The dream team

The dream team

Q. We're looking for a wedding photographer, but we're worried about booking someone we've never met online. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Megan Wilson says: There are plenty of ways to make sure you're picking the right wedding photographer for your big day. If booking someone you've never met is niggling at your list of wedding things to worry about, here are my top three tips.

Doing plenty of research will help gauge whether a photographer is right for you. Their style and personality will usually be shouted from the rooftops on their website and social media pages, so get searching and scrolling. A photographer spends a long time developing their style, so depending on whether you love light and airy or dark and moody shots, find a photographer whose work you absolutely love.

Most of my clients don't meet me in person before their big day, but a Zoom call is an excellent way to break the ice, ask any questions you may have and see if you all get along. Ask many questions as a great photographer will put your mind at ease and reassure you.

Megan Wilson, Captured by Megan Wilson
www.meganwilson.net

 

Say cheese!

Say cheese!

Q. Many photographers offer an engagement shoot, but we're camera shy and don't know if it's for us. What are the benefits?

A. Gavin Read says: Not everyone loves being in front of the camera, but it's not every day you get married! Engagement shoots help you get acquainted with your photographer and the camera in their hand in a more relaxed environment that's not time-restricted. The shoot gives you the chance to see the supplier's people skills, and provides the photographer with an opportunity to see how you react in front of a camera. Here they can learn how to best put you to ease, what type of pictures you like and more. For anyone who is camera-shy, we recommend a pre-wedding shoot more than ever. There's nothing worse than turning up at the ceremony, at this point you're probably most nervous, and suddenly having a photographer point a camera at you for the first time without knowing what to expect.

Your photographer is one of your few suppliers who are with you for the entire day. So a good relationship is vital, and you'll soon enjoy having your photos taken more than you imagined.

Gavin Read, Lincolnshire Photographers
www.lincolnshireweddingphotographers.co.uk

 

Picture-perfect

Picture-perfect

Q. Lots of photographers offer an engagement shoot, but we're camera shy and don't know if it's for us. What would the benefits be?

A. Nathan O’Brien says: An engagement shoot is a great way to get to know your photographer before the day and see their style of photography. It also gives the company an idea of how to get you engaged and capture those stunning shots without impeding your day.

Building your confidence is another good reason to take the team up on their offer; let them showcase their talent and see how amazing the results will be. It's also often free and would be a fun experience for you both – you'll even be able to update social media channels too!

Nathan O’Brien, Nathan O’Brien Photography
www.nathanobrienphotography.co.uk

 

Capturing memories

Capturing memories

Q. How can we capture amazing outdoor pictures at our spring wedding if we experience bad weather?

A. Daniel Burton says: I always come to weddings armed with a boot full of umbrellas, waterproof covers for my gear, and even a poncho. We can go outside and capture some great shots even if it rains by using these items or any tree cover available. For example, this beautiful shot features a couple in the rain.

Hopefully, you'll be in the mindset to embrace your day no matter the weather and have maximum fun. As well as various umbrella options, I use off-camera flash and coloured gels to capture great shots. I can also add different effects to outside shots to light up trees and venues or liven up inside pictures on a rainy day.

Daniel Burton, Daniel Burton Photography
www.danielburtonphotography.com

 

Spring fever

Spring fever

Q. We're getting married next spring and would like some shots that reflect the season. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Derek McAllister says: Spring is a fantastic time of year for weddings as it represents the rebirth of new beginnings – perfect to symbolise the start of your married life together.

There are many options where the photoshoot location can take place, and you'll get the opportunity to have some fantastic background colours from the early blooming flowers, including pansies, daffodils and tulips.

You can pick from a local park, the grounds of a castle or even a botanical garden. Just remember, the space should have plenty of bright colours such as greens, purples and whites to complement your photographs.

Remember, it's important to have a backup plan as the weather in the UK during this time of year can be very unpredictable. Have a chat with your photographer to make sure they know your preferred location; they might also have suggestions for other spots if the weather does decide to misbehave.

Derek McAllister, Derek McAllister Photography
www.derekmcallisterphotography.co.uk

 

Caught on camera

Caught on camera

Q. Our big day is fast approaching and we're thinking of booking a videographer, but we're not sure what to look for. Do you have any tips?

A. Georgia Lomas says: Booking a videographer can be a big investment and decision to make. Good wedding companies will be booked up way in advance, so make sure you plan ahead. If you have a tight budget, look for new companies who may be offering an introduction package to build their portfolios. It's also a good idea to look for a local business as you could save on fuel and travel costs.

When looking for a wedding videographer, it's a good idea to get some recommendations. There are many fantastic wedding support groups on social media pages where couples can ask for recommendations or advice on anything wedding related. Check out the company's customer testimonials and online reviews too.

Always check out the wedding portfolio videos as well because videographers have a range of styles; watch the clips to see what one you like the best.

Here at GeeK Video, we film in a documentary style, which means all your footage will be natural and captured in the moment.

Georgia Lomas, GeeK Video
www.geekvideo.co.uk

 

Picture perfect

Picture perfect

Q. I want our photographer to capture beautiful images at our wedding, but I'm really camera shy. How can I get around this?

A. Sarita White says: If you're camera shy, choose a photographer with a documentary style to capture natural photos without you feeling uncomfortable in forced poses. Feeling relaxed is a huge factor when choosing a company, which is why it's so important to meet the supplier and make sure you all get along. We actually end up being friends with a lot of our clients and this has helped them feel more at ease in front of the lens. 

We've found that even the most camera-shy people have a lot more confidence on their wedding day because it's not only the best day of their lives, but they look and feel a million dollars.

Sarita White, Sarita White Photography
www.saritawhitephotography.com

 

Moments that matter

Moments that matter

Q. What should I take into consideration before booking my photographer?

A. Hayley Masom says: Every photographer has a different way of working, some have a documentary style while others have a more natural approach and will not undertake any staged situations.

Sit down as a couple with the supplier and discuss what you both want from the day in person or via Zoom – this allows the photographer to understand what you're looking for.

Decide where the photographer should be on the morning of the wedding. If there's only one photographer, capturing getting ready shots can be difficult if you also want photos of the groom and guests arriving at the venue.

Supply the company with a timeline of events and organised family/group shots to ensure nothing else planned gets delayed.

Many couples don't think about what happens if the photographer is ill or can't make the day. Illness can happen at any time, and here at Captcha Photography we have multiple photographers in our team and wedding insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstance.

Many photographers offer deals and packages to couples which include a limited number of images; it's essential to ask who will make the decision on which ones are picked to work on. Also, if digital images are supplied, always confirm what quality/resolution these will be.

Hayley Masom, Captcha Photography
www.captcha.co.uk

 

Picture perfect

Picture perfect

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

A. Derek McAllister says: There's a few things you'll need to consider before booking your photographer, one of the most important elements is whether you like that photographer's style and does it go with theme of the wedding day?

Another question that gets overlooked is if they make you feel comfortable and are you happy with them photographing your most special day? I think it's vital that a couple meet up with any prospective photographer in advance, this could be at a wedding fair, at home or even through a video call. You can start that dialogue back and forth once you meet and get a feel for each other. You'll begin to build that confidence and feel at ease in front of the camera. When there's a bond between a couple and their photographer, it shines through the pictures and you'll have memories to treasure forever.

Derek McAllister, Derek McAllister Photography
www.derekmcallisterphotography.co.uk

 

Picture perfect

Picture perfect

Q. We're having a winter wedding, but what do we need to take into consideration to ensure we still get the perfect images?

A. Andrew Cooper says: One of the big myths I find as a wedding photographer is that couples are worried that winter weather and shorter daylight hours will mean they cannot get their dream wedding photos. When a couple is choosing a winter wedding, I'd always offer the following key considerations:

- Plan for rain and be pleasantly surprised if it's dry.
- Make sure the venue is beautiful inside in case it rains all day.
- Ensure your photographer walks the venue with you beforehand at the planning meeting to work out indoor and outdoor options of portraits rather than waste time on the day thinking about it.
- Choose a photographer who can work creatively with flash and wider photographer lighting.
- Factor in enough time for creative lighting photography.
- Make sure you've seen plenty of winter wedding photography from the photographer before committing to use them.
- Remember when creating a schedule that daylight hours are reduced in winter.

Andrew Cooper, Stark Weddings
www.stark-weddings.co.uk

 

Capture the moment

Capture the moment

Q. I want to treasure my wedding images for years to come, what advice do you have for picking the perfect photographer?

A. Estelle Keeber says: First and foremost, you need to have a good relationship with the person who is shooting your wedding. Having an engagement shoot allows time to get a feel for one another and make sure you're on the same page.

If my clients say I'm not the one for them after a pre-wedding shoot, they only have to pay for that. But if they decide to book with me, its my thank you gift to them – so far I've never had anyone not book! Giving my clients this chance means they can rest assured they've made the right decision and not a hasty one.

Choosing a wedding photographer is a big decision and one that shouldn't be rushed. Do your research and look at previous work, but always go with what feels right! This is your day; the supplier should do everything in their power to capture it in a way you'll treasure!

Estelle Keeber, Love Photography 13 Weddings
www.facebook.com/lovephotography13weddings