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Gone with the wind
Q. March is significant to us and we'd like to choose this month to say our vows, but last year in particular the weather was awful. How would we get around that?
A. Tania Jonas says: Don't let the weather ruin your day! We photographed two weddings in 2019, with gale force winds, but neither let the extreme conditions affect the joy and fun of their days one iota. One of our brides lost her veil completely – the wind just took it and it flew into the grounds.
If you're brave enough to face the elements, some fun shots can be had. You'll always remember exactly how your day was. If the venue has a gazebo, you're sorted. Good cover for the bride and groom is all that's needed, and some wonderful photography can be captured making the use of flashlights. Alternatively, you can always stay in and use natural light coming through the windows for photographs. Above all, embrace whatever comes your way!
Q. I'm not keen on formal group shots, but want to make sure we get snaps of all of our guests. What can you recommend to make sure the informal outdoor atmosphere of our day is reflected in our photographs?
A. Justine Claire says: Firstly keep to small key groups for formals – close family and bridal party. It's important to get these done during the drinks reception as the photographer definitely knows who the most important people are. This should take no more than 15 minutes with the help of a groomsman or bridesmaid to collect the appropriate guests. It's great if there's a bit of humour whilst these are being taken, so the line-ups look happy and thrilled with the celebrations. It can also show off some of the wedding venue's views. After dinner when the guests are fed and watered, lovely and relaxed, generally they're more interested in informal group photos. These are usually a laugh because the guests are so relaxed. After dinner guests are more willing to walk and chat and have a laugh with the photographer too, which means the backdrop of the venue gets reflected in a beautiful informal manner.
Q. Is copyright of my photographs something I need to be conscious of?
A. Justine Claire says: Whoever clicks the shutter owns the copyright of any photograph. It protects the photographer by preventing people from copying their work and claiming it as their own. It also stops them selling, renting, lending or giving it away for free, as well as showing the work in public or adapting it in any way. Copyright protection is automatic for the photographer, as it would be for any artist or anyone creating an image.
When it comes to copyright of wedding photographs, it's pretty straightforward. They do belong to the photographer, but don't worry, you can ask your photographer not to use your images for advertising or promotion if you prefer to keep them private.
You'll usually find that your wedding images will come with permission to print, which we fully understand will be distributed to close family or printed in photo books. However, your photographer will usually ask that you use a watermarked version on social media, just so that they can retain some recognition.
Bring in the professionals
Q. How do I avoid disaster on my wedding day?
A. Justine Claire says: The greatest advice I can offer any couple is to work with reputable, experienced suppliers. Remember; is it worth taking unnecessary risks with your wedding day? Peace of mind can be yours if you choose the right team. Professionals know their stuff, so let them do what they do best and they will ensure you can relax and enjoy your day.
Photographs are your lasting memories, which is why it's highly inadvisable to ask a friend, relative or anyone other than a professional photographer to capture your day. There are some horror stories out there from couples who decided to cut corners with what is arguably the most important aspect of the day and then realise in hindsight that it was the biggest disaster of all.
Don't be afraid to give your bridal party specific areas of responsibility. So often this is overlooked and the bride and groom are constantly being interrupted and bothered with minute details, which could easily have been allocated elsewhere enabling the bride and groom to have fun and relax.
And finally, always order a few white umbrellas, as you never know what the weather will do!
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