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Q. What are your top tips for getting the best out of our wedding photos?
A. Dan Scott says: I find that having a great connection with my couples makes all the difference. I'll meet with you a few times before the wedding to help build a relationship and trust. Once an understanding is built, then great moments will naturally follow.
The best wedding photography is not posed or planned too much, it's when you interact with your partner and you're being yourself. My job is to give a little direction at times and capture those moments to document your day as it happens. Those real moments when you forget you're being photographed are when the memories are made.
It's important for me to connect with people and build trust – that's when you and your guests can enjoy your big day together. You may even forget I'm there!
Dan Scott, Dan Scott Professional Wedding Photographer
The little details
Q. Will we still get amazing photos at our intimate wedding?
A. Chris Woodman says: Since the pandemic hit, the world has had to evolve and adapt to major changes. One of the industries that was worst hit was the one I have committed eight years of my life to: the wedding industry. Having shot a handful of weddings during COVID-19, I had a taste of what it was like to shoot the most intimate of gatherings, with small guest lists from six to 30 people.
I love smaller weddings; you get to spend quality time with the people that matter most to you. There's no rushing around and you get much more time to enjoy your day. I find couples tend to be more comfortable around their closest friends and family, so your photos will look more natural and authentic throughout the day. You'll also find your nearest and dearest will huddle closer, which makes key moments like throwing confetti, cutting the cake and the first dance even more emotional and visually pleasing. Smaller weddings are now my preference as a photographer. There's no compromise with your requirements and you get to make the most of the day you've worked so hard to plan.
Chris Woodman, Chris Woodman Photography
Q. We're both nervous in front of the camera. How can we relax on the day?
A. Emma Gosling says: My couples always tell me how much they hate being in front of the lens. However, I can honestly say that once we get into the groove, all we do is laugh and have fun! My advice for couples who are nervous is to build a relationship with your photographer; keep in touch throughout the planning and you may even become friends.
If your photographer offers a pre-wedding shoot, do it. They're an amazing way to get used to the camera and each other, get some awesome photos and maybe even realise that you've mastered the blue steel and have a budding modelling career ahead of you!
On the day, just be with each other and don't worry too much about the camera. Have fun and remember that your photographer is only human and (hopefully!) won't bite.
Emma Gosling, Emma Gosling Photography
Q. With so many photographers to choose from, what factors should we consider to help narrow down the search?
A. Michael Briggs says: I always say that taking photographs is just half of my job, the other half is to make sure the wedding day goes as smoothly as it possibly can. Being a photographer is the most intimate and personal role at a wedding. They'll be with you throughout the whole day, so it's important to have a warm connection with your chosen expert.
Shortlist a few photographers whose style you admire and meet them over a coffee. A face-to-face meeting is the best way to find out if your personalities are a good fit.
Michael Briggs, Michael Briggs Pictures
Caught on camera
Q. My friend has recommended booking a videographer, but we're nervous about being in front of the lens. How do we relax and enjoy our day?
A. Alex Moore says: Being filmed can be a nerve-racking experience, and not everyone is comfortable with it. In fact, most of our couples have this worry. My advice is always the same: forget we're there. When the day comes around, you'll be focussing on so many other things that the camera becomes a distant memory.
We always aim for natural footage and we rarely stage shots. This is to ensure the video is a true reflection of your day as it unfolds. We're never too close and we always remain respectful of everything else going on, while capturing the natural flow of the wedding from the nerves in the morning to the celebration in the evening. I guarantee you'll almost forget we're there on the day, and the memories you'll have to look back on will make it so worth it.
Alex Moore, Wedding Video Essex
Q. We're having an al fresco wedding in summer. How can we make the most of this in our photos?
A. Scott Miller says: At this time of year, you must make the most of the long summer evenings. Arrange a shoot with your photographer for later in the day to capture images with that soft golden light. In the height of summer, the sun doesn't set until gone 9pm, so make the most of the golden hour after your first dance. This is the perfect time to capture the most incredible newlywed portraits.
Scott Miller, Boutique Wedding Films & Photography