Expert advice about photography

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your North East Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yournortheast.wedding

 

Picture perfect

Picture perfect

Q. I'm worried about the unpredictable weather on our wedding day and how our images will turn out. What advice can you share to get around this?

A. Lindsey Guy says: Let's face it, we live in the UK, and as lovely and quirky as it may be, we all know that the weather is very unpredictable – it can be glorious sunshine one minute and then torrential rain the next. I'm sure that you've planned your wedding down to the last detail, but the one thing you can't control is the weather. My advice would be, there's no point in worrying about something that you have no control over – it is what it is.

I have been photographing weddings now for more than six years, and I've seen every kind of weather scenario and know how to make the most out of it – you have to adapt to the elements and be flexible. Stormy skies can be used to your advantage as we can capture beautiful dramatic images and I love photographing couples in the rain! We give you an umbrella and set up a light behind you, and you can catch some magical shots. A good photographer knows how to work with any weather situation and use it to his or her advantage.

Before every wedding, I plan for all-weather situations; I plan where I'm going to do the confetti and formal group pictures if it is raining, very cold, cloudy or sunny. I will liaise with the venue to find a suitable spot inside just in case and set up some lights to make sure that you can see everyone clearly in the picture. Make sure you book an experienced photographer, check their work for evidence that they can work in all-weather situations and can adapt to our very unpredictable weather.

Lindsey Guy,Forget Me Knot Images
www.forgetmeknotimages.co.uk

 

Picture perfect

Picture perfect

Q. We love nature, which is why we're getting married in spring as everything is so beautiful this time of year. How can we incorporate spring in our photos?

A. Vicky Shaw says: There are so many ways to bring a fresh spring feel to your wedding, regardless of whether you're blessed with clear blue skies or find yourself under brollies in April showers!

My first idea would be flowers – you're spoilt for choice when it comes to spring bloom. Bring the outside in with wildflowers or sprinkle pastel colours through your bouquets and buttonholes, I love photography soaked in colour and gorgeous details I can carry through the story of your day. I'd always suggest talking to your florist and working closely with them.

If its nature you adore, find a venue that makes the most of its surroundings and is filled with daylight! As a photographer, I love natural light and spring is fab for this as the days become longer. We're gifted more time with natural light, which is always more flattering than flash. If British weather permits, I'll always encourage my couples to be outside in the elements, walking through wheat fields, climbing trees or walking in the sea. Embrace the beautiful scenery and plan a mini adventure with your photographer. The wedding album will be filled with your personalities and bespoke moments.

Vicky Shaw
www.victoriaspongephotography.co.uk

 

Two can play that game

Two can play that game

Q. A lot of my married friends say it's important to hire a wedding photographer that supplies more than one snapper for the big day. Do you agree?

A. Chris Todd says: Chris says: Here at Christography we offer two photographers, as you're right; it's a massive selling point to many brides and grooms. The reason for this is it means we can cover both sides of the wedding party, from prep right through to coming together at the ceremony. We like to call ourselves 'Swiss army photographers', as we like to go above and beyond! From lacing up bride's dresses to the groom and ushers' buttonholes, we can help with it all. Having two photographers means you can capture different angles and different perspectives, whereas with one they can't be in all places at the same time and may miss out on a fantastic shot as a result.

Chris Todd
www.christography.co.uk

 

Close to home

Close to home

Q. My future father-in-law knows a wedding photographer in Brighton - and he's desperate for me to use them. Should I follow his advice or look for someone in Sunderland, where my fiancé and I live and are getting married?

A. Michael Hope says: Michael says: I would always recommend that the wedding couple choose their wedding photographer themselves. It may be OK to have recommendations from friends or family, but the photographer will be working closely with both the bride and the groom for the majority of the day, and there needs to be a connection. A photographer can have all the talent and passion in the world, but if he or she isn't easy to get along with, it will be an uphill battle.

A local photographer is also easy to meet – you'll want to catch up prior to the wedding day for at least a wedding consultation to go over their own thoughts and ideas for the day or even for a pre-wedding shoot. It's also best to hire someone with knowledge of the area and who has photographed at the wedding venue in question. Finally, a local photographer will have knowledge of what the traffic on the day may be like, as well as inside knowledge of the best locations to use in the vicinity of where the wedding is taking place.

Michael Hope
www.facebook.com/michaelhopephotography

 

Say cheese?

Say cheese?

Q. My dad is so camera-shy that he's asking not to be in any of our wedding photos! How can I reason with him while making him feel more secure about being snapped?

A. Sue Stephenson says: Sue says: This is quite an unusual question, as I have never come across a dad not wanting to be photographed! What I would say is to tell him what I have said to nervous couples in the past – they don't need to show anyone the images afterwards if they don't want to. Ultimately, the images are not really for them; they are for their future generations to see and for you to have a lasting memory of your dad at your special day. Also, ask him to consider how the family would feel if he weren't on any of the images. You should also consider having less traditional photos and more documentary-style shots instead. This way, he won't even know he's being photographed!

Sue Stephenson
www.suestephensonphotography.co.uk

 

Snap happy

Snap happy

Q. We're only having 20 guests for our wedding, and as such, my husband doesn't feel we need to pay for a photographer! How can I convince him that snaps taken on people's phones won't be the way we want to remember our big day?

A. Laurence Sweeney says: A flowergirl's smile, a mother's tear and a proud father – you need a professional photographer to capture those all-important moments. The number one regret for most couples is not having a professional wedding photographer. Your guests may take fab photos with their mobile phones, but can they anticipate those special moments before they happen? Remember, if the moment has already arrived, then it could be too late.

Your guests may want to enjoy the day and have a few drinks, and by knowing that there is a professional photographer around allows them to relax and be part of the day rather than worrying about having to take any pictures. Professional photographers may be able to offer bespoke packages to cover as much or as little time as you wish them to be there. They can also create a story of those special moments, which you can look back on over the years for some amazing trips down memory lane. Have no regrets – just wonderful memories.

Laurence Sweeney
www.laurencesweeneyphotography.com

 

Camera shy

Camera shy

Q. My partner and I hate having our pictures taken, and you won't find a single selfie of either of us on our phones! Do you think we'd regret not having a photographer whatsoever to snap any part of our day?

A. Joe Connor says: A lot of couples worry about this. The wedding day itself is already a pretty intense occasion, and having everyone's eyes on you can be overwhelming, with the thought of a photographer stalking you only adding to your stress levels.

It's important to try to not focus on the fact that photos of you will be taken and concentrate more on the comfort that your special day is being captured – and that you'll be able to relive it again in the comfort of your own home. I can honestly say you'll never look back and say “I wish we'd never booked a photographer,” but it's highly likely that you would regret not having one. Without a photographer, you'd miss all the little details that you spent so long creating, the emotion on the faces of family friends and spontaneous moments that a good photographer is there to capture. Choosing a photographer with a natural style is always good for people with camera shyness, as they're great at blending in – and the majority of the photos are taken without your knowledge.

Joe Connor
www.facebook.com/fotocouture