Five minutes with Shropshire-based Nicola Gough

Five minutes with Shropshire-based Nicola Gough: Image 1 My partner and I hate having our pictures taken and you won't find a single selfie of either of us on our phones! Do you think we'd regret not having a photographer whatsoever to snap any part of our day?

Nicola says: I think most people really dislike having their picture taken, myself included, so you're not alone. I'd say that a photographer is really important on your special day as they are not just taking photos of you two as a married couple, but also your guests, the venue and the details of your nuptials so you get to relive the big day over and over for years to come.

If you're nervous or anxious about the portrait side of things, choose a photographer who specialises in relaxed photography with a more documentary feel rather than one who does lots of staged images. Also, an engagement session can be a good way to break the ice with your photographer. Sometimes referred to as a pre-wedding shoot, this is a short portrait session that most likely lasts about an hour and takes place in the months leading up to your big day. It's the perfect way to have a practice run and you'll get to see how your photographer works and they get to see what you're like as a couple.

The most important thing to remember is to find a photographer that you feel comfortable with; they are the only supplier you'll spend all day with so do your research and choose one who not only creates work that you love but who can put you at ease and make you feel relaxed. The more relaxed you feel, the better time you'll have.

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