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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
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.
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.
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.
Q. My hubby-to-be is so camera-shy and hates having his photo taken. What can we do to help him overcome this fear so we get the best version of him on our pics?
A. Rafe Abrook says: It's perfectly natural to feel uncomfortable in front of the camera. An engagement shoot is a great opportunity to get used to the lens and to see how relaxed a portrait session can be. It also gives you some wonderful images to use for invites or decorations. A good photographer will quickly adapt to couples and their personalities on the day and to recognise when they've had enough. When the days are long I don't worry about getting too many couple shots before the wedding breakfast as the light will always be better early evening and there's usually more time then. I also have a dedicated second shooter to capture the groom's prep in the morning so he'll have loosened up to the camera by the time we get to the formalities.
Through the lens
Q. Tying the knot in summer lends itself to endless photo opportunities but we don't want to be away from our guests for too long. In your opinion, what are the must-have shots?
A. Becky Kerr says: The must-have shots are the bride and groom. It'll take you away from your guests but gives you the perfect opportunity to spend a bit of private time together away from the hubbub of your day and allows you to soak it all in.
Think about having your group photos taken near your guests so they feel part of your day. I'd stick to around five formal shots, one of which should be a group photo of all your guests so nobody's left out. A good vantage point for the image such as a balcony or staircase can make the picture that bit more memorable – your photographer will have an eye for this sort of thing though so don't worry
Every picture tells a story
Q. In your opinion what are the top three must-have romantic shots that I need to capture on camera?
A. Rafe Abrook says: The key to any romantic image is capturing them in a way that the ensures the photographer's presence isn't obvious. The three moments I prize the highest during the day are…
The first look – I work with a second photographer so they position themselves at the back of the room to capture the groom's reaction, whilst I capture the bride. Some grooms don't turn around early, which means I get both reactions in the same frame.
Couple portraits – This is the first time the bride and groom are on their own so it can be incredibly relaxing. This helps them to forget that a photographer's there resulting in laid-back, romantic, un-staged smiles.
The speeches – It's a chance for the groom and sometimes the bride to say how much their partner means to them in front of everyone. My second shooter focuses on the guests while I get low in front of the top table and focus on the key players! The groom will always say something heartfelt to his bride and her reaction to this is a must-have image.
Through the lens
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 the year?
A. Becky Kerr says: A good, experienced photographer will be used to working in all sorts of weather and can adapt accordingly. Talk to them about a bad weather contingency and ideas for great pics in your chosen venue.
I love photographing in the winter months as you can get some stunning dusk or nighttime shots and if you're lucky maybe even a sunset. In summer we have light until late and your photographer will have probably left by then so make the most of the dark romantic shots!
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