‘The weddings that go the smoothest are those where I’ve had time to meet with the couple for an icebreaker shoot – I recommend an engagement shoot, especially if you’re a little camera shy. This way you are well prepared on your special day and more at ease in front of the camera.
Timing is everything – you need to allow at least an hour for your couple’s shoot. This allows the photographer to be creative and capture beautiful photos you’ll love forever. The soft, warm glow of the golden hour at sunset is ideal for romantic shots. If yours is a morning wedding, think about having your pictures taken before the ceremony – midday sun is awful to shoot in. Try not to panic if it rains. It’s not ideal but some of my best images have come out of situations where the weather wasn’t perfect.
The photographer’s job is to capture the moments between the bride and groom, while the wedding couple’s job is to relax and have fun. If you’re on a strict budget, sit with your photographer and plan the shots you have to have. That way you can gure out the timing. Most photographers have different packages so you can be exible and possibly take a smaller package with fewer hours. Bear in mind, for destination weddings you’ll need to think about travel and accommodation costs for your photographer as well.’ Cherylmcewan.co.za