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Lights, Camera, Action!
|Q||Can you give us some tips for booking our big-day photography?|
|A||Ben Allen says: Searching for the right wedding photographer can be a bit of a minefield. If you're reading this, you may have already posted in Facebook bridal groups asking for recommendations, and have no doubt been flooded by countless photographers telling you why you should book them (probably including me!) The right photographer for you is out there...
Whether your main deciding factor is the price, style of photography or personality, take a look at your potential list of photographers' Instagram feeds and delete any whose work you aren't a fan of. This will leave you with a list of those whose work you love. Once you've got a shortlist, look at their pricing and remove any that fall above or under your budget.
Now comes the most important bit - meet the photographers on your shortlist! If you can't meet in person, set up a Zoom call. You must get on well with your chosen photographer because they're going to be spending plenty of time with you on your most important day. Then, just book your favourite. See, it's easy!
Ben Allen, Lenscraft Photography
Caught on camera
|Q||When should the groom get photographed on the morning of the wedding?|
|A||Libby Clark says: Your wedding day is a story and, like every story, there are two sides to it. It's common for me, as the photographer, to focus on the bride's story; having her hair and make-up done, putting on her dress and capturing the reactions to her finished look but what about the groom? It's his day too! Whilst it may not take as long, the groom is still busily preparing for his upcoming nuptials. He and his groomsmen can usually be found sorting out the suits, working out how to attach a buttonhole and adding final details to the speeches, often while whisky is being passed around to calm the nerves and there's always one groomsman who is still in bed less than one hour before they need to leave! To tell the entire story of your day, I would advise getting the groom preparations photographed - they're just as much fun for the bride to look through as the bridal prep is for the groom.
Sometimes the groom is happy to suggest you get on with booking suppliers by yourself. For some things that's fine, but for booking for your wedding photographer I would suggest you both meet them together because they are the one supplier you're going to spend much of your day with. They'll be with you whilst you're getting ready, throughout the ceremony and for the couple portraits so it's really important that you like them. You need to make sure that you gel with them before the day so arrange to meet them in person or over a zoom call. We all have different personality types, and if you love their work but one of you finds them hard to get on with, it's ok to keep looking for the right photographer for you both. Does your groom hate having his photo taken and was quite happy to not have a photographer at all? Book a pre-wedding shoot so that you can both learn how your photographer works ahead of the big day. It's helpful for the photographer too because every couple is different. What might work for one couple doesn't necessarily work for the next and the pre-wedding shoot means that can all be worked out beforehand.
Libby Clark, Libby Clark Photography
For both your eyes only
|Q||I'm considering booking a boudoir shoot to surprise my hubby-to-be. Can you tell me what to expect?|
|A||Libby Clark says: I'm now offering boudoir photo shoots in the comfort of your home for a limited time only at an introductory offer! A 90-minute shoot with five digital files to keep afterwards and more available to purchase costs £100 and makes a wonderful keepsake for you and your partner!
We sometimes feel under pressure to look our best, keep in good shape, achieve perfect skin and have a healthy body, but our bodies come in all shapes and sizes and they deserve to be celebrated.
The most attractive woman is a confident one and a boudoir shoot will do so much for your body confidence. You might want to capture yourself on camera because you've just reached a milestone birthday or are pregnant. The shoots happen in the privacy of your home so that you're comfortable and have control. We will experiment with different looks and outfits in various areas of your home. The shoot is all about you and the results will be fantastic!
Libby Clark, Libby Clark Photography
Through their eyes
|Q||Can you give us some tips for achieving fabulous wedding photos from a photographer's perspective please?|
|A||Daniella Marinos says: - Be relaxed, enjoy your day and have fun! It should be the most wonderful time and is the start of a new chapter in your life together. Rely on your bridal party to do most of the running around and embrace every emotion that you both feel.
- Remember that the photographer has a big responsibility on your day and they're working hard for you. They'll be running on adrenaline to accomplish everything so please try and ensure they are not forgotten with refreshments and food.
- Take advantage of the weather when it's sunny and request plenty of outdoor shots but remember that the photographer only has a certain amount of daylight hours. Sometimes the weather changes quickly and any good photographer will pre-empt this and try and move the party indoors quickly.
- When you book your photographer, ask them whether they have any suggestions, for example, things like the groom's preparation often gets forgotten but is a really important part of the day.
- Always check your contract to give you peace of mind that your chosen photographer has a backup plan if needed in the event of bad weather.
- Remember that your photographer is a business and has overheads including insurance. If they're a quality photographer, their main summer dates won't be available for long so don't hold on to the deposit or contract because other enquiries will no doubt want the same date.
- Speak to your photographer, or email them, with every question you have, plus a list of your must-have shots – communication is key!
Daniella Marinos, Daniella Marinos Photography