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Q. I become really shy when having my photo taken and I would hate to be like that on our special day. How can I get around this?
A. Tara Winter says: Get to know your photographer, ideally meeting them in person before you book with them and seeing how you feel in their presence. If you can, let them know that you feel shy about being photographed and see how they respond. We don't expect you to be professional models, just your lovely selves. If there are any types of photos of yourself that you really can't stand then let them know; I dislike photos of my profile – you'll never find one of the sides of my face!
Have a pre-wedding shoot with your photographer – this is a great way to see how they direct, respond to you and help you feel at ease. I take my time to work out if a couple prefers me to talk to them or leave them be. Most of the time, with my shyer couples, they prefer to have a little bit of instruction or even distraction. I find that starting by not looking straight at the camera, or having some movement such as walking, can take your mind off the pictures and relax with each other. Think about what and when you have felt good before – perhaps there's a picture of yourself that you do like? Maybe holding hands or snuggling into them will make you feel more secure?
Also try to remember that on your wedding day you'll have a beautiful outfit on and will feel incredible.
During the wedding, I pay particular attention to having short portrait sessions throughout the day, rather than one long session after the ceremony. I find that this means your smile stays fresh and you enjoy those moments together.
Tara Winter,Pudding and Plum Photography
Picture perfect photographer
Q. I'm looking to find the perfect photographer for my wedding but how can I ensure I'm picking the right company to capture my special day? Do you have any tips or advice?
A. Nick Shoot says: For me, it's important couples pick the right photographer for their special day to be comfortable and confident that they've made the right choice. I'd suggest creating a mood board to start collecting the types of wedding photography you like. Use this to narrow down your photographer by establishing your own preferred style.
Next, do your homework! Make sure you read reviews and check out photographer's social media pages. Never just go for someone who just has lovely images, make sure they show interest in you. Are they compatible with your wedding, will they fit into your day with and your guests? Never just choose the first photographer you meet – there are many out there with plenty of skills.
Nick Shoot,Nick Shoot Photography
The look of love
Q. I want to get some romantic shots of me and my wife at our wedding but I'm awkward when having photos take. What would you suggest?
A. Kyra Williams says: Kyra says: No one wants to pose all day at their wedding, you don't need to have formal staged photographs for beautiful romantic images. Personally, I'd encourage a relaxed walk around the venue and ask couples to have a chat about their day so far – natural intimate moments can be captured without awkward posing.
Picture perfect in winter
Q. Winter weddings are a wonderful challenge, the main concern is lack of light which means photographers need to have more preparation in a winter shoot.
A. Sammy S says: This really is dependent on when the ceremony is, but most professional cameras can shoot in low light conditions anyway.
My couples have generally opted to have their photo shoot before the wedding ceremony. All they've got to do is remember to wear their wedding rings for the photographs.
All of my couples have been pleasantly surprised by the ease of having wedding photographs taken first; it often serves as a private moment before all eyes are upon them. They feel far more relaxed going into the venue having done this significant thing together.
The sunset in December occurs around 4.30pm; I have done midnight weddings with barely any light, so I'm able to work in any situation. I often encourage a spontaneous couple shot if it's snowing or as a winter sunset falls behind them. It all depends on the mood the couple are wanting and what the photographer can create within the surroundings.
Looking through the camera lens
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. Daniel Hughes says: Daniel says: Winter weddings can be amazing and although I prefer to use natural available light, I think it's really important to get great photographs in any lighting condition. I highly recommend working with your photographer over your timings to make sure you use the available light for any key shots you want such as group shots and couple portraits. There are no right or wrong answers to which shots your have during this time, especially as some weddings may all be indoors due to the weather. I often have two short portrait sessions for couples, regardless of the time of year. Where possible, I plan with my couples to capture that golden hour light just before sunset. However it can rain, so even during the summer months, my evening portraits can be inside using the best of the venue and creating great light.
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. Graeme Simpson says: When a photographer asks you for this, it's more about letting them know if there are any guests you really want to have on camera or any special moments that you have planned so they can prepare and be sure not to miss it.
There are so many options but my favourites include the reaction of the bridesmaids as they see the bride walk into the room ready to go, the proud father-ofthe- bride as he walks her down the aisle, the groom's face as he sees her for the first time, the laughs during the speeches and those special moments as the bride and groom take time out. My advice is to trust your photographer to work with the surroundings, you and your guests, and you'll get the best out of your photos.
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. What are the must-have shots?
A. Nick Shoot says: I prefer natural rather than staged photography where possible so this helps with time. My favourites include a sunset shot with a silhouette of the bride and groom as the sun goes down or a romantic kiss by a reflective body of water. If the venue's landscape allows, a walk amongst trees with the light shining through the branches looks great and I've even had fun with the happy couple racing away on space hoppers!
I'm always conscious of timings so I give couples a quick rundown of any shots I feel would be worth their time out from the partying guests before the day.
Through the lens
Q. Our ceremony starts at 3pm so there won't be much time for photos in the daylight. How can we get the best shots at this time of the year?
A. Graeme Simpson says: A good photographer will be able to create magical images whatever the time and they'll also find different backdrops for indoor shots so don't let the weather ruin your day. If you do brave the elements – wind, rain or snow can all add that special something to your pics.
With the evenings drawing in earlier, what better way to end your day than with a firework finale? Sparklers, torches and phones also create light for fun long-exposure shots or simply using the ambience from the venue's lighting can add a romantic touch. Embrace the dark nights and pop out before your evening guests arrive for more stunning, atmospheric couple portraits.