FAQs and expert advice about photography

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Sussex 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@your-sussex.wedding


Trick of the light

Trick of the light

Q. Our November wedding is going to be held in the late afternoon so it'll be getting dark by the time our ceremony ends. How will this affect our photography?

A. Stephanie Kalber says: There are a few different options for this depending on how traditional you'd like to be and what style of photography you'd like. If you prefer to use entirely natural or available light, but aren't too worried about seeing each other before the ceremony, then you could always arrange a first look shoot. It will allow you to utilise the light earlier in the day and can give you a chance to steal a few private moments together rather than seeing each other for the first time in front of all of your guests. There are some romantic and intimate examples of first looks online, which will give you an idea — they're very common at American weddings.

If your photographer is happy using additional lighting, off-camera flash etc, then there are some amazing options you can go for in the winter light and darkness. Sparklers are also a fun choice for after-dark portraits. Make sure you look at your preferred photographer's portfolio before booking and ask to see examples of winter or poorly lit weddings.

Don't worry too much though, some of the best sunsets I've ever seen have been at autumn and winter weddings, so just be flexible and let your photographer lead you. Wedding photography at this time of year can be wonderfully dramatic.

Stephanie Kalber, Stephanie Kalber


Picture perfect

Picture perfect

Q. Our venue is gorgeous inside and out. How can we make the most of it with our wedding photos?

A. Sophie Ward says: Planning will be the key here. Make a list of the areas you love and let your photographer know about them in your pre-wedding meeting. List them in order of importance in case you need to prioritise on the day. Think about your chosen style: is it modern, traditional or themed? This will also help your photographer to pick out any idyllic or unusual little corners that best suit your style.

Try to visualise how you want to remember your special day. Do you want couple shots in front of a beautiful old bay window with plenty of natural light streaming in, or walking through the long grass hand in hand with your stunning venue in the background?

Don't worry about the weather spoiling your outdoor shots. Ask your venue in advance if they have wedding umbrellas and bring some colourful wellies with you just in case. There's a great photo opportunity in everything when the venue is gorgeous.

Finally, remember: a good photographer will capture the special moments and places throughout the day without you even realising.

Sophie Ward, Sophie Ward Photography


When the stars come out

When the stars come out

Q. What are your suggestions for creative night-time shots?

A. Fiona Mills says: The first point of call is to look at the environment for slithers of ambient light that can be used to create a scene. During the consultation stage, I get an idea of any themes and styles that can be brought into the image to complement the couple's vibe for the day, and creatively use what's around me to create images to reflect that. In my camera bag, I carry a variety of external light sources that I can use to bring more light into a scene if required, and smoke can also enhance the atmosphere of a darker scene. One of my couples' wedding took the theme of The Walking Dead, so we re-created a car park scene for them using the cars as props and posing of the bridal party to mirror the scene from the series. There's a particular moment as the night draws in called Nautical Dusk, which is the ideal moment to head outside as the sky becomes the most beautiful deep, dark blue. Any later and the sky texture is lost in the black sky. Another firm favourite is the sparkler exit – everyone loves to get those sparklers lit and celebrate the newlyweds as they leave the venue.

Fiona Mills, Fiona Mills Art


It takes two

It takes two

Q. A friend of ours had two photographers on their wedding day. What are the benefits of this – should we do the same?

A. Tania Jones says: There are many reasons why having two photographers is a great choice for wedding couples.

- Different locations. More often than not, the bride and groom are getting ready at separate locations, so having two photographers means both preparations can be captured at the same time. This is the only part of the day you're not together, so it's interesting for you to see what you were both up to!

- Different aspects. During the ceremony, having one photographer stationed at the front and one at the back means minimal movement and disruption allowing us to capture special moments, such as the first look and ring exchange, effectively and unobtrusively.

- Simultaneous event coverage. One photographer can be taking the formal group photos, while the other captures more candid moments of the mingling and natural interactions between you and your guests.

- Creative shots without taking you away from your guests for too long. Two photographers can set up and rehearse a special shot to ensure that settings and lighting are correct before calling you for the actual shot. This means it will only take a few moments to capture, and you can return swiftly to your guests.

- The speeches and entertainment. With two photographers you have double the chance of catching the emotions of the speaker and the both of you, as well as incidental moments in the evening celebrations. These moments happen in an instant and can't be set up or repeated. We've both got our eyes and ears open, fingers ready on the shutter button!

Tania Jones, Steve and Tania Photography

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