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Majken Kruse ABIPP
As a Craftsman of the Guild of Wedding Photographers
Majken has photographed many weddings. Today she photographs weddings
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This page provides background on Majken Kruse's wedding experience.
Award winner, creative wedding photographer, Majken Kruse's practiced is in
London, Surrey and the Home Counties. Majken's aim is to
provide a beautiful long term record of your wedding day
tailoring her cover to your requirements. Majken brings her depth
of experience as a wedding photographer to her work as a tutor of
wedding photography. Today she only accepts wedding assignments, other
than wedding portraits, by special arrangement.
For further information on Majken, Surrey & London wedding
photographer, and her photographic services click
Wedding photographs and galleries
includes galleries on Brides and couples -
wedding and engagement portraits.
Awards, client and
particularly from brides, grooms and wedding guests
Planning the wedding day
to gain the most from your photography - article on working with your
wedding photographer and avoiding / minimising the impact of other intrusions on the day
Creating a treasured photographic
record of your wedding
Wedding Day Planning - and getting the most from your
Photography and Planning your wedding day
|This article draws on David
Tebbs' wide experience in commissioning photography and working with wedding
photographers - including Majken Kruse. Every
bridal couple has high hopes for the success of their wedding day and the
memories and photographic record that they and their family will
treasure for years after. Practical success relies on good photography,
careful planning, some difficult decisions and management on the
day. In this article David Tebbs looks at the requirements for
effective wedding photography, competing pressures and some practical
have collated the suggestions below from experience at the several weddings
have attended as parent or groom, others as a guest, photography sessions I have
commissioned and also my work with wedding photographers.
While selecting the right photographer is important, in this article I am looking at the activities that take place
after you have booked your photographer and set the broad cover. Photographers
carry the main responsibility for the quality of their work, but they are not
immune from barriers created by others.
In this article I focus on those aspects of the photography where
the couple can make a major contribution to the process of gaining the
photographs they want.
The best wedding photographs are a mix of creative planned shots and catching
picture opportunities that arise. The latter can be left to the photographer,
but the former need the attention of the couple both in the planning and during
the photography. Both familiar compositions and the lovely and apparently casual
pictures are often best delivered through careful preparation and execution. Few
bridal couples are professional models and it takes time to relax and take
direction from your photographer to gain the best results.
In seeking to achieve your photographic objectives you face some of your
potentially worst adversaries in many forms:
weather, time, hairdressers, the caterers/organisers and your guests (sometimes
including parents). The ideal wedding photographs take time yet naturally most
couples need to set limits on the overall programme.
On the day you may need to deal with delays from earlier activities and
come under pressure from others to move on.
from all perspectives of many weddings tells me that many aspects of the day
take longer than
There are many reasons and many brides start running late from the
morning visit with their hairdresser/make up artist who appear perennial
optimists when estimating how long they will take.
with the hair dresser that little bit earlier will remove some pressures in the
run up to the service. With most
weddings there are unexpected delays at some stage – after
all it’s an important and fun day not a regimented programme.
The danger is then that time planned for photography becomes a natural buffer
in the programme to others and gets compressed by starting late and pressures
from others wishing to move on to later events e.g., the caterer is pushing to
move on to drinks or a meal on the original timetable, or parents and guests may
want to start the refreshments.
dominating the day with photography, nor missing the cover you
want due to lack of planning, other pressures or delays, is appropriate. Equally pure reportage
meet the wishes of many couple.
Thus there is a balance to be set, between the needs of
calls on time,
during the day,
within a smoothly flowing social event.
Here are some suggestions from practical experience:
these issues with the photographer well before the wedding. This is
both when selecting your photographer and again in more detail after you have
booked the photographer and detail plans are progressing - but
arrangements for the day are frozen.
After the booking, a later visit or call to the photographer, to
discuss the more detailed options also helps you get to know each other
better, which helps you relax more for the more formal photography on the day.
You need follow up discussions shortly before the wedding day when all
other plans are in place.
you plan photographs of the bride and separately of the groom before the
service, then please start your preparations in plenty of time – allow for
the hairdresser/make up to take longer than expected - they nearly always do.
proverbial late bride is a reflection of under estimates of how long it takes
to prepare. The
cost to you can be feeling rushed and the loss of photograph opportunities
that you planned.
Today many brides take the lead in arranging the day.
Regrettably minor problems (say missing button holes for the groom and
ushers) arise as the bride is getting ready.
Ideally you need some one delegated to take the last minute panic calls
and deal with such matters without bothering you.
You need to concentrate on getting ready, the photography and
planning the photography you will be looking for times when the photography
is part of the flow of the day and for opportunities for some of the bridal
party photographs to be taken without the guests around.
the choice is very
personal to the couple.
may be a gap in the proceedings, or while the guests are having
their first drinks.
Not all weddings have perfect photographic settings available at the
ceremony or the reception. It can be sad missing a lovely spot near the church
or reaching the right location as daylight fades. With a little planning, gaps
between segments of the day may also be used to visit a better location for
portraits of the bride and groom even if only a few yards from the guests.
A few brides consider portraits (in bridal dress) after the wedding
day, using a lovely location and enjoying the photography without rush or
Please don't forget that that striking reception room may not be ideal as a
sessions need more time than that planned for the photography itself,
to allow for all those concerned to gather at the right spot and later to move
on to the next stage in the programme.
family and guests always takes longer than expected,
whether it is clearing a room or moving from a reception room to the
I recall at one wedding, with challenging weather, where the bride
particularly wanted to be photographed in the garden.
Over half an hour was lost, just getting those concerned to gather in
the garden and then return indoors between showers. As the programme was
already running 10-15 minutes late due to the impact of rain as the bride
reached the church, that slot for photography (and hence the range of
photographs) was mainly lost.
a selection of more formal or carefully prepared photographs are to be taken
with guests/family present, arrange for an
usher or best man
to help with “crowd control” avoiding time wasting distractions and clashing flashes.
A location near but separated from the guests
A good photographer will be experienced in handling the problem, but do
you want the photographer worrying about and dealing with intruding guests or
concentrating fully on your photographs?
Remember the usher will not naturally know what to do so brief him well
and get him to discuss how he can help with the photographer.
For planned group photographs, ushers, best man or a suitable relation
who is likely to know the participants needs to be briefed on the plans and
asked to seek those needed when the time arises.
Getting the people you want together in the right place for each group can waste a lot of
time if not pre organised.
A list of planned participants is helpful but in itself it does not get
them to the right place at the right time, especially if the reception
across several rooms or a large garden.
to the caterers and select a menu that allows best flexibility on when you
start to eat – in case delays occur.
Do you want you and the photographer distracted by hassle from a
caterer because the day was already running half an hour late?
Similarly make sure that all concerned with helping manage the day,
understand these issues and
your priorities, as well as the plan. This should
include parents, whether hosting or “helping”, an MC, and or others
delegated to progress the day for you, as well as those serving you such as
the photographer, caterer etc. I
recall one occasion where the bride had specifically asked for half an hour of
with her and the groom
and close family immediately before moving into the dining room. The
MC interrupted and
interrupted and asked
those concerned to move on only a quarter of an
hour into the session which had started on time.
In his experience it took that long to get guests into a room - so in
effect he and the bride were working on different schedules.
As a “helping” parent at my daughter’s wedding I was guilty, at one
of pressing the programme forward on the day, unknowingly against her wishes
for more time on the photography.
have discussed some of the issues that can arise.
Most will not occur on your wedding day but my advice
Within that the common themes are planning,
allowing for unplanned
getting well briefed assistance from ushers etc.
All help you get
what you are seeking from your wedding day, while enjoying yourself.
best wishes for a successful and enjoyable wedding with a brilliant photographic
Like much in life, investment of your time in advance can enhance your
photographic record of the day.
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Award winner female photographer, Majken
Kruse, mainly worked in Surrey, London and the Home Counties