Nor­folk wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher Jes­sica Aline Hay on cap­tur­ing the big day

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Ad­vice and ideas from a wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher

Tell us about your­self:

I am a Cana­dian landed in the mid­dle of the gor­geous Nor­folk coun­try­side. With a back­ground in fine art pho­tog­ra­phy, I love to bring a bit of cre­ative flair to my work. I’ve been pho­tograph­ing weddings for over 10 years and ap­proach each one with a fresh and ex­cit­ing per­spec­tive.

What should a cou­ple look for when choos­ing a wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher?

Qual­ity rather than quan­tity. While I would rec­om­mend not skimp­ing on a pho­tog­ra­pher (you do get what you pay for in terms of ex­pe­ri­ence), you don’t nec­es­sar­ily need to spend a huge amount on a good pho­tog­ra­pher. If you’re on a bud­get, which let’s be hon­est most of us are, I’d rec­om­mend look­ing for qual­ity rather than quan­tity and maybe fo­cus on the more im­por­tant parts of the day for cov­er­age.

What are the cur­rent hot trends in wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy?

Boho with­out any fuss; re­laxed can­did pho­tos with more fo­cus on guests and less time spent ex­clu­sively on the cou­ple. I’ve found this of­ten ex­tends to group shots where cou­ples are ask­ing for fam­ily pho­tos to be taken on hay bales and even don’t mind the oc­ca­sional wan­der­ing guest in the back­ground.

Do you have a pre­ferred shoot­ing style?

I love a spon­ta­neous cre­ative style, most use­ful dur­ing the cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion. I like to blend into the crowd to get a few snaps of peo­ple re­ally just en­joy­ing them­selves, com­pletely un­aware of the cam­era. It takes a keen eye and con­stant fluid move­ment through the crowd, but to­tally worth it when I man­age to cap­ture sin­cere rip­pling laugh­ter.

How do you get peo­ple to re­lax in front of the cam­era?

Pick a beau­ti­ful spot away from guests and give the cou­ple space to have a mo­ment to them­selves. If par­tic­u­larly cam­era shy, I’ll keep them mov­ing. Ner­vous laugh­ter looks great on cam­era, and while I might give a per­son a bit of di­rec­tion if needed, I of­ten find all a cou­ple needs to re­lax in front of the cam­era is to look at each other and then I’m of­ten for­got­ten.

Do you like to have a plan for your wed­ding day shoots or do you pre­fer to see what de­vel­ops? (no pun in­tended)

I like to come pre­pared but leave lots of wig­gle room for chang­ing cir­cum­stances, es­pe­cially in case the weather is mis­be­hav­ing. I al­ways have a back-up plan for key shots and leave plenty of time where I can get a few quick snaps if needed to en­sure all those im­por­tant mo­ments are recorded.

Do chil­dren and an­i­mals bring spe­cial chal­lenges or op­por­tu­ni­ties to the wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher?

Such won­der­ful chal­lenges! I love it when chil­dren and an­i­mals are in­volved as it brings new and ex­cit­ing el­e­ments to the day. Both only have small win­dows of op­por­tu­nity, so it’s im­por­tant to take ad­van­tage of their at­ten­tion when you have it!

Do you have any pho­tog­ra­phy tips for the happy cou­ple on the big day?

Leave room for the un­ex­pected and don’t get caught up in the de­tails. Once the day has be­gun just go with it and don’t let your pre­con­cep­tions get in the way. How you feel will re­flect in the pho­tos (even more so in videos!) so my great­est tip would be to re­lax and en­joy your­selves.

ABOVE AND BE­LOW: A cou­ple of Jes­sica’s favourite shots show a re­laxed and fun style

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