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In this months Hot Topic Article… capturing the best backdrops and wondering if it’s best to make the most of the grounds of a venue or visit hot spot locations nearby. I discuss how important it is to schedule this in your day, of any iconic buildings or parks on route to your wedding venue. Having a chat with your photographer is a must, making sure he knows the area well and gets the best shots of the grounds for your bride and groom photos. It’s your day.. so why not get the backdrop photographs you want, in the locations that mean the most to you.
You may find some photographers, don’t like travel to other locations. Asking the right questions and finding out if you can make time to visit your ideal spots, is key.
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Q: We love our urban venue, although it doesn’t have much in the way of outside grounds. If we have glorious weather, we’d like to make the most of it by travelling from our venue to some local beauty hot-spots for our bride and groom shots.
Do you recommend this and is it logistically possible?
A: Matthew says: Absolutely, I’d always recommend visiting some local locations that mean something, we’ve even scheduled this in when the venue has lovely grounds.
Places like; where you got engaged, a local park you visited as a couple, local architecture that means something to your heritage such as the Liver Building in Liverpool. Logistically speaking, there shouldn’t be any issues as most photographers will be driving, so choose locations relatively close by with parking facilities and they’ll just drive ahead and wait for you.We have, on occasions, headed straight to the venue, parked and jumped in the wedding car to visit some beauty spots, this can make moving to a few locations easier and quicker.
It’s always best to choose a local photographer with good knowledge of the area and the venue; who’s also used to travelling between venues with limited time.This is a good way of making sure you make the most of the best locations around the venue at a good speed so you don’t miss too much of your wedding.
A schedule of the day is incredibly important; we sit down with every client beforehand to make sure we have the time for the photography but also make sure you have enough time to enjoy your wedding day. It’s always best to chat to your photographer about schedules before you visit the venue for the final rundown as the venue will need to know when to expect you to plan for the wedding breakfast.