"I believe in what I do and love photographing weddings and ultimately want the couple and their guests to have the best day without too much interference from me the photographer." – Az Rehman
It could be one of the hardest decisions you make in the whole wedding planning process. It could certainly be one of the most expensive. You’ve visited the wedding fair, you’ve googled it and you’ve come across hundreds of photographers. Unlike your other wedding suppliers (cake, flowers, dress), photographs aren't things you can hear, smell, taste or even see at first so careful research and selectiveness regarding professional skills, artistic style and personal demeanour are extra important when choosing your photographer.
We caught up with Az Rehmen of Lemontree Photography to talk group shots and sudden down pours…
Tell us about you
I've been photographing weddings for almost thirty years now and started young, shooting my first wedding in my early 20's. I was very nervous but thankfully it was for a friend who said there was ‘no pressure’. I was immediately hooked. I was shy (and still am) and having a camera was a way for me to express myself. I loved how important a role I played on a wedding day. I, like most photographers, am inspired by everything that I see. Whether it be the cover of a fashion magazine or by how light falls in different locations at a wedding venue. It can be a little overwhelming looking at other photographer’s work, which is why it's important to have faith in what you do.
What’s the best advice to give a couple about choosing a wedding photographer?
The best advice I can give is to read reviews and look at their work regularly to see if their style is consistent. Choose the photographer whose work you like and trust in them on your wedding day.
How long in advance should people be choosing a wedding photographer?
Choose a photographer as soon as you have a venue and date - We regularly get booked up 18 months in advance of a wedding date.
Would you recommend having more than one photographer on the day?
I always recommend having a second photographer if you want two different views of the day and/or have over 100 wedding guests. It's also great value for money when you think how much a second photographer costs.
When is it best to have the photographer arrive on the day?
I think it's best to arrive when the bride is getting ready. It's a chance for the bride to feel comfortable with a photographer around and there are some lovely moments to capture during this part of the day.
How does the weather effect wedding photography?
Weather conditions can have a huge effect on a wedding day, but as we are in the UK, we are used to it and won't let it stop us enjoying the day!
What do you do if the weather takes an unexpected turn for the worst?
Bad weather can really throw a spanner in the works, but there is usually a location inside a venue to do group shots, and shots of the bride and groom. The only time it can be a struggle is when the whole day is being held in a marquee on a field.
How many shots do you recommend planning in advance?
Group shots are important for most couples and their families. I always recommend a maximum of 12. They are usually taken during the drinks reception and this is such an important time for the bride and groom to socialise with friends and family. Spending all that time on group photographs is such a shame.
How do you create the perfect group photograph?
Creating the perfect group photograph requires a good lighting location, a great background and making sure the guests can all be seen and that they look relaxed.
What should a couple expect to receive at the end of it?
For my clients, 3 - 4 weeks after the wedding date, they will receive a set of 50 prints with a flash drive presented in a bespoke wooden presentation box. There will also be a link to a private online image gallery which couples can share with family and friends.
You can see examples of Az's work from Leila's and James's special day here.
Picking your Wedding Photographer is an important decision, once the wedding is over these photos will hold all those memories and key moments.
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