Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - May/June 2023 (Issue 69)

Fear of the unknown can become overwhelming when planning a wedding. After all, it’s not something you do every day! So, we’ve decided to remove that for you when it comes to one of the most important elements of your day – the photography. Here, some of the region’s finest wedding photographers, tell us what to expect from the moment you set out on your planning journey to the time you spend putting your album together. BEFORE THE BIG DAY FINDING THE ONE “Back in the early 90s, there were several wedding photographers in most towns, now there can be hundreds in a local area,” says Kevin from Kevin Brown Photography. Indeed, the sheer range of choice is a daunting prospect – where do you start with such an important decision? Kevin suggests, “Try recommendations first, check out Google reviews and find a style you like.” Photographer Jaine-Briscoe Price says, “Recommendations from your chosen venue will help, as they’ll know who’s worked there before, however fresh eyes produce imagery that’s different too.” So, what’s vital to look out for when searching for a wedding photographer? Jessica Lang from Jessica Lang Photography tells us, “Being photographed when you aren’t used to it can make you feel super-vulnerable, so it’s vital that you feel comfortable and safe with your photographer. Before booking, be sure to have a meeting with the person behind the camera, even if it’s just a chat over the phone. Professionalism, portfolio and skill-set are important aspects of choosing the one, but so is getting along with them. Having a good rapport with each other will not only make being photographed a lot more easy and fun, those vibes will come across in your final images too.” STYLE IT OUT From documentary to traditional, relaxed to formal, there’s a wide range of photographic styles to look out for, so you’ll need to settle on your vibe as a couple to narrow down your search. Jaine has some advice: “I don’t think you have to be exact in the style you like. You might appreciate a more relaxed, candid approach, but still want some family shots and a few more fashion-led, dramatic images. Delve deeper into the photographer’s website and look at whole weddings, not just Some of the region’s finest wedding photographers tell us what to expect from the process at every stage of your wedding journey perfect PICTURE PHOTOGRAPHY 43