Q. Harrison help us settle an argument. I say sunglasses are a no-no for outdoor wedding shots and my fiance says they can be cool. Your professional opinion please!
A. In my opinion you're both right. Sunglasses worn by bride or groom during the ceremony itself have unfortunately compromised the beauty of some otherwise gorgeous weddings that I've shot. This is why it's important to have the wedding ceremony under a shaded area. On the other hand sunglasses on the guys in their group shots can definitely add some fun attitude to photos.
Q. Our wedding cake is very special to us and I want to make sure the photographer gets a great shot. Any suggestions?
A. That's a great question. I've seen some extraordinary wedding cakes and am sometimes surprised at how little thought goes into shooting these cakes. I often drape a soft backdrop behind the cake in a complimentary colour to allow the cake to stand out free of background distraction. And of course choosing the right lens for the lighting and desired effect is important as well.
Q. We are going to release doves immediately after the wedding ceremony and this is a shot that just can't be missed. How does a photographer capture the release of the doves when they fly away so fast?
A. Photographing doves is not an easy task - professional experience and equipment are essential. The two most important techniques for capturing the shot are a very fast shutter speed (1/8000th of a second) and continuous shutter mode. Remember to compensate for exposure on a sunny day.
Q. What are the expectations for providing food and drinks to my wedding photographers?
A. If your wedding photographers are shooting the reception then it is standard to provide them the same meal that is served to guests, at an assigned table together. This normally goes in the contract. Alcoholic drinks however, should never be offered to or consumed by the photographers, not even wine with dinner. The wedding cake is not normally shared with photographers either.