FAQs and 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

 

Snap out of it

Snap out of it

Q. What are your tips for making sure the photographer we choose is going to take pics we'll love forever? My maid of honour was devastated when she saw her own – and now I'm scared of knowing who to choose…

A. Ruth Gibson and Ben Squire says: Choosing a photographer can be a very daunting task! One of our top tips would be to take your time, look at lots of photographers' websites and work out why you like the photos that you are drawn to. Try not to be too heavily influenced by popular trends if they're not really 'you', too. Next, reach out to those you're interested in and ask if they can chat to explain a bit more about how they work. Communication is really important to make sure you're getting someone you gel with and will be comfortable with on the day. You may also be able to request to see a larger sample of their work, such as a full wedding gallery, which should give you more of an idea of what you will be receiving.

Ruth Gibson and Ben Squire, Ruth and Ben
ruthandben.co.uk

 

Paws for thought

Paws for thought

Q. We want our fur babies involved in our day, so are looking for a photographer that reflects how much we love them. Are there any tips to finding the right person for the job?

A. Emma and Michael Shaw says: They say never to work with children or animals, don't they? Well, that couldn't be further from the truth when it comes to wedding photography! Your celebration is one of the most important days of your life, so you want to ensure it includes everyone – and every pet! – that means the most to you! To find a photographer that you know will be on the same page as you when it comes to your fur babies you should always meet with them before you book, asking how they feel about pets at weddings and exploring a pre shoot where you can take your dogs along to be included in the pictures. Finally, be sure to choose a photographer with a relaxed style to catch all of the candid moments – pets don't pose for photos and a relaxed photographer will love this!

Emma and Michael Shaw, Michael G Shaw Photography
www.instagram.com/michaelgshawphotography

 

Picture perfect

Picture perfect

Q. We want our wedding photos to stand out, how can we achieve this?

A. Darren Edmonds says: Wedding photography captures all the emotions, smiles and love you feel for each other, but sometimes it can also capture a completely different perspective.

Using a drone is a fantastic way to photograph your day and capture any location including a walk down the beach or a stroll through the fields.

This option allows us to create exciting and memorable footage that otherwise would have been impossible to achieve. This service is completely free and included in all my packages as long as the location allows it.

Darren Edmonds, DJM Photography
www.djmphotography.co.uk

 

Picture perfect

Picture perfect

Q. How can we capture natural-looking photos on our wedding day?

A. Darren Edmonds says: The most important way to achieve natural-looking photos is to build a good relationship with a photographer. I find this relatively easy, to capture beautiful shots, as my couples aren't just clients but they become friends. This allows for great banter and you'll instantly relax in front of the camera – especially when I ask you to do something out of the norm.

I also suggest that you look at each other, there's no one else who can make you smile and laugh more than your partner, be it at them or with them. That's a natural moment I can capture to show real love. After all, no one wants to stare at a camera with a cheesy smile and you're certainly not in love with me! 

Darren Edmonds, DJM Photography
www.djmphotography.co.uk

 

Capturing memories

Capturing memories

Q. For our winter wedding, I'm worried about how quickly it gets dark. What are the must-have shots and how can we get around this issue?

A. Vicky Shaw says: Vicky says: Don't fear the dark, embrace it! Using light creatively can result in some of the most dramatic, romantic and intimate shots of the day and it's a great way to capture those last few frames. I'm almost always going to want to backlight the frame and my couple, this can be done with a sunset (although this can be unpredictable), the lighting within your venue or using a portable flash. I'd always recommend you visit the venue with your photographer before the big day to discuss your favourite spots, share images you have researched and get inspired. You'll simply dance in the dark knowing your photographer has it covered on the special day.

Vicky Shaw, Vicotria Sponge Photography
www.victoriaspongephotography.co.uk

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