In these crazy times, many of us in the wedding industry find we have a little extra time on our hands. So why not use the time wisely and hear what the experts have to say about all things weddings? They have some really helpful tips, some interesting stories and also love talking about what they do.

This week, we spoke to some of the photographers we’ve worked with, who do some beautiful work and who are just all-round amazing, creative, fun people that we hope to work with again soon!

Introducing, clockwise from top left… Selma (the pretty blonde) from Expressions Photo; Chané from 25 Weddings; Megan from Megan Ann; Kim from Kim Tracey Photography

All of these ladies love capturing memories that are frozen in time, particularly the emotions and happiness on the day and the interactions between people. They also love the natural, unposed shots where people are just enjoying themselves.

When it comes to things out of your control like bad weather, they all agree that since there’s not much you can do about it, you just have to go with the flow and make the most of it. They always have a way around it or will come up with a plan.

Their tips for choosing your wedding photographer include:
• Check out their portfolios (websites and social media) and choose someone whose style you like.
• Make sure that you feel comfortable with your photographer and you get on well, so meeting them first is key – they are going to be in your space for most of the day, so there’s no time to feel awkward around them.
• Don’t try to replicate someone else’s wedding photos, you are unique and your photos should be as well.
• Read the reviews by previous clients.
• Have fun!

Read on for answers to our questions and to see some beautiful pics

What’s the best thing you’ve seen or done at a wedding?

  • Shooting a wedding in a UNESCO World heritage site in an abandoned coal mine (Zollverein in Essen Germany). Selma – Expressions Photography
  • Hiking to a waterfall to take couple portraits after the bride and groom eloped was pretty cool. Another one was while photographing a couple’s elopement in the Sabi Sands we were out on a game drive to take couple portraits and we came across a leopard at sunset – which was so special. Megan -Megan Ann Photography
  • The best thing by far, was seeing the bride’s brother ask her to do the Father-daughter dance with him (to the song “Fathers & Daughters” by Michael Bolton). Their father had passed away and this gesture was just too beautiful. There wasn’t a dry eye in sight. Chané – 25 Weddings
  • I am a BIG sucker for personalised vows and speeches. There is just something about it that tugs on my heart strings. Kim – Kim Tracey Photography

What is the most outrageous thing you’ve seen or done at a wedding?

  • Women fighting for the bouquet. The entire bouquet was in shreds. I guess all of them were winners in the end, because each one of them had a piece of bouquet in hand. Needless to say, we were asked to not include this part of the day in the final product. Chané – 25 Weddings
  • The most outrageous was probably the one where I was invited to photograph a wedding in Iceland!!! Kim – Kim Tracey Photography
  • The bride and her entire bridal party not wearing a stitch of underwear. True story. Selma – Expressions Photography

What’s the worst thing that’s happened to you at a wedding and how do you avoid it?

  • Getting a flat tire during the couple shoot Make sure to always have a can of that foam stuff you squirt into the tire! Selma – Expressions Photography
  • Thankful that this is the worst thing that has happened to me at a wedding but wearing new shoes and getting really bad blisters and still having to be on my feet the whole day. Photographers and brides please learn from my mistake and where comfortable shoes that you have walked in already. Megan – Megan Ann Photography
  • Hmm, the worst thing…Doing a wedding in Johannesburg where there were 4 different locations throughout the day. To avoid this, I add in a decent amount of travel time. You do not want to be stuck in traffic when you got to get to the ceremony. Kim – Kim Tracey Photography

What are your favourite looks and places to shoot?

  • I love shooting outside in the garden at venues. Nature is so beautiful, and most venues have stunning garden settings and surrounds. We usually ask our clients why they chose this particular venue. Their answer directs our shoot space, but my favourite place is still open spaces with lots of greenery and blooms. Chané – 25 Weddings
  • I always say to couples to stay true to themselves and plan their wedding for them and not Instagram. I personally always love using natural elements, I love Autumn colours. I really love the sustainable and upcycling wedding trend which I believe is here to stay. The pampas grass and dried flower boho vibes is also so beautiful. I love the bush and nature so locations that include nature elements are so much fun to shoot. Megan – Megan Ann Photography
  • Boho is a little outdated in other parts of the world, but it still reflects my favourite ideas and that is relaxed, intimate and a lot more earth-conscious. I LOVE the bushveld, but will settle for anywhere big love is. Kim – Kim Tracey Photography

And the big question on everyone’s mind… How do you think Covid-19 is going to change the way we do weddings?

  • Weddings will be smaller and more intimate. I think couples and planners can get really creative and that is GREAT thing! We’ve never been the over the top pomp and ceremony kind anyway, so this is right down our alley! Selma – Expressions Photography
  • I think weddings are going to become smaller and shorter in length. Less guests, more elopements. But in the near future, it will be sanitizers and masks all the way and maybe even testing for fevers. I am hoping that this time period will pass soon, as I know many brides dream of the big wedding. Chané – 25 Weddings
  • We could be seeing more micro (weddings with less than 50 guests) and elopements taking place with big celebrations at a later stage. Big celebrations will most certainly return and I believe there will be a new sense of appreciation for it all. When Covid-19 is a thing of the past there will most certainly be a lot of hugs and dancing. Megan – Megan Ann Photography
  • This is really a tough one, cause I cannot imagine a world where we do not touch each other. It is part of being a healthy human being. In a not-so-perfect-world with the Coronavirus, I think weddings are going to be smaller. A lot of sanitiser and if you’re sick you’re not going. Kim – Kim Tracey Photography

I can highly recommend you take a look at their websites and social media, their photos are amazing and will keep you oohing and aahing for hours!

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