A. An engagement shoot is a relaxed opportunity for the photographer to capture the couple's courtship stage, while getting to know the couple before the big day. The location might be their special park, or sharing a favourite activity. The shots are often used to create a guest Sign In book or a fun slideshow for the reception!
Q. Sunny or overcast -- which is better for outdoor wedding shots?
A. Great question. A professionally trained and well equipped photographer can work in any lighting situation to capture everything from perfect skin tones to the small detail on your wedding dress. But if your photographer is inexperienced, then seriously hope for an overcast day to prevent harsh shadows and over exposure. Look at the gorgeous beading detail in Kelly's dress, even the weave of her veil was captured in the strong mid day sun.
Q. Any tips on how the bride and groom should pose for the camera?
A. I always ask the couple to relax, lean in towards each other when facing the camera, and follow my lead for any posture corrections that will take the shot from good to amazing. And sometimes I catch them off guard in a private pose of their own!
Q. Is it worth spending the money to get a bride's nails done just for the one big day?
A. Yes, all brides should have their nails done. There are 3 close-ups where the bride's nails will make or break the beauty of the shot: exchanging of rings, holding hands with her groom, and holding her bouquet. French nails are in, and soft neutral coloured nails are timeless. Go for it!
Q. How should a couple choose their wedding photographer?
A. In choosing a photographer for the most important day of their life I suggest the couple considers the "Three E's", and not settle for any less:
Education: Formally trained in lighting, composition and equipment.
Experience: At least five years shooting weddings.
Equipment: Professional full frame (FX) camera gear, lots of lenses, speed lights and back up gear.