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There are so many important aspects of planning your wedding day, but we wholeheartedly believe that choosing the right photographer to capture the magic and memories should certainly be at the top of your list. We’ve worked with the talented Ian Bursill for many years now and we just love everything about his work. We’re chatting to Ian about life as a wedding photographer, getting to know what it takes to capture a couple’s celebration on camera…

Wedding Photography | Behind The Scenes With Ian Bursill Photography

So, why can’t couples have every picture the photographer takes and choose their favourites?

A videographer will be with you for 12 hours, will maybe shoot 4 hours worth of coverage but will only deliver a 5-minute highlight video and a 30-minute feature. Like the videographer, I’m shooting with the story of the day and an album design in mind. I’ll need certain shots to aid the narrative for each part of the wedding.

Wedding Photography | Behind The Scenes With Ian Bursill Photography

I typically shoot anything between 1500-2500 frames. All of those images will not fit in an album. OK, they would, but they would be the size of a postage stamp, or you’d have to have 4 or 5 wedding albums to fit decent sized images in. There would also be a lot of repetition as I will take more than one shot of any scene on the day to get the best expressions. I’ll also work a scene and will change angles or wait to see a situation develop.

Wedding Photography | Behind The Scenes With Ian Bursill Photography

Once the images are downloaded, I’ll start the culling process, where I run through every single frame taken on the day and mark the pictures I’ll be keeping. A ‘keeper’ is a shot that tells a story, explaining what is happening during that part of the day. It may also be an image that will help to support another picture (or series of photos) on the page of an album.

Wedding Photography | Behind The Scenes With Ian Bursill Photography

For example, I might grab a wide angle shot of the best man midway through his speech. The groom is behind with his hands over his face squirming in embarrassment. To support that wide shot I’ll be looking for close-up reactions of guests, and these pics would typically go on to the same spread in the album.

Wedding Photography | Behind The Scenes With Ian Bursill Photography

I do 2-3 passes during this culling process, whittling the numbers down but strengthening the story by losing the weaker shots. Any image that doesn’t add significantly to the story of the day or is technically imperfect or is unflattering to the subject (blinks or strange expressions etc.) is rejected. If too many similar photos are shown from each moment on the day, it waters down the strength of the narrative. However, I will keep a sequence of images from the same part of the day if they tell a better story than a single image.

Wedding Photography | Behind The Scenes With Ian Bursill Photography

Trust your photographer, it’s all in the edit. And remember; you wouldn’t sit with your videographer while he works through his 8 hours of coverage and crafts it into a 30-minute story.

Wedding Photography | Behind The Scenes With Ian Bursill Photography

If you’re still searching for your wedding photographer, you can find out more about Ian Bursill here.

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