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|Q||Can you offer us some advice on how to look natural in front of the camera?|
|A||Allen Blasdell says: There are several ways a couple can ease their camera shyness and anxiety, some are for the couple to do and others for the photographer. Most wedding photographers would call themselves 'documentary', which basically means you shouldn't really notice them – it's their job to fade into the background and capture the events as they unfold but using their experience and skill to get great photos rather than just snapshots. They'll use different lenses and cameras and so on, none of which you need to worry about and probably will never even notice. Just enjoy the day and allow the photographer to do their job.
For myself, I like to intrude on the day slightly and many other photographers will too. We'll simply find a few perfect places for photos of you as a couple, somewhere with a light and colourful background, where the light will make you look a million dollars. We'll just ask you to stand or sit and maybe say: 'have a chat and catch up on the day'. We'll then wait for a moment where you're gazing into each other's eyes and without you realising we'll take a photo. These photos are often used as the centre-fold for the wedding album later.
Do note though that some photographers make a big deal of the couple photos and will want to spend a long time with you both on multiple occasions, for many couples this is perfect, but if you're camera shy or anxious, then it may be best not to select this type of photographer, so choose 'documentary' or 'reportage' instead.
Allen Blasdell , Creative Pixel Photography
Just The Two of Us
|Q||Lots of photographers offer an engagement shoot, but we're camera shy and don't know if it's for us. What are the benefits?|
|A||Rebecca Woods says: Being camera shy is one of the best reasons for booking an engagement shoot. The last thing you want to happen is to be awkward in front of the camera on your wedding day. Engagement shoots are your opportunity to really get to know your photographer and to get accustomed to how they work.
An engagement shoot can take you through poses that may be used for your wedding photography, and just as importantly identify things that you wouldn't want. For example, your version of 'sweet and romantic', may be another couples 'yuk and cheesy'. Some people may prefer a completely candid approach to their wedding photography, so an engagement shoot is a chance to have a relaxed time with your photographer, capturing the love and fun between you while taking part in an activity that you love. Creating candid moments during your engagement shoot makes it 100 per cent easier to do on your wedding day.
Choose a location for your engagement shoot that has meaning to you such as a favourite walk or where you first met, that way you'll be more relaxed and get the best out of your time with your photographer. You can't get things wrong on an engagement shoot, it's a time to get rid of your camera shyness and get that all important confidence in your wedding photographer. Let them know what you want from your wedding images and listen to their suggestions. Together you'll come up with the best way to create your perfect wedding photographs.
Rebecca Woods, Newsight Photography
Change of times
|Q||How has photography changed over the years, what are 2023 couples looking for from their big-day photographer?|
|A||Paul and Fiona Davies says: Up until around 15 years ago, wedding photography was mostly about recording the day and the traditional shots. The introduction of smartphones in to everyday life has seen a resurgence in everyone's interest in photography and, more than that, creativity. From a photographer's point of view, it's fantastic that couples are so much more invested in their wedding photography and are excited about working with their photographer to create the most stunning images of their perfect day, rather than just record it. Our couples book us because, as full time, qualified Master Photographers, they know they can trust us to realise their dream photographs of their big day.|
Paul and Fiona Davies, Eternity Hall Photography