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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

The Light Fantastic

The Light Fantastic

Q What is your advice on creating a winter wonderland wedding?
A Andy Kerr says: Winter, such a fantastic time for wedding photos, and adding a seasonal twist can really create a magical and romantic atmosphere. The first thing to remember about capturing great images is that photography is all about the light, and in the winter this can be challenging with shorter days and overcast skies. So, leave it to the professionals who have experience in overcoming these hurdles, and you can be sure of stunning images to treasure for a lifetime.

If you're lucky enough to have a snowy backdrop, the camera will tend to underexpose and add a blue tinge to the image. The fix is to compensate for this in the camera settings. After all, who wants blue snow? If you're wearing a white dress, standing in front of something with a darker background will also help to avoid you blending in. Something to bear in mind when it comes to your wedding attire and décor is that choosing deep, rich, seasonal colours such as burgundy, red, forest green, or navy can evoke a wintry feel. Also, fairylights and candles, for example, create a lovely warm, intimate ambience.

Finally, have a backup plan for indoor photos in case of extreme weather. Make sure your photographer visits your venue in the run up to the big day to check out the best backdrops, inside and out, as well as features that will make your images look amazing.

Andy Kerr, Andy Kerr Photography

Bright and breezy

Bright and breezy

Q How do you inject your wedding day with the spirit of spring?
A Charlotte and Callum says: During the spring the light starts to get brighter, flowers begin to bloom and days get longer. This time of year can be a beautiful time to get married thanks to slightly warmer days. Take advantage of seasonal flowers and the freshness of the air, which can be reflected through your wedding photography as your photographer is able to create beautiful bright and airy images.

The weather can be unpredictable, but we say: embrace it, it can be a wonderful thing! There are many different colour palettes that work perfectly for a spring wedding, our personal favourite being an English garden with a romantic flair using bright and soft colours to showcase in your photographs. This can be blooming magical!

Charlotte and Callum, C&C Imagery

Thanks for the memories

Thanks for the memories

Q What are you top 2023 trend predictions?
A Charlotte says: "Wedding photography has always been a key part of couples' big days and given the huge range of photographers to choose from with a wide variety of styles, picking the perfect match can be overwhelming. Last year, weddings made their comeback and 2023 is set to build on this. Trends in wedding photography are forever evolving, stemming away from the traditional and formal shots of yesteryear, instead benefitting from a more relaxed approach.

"The candid, documentary style, including the much-loved confetti shot and family group images is here to stay. However, a lot of our couples are now opting for something different. Smoke flares lead to some fantastic imagery and are a wonderful way to bring a pop of colour to proceedings. Sparkler send-offs were a popular choice for 2022 and 2023 will be no different.

"For us, we see 2023 being the year of bridal portraits. They're not for everyone, but when done correctly these are a beautiful reminder of how you looked and felt on your big day. We can't wait to see what the rest of the year has in store!"

Charlotte, C&C Imagery

Set the scene

Set the scene

Q We're getting married in January and we'd love some gorgeous couple portraits to treasure, but we're worried about losing the natural light so early. Are there ways around this?
A Martyn Russell says: Winter days being shorter means a little forward thinking is required. While fading light can be challenging, there are a number of ways around this...

It may be that you plan your ceremony for earlier in the day, while the light is more favourable. Bringing your timings forward by just an hour could make a significant difference. You may also choose to use fairylights, candles and even sparklers to bring excitement, atmosphere and importantly, lovely ambient light to your images.

Thinking outside the box a little, how about a first look where you have your couple photo shoot before the ceremony? By doing this you can alleviate any worries, knowing that your formal photos are in the bag regardless of when the sun sets.

Most importantly, you and your photographer need to understand the timings of your day and your vision for the photos. Great photographers will always have the experience and skills to capture fantastic images whatever the day throws at them.

Martyn Russell, Martyn Russell Photography

October-fest

October-fest

Q We both love the autumn, which is why we've chosen October to get married! Is there any way to reflect what we love about the season in our wedding photos to give them a twist?
A Lauren Simpson says: Autumn is my favourite time of year! Definitely take advantage of fall colours surrounding your venue. Changing leaves and autumn foliage will create beautiful, picturesque landscapes.

Have a clear plan with your photographer. During fall, the sun sets earlier, so be sure to make the most of the light. Look up the sunset time in advance to allow you to schedule in time for golden hour portraits where possible. The golden hour creates a gorgeous soft, warm light for portraits and can really enhance the autumnal hues and foliage around you.

Think about the colours of the season and perhaps try to incorporate these warm, rich tones into your colour palette. Deep burgundy, burnt orange, forest greens in floral arrangements, wedding party outfits and tablescapes can really enhance the gorgeous fall tones in your photos. Why not consider adding further subtle touches into the detail of your day, such as fir cones, autumn leaves or even small pumpkins?

This time of year means slightly colder weather, so make sure you and your guests stay warm. Blankets are a great way to keep the chill off during the evening. You could also incorporate a blanket or shawl in an autumnal colour for your couple photos to create that cosy fall feeling.

Lauren Simpson, Lauren Beth Photography

Shot selection

Shot selection

Q We're clueless when it comes to photography. Is there a list of shots we should ask our photographer to capture?
A Ami Hammond says: Wedding photography can certainly appear stressful to couples when planning their big day, you don't want to miss out on that perfect shot because you forgot to ask your photographer to capture it. Most professionals will give you the opportunity to have a meeting with them before the big day to discuss the type of images you want. My advice would be to start making a list of your must haves. Have a look on Pinterest or Instagram for some inspiration, and even search your venue's hashtag so you can have a look at what other photographers have come up with.

Many wedding photographers have their favourite staple poses that work well with all couples, but don't be afraid to ask for something they haven't done before – I'm sure they'll be up for a challenge. At the end of the day, this is your big day and these are your photos. They're something you'll look back on for the rest of your life, so you want them to be everything you've ever dreamed of and tell the story of your beautiful day from start to finish.

Ami Hammond, Ami Hammond Weddings

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

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