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


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