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|Q||What is your advice on planning for an outdoor wedding?|
|A||Nicky Tulip says: I love the outdoors for a ceremony and reception, however come rain or shine the elements can prove a challenge in both scenarios and there are some things to consider to make your photos all the more beautiful.
Shade is definitely recommended for the ceremony, whether it be a tree, garden gazebo structure or arch. People are often mislead into thinking that beautiful sunshine and perfect weather is just what we photographers want. However, full sun in the middle of a hot afternoon is just too much, it can blow out the white balance, makes people squint and creates harsh shadows and highlights. Shade is perfect for a balance of colour and lighting. Also, in the event of a light shower there's a little cover for you and your guests too.
Think too about the timing of your "I dos." In the warmer months with long, light days a later ceremony time works very well. Around 5pm is ideal to get that golden glow but the temperature drops ever so slightly and reduces the squinting.
Space: not such an obvious one, but I particularly like to move around subtly and from a little distance. To do this, I often head around the back of where the ceremony is taking place. This way I can get the best view with your guests in the images too, and I'm not in the way of their view of you getting married.
Nicky Tulip, Nicky’s Photography
|Q||Tell us how to plan a wedding sustainably.|
|A||Emily Brown says: My brand and its ethos are based on my personal passions for sustainability and an overall respect for the natural world. You may not think there's too much a wedding photographer can do to help you achieve a sustainable wedding, but there's actually quite a bit. In 2022, I was accepted as a member of the Sustainable Wedding Alliance. Here are some of the ways in which I strive to work in an eco-friendly way. It's about making small changes that mount up to make a big difference.
• We use a green energy supplier, but all energy used is generated from solar panels. To be certain, all charging and electronic use is traced using smart plugs.
• All batteries are rechargeable and any office waste is recycled or repurposed.
• We have invested in an electric vehicle, with the intention of retiring my petrol car entirely.
• To combat any unavoidable carbon emissions and mileage, I'm partnered with TreeSisters, who plant trees in areas of deforestation. I donate a non-negotiable amount monthly, equating to the planting of 800 trees per year.
• All contracts are sent electronically.
• All newlyweds are given a plantable card, embedded with wildflower seeds, as a thank you for booking and a donation is made to TreeSisters on their behalf following every marriage I photograph.
• I offer a range of sustainable products, enabling my clients to showcase and treasure their memories without harming the environment.
• Wedding albums and prints are crafted using only sustainablysourced/ recycled materials, and all USBs have been replaced with handcrafted wooden print boxes made in Cheshire.
• My website is running on green energy and I track the amount of carbon that is produced when visitors click on the site via www.websitecarbon.com
Emily Brown, Emily Brown Photography
A blossoming romance
|Q||This issue we asked the experts how to inject your wedding days with the spirit of spring.|
|A||Nicky Tulip says: Spring is such a beautiful time of the year to have your wedding day. Such a lovely mild temperature, along with fresh leaves and flowers starting to bloom. To capture the season in your images I love to include those beautiful, natural surroundings and the low, early evening sunlight, which lends them a warm glow.
Blossom is a delight to shoot and feature in photos in the spring and at different stages provides various hues throughout the early months of the year. It offers such variety and beautiful soft colours and tones. This can be complemented by your bouquet and colours of your wedding attire.
Nicky Tulip, Nicky’s Photography
|Q||What are your top 2023 trend predictions?|
|A||Fatma Keeley says: Candid photos have always been a fabulous way to document the realness of weddings, which in turn provide couples with actual memories of the joy and excitement experienced on their special day. This type of photography can be achieved as long as couples are out there enjoying their wedding party with their guests.
In the past two years since weddings have been back in full swing, I'd noticed a massive emphasis on group photos with couples having endless lists of shots they wanted, as they valued every member of their wedding party and so wanted to make sure they have a photo of each and every one. This in turn meant they'd have less time to enjoy their pre-breakfast drinks and also meant that there were very few candid shots with their friends and family. Towards the end of 2022, I noticed a change in photo requests, couples are still wanting some group shots, however, what they really want is to enjoy their wedding and to get on with being in those natural candid moments. I predict this will continue into 2023.
Fatma Keeley, Smiley Huseyin Photography
|Q||Are black and white images still popular and should we opt to have them?|
|A||Nicola Tulip says: In my experience, the love of a black and white image is still as strong as ever. When editing wedding photos for my couples, I give them a selection of black and white as well as colour. The monochrome image gives a photo a timeless quality like no other filter or effect and people do love these today as much as ever. These days it's possible to edit with a high or low contrast, giving two completely different looks to the classic black and white image. People tend to like them as it can smooth out skin tone and texture! These photos can also achieve beautiful results in any weather condition, so it doesn't matter whether the sun is too bright, or not bright enough, the results are always stunning. I have many in my home of my own family, which I love and they create a real feature in any room. A large canvas or print from your wedding day, will stand the test of time in this classic combination.|
Nicola Tulip, Nicky's Photography
It's only natural
|Q||Some photographers offer an engagement or prewedding shoot, but we're camera shy and don't know if it's for us. What are the benefits?|
|A||David King says: I love to offer pre-wedding shoots to couples that are shy about having their photographs taken. It makes the wedding flow so much better once you've experienced how your photographer will shoot on the day. It really is a great way of making you feel at ease by showing you a few natural poses and having plenty of fun along the way. You'll feel reassured that even the shyest and most introverted of people can have the most amazing photographs of their big day to treasure.|
David King, David King Photographer
Your perfect match
|Q||We're searching for a wedding photographer and don't know where to start. What do we need to know when looking and booking?|
|A||David King says: I've been in the industry for more than 20 years and the way to find your photographer has changed so much over the years. You have a lot of options, but the easiest way is to use a search engine and look for "wedding photographer Kent." You'll then have several decisions to make from there. Recommendations from your chosen venue are always useful as they'll be the ones who know the best places to shoot on the day, but it's not always necessary and you may find a photographer whose personality just suits yours. This is an important part of your decision-making as you don't want a grumpy photographer with you for nine hours of this most wonderful day! Social media and websites have to be the most utilised methods of deciding on a photographer, and again it's a reflection of style and personality.
You should ask prospective photographers about their experience, style, awards, knowledge of the venue and view the wealth of images on their website. You'll get a sense from this of whether they've shot at a lot of different venues and how experienced they are. Finally, you'll get a feel for your photographer and know they're going to capture those images that make you say "wow," and sum up your day perfectly.
David King, David King Photographer
Come rain or shine
|Q||We're getting married in the autumn and our only concern is the unpredictability of the weather. How can we prepare for the worst, while hoping for the best, when it comes to our photographs?|
|A||Pete Lerpiniere says: You can prepare and plan your wedding down to the last detail, but you can never count on the good old British weather and no time is more unpredictable than the autumn. As professional photographers though, we'll always prepare for the worst so you don't have to and look at the venues with inclement conditions in mind.
If you're worried look for a photographer with studio experience and equipment. For example, we have an extensive range of professional studio lighting, soft boxes and backdrops to cover every situation. So, less favourable conditions don't scare us!
When booking your wedding venue have a look at the size of the space and ask if there are any spare rooms where your photographer can set up a bespoke studio to capture those magic moments if you can't be outside.
Pete Lerpiniere, JP Photographic