FAQs and expert advice about photography

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Herts and Beds Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourhertsbeds.wedding


Pretty as a picture

Pretty as a picture

Q. We're clueless when it comes to photography. Is there a list of shots we should ask our photographer to capture?

A. Ami Johnson says: You can ask to see a full wedding gallery from your photographer to view images they typically photograph. If there's anything in particular that's important to you, just let them know. Maybe there's a special piece of jewellery or the perfume/aftershave you're wearing – we love to know the significance of these personal items too! Or maybe you want a specific person's reaction to the song played as you walk down the aisle or enter the wedding breakfast.

I like to have a catch-up call with my couples to run through the group combinations they'd like when it comes to group shots. The most popular ones include parents, immediate family, and the wedding party shots and then we discuss other options such as close friends or other relatives.

Being open with your photographer about what you want will mean you'll fall in love with your final photos.

Ami Johnson,Ami Louisa Photography


Picture perfect

Picture perfect

Q. What should we take into consideration before booking a photographer for our wedding?

A. Howard Treeby says: There are many things to consider when booking a photographer, and every couple will have different priorities for each consideration.

It's important you feel you can trust the supplier, and you need to make sure the photos are good quality. Will the pictures be in focus, edited correctly and be of a standard to make you want to look at them over the years to come?

Good questions to ask yourself would be: is the photographer enjoyable to be around, and do they offer good value for what you're paying for? 

The most important thing as a photographer to me is capturing pure emotion, joy and the love the couple have for each other. I hope this is what most couples would want, images to not just show your children/grandchildren but those where they can feel the emotion in them.

Howard Treeby,AbsolutephotoUK Wedding Photography


Capture the moment

Capture the moment

Q. Tying the knot in winter is exciting but I'm worried because it gets dark very quickly, what are the must-have shots?

A. Jessy Papasavva says: It's important to get organised when planning your winter wedding, daylight is limited as the sun sets much earlier. During the summer, I usually do my group photos of the bride and grooms' family after the ceremony and leave their couple portraits to a later time when the sun isn't too high in the sky. Taking your photos during that golden hour is ideal.

For winter, I suggest you do your couple portraits straight after the ceremony during your drinks reception. You can then fit in any formal group shots you would like after. Even if the weather is bad and you're doing your photos indoors, getting that natural window light always beats images using flash in my opinion.

Once your portraits are done, getting images of your bridal party, immediate family and closest friends are the next important step. Pictures of the venue and décor can be done when the photographer can fit it in, whether that's during your bridal prep (if you're getting ready there) or just before you arrive at the venue.

Jessy Papasavva,Jessy Papasavva Photography


Moment frozen in time

Moment frozen in time

Q. I want romantic shots of my new wife but I'm very awkward when having my photo taken. How can I achieve a natural set of images?

A. Julia West says: My best advice is take a walk with your new wife and chat, this allows for a beautiful natural photo, no-one will be asking you to smile so you can relax and appear happy without prompting on your wedding day. Whilst I always take shots after the ceremony of you both, my favourite time is golden hour, which is the hour before the sun sets.

Julia West


Dramatic pics

Dramatic pics

Q. I'm worried that the weather might ruin our photos and there'll be less time for posing in the daylight. Can we still have gorgeous images at this time of year?

A. Becky Kerr says: Becky says: At this time of the year we're lacking in daylight but don't worry, for an experienced photographer it won't be an issue. The use of off-camera flash can create a beautiful effect. Think about going outside early evening. Using the light from the building's windows can give such dramatic images and the sky as the sun sets will look amazing as a backdrop for your photos. If the weather isn't on your side, it's a great opportunity to take full advantage of your venue's indoor beauty.

If you really want images in the great outdoors, I'd suggest thinking about the timing of your ceremony and possibly scheduling it an hour earlier so that you have a chance to have some daylight shots outdoors.

Becky Kerr


Capture it

Capture it

Q. Our photographer's asked us for a list of must-have shots prior to our big day. In your opinion what should we make sure we capture?

A. Davina Paterson says: Davina says: As well as the obvious couple shots there's so much more to catch on film. Personally I love prep shots. I think capturing the day from start to finish enables you to document every detail and create a wonderful story. Be sure to take pictures of your details. Time and effort goes into choosing stationery, rings, flowers and shoes. I also advise my couples to have a copy of the invites in their room when getting ready so I can take some detailed shots.

Group shots aren't the most fun but you're capturing images for future generations to look back on. Make a list and have someone who knows everyone to assist the photographer to make it as quick as possible. During the evening I take a few shots of the dancefloor when everyone's relaxed, happy and having fun.

Davina Paterson

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