Marie Claire (South Africa) - - MC BRIDE - Ch­eryl McEwan

‘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.’ Ch­erylm­ce­

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