding photos, you don't want to say to yourself, "Who the hell is that person?" You want to say, "Look how being together made me look".
  7. If all this fails and you still want to look like a supermodel, there's always Photoshop! Kidding. But I can soften images after and make your skin look like you've spent a week in a beauty spa. But there will be no need because...repeat after me....I'm going to look so beautiful because I'm going to be so happy and relaxed.

Contact me now for your gorgeous wedding photos.