Ask Kate: Wedding Photos and Videos

February 6, 2013

Kate Thompson has been offering heart-felt advice and sparklingly different wedding inspiration for ten years. She is married with two children, and often features in the national press. With her warm and caring nature and off-beat sense of humour, she'll answer every question with knowledgable insight and understanding to help and inspire or simply restore your peace of mind.

Q.

I am considering booking a videographer for my wedding next year, as I think it’s something really nice to keep and watch in years to come.  The video team will have two people at the wedding and my photographer that I have already booked has two people. My partner and I are quite shy when it comes to having our picture taken, although the photographer and videographer both put us at ease we are concerned that it will be too crowded. Have you had any other feedback from other couples or any advice you could provide me with?

A.

It will be fine with both the photographer and the videographer and it’s wonderful to have a moving film of your special day as well as those all-important stills. They are professionals who will be well used to working at the same weddings and should be adept at making couples feel at ease. Be reassured that modern wedding photography and videography is so much more relaxed than the formal group shots of our parent’s era.  Nowadays we also have the choice of candid, reportage style photography which can help you feel a lot less conspicuous!  

Your concerns over crowding may actually be a positive factor as with several professionals there helping you,  you might both feel less under the spotlight. The photography team and the videography team should be put in contact with each other to ensure the best use of your time and theirs and to make sure they don’t step on each other’s toes.

 It’s important to meet your wedding photographer and videographer before the wedding, not just to discuss the shots you would like but also to build up a rapport with them so you feel more comfortable in their company on your wedding day. If you dislike the photographer you first see, see another and another until you find a real fit.

Wedding Photographer, Marie Wootton said, “Around half the couples I meet have said they don’t like their photographs taken – a marriage is, after all, about making a commitment to somebody you love and not about being on show, but you will be grateful that you have some lasting memories.  It’s useful to remember that the photographer  is looking through a lens and not at you directly. I ask them to just talk amongst themselves and most get lost in the moment and forget I am even there, leading to some lovely, happy moments captured. Your photographer can catch you from a distance in the church or venue whilst you read your vows and again at the reception. You can also have shots where you are both not looking at the camera and just doing something fun- like piggyback chasing each other! The formal shots need not be drawn out. If you find you don’t want the old fashioned posed shots choose a ‘contemporary’ photographer rather than one from the ‘old school’ and ask for some reportage shots at the reception too.”

Another  great way to get over nerves and discover your best angle is to have a practice shoot with your wedding photographer before the wedding. Marie offers a complimentary engagement shoot with her wedding packages, most other photographers will charge extra.

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