FAQs and expert advice about photography

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Capturing memories

Capturing memories

Q. We're feeling anxious about having our photos taken on our wedding day, but we want a lovely album to look back on. Can you offer us some advice?

A. Sarah Whyte says: The photographs from your wedding are one of the only things you can keep as a constant reminder of your special day. I would urge anyone reluctant to hire a professional photographer to think really carefully about their decision.

I was a very nervous bride and was uncomfortable being the centre of attention. However, the wedding day itself was such a joyful occasion that I soon forgot about the photographer and that everyone would be looking at me. I just enjoyed the day surrounded by the people I loved the most.

As a photographer, I'm very sensitive to nerves and always stay as inconspicuous as possible to make couples feel comfortable and confident. If the idea of having your photos taken fills you with dread, don't put yourselves through endless formal images. Instead, find a photographer who will take lots of natural photos of you having fun or during a quiet and romantic moment with your new husband or wife.

Sarah Whyte, Purple Kite Photography


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

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