Expert advice about photography

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Bristol and Somerset Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to


Caught on camera

Caught on camera

Q. We're starting to get anxious about having a camera on us all day. What can we expect?

A. Steve Lee says: I totally get this as my wife and I were the camera-shy types! Combined with a busy wedding-day schedule it can feel a bit much. Fast forward 15 years and I now use my natural skills to put my couples at ease. Here's what to expect…

- I always have an initial consultation with my couples on FaceTime or Zoom, followed by a face-to-face chat over a coffee. This means you'll see a friendly face on the day and not a stranger.

- For brides, I'll create some fun and relaxed shots of you getting ready with your party. You'll be completely comfortable surrounded by your best girls, so the formal shots will flow smoothly from there.

- I create a chilled-out atmosphere with the grooms. Having a bit of banter is an excellent way for me to capture the bond between a group of friends. As we go outside, we can get some more formal shots too.

- For the couple portraits, I always allow a 20 to 30-minute session shortly after the ceremony. During this little breather, I can get some intimate portraits. It's a great opportunity for you to be yourselves as you take a stroll around your venue, whispering to each other or being playful and getting the most romantic images.

Steve Lee,Steve Lee Photoworks




Q. My friend suggested having an engagement shoot - is it worth it?

A. Heather Bailey says: Not many people like being in front of the camera initially, but an engagement shoot is a great way to practice and capture some of that pre-wedding excitement. Many people say to me that they think engagement shoots are a bit cheesy – and I'll admit I thought the same before I did them! You can capture some incredible shots that look like they're from a romantic film – all without feeling awkward.

I provide my couples with a rough plan of the shoot, and reassure them that we can stop and get a drink (or ice cream!) at any point. I have some incredible zoom lenses that allow me to get natural shots from a distance, so you don't feel like you're on a photo shoot. It's the same unobtrusive way I shoot my weddings. I don't heavily direct the shoots; if you're a cuddly couple, then go for it! If you're not, and you fancy some less adventurous poses, then I can create some low-key shots to suit you. All my couples are different, so my pre-wedding shoots are too.

Most importantly, it's an opportunity to work with your photographer before the big day; essentially a trial run to help you get the best images. You'll also have a collection of wonderful memories to look back on over the years.

Heather Bailey,Heather Bailey Photography & Films


Snap happy

Snap happy

Q. My partner and I are quite shy. How can we feel relaxed and confident in front of the camera?

A. Steven Hughes says: A few weeks before your wedding, it's good to visit the venue together with your photographer to scout out locations. This helps us prepare and bounce ideas off each other as the excitement builds. It's also good to meet up for an informal coffee and a chat so we can discuss the details of the day. Timings are often tight, so organising a slot for couple portraits takes the pressure off and allows some time alone. All this preparation will help you relax and know what to expect.

My job is to ensure that you enjoy your day. I have a very relaxed approach, and want to capture you enjoying yourself with your loved ones. I often find the best poses come naturally throughout the day, and I also have a humber of fun poses that we can incorporate.

Steven Hughes ,Steven Hughes Photography


Picture this

Picture this

Q. How do we get couple portraits that we'll cherish for years to come?

A. Andrew Saunders says: I seek out the special moments that often go unnoticed and shoot mainly without the couple knowing. This way, I can artistically photograph the day with the newlyweds relaxed and in their element, creating standout images to last forever.

It's important to me that my brides and grooms are relaxed; I want them to enjoy their day and to not worry about posing awkwardly. If you capture true events, you'll look back in 40 years' time and relive those memories. In essence, I want to see the real couple, delivered in bold composition with vibrant colours, rich tones and full of the atmosphere of the day.

Andrew Saunders